Monday, August 4, 2014

August before and after!

Hello everyone! Can you believe August is here? It’s always a confusing time for me –I’m a little excited about some structure to our days again but sad that the kiddo heads back to school. For some here school has already started…crazy!!

The first Monday of the month means the monthly before and after party, and yet again it was so fun to browse through your projects. I picked a few favorites but you can see them all here. Link up your own for this month at the end of this post!

Laura’s kitchen table redo turned out SO well – I was so impressed:

how to refinish a table

Her kitchen is so pretty with those windows too. She shared how she refinished the base and the stained tabletop in this post.

I’m loving the industrial look and have wanted to DIY a table – I just couldn't figure out the metal legs. Cristina figured it out for me!:

diy industrial table with wooden top

She used a wine crate as the table top too – brilliant! Love the look!

I thought this outdoor idea was SO SMART – Marie used some old louvered doors to hide their trash cans:

uses for bifold doors

Awesome, right?? And I love her little added touch of the bird houses at the top of each post. :)

Nicki shared a simple, inexpensive solution for getting grout looking good again:

how to refresh grout

I really need to try this in our foyer – it’s looking rough out there.

I’m all gung ho about the outdoors in May and June, then my excitement wanes. But the early fall is my absolute favorite time outside so Holly’s deck transformation was inspiring:

shade on deck

The difference from the before is really amazing, be sure to check it out.

The start of school has me completely obsessed with organizing our house again. The fall gets crazy around here and then the holidays bring in lots of STUFF, so I like to get the house cleaned out early. I loved Christina’s craft closet organization:

craft closet organization

She didn’t spend a dime on it and shares some great organizing ideas!

Cassie shared her kitchen redo – it is SO fun and the colors of that tile are fantastic:

aqua tile in kitchen

That island is pretty amazing too, yes?

Love them all, as usual. If you’d like to be considered for next months’ recap, be sure to link to TDC at the bottom of your post or copy and paste this cute button:


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Now it’s time to link up your current projects! The link up will be open for a week:


  1. I'm the same way with outdoor projects, Sarah! I did as much as I could in the spring before the mosquitoes made an appearance. I'm looking forward to fall so we can enjoy our yard again. Thank you for hosting. Hope your son has a great first day of school. My kids go back next week.

  2. Thank you so, so much for featuring my craft closet makeover, Sarah!!! I'm so flattered and absolutely ecstatic! Day is totally MADE. :) :)

  3. Great Before and Afters! That table in the first photo inspired my kitchen table makeover too. I have always loved that table. Thanks for hosting Sarah!

  4. Thank you so much, Sarah for such a sweet feature! I'm nowhere near ready for back to school routines :/ Thanks for hosting another great party!

  5. Lovely job with the outside. Thanks for hosting sweet lady.
    Have a blessed week.

  6. Great features Sarah. Thanks so much for hosting.

  7. oh my goodness!!!!! thank you SO much for featuring my kitchen!!!! you made my day! i was having one of those "ohmygoshcanthekidsgobacktoschoonow" mornings, and this made it all so much better!

  8. Hi Sarah,
    Thank you very much for the feature today on my grout renewed bathroom floor! What a very pleasant surprise when I saw it tonight! I had not had a chance to be online earlier today. Have a great week!

  9. Thanks again for hosting such a wonderful link up! I always look forward to the first Monday of the month! Also.... Thanks so much for featuring my dining room table makeover!! What a surprise when I saw my table staring back at me on your blog. I think I gasped! Smiles for a good long while after that!

  10. Always so much inspiration in these posts - love them! Definitely worth having a clear out soon as time really does fly when July has passed. That bi-fold door idea is fantastic and the bird houses are perfect!

  11. What a great linkup party with so much inspiration, my head is just spinning with ideas! Thanks for hosting!

  12. The kitchen re-do is amazing. I kind of need that island. And the grout advice, adding to my to do list!

    Thanks so much for hosting the party. Enjoy your day!


  13. Love the features, Sarah! Thanks so much for hosting!...hugs...Debbie

  14. Oh my gosh Sarah, I just noticed that you featured my Old Louvered Door Fence at this months party. Thank you so much - I am thrilled! I've been away on vacation, hence the reason I missed this :o
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista


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