Archive for the ‘before’ Category


Monday, June 16th, 2008

I finished the closet this weekend. Well, that’s a lie, it is almost done. I still need to touch up paint and put bar pulls on the upper cabinet. But for now it looks pretty complete. Here’s the closet progression over the last few months.

And just to emphasis the HORROR that was the master bedroom…a few more lovely shots of the paint job before we moved in. It took 3 coats of Kilz and 3 coats of Behr Ultra Pure White to cover that mess. You can also see where we refinished the floors (both bedrooms had the wood floors painted white! I’m not sure why – the wood was in great shape.)

Some BEFORE and AFTER hotness:

Oh yeah, it feels good to be a gangsta.

Heres some more AFTER shots cause I just can’t stop myself…


Friday, June 13th, 2008

I’ve been obsessing about what to do with the fireplace. This is always bad news when I start focusing like a laser beam on a flaw in the house. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, all I see are fireplaces.

Here are some inspiration images that I’ve been thinking about…paint is a cheap and easy solution.

(via. Design*Sponge & Design*Sponge)

Below are some older shots of the fireplace after we refinished the floors and painted, but have yet to move in…notice the weird vents on the side. I HATE them and would like to make them disappear.

Just for kicks…

Right BEFORE we moved in and just AFTER. (It looks even worse now – like some sort of crazed flea market. What a mess!)

I think I want to take the leap and paint the brick. As is, it looks very traditional and the bricks do have some staining and paint on them already – I feel so guilty slapping paint on perfectly good brick that I need to justify. Also, that ugly mantel is very traditional, very very small and very very very boring.

Some more retro inspiration.

(via Sunset, Home Atlanta)

So any ideas? I’m leaning towards painting the brick a semi-gloss charcoal gray and beefing up the mantel and painting it a glossy white…and then stacking cut firewood inside the fireplace cause I’m super trendy.

Hot seat

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Oh yeah. New toilet seat.

BEFORE (actually way before without, floors or molding) and AFTER (its still without caulk and paint, but whatever I’m busy, who’s asking?)

I’ve been having some trouble finding a pink toilet seat to match my old pink toilet. I stopped by ACE Hardware and unexpectedly ran into this pink beauty.

Well I just noticed you can buy this Mayfair pink toilet seat on the website for around $10 and I paid $16 in store. What a rip off – well I guess if you count shipping and waiting – its OK.

A small detail, but it makes a world of difference. Now if only I can find pink bolt covers…