Top Ten of Oh Nine

Hello! I thought we could ring in the new decade here at Better After by taking a little look back at some of my very favorite projects from this year. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here they are!
 We don’t have to look too far back for this one, it’s the last thing I posted! I told you I love it. It’s the coffered ceiling that gets me! And that light fixture.

Long ago, this lamp was one of the very first things that inspired me to start this whole Better After blog. It’s such a dramatic change using only pocket change! One of my very faces.
 I envy every single thing about this room. Michelle knows what she likes and knows exactly how to execute it. My bedroom is currently this very same color, so who knows? Maybe the new year will bring a funkdified bedroom makeover for me! 
A major change that she created with her own bare hands! Paint, moulding, wallpaper and lots of elbow grease pay off in a major way. I was proudly showing off this project before I even had a blog, like I had done it myself or something!
I’ve featured Karli several times, and this particular post is one of my favorites. What I love about her is her fabulous eye for color. While I’m deciding between white or off-white, she’s fearlessly turning out things like this turquoise table and mossy green buffet. I resolve to make this a Fearless New Year!

I asked my husband to pick one of his favorite posts, and with hardly a second of thought he named this one. I have to agree, it’s a classic!
 How could this one NOT be on the list? It is definitely has a place in Better After history. Lindsay rescued this horrible, horrible coffee table emblazoned with a poorly painted Kid Rock and Britney Spears motif and not only transformed it, but resurrected and exalted it.
 This was a fun one. It was the same cheap, builder-grade chandelier that could be found anywhere and that’s what made it fun, because EVERYBODY had one! So many different takes on the same thing. A few more chandelier makeovers trickled in after that, see them HERE and at the bottom of this post HERE.
 So many great, great kitchen redos to choose from, but I think this one might be my very favorite. 
 The post that started it all. A perfect example of flipping something on it’s head and looking at it in a totally new light. Add a little spray paint and what was once ugly and unloved is transformed into something functional and beautiful. 
 Well, there you have it. That was hard! There were many that I wanted to include. I could have done a Top 50! What were some of your favorites? What would you put on the list? 
 Anyway, thanks for a great year, and for your support of my blog. It means the world to me! I’ve got some good stuff lined up and please keep those projects coming my way!

Happy New Year!


  1. December 31, 2009 / 4:54 PM

    I never saw the little kitchen! That’s awesome!
    But, I still think the Kid Rock coffee table should have taken the #1 spot! 😉

    Happy New Year!

  2. December 31, 2009 / 4:54 PM

    I never saw the little kitchen! That’s awesome!
    But, I still think the Kid Rock coffee table should have taken the #1 spot! 😉

    Happy New Year!

  3. December 31, 2009 / 4:54 PM

    I never saw the little kitchen! That’s awesome!
    But, I still think the Kid Rock coffee table should have taken the #1 spot! 😉

    Happy New Year!

  4. December 31, 2009 / 5:11 PM

    I have found so many great ideas this year at Better After. I don’t think I could pick my top ten, but I love the TomKat kitchen and Kate’s staircase.

  5. December 31, 2009 / 5:32 PM

    Love your blog, so glad you introduced me to it 🙂 Happy New Year!

  6. December 31, 2009 / 5:38 PM

    I love your blog…it’s so much fun to see the befores and afters. It’s very motivating. Thanks for a great year and looking forward to a great 2010…Happy New Year!

  7. December 31, 2009 / 5:58 PM

    Hiya and Welcome Back – you’ve been missed!!

    I think I saw all of your list – wow – and great picks too!

    Can’t wait to see what you un-earth for us this New Year!

    Happy New Year to you and your’s, be safe and know you are appreciated here in bloggy land – don’t know who was causing you grief, read a bit about it on another post, but {{cyber hugs}} coming your way!!

  8. December 31, 2009 / 8:11 PM

    Wow thanks for posting the recap – I’m a new blogger and have not had the chance to check out your previous posts. It is hard to pick a favorite…the planter though is genius! Thanks for sharing – Happy New Year!

  9. December 31, 2009 / 8:34 PM

    You’ve already heard my favorites…I’m already freaking out about not only painting but owning white cabinets. Sounds like a huge ordeal I’m going to have to re-talk myself into many times between now and April!

  10. December 31, 2009 / 8:46 PM

    This is a really great post. I just found your blog recently and love it. I especially love the staircase, the coffee table and the kitchen makeover. Amazing. Happy New Year to you!

  11. January 1, 2010 / 5:48 PM

    You never fail to inspire.

    Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!

  12. January 2, 2010 / 2:44 PM

    so many great projects! i am honored my kitchen made the list. thanks!!

    happy 2010 to you!!

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