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5th Annual Before & After Series!

5th Annual Before & After Series!

by Jocie Hagan (email Jocie) | | May 30, 2012 | 94 Comments »

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit that’s near and dear to us at OPC and The Better Half. The work Habitat does is tremendous, and they’ve had a huge impact in our local community and all over the world. It’s only fitting that we support the cause (since we too love home improvement), and that’s the reason for our annual Before & After series. We started this event four years ago as a way to help raise awareness for Habitat, and support their mission to provide decent, safe and affordable places to live.

This year, our Before & After series is going to run a little differently than in the past, so read on to learn the details of how you can participate.

Fred volunteering with Habitat Sandtown

How it Works

If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the basics: you submit pictures and a story from a home improvement project you worked (no contracted jobs) sometime over the past year. Every week of the summer (June 20 – September 21), a winner is selected and their story is published online. Each winner gets a $50 gift card to either Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon, and we make a donation of $100 to Habitat for Humanity in their honor! At the end of the Summer, the best submission, as voted on by readers, wins a bonus $150 gift card to one of the three stores above.

This year is different and even more AWESOME because we’ve asked 13 other sites to get involved, each hosting a week, picking that week’s winner, and featuring the Before and After article on their site. We’ve got a great group lined up, and here’s the schedule so far:

Week of:Host:
June 17OPC's The Better Half
June 24Pretty Handy Girl
July 1Beneath My Heart
July 8ten june
July 15Southern Hospitality
July 22Charles and Hudson
July 29House of Hepworths
August 5the space between
August 12Remodelaholic
August 19DIY Showoff
August 26My Blessed Life
September 2Home Stories A-2-Z
September 9Bear Rabbit Bear
September 16Burlap & Denim

Ethan volunteering with Habitat Sandtown

Ethan volunteering with Habitat Tuscaloosa

How to Enter

If you want to submit a before and after story, email us your submission at Your entry can be in the email itself or attached as a Word document. Make sure to number pictures in order so it’s easy for us to reconstruct the story, and please attach the pictures as JPEGs even if you also embed them inside the Word document.

Keep in mind that good before and afters include interesting pictures (before, during, and after) and a descriptive story. Here are some great examples from last year.

Alternately, we’re letting people enter via link party to show off their great transformations. Select one of your best makeover projects to share with us below, and don’t be surprised if Jocie pins her favorites to Pinterest.

Please link back to this article | Link directly to your B&A submission | Don’t link to a shop, store or giveaway

Email in your Before & After story

1. 1/2 Bath Remodel
by Michael V.

2. Kitchen Renovation
by Brooke K.

3. Beadboard Kitchen
by Jan A.

4. Dining Room! by
Annie B.

5. Fresh Paint by
Marc S.

6. Powder Room by
Aimee B.

7. Mantel Makeover by
Mallori J.

8. The Pirate Room! by Ronda B.

9. Converted Garage by Lori C.

10. Basement Reno by Jaye L.

11. Bedroom Makeover by Kerry R.

12. B & B Redesign by Omar D.

13. Patio & Back Yard by Jordan H.

14. Salvaged Dresser by Stacy F.

15. Pantry Transformed by Karen M.

16. Office on a Budge by Sharon S.

17. The Master Suite by Emily W.

18. Happy Workspace by Kendra M.

19. Barn Apt. Bath by Pam T.

Tell a Friend

This series is only a success because of the great submissions we receive, and telling your friends and readers about it is the best way to spread the word. Please consider writing an article on your site letting everyone know about the contest. Remember, the more submissions and comments, the more fun!

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As Always, thanks for reading!

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94 Responses to 5th Annual Before & After Series!

  • paintergal responds...
    May 30th, 2012 1:33 pm

    I need to take the time to sit and chronicle our latest renovation. Sometimes, that is more effort than the actual project!


    Jocie Reply:

    HAHA, i understand that. I’m writing a post for tomorrow and it is taking WAY longer than the actual project! I’m super excited about it though! Hope you can enter, would love to see your renovation!


  • JustME responds...
    May 31st, 2012 7:01 pm

    What an awesome way to support Habitat! Which reminds me, once our daughter’s wedding is over I need to head to the nearest Restore.

    Carol, wanna come to Omaha and go with me? :D

    I have a few projects to write up before the summer has passed.


  • Karah @ thespacebetweenblog responds...
    May 31st, 2012 10:45 pm

    These buttons are so stinkin’ cute, adding one to my sidebar now!! What an AWESOME series. :)


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Karah! Ethan worked really hard on them! We’re excited you’re hosting a week.


  • Paul&Aundrea responds...
    June 1st, 2012 2:19 pm

    What a great way to give back! I love everything about H4H…the restore, volunteering, donating…everything!


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Paul and Aundrea. Hope you guys can submit a project and maybe be featured!


  • One Project Closer’s Before and After Competition responds...
    June 2nd, 2012 10:48 pm

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  • haus356 responds...
    June 4th, 2012 11:30 am

    Is a submitted project considered during every contest week (unless it has already won), or is each week an individual contest and only projects submitted that week are considered for that week’s prize?


    Ethan Reply:

    Each project is considered throughout the entire series, and readers can submit more than one project. I hope you’ll get in on the action!


  • jeff_williams responds...
    June 4th, 2012 2:57 pm

    What about a project that spanned 2 years time but was just finally finished? I’m not that slow, the project was just that big.


    Ethan Reply:

    Now I’m really intrigued. Go ahead and enter it in!


  • Mary@athomeonthebay responds...
    June 8th, 2012 5:15 pm

    Habitat for Humanity is one of my favorite organizations. Thank you for inviting me to link up!



    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks for coming by, Mary!!! :)


  • Nicole responds...
    June 8th, 2012 5:35 pm

    Thank you so much for the invitation. I am excited to be involved with such an awesome project. I linked up my bathroom remodel project and would LOVE to help spread the word by doing a blog post about it next week. Is it okay if I take direct text from your post (so that all info is exact and correct)? Thank you again for letting me know about the project and best of luck to you in your efforts to support Habitat. I’ll send you a link to the published post next week.
    Nicole Estes


    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Nicole,
    Thanks so much for spreading the word – that would be awesome!
    Try to paraphrase where you can and if you need to quote, just give us credit. :)
    Thanks again!


  • Nicole responds...
    June 8th, 2012 5:42 pm

    I can’t get any of the button codes to work… has anyone else had a problem with them? I’m on blogger & haven’t had this problem before. The buttons are AWESOME by the way. Any suggestions on what I should try?


    Ethan Reply:

    Hi Nicole, I’m so glad you were able to link in your bathroom! Feel free to copy any of the text you’d like, and thanks for sharing it with your readers. I’ll email you to try and work out the button problems. Thanks!


  • Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers responds...
    June 8th, 2012 8:31 pm

    What a cool idea! Thanks for the invite.


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks for coming, Taryn! Again, love that gray door! :)


  • Anne responds...
    June 8th, 2012 9:44 pm

    Thank you so much for the invitation!


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks for coming Anne!! :)


  • Linda @ it all started with paint responds...
    June 8th, 2012 9:48 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I just love it … and thanks so much for inviting me to enter. Just a quick question: Do I need to link up the same before and after at all the parties? Or could I mix it up? And on the flip side, would it be okay to link up the same before and after at all the parties?


    P.S. Thank you for your very kind and sensitive comment on my post about how sewing curtains brings up memories of my sister. So sorry to hear about the loss of your aunt.


    Jocie Reply:

    Hi Linda, Its only one link party just lasting all summer with ongoing winners. You can link up as much as you want, but you can only win once. If you can share this link party with your readers, we would love you forever! :) Does that answer your questions??

    I thought it was really sweet of you to share about your sister, thanks for putting it out there!

    I’ve been following you on FB for awhile now and really enjoy your blog!


  • Christina responds...
    June 8th, 2012 9:58 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to link up to a great party and cause!


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks for linking up Christina!


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  • Meg @ Revamp Homegoods responds...
    June 9th, 2012 11:10 am

    What an amazing idea! Thank you for inviting me to participate. I’m more than happy to advertise this on my blog. Way to set a great example!


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Meg! We really love Habitat and its mission too!


  • Jana responds...
    June 9th, 2012 6:52 pm

    Thanks so much for the invite to link up our backyard spa and bar-b-q area re-do. I just did that and with your permission I would like to do a blog write-up to spread the word in the next couple of days.
    It is truly an honor and excitement to me that you seen my little ole blog and wanted me to link-up.
    Thanks again for inviting me to be part of an awesome opportunity such as Habitat for Humanity!


    Jocie Reply:

    Jana, Of course, please do spread the word!!! Thanks, and thanks for linking up. We feel the same way – very privileged to be linked with all the other hard working bloggers!


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  • Catherine {Stone and Rose} responds...
    June 10th, 2012 11:58 am

    Thank you so much for the invite! Very cool idea! I am linked up with your button and plan to do a little post on your project this week.


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Catherine for linking up and spreading the word!!!! :)


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  • Sheila Zeller responds...
    June 11th, 2012 1:47 pm

    So happy to participate in this link up. No matter where one lives, it’s always awesome to support a great cause!


  • Nicole responds...
    June 13th, 2012 8:12 am

    i featured your party with an article on my blog today. best of luck on this awesome project!


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Nicole!


  • Jennifer @ Town and Country Living responds...
    June 13th, 2012 3:05 pm

    Thanks for inviting me over. What a great idea for a great cause. I linked up a different project than the one you saw. Are we limited to just one? :)


    Jocie Reply:

    Not limited at all! You can only win for one project, but please submit as many as you like! Thanks for linking up. :)


    Jennifer @ Town and Country Living Reply:

    Awesome! I put your button in the sidebar of my blog!


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  • Lori responds...
    June 27th, 2012 11:30 pm

    Where do entries that were emailed show up?


    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Lori, Great question. All judges share the email address for email entries. But after you asked, Ethan and I talked about it and it would be great for readers to see the email entries also. Today (or tomorrow, depending on Ethan’s time) we will post one small picture (just like the link up party) to represent the before and after project so readers can see ALL the projects. Don’t worry, email entries are just as important and we love them all!! Thanks, Lori!


    Lori Reply:

    Glad I came up with the question! :) That will be cool to see the emailed ones. I know that not everyone has a blog but they have great projects anyway. :) Thanks for letting us see the emailed ones too. I’ll be watching.


    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Lori, The email submissions are up! Thanks again! :)

  • Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl responds...
    June 30th, 2012 11:09 am

    WOW! Just WOW! There were so many Before and After submissions that truly knocked my socks off. Thank you for sharing your projects with us.


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  • Leanne @ The Burlap Cottage responds...
    June 30th, 2012 10:31 pm

    Hi Jocie,

    It is my honor to link up to such a worthy cause. I love to go to our local Habitat restore. Thank you so much for hosting this link party. I am new to blogging, so getting such sweet comments from such a great blog is soooo encouraging! Thank you for making my day!

    Leanne @ The Burlap Cottage


    Jocie Reply:

    Not sure how I missed your comment, but thanks so much for linking up and so glad to have you visit!


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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks for linking up and visiting, Erin!


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  • frazzled5 responds...
    August 23rd, 2012 11:27 am

    this is a great series! Thanks for hosting!


  • Pat K responds...
    August 30th, 2012 11:36 pm

    Habitant for Humanity is such a worthwhile cause! Bless you!


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    September 5th, 2012 9:51 am

    Nice, I didn’t know about this! Good on you for working with Habitat…they’re a worthwhile investment of time and money


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