Before and After 2009 Supporting Habitat (With Prizes!)

June 14, 2009 | by Fred (email) |

before_and_after_blueLast year we kicked off our first annual Before and After event, a Summer-long series of articles designed to showcase the work of our fellow bloggers (and readers), and to raise money and awareness for one of our favorite charities, Habitat for Humanity.*

With the official first day of Summer only seven days away, we’re a little late on the uptake getting the event coordinated and kicked-off for this year, but we’re sure it will still turn out a success!  Read on for how you can participate (… did we mention that this year there are prizes for each week’s winner… and a grand prize?)

*Please note that we are not affiliated with Habitat, but we believe in what Habitat does for communities across the United States and the world, and that’s why we continue to support them through this event.

How our Before and After Event Works

The event is pretty simple:  you send us before and after pictures and a story of a project you completed at your house.  While we prefer the project be a recent accomplishment, it doesn’t have to be.  The only rule: the project must be more than 75% do-it-yourself.  (So, if you remodeled a whole kitchen, but paid a tiler to do the backsplash, that’s still acceptable… but if you had the whole thing redone, that isn’t).  If you want to see some examples, check out this summary of last year’s winning entries.

Each week, we’ll select at least one winner and we’ll showcase their accomplishments beginning Saturday evening and leave it on the front page of our site until Monday morning.

A Donation In Your Honor, and Cool Prizes

If your Before and After is selected to run on our site, we’ll make a $35 donation to Habitat for Humanity in your honor, and you’ll get to choose one of the following prizes shipped right to your door:

  • $25 Gift Card to Lowes
  • $25 Gift Card to Home Depot
  • $25 Gift Card to Amazon
  • … other tool prizes as they become available throughout the Summer…

At the end of the Summer, we’ll open it up to community vote.  The grand prize winner will get $150 to the home improvement store of their choice!

Pretty cool huh?  We think so!  And here’s the best part for all of you reading this right now… We expect submissions to be light for the first few weeks as we get the word out.  So, submit your project early and it’ll be your name on the donation (and your gift card in the mail!)

How to Submit an Entry

Send an e-mail in any format to  Please attach the pictures individually to the e-mail so that it’s easier for us to incorporate them into the articles on the site.

When Does the Event Start & Finish?

An article will run each Sunday from June 21, 2009 – Sept. 20, 2009.  You can submit entries anytime!

What Else Can I Do to Help?

Before and After 2009 will only be successful if folks from the community participate. There are at least five ways you can get involved:

  1. Submit an article. This event will be fun if lots of folks submit articles.
  2. Write an article on your site telling your readers about the event.
  3. Add a Before and After 2009 graphic to your web site and link back to this article.
  4. Make a monetary or volunteer donation to Habitat for Humanity in your area.
  5. Tell your friends about the event and the prize.

Our hope is that we will generate many submissions, inspire dozens of people to support Habitat along with us, and prepare to make even larger impacts in the future.

Before and After Graphics

Help us raise awareness for the event by adding a badge to your site for the Summer!

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What do you think? Let us know what you think of the idea… Please feel free to help us make it better. Either leave a comment below, or e-mail us at!

9 Responses
  1. MelissaT says:

    This looks like fun! I’ve got some pictures of our baby nursery before… now I just need some after shots. Preferably ones with a baby in them…

  2. Mike Vigneau says:

    How many projects can we submit? I have about 3-5 that I would like to submit. I don’t mind if the entire collection that I submit is considered one entry. We have owned our house for about 2.5 years and have basically remodeled the entire thing on a small budget and don’t know which project I like the best, so I thought the readers would be best judge for that 🙂

  3. Gene says:

    As a long time supporter of Habitat, thank you! I’ll be adding a badge to DIY Insanity.

  4. Fred says:

    Mike – You can submit all three projects separately; however, we’ll take into consideration the fact that you’ve already won one time when we evaluate all the entries. Good question, and one we hadn’t gotten yet.

    Gene – Thanks… They’re one of the charities we believe in most.

  5. Joselyn says:

    I was just wondering if the Before and After projects have to involve construction renovations. Would you consider a room make over using refinished and restored furniture pieces purchased from thrift stores?

  6. Fred says:

    Joselyn, absolutely! Definitely submit the project…

  7. mary says:

    Hi! I just emailed my before and after breakfast nook. Would love to put your button on my blog but the above buttons don’t seem to be working- or I am not working the buttons right- which is probably more it.l Is there some html code that I can use to put the button up?


  8. Wes says:

    I guess I missed the boat this round. Anything coming up for the winter? Maybe next summer…I’ll be checking back in!

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