Lampicillin

The Ugly Lamp Contest is coming soon!  Start training your eyeballs now so they will to be able to withstand the soul-crushing hideousness that is coming their way. I will have more info soon, but I am starting to accept submissions now, so send those original ugly lamp pics my way!  (Betterafter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp).

And in NON ugly lamp news, Christina at The Frugal Homemaker took this sickly set of brass lamps and healed them with a dosage of white paint.

(Truly, they weren’t that bad).  I’m a fan of brass and think it can look awesome in the right room, but white will always and forever be a classic favorite!

 

What a change white paint can make! See a white lamp makeover at betterafter.net

 

What a change white paint can make! See a white lamp makeover at betterafter.net


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Expect More

Every room should have an unexpected element.  But that unexpected element shouldn’t be something like: “Gee, I didn’t expect your powder room to be so … brown.”  That’s not what we’re going for.  I’m talking more like, “Oh wow, a live edge countertop in your powder room!?  I never would have thought of that!”

But that’s what Gina dreamed up when she banished all beige and brown from her powder room.  Truly looks and feels like an entirely different space! Well done.  See more on her blog What Gina Says.

 

See this light and beautiful powder room makeover at betterafter.net

 

See this light and beautiful powder room makeover at betterafter.net


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Getting Back to Business

Hey hey hey!  I have a few things to talk about today!  First of all, THANK YOU for all your sweet, sweet feedback on Better After Gives Back.  It was such a fun thing for me, and probably one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever done.  Did you watch the video?  I think my husband even cried. I’m hoping to make it a returning series, just as soon as I recover, so probably in like, a year.  Ha.

Secondly, THE UGLY LAMP CONTEST is upon us!  I’ll have more info on that coming up, but if you’ve been a part of it in the past, you know the drill.  Send in your most horrifyingly ugly lamp photo, (you do not need to personally own the lamp, but it must be an original photo) to me at betterafter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp.  I can hardly wait.  I actually get giddy about it every year.  It is so wrong it’s right.

Thirdly, I’ve been neglecting to announce a few giveaway winners.  So sorry.  Our $50 Leather Hide Store winner is Caitlin D., and the Kelly Edwards gift basket winner is Kimberly P., and you have both been emailed, so check your inbox if that sounds like you!

 

And fourthly, here comes a Monday morning makeover straight from Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. You know how they say black is slimming?  I think the opposite is true in furniture world, because this black desk was a hulking monster, but in white it looks like it has totally lost weight.  You been working out, desk?  What’s your secret?

 

Another win by white! Don't miss this desk and chair makeover at betterafter.net

 

Another win by white! Don't miss this desk and chair makeover at betterafter.net

 

How about that chair?  It used to be much more serious until Christy brought out its whimsical side with pretty scripted fabric vs. that former weird blue pleather.  See more at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

 

Another win by white! Don't miss this desk and chair makeover at betterafter.net

 

Another win by white! Don't miss this desk and chair makeover at betterafter.net


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Better After Gives Back: The final chapter.

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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.

jessi

 

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

 
 
 
 

Till next time!

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