Posts Tagged ‘Before & After’

A while ago (in our Grout Dilemma post) we asked for your opinions on what color grout to go with the white subway tile that we picked out for our kitchen backsplash.  The majority of you went with white grout, which is what we ended up choosing!  Thank you for all your input. 

We went to several different tile/kitchen places for the subway tile and most places wanted between $2.50 and $3.50 per tile (for 3×6 white subway tiles).  We finally decided to go check out Home Depot to see if they had them and they didn’t, but someone there told us to go check out Lowes.  We are so glad we did because we got the tiles for $0.22 cents each!  This entire project with all the supplies cost us less than $85.oo! 

Here are a few before/prep shots:

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We spent one entire day installing the backsplash (about 7 hours), which was a little longer than expected.  Putting up each tile with the spacers and making all the cuts for the edges was really time consuming.  It’s a very messy DIY project too!

P1010045 by you.

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We waited a full 48 hours before grouting, but that was quick and painless and we are very happy we went with the white grout!

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And finally everything is back in order and the only thing left to do now is the moulding on top of the cabinets.  Once that is done, a big kitchen reveal post will come!

Backsplash by you.

Subway Tile backsplash by you.

Backsplash by you.

Backsplash installed by you.

We’re extremely happy with how it came out!  What do you think?

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This room (like almost every room in our home) was a blank slate with white walls, light carpet and big open space.  Here are the “before” pics:

Master Bedroom "before" by you.

Master bedroom "before" by you.

Master bedroom "before" by you.

Master bedroom "before" by you.
Ever since coming across a room painted Adagio (by Benjamin Moore) on the internet last year, I knew I wanted one room in our home to be this color.  The blue gray color is so soothing and we decided it would be perfect for our master bedroom.

Master painted by you.

We also had crown moulding installed, moved our furniture in, picked up a new duvet, throw pillows and a new slipper chair.  Here is how it looks today:

Master bedroom "after" by you.

Master bedroom "after" by you.

TV hung on the wall by you.

Details of the duvet cover that we picked up from LNT on clearance (does the custom photo at the top of this site look familiar?):

Close up of duvet by you.

Close up of the new slipper chair from Target:

Slipper Chair by you.

We still want to replace the carpet, add wall decor and add some decor to the top of the dresser so I wil be updating with all of that soon.

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We’re hoping to finish this makeover in the next couple of days just in time for our guest who will be staying for the weekend.  We started on Saturday and have already finished painting the walls and putting up the wainscoting.  This is what the guest room looked like “before”:
 Guest Room "before" by you. 
 Guest Room "before" by you.

It looked like this for a long time and we actually were mainly using it for storage until we finished other projects and could get around to fixing this room up.  We painted the room BM Sweet Pear:
 Guest Room "during" by you.
 Painted BM Sweet Pear by you.
 All painted by you.

We got the wainscoting from Home Depot and since we wanted 4′ and not the standard 3′ that they sell already cut, we decided to get the 8′ planks and cut them in half:
 Wainscoting cut to 4' lengths and ready to be put up by you.

We started on the wainscoting over the weekend and finished up most of it tonight:
  Wainscoting by you.   
Chair rail installed by you.

We just have to finish installing the chair rail, caulking and painting the wainscoting and then we can move on to decorating the room.

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We never had a dining room table before, since we always lived in small apartments with no dining rooms, so it took a while to find the right one.  Although we still don’t really have a separate dining room, we do have a really cute dining area that definitely called for a square table.  We found this counter-height table by Cindy Crawford at Rooms To Go (got it in antique black) and since they were having a sale we got two extra chairs for a total of 6 chairs:
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It took a while for our dining room to even be ready for a new table!  Here is the before:
Dining Room "before" by you.

And here it is with some paint, new floors, new moulding and a light fixture:
Dining room "during" by you.

Finally, here it is now:
Dining Room Table by you.
We loved the overall design, the sturdiness of the table and how the detail on the legs kinda matched our new crown and base moulding:  

Table & Chairs detail shot by you.
It has a butterfly leaf so when it’s closed it’s a rectangle and open is a square… we always keep it open:
DR Table decor by you.

We just love our little dining area now!

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Renovating our kitchen hasn’t been easy (those who also took on a DIY kitchen renovation know that!) but the hardest part by far was installing the cabinets.  From the beginning we were toying with the idea of installing the cabinets ourselves and when Home Depot quoted us almost $2,000 for installation, that sealed the deal.  With the help of some family members, we got the cabinets installed over a few weekends.
Below is a reminder of what the kitchen looked like on the day we closed:

And what it looked like after demolishing the old and prepping for the new:        
 ry%3D400[7] by you.
After almost exactly three months without a kitchen we finally had cabinets!   
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We worked with Home Depot to make some last minute changes before the cabinet order was final based on some suggestions from friends and family (and the HD designer himself).  One change that we’re glad we made was adding a corner shelving piece to the end of the upper cabinets:
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We also added a few other things like a hidden garbage, a lazy susan, roll-out drawers in the pantry and the cushion close option on each drawer:
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And finally, the completed cabinet installation with the appliances in place and the hardware installed (all the holes measured and drilled by yours truly!).  We chose rubbed bronze knobs for the doors and matching pulls for the drawers:    
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We are extremely happy with our experience at Home Depot and with the American Woodmark cabinets we chose.  Kitchen Renovation Parts V and VI to come…

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We still have more decorating to do in our living room but here is the before, during and after from closing day to now:

(before)   ry%3D400[8] by you.


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What we did
-added crown moulding and new base moulding
-ripped up carpet (the day after closing!) and installed new flooring
-painted (BM Nantucket Gray)
-added a ceiling fan/light
-put up shelving, decor, etc.
Still need/want to:
-put up curtains on sliding glass doors
-add wall decor over couch
-get new couches
-add a coffee table (or end tables if we get new couches)
-replace tower next to TV stand with one that has doors/drawers

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These are the “before” photos of our guest room:



We don’t have “after” photos yet but we do have a few ideas for this room (which is now basically used for storage).  We will be having family visit in a few weeks so we figure we better get moving on the guest room makeover!  Last night we purchased a mattress from Sears (took advantage of their VIP sale – 50% off plus free shipping) and we are lucky enough to be inheriting the box spring and bed frame from a family member.

We’re going to paint the room Sweet Pear by BM (a pale yellow with green undertones) and add white beadboard to the bottom half of the room with a chair rail:

         photo: apartmenttherapy.com               photo: milwaukeemarketplace.com

The bedding will either be a beachy blue stripe:

Or a yellow vintage print:

Leigh Palampore Duvet Cover, Twin, Yellow

We already have the VIVAN curtains from Ikea and are thinking about a dark bamboo roman shade (from Target) also for the window: 
VIVAN Pair of curtains

And since it’s a small room, the only other furniture we want to put in there is a nightstand (or two) with a lamp (or two):
Hawthorne Open Anywhere Table/Telephone StandProduct Image
What do you think?  Any other suggestions?

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Does a fun, bright and cheery laundry room make doing laundry any easier?  No.  But that’s what husbands are for, right?   

This is my favorite makeover in the house (so far).  The below picture is what our laundry room looked like the day we closed (how nice, the previous owner left us some shelving and tons of holes!):


The previous owner took the washer and dryer when they foreclosed on the home (along with the kitchen appliances) so we bought new ones (Maytag) during a sale at Sears:

We wanted a bright color for the laundry room since most of the main areas in our home are pretty neutral so we went with Valspar’s Herb Cornucopia:

We try to recycle old decor and furniture so we decided to paint our oak colored IKEA shelving white and hang it over the washer and dryer:


After a few months we decided we wanted more storage for things we buy in bulk so we made our way over to Home Depot and found the perfect white cabinetry for above the shelving.  It’s really high, but I can reach it with a step stool and we only put stuff up there that we know we don’t use very often (bulk paper towels, extra laundry detergent, paint supplies, etc).  We love the way it turned out:


Since there were a lot of ugly wires and plugs showing on the wall between the washer/dryer and the shelving we came up with a solution to hide them, but still have easy access if we need to get to them.  We used a tension rod that we got from Target and mounted it just below the shelving and my Mom-in-law sewed a pocket along the top of a green striped fabric we bought so it could hang on the rod:



Do you have a bright and fun laundry room also?  We want to see it.

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We had been trying to decide what to put above the sofa in our office/den for quite a while and here is what we chose to do:


I love how the mirror reflects the window and makes the room feel larger.  Thanks dinainsuburbia for your suggestion, you were right on!  We also picked up a pair of bamboo shades from Target and put those up as well:

Although it looks like they are see through (and they do let light in which we wanted), they provide privacy from the outside.

So, what do you think of our “den” side of our office/den?  Stay tuned for pictures of the “office” side!

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What a difference crown moulding, new base moulding, new flooring and some paint makes.






base moulding


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