Monday, November 30, 2009

Super Dee Duper Before & After : One Year Later, Room By Room

Okay, so if you want to get technical it's been closer to a year and a half since we moved in. Whatever.

The point is, it's long overdue for a tribute to the power of a little primer and paint, just in case you missed the last 1,924 times I've testified to this universal truth. Is there anything cheaper, faster and more dramatic? Not in my book.

And now is the part where I support that statement with more before and afters than you ever cared to see, otherwise known as "projects around the house are so much cheaper than therapy."

So true, so true...

And lest you should think that the outside gets neglected, you really can't listen to what the neighbors say. Or my mom. Or sister-in-law. Or the city of Plano.

67 comments:

  1. WOW! You've done so much and mostly just with a gallon of paint and pictures! It's amazing! And I wondered if you did anything to the outside of your house. I knew you painted the mailbox but wondered about the door and shutters.

    I.Love.It. UH-MAZE-ING!

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  2. Wow. Totally stunning. I can't believe what an amazing transformation you've created.

    I will second your paint testimony but notice that you also subscribe to the Gospel of Moulding. I absolutely ADORE the panel mouldings in the dining room. Did you do that too? I wanna see a close up shot of how it looks because I've been planning a similar treatment for our entryway.

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

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  3. Wow! That is amazing!! All the paint colors go beautifully together-the moldings and woodwork look are so perfect! I will look back to see if you talked about your mantle. I have a raised fireplace, too, and a simple mantle-I love yours! Chunky but neat.

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  4. You've got a pretty amazing looking house! LOVE the laundry!

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  5. Love your blog. I have been looking around so much I forgot to go tuck my kids in-oops--
    We used to live in Mckinney Texas. If my hubby could find a great job there we would move back.
    I know just exactly where Plano is.
    Cheri

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  6. Beautiful Job! I love all of the colors and what you have done! You must be exhausted! We are working on some of the same things! Yucky Dark paneling!

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  7. This is a really REALLY cool post, girl. There isn't anything here I don't LOVE. Stunning! One day I hope to have my home done enough for such a photo shoot!

    So... paint much? ;)

    Donna

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  8. Dang at first I thought you were showing last years Christmas decor and this years. But as always I looked at ALL the pic;) I just love before and afters!

    And I want to see a pic of the poop shirt, heh heh.

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  9. You have been so so very busy. Can you do a tutorial on all your woodwork in your dining room? It is so beautiful and I'm trying to convince my man we can pull it off.

    Seriously, it's an amazing transformation! Yay for you!!!

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  10. You've done a MOST A-mazing job here! Well done!!! What a difference just paint makes indeed!!

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  11. Your house is stunning... love your colors and the wood work you've added... amazing!

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  12. You KNOW that your MOM loves it. I'm still trying to get the energy to paint JUST ONE THING.... It's not going to happen any time soon... Lots of ideas, but I spend tooo much time "thinking about how they MIGHT turn out" to actually DO anything... I was looking for cousin Heather's comment about "being sick" of all the creativity! LOL.... I'm still holding out until she reads it!

    Love IT despite my urge to purge!
    (but that is just from the stress of thinking about all the work it took to get it to where it is today)
    Love,

    MOM

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  13. Seriously amazing! I love it! Totally transformed, and like a new house! I love the picture of the dinning room with somebody peaking around the corner, too cute.

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  14. Amazing transformation! I just love all the colors of the different rooms! Wow, it's all breathtakingly beautiful!

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  15. Wow it looks so inviting! Y'all did a great job!

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  16. This is officially my favorite blog post EVER. I love before and afters AND I love your style. You've really made your house a home!

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  17. Your home is beautiful - I just kept going "wow" as I went from picture to picture. Great job & I'd love to know paint colors.

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  18. Your house is amazing!! I absolutely love what you have done. It is really incredible what paint and extremely good taste can do.

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  19. Wow, this is a testimony to the power of primer, paint & determination to finish a HUGE project. Thanks for sharing. Your images are beautiful & inspiring!

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  20. You home is Gorgeous! I love the colors, your style...all of it. Awesome job and I do mean that it was a job to get ALL of that done!

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  21. I've been reading your blog for a while, and I don't think I've ever commented. :) Your house is beautiful!! You have such great taste! And you've proven to many about the power of paint. Great job!

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  22. You ROCK!!! I'm stunned by every room. You have such an eye for style and transformation. Thanks so much for posting. You have given me inspiration.

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  23. WOW WELL DONE!!! REALLY! IT LOOKS SO GREAT!!!

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  24. What a transformation. Your home is gorgeous!

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  25. You are amazing my friend!!! What else can I say. My fav is your laundry room cupboard remake. Or, no, maybe the fireplace.

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  26. Oh my gosh Rebecca. I knew you were a genius, but to put all of your geniusness in one post is making me feel faint! Your house is be-u-ti-ful!!!!!!! Great Job.

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  27. wow....you have done some amazing work. Just beautiful

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  28. Hi! Amazing job! We too took an old house and brought it up to date to fit our family. I love your dining room table and have to know where you got it, and also your paint colors in your main living areas.

    Thanks,
    Brandi

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  29. Oh my goodness....that was a BEFORE & AFTER lover's dream!!! Fabulous!!! Loved it all. You did a great job!

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  30. Rebecca your house is lovely! You have been busy!! I love looking at all your photos.

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  31. Hey Girl, you are totally wasting your time at the deli. Everyone LOVES what you have done & what you continually do to your home. You need to start your business & make others love their homes too! You are truly an inspiration.

    P

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  32. So I really want to hire you to come redo my place once I get a real job and have the money. Maybe you could make it a working vacation to cali.

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  33. I feel so embarrassed, I didn't get you anything!

    I am too excited to think straight, with Christmas coming early and all. Ok, for starters, I love the laundry room I think the most, and I am reminded of the last time I saw it and decided I needed to switch to powdered detergent so I could put it in a fancy glass canister like you. So thanks for the reminder, although I did just buy 2 giant Costco jugs. Also, your eye for placement and spacing is really remarkable, I wish you came with an interactive web program so you could help me shuffle my stuff around my house. I reeeaaally liked getting to see the overall floorplan of your house and how all of these projects I've been following for the past year work together. And they do. This is like the best. post. ever.

    Am I gushing? I'm gushing. Sorry about that.

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  34. Wonderful inspiration. Great job!

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  35. Brandi - our table was a Craigslist find, so although the bottom has a stamp that says "Made In France" that's probably won't help you too much. We sold our old table and bought this one for only $50 more, so I consider it a steal.

    For everyone else who asked, the warm color in the dining room/living room/office/stairs is all the same (despite the light making it look different). It's called "Midsummer Gold" from the FreshAire line at Home Depot (color matched in Glidden paint). It's gold without being too gold....if that makes sense at all. Think butterscotch sauce that comes in a jar for ice cream sundaes. YUM.

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  36. That is amazing! I love it!

    Um, is your house always that clean? Because if it is, I want to smack you on the head in behalf of mothers everywhere. All in love, of course. :)

    Really, that is an incredible transformation! Makes me want to get out the paint again!

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  37. OMG-- LOVE IT!!!!!!! First of all, WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! Second of all, I want it. all. the R. (but not an R) the polka dotted shower curtain. You kitchen. Painting the bottom black wa GENIUS!!! The clock. Your living room in it's entire~ty. The numbered coat hooks- LOVE! The school size white board. The cabinets in your laundry room. Okay everything. :)

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  38. Oh, wow, your house is beautiful. This is definitely going to be an inspiration for me to get the rest of my projects finished.

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  39. WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE PAINT MAKES!! Your house looks so beautiful and the best part is...you have the satisfaction of knowing you did all of the hard work yourselves:) So cool! Hey, I wanted to see what the paint was that you used in your dining room...the tan color? Would you email me at jenniferrmead@aol.com and let me know?! I would so greatly appreciate it!

    Thank you!!

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  40. WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE PAINT MAKES!! Your house looks so beautiful and the best part is...you have the satisfaction of knowing you did all of the hard work yourselves:) So cool! Hey, I wanted to see what the paint was that you used in your dining room...the tan color? Would you email me at jenniferrmead@aol.com and let me know?! I would so greatly appreciate it!

    Thank you!!

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  41. WOW! is all i have to say.
    okay, this one's for you aunt carla: all this energy and creativity makes me want to puke! in a good way though. =) you're hired sista.

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  42. You're right - the paint makes a HUGE difference! Love all the molding you put up, too. The shelves int eh laundry are darling - everything is fab. Great job!!!

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  43. I have never seen so much paneling in one house, but oh! what a magnificent job you did. It is totally worth the time it took you to paint all the rooms. Well done!!


    Jayla

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  44. WOW!!! Will you come do mine??

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  45. I would like to move in, please! GORGEOUS. My favorite part is the boxed moulding ... I'm so jealous!

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  46. 48 comments? Who has that many friends?!?! Alright, so I'm still puzzled as to why you are not getting paid for this type of stuff. I mean really?! And with 2 adults, 5 children, and a plethera of animals, how in the world do you keep it so clean? You're like a real life Super Mom.

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  47. Wow! Where do I begin? This is fantastic! I love how fresh all the woodwork looks now throughout the house. I love how you paneled the top half of the fireplace! I love the faux fireplace in the sunroom. Wow wow wow!

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  48. You've entertained me for hours tonight! I love your blog! You did a great job on the home improvements! You are amazing!

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  49. IMPRESSIVE! What is the name/brand of that paint color that flows through the living room, room off the dining room and stairwell? It's the perfect shade of yellow-mustard-camel with a pinch if brown and green that would coordinate well with the style in my house.

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  50. What an inspiration you are to those of us who need to get painting done in our homes.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Lexy

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  51. HOLY HANNAH!!! I dont think I have anything funny or witty that everyone else has said.. its beautiful!!!!

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  52. Oh my goodness...what an amazing house you found. The bones of that house were wonderful--the floors, the countertops, and the ugly paneling that you turned into beautiful wainscotting!! You deserve a standing ovation for such a great tranformation while a little paint, a little elbow grease, and a great eye for design. I especially love the raised panels you added in the dining room--worthy of copying!! I also LOVE the big glass container for your detergent--BRILLANT!! I am so happy to have found your site!

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  53. WOW!! What great transformations!! Love this blog :)

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  54. WOW! Obviously, I'm not alone...the house is incredible! I actually really love the picture collage you have going alone the stairs, great way to showcase those meaningful photos.

    BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog! I am officially a fan of yours! =]

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  55. Gorgeous...you should pat yourself on the back and sit back with a glass of tea and admire the job you all did. Truly inspired.

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  56. wow..can you come do that to my house? hehe! You did an awesome job and it looks like a totally different house.

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  57. Hey, happened upon your blog and I just have to tell you, you are awesome at what you do! We sure loved what you did with our old house and you have done an excellent job on your new place in TX!

    Hope all is well with you guys! Merry Christmas!

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  58. Oh my goodness - I'm a huge believer in the power of paint too! Love it!! You did an amazing job.

    Quick question - we are wanting to do to our walls in our family room something like what you've done to your walls in your dining room. Any advice? What did you do exactly?

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  59. You have done a lovely job decorating your home. We are currently remodeling our home, and I'm excited about trying out some new ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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  60. IMPRESSIVE! What is the name/brand of that paint color that flows through the living room, room off the dining room and stairwell? It's the perfect shade of yellow-mustard-camel with a pinch if brown and green that would coordinate well with the style in my house.

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  61. The color was from the "Freshaire" brand at Home Depot: Midsummer Gold. If they don't still carry it, they should be able to look up the formula. Hope that helps!

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