Better After Gives Back: The final chapter.


I really hope you’ve enjoyed this week of Better After Gives Back! I had so much fun doing it. Here are the links to the last few days if you’ve missed anything: Part 1   Part 2  Part 3 Part 4

Let’s have a quick recap:

- As my blogiversary neared, I decided I’d like to do a little ‘giving back’ as my way of saying thanks to all those who have given to me over the years.

- I decided to do a surprise makeover for someone who could use a little pick-me-up.

- I chose Jessi, a single mom of four girls who moved herself into a tiny, drab bedroom after her divorce so that her girls could have the master bedroom.

- Jessi left town for a few days.

- I assembled a crew of friends and family, and we transformed her bedroom and bathroom into a space that mirrored her spunky, vibrant personality.

We managed to capture her reaction on video!  Remember, she had absolutely no idea that anything had happened. (If you’re reading this in a reader, you may need to click over).


Did you like the part where I pop out of hiding, give her a hug, then realize I’m 100% grimy and in no state to be recorded and awkwardly slink away?  Ha!

Once again, I have to give huge thanks to everyone that helped.  There is no way I could have pulled it off without the help and talents and kindness of Stephanie Alger and her crew, Franki Ely, Laura Earl, Krystal Avila, Dandi Wright, and their families. It was a lot of work, but so rewarding.

And a special thank you to Nicki Willis, who not only worked her tail off making sure everything was perfect for Jessi, she also captured the moment and created the video.  Check out her production company Prickly Pear Blooms Productions if you’re in the Phoenix area and looking for a great videographer.

And three cheers for Jessi, who now has a restful retreat full of light and good vibes. I hope she can feel the love of all her family and friends around her every time she walks in, and that she loves it as much as we all love her.



And one more big thanks to these kind-hearted companies who made it possible:


Till next time!


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Better After Gives Back: Part 4

(This week I am sharing something I like to call ‘Better After Gives Back,’ which is a surprise makeover for someone whose home could use a little pick-me-up! Confused? Start here.)

I wanted to share a few details of the room today, and one of my favorites is this oversize print, “In The Air” by Ina Christensen.  It just sums up everything I wanted Jessi’s room to feel like: free-spirited, whimsical and fun!  A happy little reminder not to take life too seriously.  The colors are fantastic too.

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This print and many more are available at, an online gallery that connect art lovers with artists.  They were so super awesome to work with and generously donated this artwork for Jessi’s makeover.

When I say they were awesome to work with, I truly mean it. My computer froze up in the middle of my order, so I called customer service and talked to A REAL PERSON.  And not some call-center robot, a real person from the real company, who fixed my problem by taking down my order by hand and inputting it the system herself.  Also, the art you order comes directly to you from the artist themselves, so there is tons of original work to discover that you won’t find everywhere else.  Very cool.

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The nightstand was a yard-sale score, and I found the cute little owl lamp at Wal-Mart!

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Where is this fabulous bedspread from, you ask?  I’ll tell you.  It’s from a pile of stuff we found in Jessi’s garage that she was planning to yard-sale.  Not so fast Jessi.  This bedspread is perfect. Look at all that texture, yum.  It just needed to be brought to life with pretty pillows, that’s all.

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The jewelry storage was a fun little accessory that was born from these old drawer fronts: detail jewelry before

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I just spray painted them white, then used a bunch of fun Rustoleum colors on random hooks to create this display.



The little chair was an $8 thrift-store find, and the reason that it looks so good is that I didn’t recover it!  Credit for that goes to Laura; I would have thrown my staple gun through the window trying to recover all those round edges.



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By now you are probably thinking: Ok Lindsey.  So, you broke into Jessi’s house while she was gone, spent three days feverishly transforming her bedroom and bathroom with the help of her friends and family, all without her HAVING A SINGLE CLUE that this was even going on, what the heck did she think about it?!?!

Stay tuned.  That part is tomorrow!



Part 1 Here  Part 2 Here Part 3 Here

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Better After Gives Back: Part 3

(This week I am sharing something I like to call ‘Better After Gives Back,’ which is a surprise makeover for someone who could use a little pick-me-up! Confused? Start here.)

Jessi’s room was shaping up into the space I had imagined: light, airy, colorful and fun.  But her bathroom across the hall was another story.  Like the bedroom, it had long ago been decorated with her little girls in mind.  It had a princess theme going on, a deep beige color on the wall, and the cabinets were not in the greatest shape either.  0% worthy of a fun-loving-woman.

Even though it’s not attached to the bedroom, this is Jessi’s space, so I still wanted to tie the two together.  The bathroom got the same paint color as the bedroom, and then I brought in the coral and aqua colors with a few accessories.




Here’s a fun little story.  I wanted a great big shower curtain to go all the way up to the ceiling. But due to the serious time crunch, I was at the mercy of whatever the nearest store had in stock. Wouldn’t you know, NO ONE sells oversize shower curtains.

Then Jessi’s friend Laura, (who had a huge hand in helping out throughout this entire makeover) mentioned that she had some fabric that might work.  And she knew for certain that Jessi would like it, because it just so happened that she had bought it from Jessi!  Apparently Jessi had spotted this fabric at the fabric store, and loved it so much she bought several yards of it on a whim. But she never could decide what to do with it, so Laura offered to buy it from her and help her recoup the cost.

Laura couldn’t remember if the color would work or not, but she ran home to get it, and when she returned, we were all so excited to see that it was a perfect match!  And there was exactly enough to make an over-sized shower curtain.  And then I got verklempt over a shower curtain.



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Nothing easier than adding color with towels.  I much prefer a towel bar over hanging towels on hooks, mostly because towels on hooks look like ghosts!






Another cute story: Jessi’s sister Dandi lives far away but wanted to play a part in the makeover too, so she ordered some colorful prints online and sent them to a local store for pickup.  We picked out the colors that looked best and framed them, then Jessi’s adorable niece Sara spent a ton of time decorating the frames.  How could you not feel anything but loved when you looked at that everyday!?


The vanity got some love as well, with a treatment from Reclaim Beyond Paint.  More than just paint, this is an extra durable technology that bonds to just about any surface, and doesn’t require tons of prep work.  No sanding, no stripping, no priming, that’s the promise!  And that was perfect for me, because ain’t nobody got time for that!  Seriously, I didn’t.  Jessi was coming home the next day.


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Overall, it did everything it said it would.  It was super easy to apply.  I did about three coats total, and although the box suggested using a roller, I found that a foam brush gave me less texture.  It is meant to have a slightly textured finish, however, to help hide flaws and bond the paint better.  Comes in lots of colors, AND has a countertop refinishing formula as well. Check it out if you want to change up the look of your cabinets without a ton of hassle!

Sharing just a few more details tomorrow, thanks for hanging out!  I hope you’re enjoying Better After Gives Back!


Part 1 Here  Part 2 Here

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Better After Gives Back: Part 2

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