Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"You Should See the Before Picture" Party

Jen from Sanctuary Art is hosting a party today entitled "You Should Have Seen The Before Picture!" Party, and as she has said, it's not for the squimish or faint of heart because she bares all in her decor pictures. Well Jen doesn't bare all, but you know what I mean. She shows before and afters of decor from days gone by.

Since I've only had my digital camera for a year I don't have many "before" photos except for this one project I worked on right before I started my blog.


We've lived here for 6 years and I was so thrilled to find this house because of the beautiful dark hardwood floors, recently installed, and the white woodwork, which had also recently been painted. We repainted most rooms but there was always one curious thing about the dining room and the master bedroom. They had a strip of white crown molding under the stained crown molding. Now, I understand their reasoning. The doors and stairway were part stained wood, part white. So I guess their thinking was that if they "mixed it up" in the woodwork department it would look like it was intentional... WRONG! All it did was look disjointed and made the rooms seem smaller and drew the ceilings down.

Every single day I looked at it and hated it. You know how that is. You hate something, but you just don't take the time and effort to fix it? Well, that's what I did for 6 stupid years, until I just took the plunge, grabbed the paint can and went to work.

It was one of those "V-8" moments where you slap yourself on the head and say "Why didn't I do that 6 years ago?"

You may not be able to tell alot of difference, but believe me, it looks sssooooooo much better, higher ceilings, bigger room, cleaner. Yeah, finally!

Hope you have fun with some "befores and afters"!



  1. Ok, I've done this before. I'm going to have to learn to be careful with the comments section. It's a jumpy little appartatus! I just accidently rejected 5 comments on this post.
    Jan @ Summer Sundays
    Jodie @everything vintage (we have the same furniture and wall color.) We know we were seperated at birth.
    Shanty2Chic Whitney
    I learned something else today. Please drink a full cup of coffee before messing with the comment page.
    Thanks gals. Love hearing from you all. Sorry I'm such a goober.

  2. I absolutely love the trim painted. What a beautiful room. The colors are my favorite, great chandelier and buffet.

    Nice place to dine!!!

    Inspired Comblogulations
    Debra, I am leaving you my website for my paintings...thanks for your comments on my doors.

  3. Lovely room, sweets! I love the white! Opens EVERYTHING UP!

    Hugs to you...your home is simply gorgeous!


  4. Deb, that white makes ALL the difference! And the best thing is, paint is the quickest and cheapest way to make a BIG imapct. Good call!
    ~ Anne

  5. The crown definitely looks a ton better painted! Really opens it up! Good job!

  6. It looks amazing painted white! It just opens up the entire room! Thanks so much for joining in on the party! Jen

  7. It looks soooo much better painted white! Looks grandiose! ;) You did a wonderful job!

  8. I will never cease to be amazed at what a can of white paint can accomplish. Looks so much fresher and modernized!

  9. So much better in all white. Looks great!

  10. That's a great change! White makes the room look fresh and open! Great Job ~Ashley~ shanty2chic

  11. The white does look so much better with the rest of the room. Great job!

  12. Deb - Hey - the all white molding makes ALL the difference! Good choice even if it took some time and work!

    Thanks for following our blog! I'll be following yours now - love what I see. Take care, Andrea (Junk Girl)

  13. The crown moulding looks beautiful! Great job...

  14. Love paint! It is the cheapest decor fix and the easiest. Love the diff that this made and yep, I've had those v-8 moments myself! Looks great!

    yapping cat

  15. I love the look of the crown trim painted white. Isn't it amazing the difference a little change can make. We just spent labor day painting an accent wall in our bedroom blue, and I love it.
    I enjoy your blog, thanks for sharing with us.

  16. You're so right Debra...it looks a hundred times better! Good job.
    Your house looks fabulous
    Have a great week

  17. Girl, you are my hero! It looks beautiful and you are absolutely right...it does open it up.
    You have a lovely home and thanks for sharing it with me!
    P.S. This is why I don't mess with the comments...I wish I knew how to tell you to get them back, but I don't know if there is a way!

  18. Wow, definitely made a big difference. Thanks for the reminder not to stick with something we hate.


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