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Blog Party: Before & Afters

by - Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality is hosting a blog party. This one is all about your best Before & Afters of 2008, and if you know me, I love me a good Before & After! Here's my Top 4:


1. The Kitchen. First up is the biggest project we undertook in 2008. Yes, I know you're probably tired of looking at all the kitchen pictures, but indulge me one more time :) We took the galley kitchen from a drab and dreary 1950's space to a swanky and sparkly bistro look.

Before:


And After:

You can see more pics of the renovation here, here, and here.

2. The Dining Room. So technically, we started on this room in November 2007, but we didn't finish it off, curtains and all, until April 2008 so I'm going to count it ;) In this room, we broke out the new power tools and made the wainscotting as our first DIY project in the house. We got wallpaper and shutters installed to bring the room to life.

Before (with the previous owner's furnishings):

And After:


3. The Deck. This one is still a "work in progress". We built the banquettes this summer and got some cushions made. Hopefully, this summer we'll finish off the space by painting all the woodwork in white, adding railing details, a 'haint' blue ceiling, some drop pendant lights, and breezy gauzy curtains.


Before:



And After:





4. The Office. This room was Boring with a capital B! No architectural features, an off-center window to contend with, and no storage space. A trip to Ikea took care of that. Here's what we came up with.


Before:



And After:

To see the transformation of these rooms, and other spaces in our house, just click on the Label Cloud on the left. I'm off now to go check out all the other bloggers at the party. There is so much inspiration out there!!

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33 comments

  1. Wow.. truly amazing transformations. Love them all.

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  2. I can't believe that dining room is in the same house! And the kitchen is just lovely. You guys worked your tails off in 2008. It must feel so good to have come so far from this time last year!

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  3. I love your house!!! Great work!

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  4. great job on every room!

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  5. WOW! It all looks stunning, fabulous job!

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  6. I'm not sick of looking at anything you post, ever! You guys are seriously amazing!

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  7. It is beautiful - I especially like your banquette outside.

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  8. wow what a difference...Just gorgeous. I love the green room!!

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  9. Oh. YEAH! I am in love with your office, and if I didn't need to tuck a sofa bed in mine, I would totally replicate the layout. It is FABULOUS!! And I can't say enough about the kithen...the cabinets, the backsplash (my favorite)...the view from the dining room...WOW. You've been busier than me. :-)

    Great jobs in 2008! I'll be checking in on your 2009 progress for sure. :-)

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  10. Wow~amazing transformations! Thunderous applause coming from Phoenix. Well done.

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  11. Holy smokes! Your transformations are amazing!! You will be my new hero when I have to do the work on our new old house. Thank you :)

    rue

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  12. Holy smokes! Your tranformations are amazing!! You are my new hero when we move into our new old house this month. Thank you :)

    rue

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  13. Anonymous6:35 PM

    I adore it all. Thanks for the recap.

    jbhat

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  14. Love every project!!!
    Beautiful:)
    Nice to meet you!

    Smiles,
    KayEllen

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  15. Usually kitchen remodels are my favorite but that office redo wins! Holy smokes that is fantastic! You've done some awesome stuff this year, congrats on how far you've come!

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  16. What beautiful transformations, can't decide on a FAV they are all so perfect. You and hubby are doing an awesome job!

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  17. Great job on all the renovating. Isn't it great to have a beautiful kitchen!
    Thanks for visiting my site too..
    Keep up the good work ,
    Suzy

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  18. Your kitchen looks so much bigger, even though you added so much more to it. Love it all!

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  19. the kitchen is amazing - that isn't the same space, can't be!!!! just gorgeous - I love it!

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  20. Wow, wow & wow! So glad you joined my party. I'm in awe at all the work you've done & how wonderful it all looks. Love, love the kitchen, DR, & that office...oh my, it's gorgeous. I adore black & white with lime green. You've outdone yourselves. I think I'll have to add you to my Bloglines! Hope you'll come back & visit me again too.

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  21. I tell ya, your house just makes me happy! I found your blog way back when I searched for office inspirations and your office came up. I've been smitten ever since =)

    Can't wait to see what else you have in store!

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  22. wow. I have never seen the office before and wow. It might be my favorite of all!

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  23. I am inspired!
    I'm going to get out the paint can.

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  24. Love, love, love your before and afters!!!!

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  25. Your make overs are fabulously amazing!

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  26. Anonymous4:35 PM

    Fantastic....


    Kathy :)
    jokaj@comcast.net

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  27. Wow - I love everything! Especially your office. Those curtains really pop. And the built-in bench on your porch is so cool.

    Thanks for letting me stop by!

    Jen

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  28. WOW!!! Awesome job on your projects! I love what you did with everything, especially the office. Great job!

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  29. What a great post! 'Luster you and Handyman are really doing an outstanding job. I'm certain there's an H&H or Toronto Life feature in your future. And it will be well-deserved!

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  30. Thanks everyone! It was a productive year...I hope we get some time in 2009 to enjoy it all, lol.

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  31. Your home is such an inspiration! And each renovation is killer! Can't wait to see what you do in 2009!

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  32. These are hands down, some of the best before and afters I have ever seen! You should definitely send them to some magazines or Apartment Therapy. What's amazing is how clean and calm all the rooms are - but still lots of nice architectural details.

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