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Creative Fridays: Before and After Party

So Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is hosting a Before and After Projects Party. She has done the most amazing projects! I also love decorating projects.

Unfortunately I wasn’t doing this blog for more than half of 2008 so I don’t have many before pictures of some of my smaller projects, but we did do some big projects in 2008. So here are some of the things we did: 1. We turned my formal dining room into my office/craft room.

It’s funny, we only used the dining room once or twice a year. We also had part of the open arch enclosed between the living room and dining room and had french doors put on so the office could be closed off. Now that it’s my office/craft room it gets used EVERY day. It’s probably the most used room in the house. Maybe even more used than the kitchen :-)

{Dining Room Before}
{Dining Room after (now Craft Room/Office)}

2. We painted the family room. (It took many cans of paint to decide on just the right shade.)

{Family Room Before}

{family room after}

3. When we moved in the girls’ bathroom was covered in fish! I scraped all of the wallpaper off, painted and then we had these frames made to hide the ugly stock mirrors.

{Girls’ Bathroom Before}
{Girls’ Bathroom After}

4. We also had a frame made to go on my son’s bathroom.

{Son’s Bathroom Before}
{Son’s Bathroom After}

5. We had white countertops in our Master Bathroom that always looked dirty. We put granite countertops in and had frames made to cover the mirrors.

{Master Bathroom Before} {Master Bathroom After}

5. Everything in our house was white and boring, so I painted the Living Room and recarpeted.

{Living Room Before} {Living Room After}

I hope to get many more projects done in 2009. Thanks for stopping by for my Top 5 Projects in 2008. Go on over to Rhoda’s site and see the hundreds of before and after projects that industrious bloggers did in 2008 — it is very inspiring! I had a Valentine’s project that I was going to blog about today, but I will save it for tomorrow.

Have a delightful day! –Jen


  1. What brand and color of paint did you use in the craft room?

  2. I absolutely love the mirror frames in the bathrooms. I have been trying to figure out how to get a more polished look for these big mirrors without having to demolish and repaint. Can you tell us how you did it? I would love to do the same for my daughters bathroom which i am redoing right now. Than you.

  3. I love the dining room/ studio I could sooo do this because we NEVER use our dining room but I have a $4000.00 dining room set that has been used maybe 4 or 5 times. What did you do with yours??? I love your blog too I am always coming to check out what projects you have going on. Thanks for sharing.
    Heather H

  4. Angela Beadle says:

    Love the frames on the mirrors, add such a visual element to the boring glass. Can you tell me where you had those done, I would love to find someone in my area to do them.