Monday, July 7, 2014

July before and after!

Hey hey! Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!!

I’m back today with the July before and after party but first I have to share the progress on the the family room expansion. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve seen this photo:

knocking down a wall

I’m already SO SO SO happy we did this. As soon as it was down I told my husband it felt like the room should have always been like this, which I figure is a good sign. I can’t believe we didn’t do it sooner!

I’ll update you more on the progress and the plans this week since there’s more happening as I type. :)

Now, on to some of your beautiful spaces and projects from last month that are nice and clean and finished. ;)

Bear with me because there were a ton of GREAT kitchens this time – I had to share a few of them. I am obsessed with all the pretty details of Kathy’s kitchen:

open shelves in kitchen

I absolutely LOVE it. I love how the open shelving isn’t overwhelming – sometimes I feel like it can get to be too much. And her combo of the horizontal beadboard and subway tile looks so good.

Emily’s wainscoting looks so good -- I really wanted to share it with you all because so many of you ask me about this treatment on textured walls:

wainscoting on textured walls

She gives a great, detailed tutorial that you’ll want to check out if you’ve wanted to try this. It turned out beautifully!:

wainscoting on textured walls

Another kitchen redo -- Tasha made her kitchen look completely different with a few inexpensive changes that made a big impact:

stenciled floor in kitchen

The painted cabinets are a big change but she also painted the backsplash and stenciled the floors – I LOVE them. It all makes a huge impact for not a lot of money!

Jennifer shared a few of her recent garage sale finds and how she transformed them with small changes. I love how she’s using this tray now:

jewelry tray

If only I could get my butt out of bed early enough to garage sale. ;)

OK, I told you there would be a few kitchen transformations and when you see this one and the before you'll know why I had to add it in:

white kitchen aqua accents

Kaylor’s kitchen is stunning! OH my goodness. The furniture, the colors – all of it is lovely. Go check it out!

Here’s another small project – Christina fell in love with a Target bench and recreated it on her own:

target stool knock off

She even sewed it and made a real cover – this wrap and staple girl is impressed. ;)

And finally, I had to include just one more kitchen. Gretchen’s DIY outdoor kitchen for the kids is adorable and so inexpensive:

DIY play kitchen

Her son LOVES it – so sweet. My boy would have loved this outside when he was little.

Alrighty, that’s just a small taste of the awesome projects that were linked up last month. Let’s see what you’ve been up to since then! Please – no house tours that are not your own or that you haven’t worked on. If you’d like to be considered for next month’s round up, include a link to TDC or this button/code in your post: 


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  1. Woohoo! Thank you so much for featuring my kitchen makeover! I truly value your opinion and can't thank you enough! I've been keeping track of your remodel and know you'll love taking that wall out! When we removed ours it was amazing the difference, and I feel like I'm in a new house!! Hang in there!! Take care! Kathy@The Daily Nest

  2. Hi Sarah, looking forward to seeing your new open space as it gets a makeover. Thanks for hosting the party and we'll see you again in August! Hope your summer has been great so far.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  3. OMG. My day is totally made!!! Thank you so much for featuring my Target-Inspired bench, Sarah!!! I'm so thrilled and flattered! :)

  4. Your room is looking great open. Can't wait to see how it all turns out. Thanks so much for hosting.

  5. Hi Sarah! I look forward to your fabulous party every month. I TRULY cannot thank you enough for featuring my budget kitchen makeover and for your compliment on the floors. It was a labor intensive job, but well worth it! I have been following your renovation plans and L.O.V.E. the space opened up. I can't wait to see how it all comes together. I haven't had the guts to rip out a wall...YET. You may have inspired me to go for it! Thanks again!

  6. Beautiful features Sarah, I'm looking forward to seeing your room.Thanks for hosting. I'm so happy to be joining in this month.

  7. Great features as always! Loving all the featured kitchens. It's always good to see more fresh ideas.

    Can't wait to see your reveal!! When you shared a peek I thought just the wall was going but the fireplace too? Major changes! Fun stuff :)))

  8. Thanks for hosting such an awesome party! I'm loving the features.

    Sarah @ Backwoods Babies

  9. that is amazing! can't wait to see how this new room comes together!

  10. Thanks a bunch for hosting another fab party! I love the transformation so far! Demolition is so exciting! It's amazing how much bigger the room seems already. Enjoy the process!

  11. Thanks for hosting, sarah! I LOVE the first kitchen you shared! It's beautiful and a great inspiration photo for my upcoming kitchen remodel.

  12. Oh.em.gee!! Thank you so much for featuring our master bedroom wainscoting! I referenced your tutorial and so many others for that beast of a project and it is one of my proudest DIYs, although I still can't believe I did it :)

  13. Thanks so much for another fabulous party, Sarah! I love how your room is and bright! Beautiful kitchens, I'm off to check them out :)

  14. Okay, I am so excited to be featured. You made my day, Sarah! Thanks a bunch! Also... I am one of your silent but loyal readers who has been following along since the brown dining room beginning. :)

  15. Ooh, I can't wait to see more! The space is looking SO bright and pretty! Thanks as always for hosting. =)

  16. Oh wow. Thanks for featuring my kitchen. I can't believe it was picked when there were so many other amazing makeovers. Thanks for hosting each month and good luck with your reno. I can't wait to see the finished product!

    1. I'm in love with your remodel and style!! Beautiful job! Take care! Kathy@The Daily Nest

  17. Love the beginning of your project. I bet it makes the room feel so much for open and maybe more light as well. Thanks so much for hosting!

  18. Thanks so much for featuring my play kitchen! A great surprise :)

  19. Nice interior designing and interior furnishing!

  20. What a difference taking down that wall has made - I cannot wait to see it finished! Also can't believe what Kaylor’s kitchen went from and to! Wow!

  21. The family room become more spacious! It's a great result, came from taking down the wall. Glad that you've finished with the project. Happy week =)

  22. July before and after!: very good idea I think I'll make reference to my next furniture products.
    Thank you
    Regards,Furniture Jepara Mebel Jepara


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