before the after …

There can be no “after” without the “before.”


Well, I guess technically there can be an after.  But isn’t it  just so much more dramatic with the before?


So, before any paint touched the living room walls – but not before the paint samples and painter’s tape went up – I shot some living room “befores” …






And since I’m keeping it real here on the blog, couldn’t resist a little color commentary …








I didn’t get to the dining room before I started priming so you’ll have to settle for a glimpse of the “in-between” …




You can also get an eyeful of dining room “befores” on this old holiday post …


P.S. You can find the living room afters by clicking here …

board and batten living room

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  1. says

    Perspective is good.
    But…. You have UN OPENED packages?!?! Seriously? Mine are almost ripped apart before they make it in the door. I love getting packages!

  2. says

    Ooh, I am excited, Linda! That blue is going to be fabulous. And I really like your hutch in the corner–I think that is what you call it. The medium size with a plant on top, that is a great piece.

    PS-I am painting my kitchen while my husband is at a Memphis Grizzlies game next week. Sshhh, it is a secret. 😉

  3. says

    Before pictures are so great. I’m not sure why I so often forget to take them. It really adds to the drama of it all. 😉


    P.S. Love Ernie. I just repainted my dining room while my cat napped yesterday and he woke up and you could just sense his confusion as he walked in circles around the dining room over and over again.

  4. says

    Oh Linda! I KNOW it is going to be amazing! I can’t wait to see it when you are finished….and I blog and watch Sex and the City reruns, too! Maybe that’s why we are BFF’s!

    Happy day to you!

    :) me

  5. says

    Tim and I are diving into Board and Battenland. (Sounds like a place where your coaster only goes sideways and up and down.)

    We’ve studied your tutorial. ALMOST….so close to picking a color. (Realizing that since we we’ll be replacing our light fixture that honestly, the new light might completely change the color…so jst pick a darn color and move on. Or, wait and get the light first, but that’s so not happening.)

    Wish us luck :)

    BTW – Soooo enjoyed your captions :)

  6. says

    First – my Christmas door is still up, but it is snowflakes so I think that technically I’m ok. 2nd. I think your LR rug would work in my LR after I paint it white. Are you going to sell? If so, can you send me some info and a better picture? 3rd. You are going to love this when it is done – I can tell already. 4th, I’m so addicted to TV that I hate it when I have to turn it off to take pictures.

  7. says

    Love these before pictures! And we have a few (yes, a few, to be exact) of those fake dusty plants around here too. I might have accidentally included one of them in a recent blog picture. And we also have a few brown walls left, you’re not the only one! It was the style at the time, right?? :) That probably means that 10 years from now when everyone will be wondering why we painted all of our walls blue….


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