Here a little, there a little.

Everybody loves instant gratification, that’s the whole MO of this blog! Before pic, after pic, boom. You just digested an entire kitchen remodel in 15 seconds.

But don’t get fooled or frustrated when your real life projects seem to take three times longer.  (Longer than you originally planned on, I mean.  Three times longer than 15 seconds is 45 seconds.  Good luck giving anything a makeover that quickly.  I can’t even make toast that fast).

Better After reader Joan chose to do her kitchen remodel as time and money permitted, which ended up taking seven years! It’s a game she enjoys, seeing what she can accomplish on a minimal budget without going into debt.  Piece by piece she replaced this outdated kitchen, starting with stripping the fruity wallpaper and repainting, installing new countertops a year later, then new flooring and appliances a few years after that.

It’s definitely a kitchen to be proud of, and so inspiring to see what can be done with a little money and a lot of patience.


outdated kitchen before |

Kitchen makeover on a budget! |


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Rain, rain, here to stay!

I woke up this morning (like 3am this morning) to rain pounding on my roof and wind howling. I stood there in my undies (sorry for the visual) staring out the window for a very long time, and freaking out any neighbors who happened to be awake at the same time and saw my pasty, ghostly self lingering in the window, because rain is a total novelty in Phoenix.  How much of a novelty you ask?  Well, they canceled school this morning.  For rain!  I know! It was so bad, they shut down the freeways and Matt couldn’t even drive to work.  There was a kid rowing a boat in the park across the street, no joke.  Mark your calendars, because the news is calling it the wettest day in state history.

So, I thought this would be an appropriate makeover to share. No, it’s not a rowboat makeover, or anything of the sort, it’s a stunning kitchen from Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof. She calls her style Vintage Modern Rustic, and I love that she has touches of each one in here.  PS: she made the island herself.  Be sure to check out her blog to see all the fun details of this space!

kitchen before |

rustic modern vintage kitchen makeover |

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The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single door.

Have you been wanting to do something crazy lately?  I’m not talking real crazy, getting yourself on the news crazy, I just mean like, fun crazy! Maybe you’ve been thinking, “Hey! I should paint my pantry door aquamarine.  Why the heck not?” Yeah man, just do it! I can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t.

Of course, then you will probably have to paint your kitchen cabinets, replace the hardware, add some beadboard, and change up your decor entirely too, but other than those four itty-bitty issues … why not?!

From Jessica at Realtor Jess.


kitchen before |

aqua kitchen with beadboard makeover |

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Seeing Things in Black & White

Happy Labor Day! It should really be called Day Off of Labor Day.  Except I am planning to use it to do a few projects around the house, and I suspect many of you might do the same, so Labor Day it is!

However, my daughter Mia, who is five, declared that she is throwing a pool party at the neighborhood pool; and has spent the entire weekend making posters and inviting strangers, so we might end up at the pool too.

So here is something to tickle your eyeballs before you head off to the pool or BBQ or hardware store.  Judy and Jess transformed this awkward space into a showroom-worthy dining room. I mean, it is stunning. Makes me want to do my entire house in black and white. And my wardrobe. Everything. Outside of my car. Inside of my fridge. Whatever.

Head on over to their site Verandah House to see all the delicious details!


veranda dining room before |


Verandah House dining room makeover |


PS: One more day to enter the HomeGoods giftcard giveaway!  Winner announced tomorrow.

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