Before and After 2010: Vote for the Best!

October 2, 2010 | by Fred (email) |

Autumn is upon us and with it comes one of our favorite times of the year, the end of this Summer’s Before and After contest!

We had some absolutely fabulous winners this year from all across the blogosphere, each of whom received a $50 gift card for their winning submission! We wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who either entered or promoted the contest on their own sites!

We were able to donate $1300 to Habitat for Humanity on behalf of our winners, and raise awareness of Habitat’s mission each week in our entries!

Now it’s time to select the one, best Before and After of Summer 2010 and award them the grand prize: a $150 gift card to the home improvement store of their choice! You can review each of the entries below and vote for the best at the bottom of this article.

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Before & After Stories

#1 – Lauren @ Chezerbey gives us a complete front porch and facade makeover of her 1910 house.

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#2 – Laura @ Olive & Love gives us a great idea for using shutters as wall decor.

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#3 – Brittany @ Pretty Handy Girl converts a closet into a reading nook.

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#4 – Greg @ GroogsBlog remodels a basement into a family room.

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#5 – Lisa @ Pennington Point encloses an alcove on her porch to make a bedroom.

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#6 – Shauna makes over a small kitchen on a tight budget.

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#7 – Sara @ Russet Street Reno converts a mud room into an inspiring art room.

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#8 – Candice in Southern California remodels her bathroom with green features.

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#9 – Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality remodels an old staircase into a black and white, modern look.

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#10 – Brien C remodels his kitchen on a tight budget.

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#11 – Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors gives us very eclectic and interesting wood stairs.

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#12 – Michael @ Better DIY gives us a fantastic deck remodel complete with instructions.

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#13 – Kate @ Centsational Girl adds fantastic accents to her laundry room.

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#14 – Traci @ Beneath My Heart stained her patio to look like tile.

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Cast Your Vote!

(Voting is open for 1 week, through noon Saturday, October 9, 2010)


13 Responses
  1. I voted for #11 even though as a flooring contractor I hope the idea doesn’t catch on – I would rather sell hardwood with a carpet runner…Diane

  2. Ethan says:

    These are some awesome B&Aers! Tough choice….

  3. Lauren says:

    Great contest – and it’s so cool how you’ve tied it to a great cause. Congrats on the fat donation!

  4. Sara K says:

    The “porch turned bedroom” is GENIUS – I wouldn’t have thought she’d have near enough space. And how cool to let your kid sleep inside rather than on the porch ;0) Great job, Lisa @ Pennington Point.

  5. How does one choose a favorite? These are all awesome projects ! I see some friends in that lineup, you are making this difficult ! We’re all winners right?

    Thanks Ethan and OPC gang for hosting this contest! Honored to be included.

  6. Ditto to what Kate said. Such a difficult choice! Thanks too for allowing me to be in the lineup. 🙂


  7. Jeez, how can I compete? Number 1 is so amazing, but there are so many that deserve to win. Congrats to everyone!

  8. Bill Johnson says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No. 2 is SOOOOOOOOO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    William L. Johnson
    Pahrump Coins, NV

  9. Katherine says:

    Such great ideas…..

  10. Traci says:

    Thanks for hosting such a great contest! I am honored to be listed with the rest! Such great inspiration. 🙂

  11. Ali Hurlbert says:

    The shutters have it hands Down!!! What a GREAT idea

  12. Leen says:

    Can I vote for them all? Such great projects! Thanks to everyone of you for the inspiration!!

  13. Congratulations Traci! Your patio makeover was fabulous. Can’t wait to see what you do next ;0).


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