Before & After 2009 Vote for the Best

October 5, 2009 | by Ethan (email) |

Wow. Summer just flew by, and it’s already time to wrap up our second annual Before and After series, 2009. We had 14 amazing submissions ranging from kitchens to walkways, and backyards to fireplaces. Each entry was an inspiring transformation and we want to extend a huge thank-you to everyone that participated. For their hard work, each of our weekly winners received a $25 gift card to either Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon.

We also hope this series helped raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is a worthy organization dedicated to providing every man, woman and child a decent, safe and affordable place to live. As part of this series, we donated a total of $490 to Habitat. We hope you enjoyed the “Habitat Quick Facts” and will consider volunteering or making a donation of your own.

And now the moment many of you are waiting for! We need to select the grand prize winner, who will receive a $150 gift card to home depot, lowes, or another home improvement store of their choice.

Here’s a recap of the submissions. You can read more about each project by clicking the text introduction. After you’ve read through, scroll to the bottom and cast your vote.

Before & After Entries 2009

#1) Colleen gave her fireplace a facelift. In a few weekends the fireplace went from an ugly, dated red brick eyesore to a fabulous focal point.

fireplace_before fireplace_after

#2) Kara @ Made 2 Create had a stunning bathroom makeover that turned a traditional mid-80s era bathroom into a black and white modern marvel.

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#3) Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality transformed her dining room by adding picture frame molding and repainting the walls.

beforedining Dining Room After

#4) Julie and Mike @ Pacha Mama won for their amazing patio transformation.

patiopad_before patiopad_final

#5) Renee and Sean renovated an outdated, 1970’s kitchen, and gave it a fabulous new look.

Before 1 Renovated Kitchen

#6) Michael @ Better DIY gave a 1950s cape cod bedroom some much needed improvement.


#7) Nicole @ This D*mn House completely bricked her front porch and replaced her walkway with brick too!

Porch Before Finished Brick Sidewalk

#8) Jenny @Anything Pretty transformed a so-so family room into an amazing, refreshing space.

family-room-before famrmafter

#9) Melissa and Nick- after some serious work, they have a beautifully landscaped backyard.

Old Backyard New Backyard2

#10) John and Sherry @ Young House Love recently redecorated their half bath powder room.

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#11) Kate @ Centsational Girl transformed a blonde oak staircase from dated and dreadful into a dramatic entryway.

stairs-before staircase-after

#12) Christy @ Beachbrights updated her laundry room with new cabinets and a great stackable washer and dryer.

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#13 Why S @ The House on Red Hill recently completed a major kitchen and dining room renovation.

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#14 Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick took an ordinary kitchen island and created something spectacular, all at a great price.

Kitchen island before Kitchen Island After

Voting Has Closed

Thanks everyone for your votes!

12 Responses
  1. Marie says:

    I like the dining room make over #4 and I also like #9, but I love #14, so that is the one I voted for. Dramatic change with a little beadboard and paint….I love it!

  2. Completely honored to be included !

    Now go and vote for Kate’s Staircase Transformation !!

    Cheers !

  3. Tracy Suzanne says:

    Sarah. The beadboard and the black stools totally transformed this kitchen. Great job!

  4. tracychele says:

    Kate’s Staircase Transformation is the best! she is so talented. This is only one of her fabulous projects!

  5. Judi says:

    I love Sarah’s island – maybe because I have one just like it that’s as blah as hers before and this gives me HOPE!

  6. ches says:

    What great projects, but my vote is for Renee and Seans amazing kitchen renovation.

  7. Kelley says:

    I voted for Kate’s staircase makeover because it was such an amazing, detailed project and the outcome was utterly gorgeous. However, my close #2 is Sarah’s kitchen island. What a change it made!

  8. Alexandria says:

    I vote for Kate staircase.

  9. Kristin says:

    #11 – The staircase is gorgeous!

  10. For me, it was a close thing between the bathroom makeover and the staircase – both are fantastic, dramatic changes.

  11. edward says:

    They are all great improvements, but when I think back to reading the details of each update, the creativity and work that went into Michael’s (#6) bedroom update blew me away. I have been looking at older houses and many of them have that same, sloped, dark attic space and I would have never thought to use it in the creative ways he did.

  12. brad says:

    #2 definitely has the biggest impact. I would’ve sworn they were two separate rooms…

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