Before and After contest Entry

There’s a before and after contest over on “One Project Closer” and I decided to enter my dining room. It could be fun right?

You submit pictures and a story from a renovation you* worked sometime over the past year. Every Sunday throughout the Summer (starting June 20, 2010) , we pick the best of the submissions we’ve received so far and we run the story on our site. If your submission is picked, you get a $50 gift card to either Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon. And, the best part – we make a donation of $100 to Habitat for Humanity in your honor!

At the end of the Summer, we post all of the entries together, and the community votes for the best project. The winner gets a bonus $150 gift card to one of the three stores above.

I entered my dining room in the contest and thought I’d share the photos here too. It’s come a long way since last year when we purchased the house.

That was the dining room before and the furniture is not mine. The wall paper had small stamped images of some sort on it with a border of people drinking. The floor has scratched and chipped parts and looks meh. The color looks better on photo than in person and the chandelier was tacky brass. So the first step was painting the chandelier.

vintage chandelier

It took a whole $20 to make that change (light bulbs included) and we left the room alone for a little while. We then purchased paintable wallpaper, dark teal paint, and some wood for trim. It was time to make the room pretty.

paintable wallpaper

Next up was redoing the floors. That was loads of fun!… yeah…

Which leads us to the way the room is now.

Going through the old posts about this room, my total is far lower than I thought it would be. Under $400 for the room which seems to be about the average we’re spending per room to reno them. Now if only I could actually do the kitchen for that much. HA!

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3 thoughts on “Before and After contest Entry

  1. raindancer says:

    I think it looks fabulous, and I adore the color!

  2. Brianne says:

    It’s so funny. There is such a difference.

    Like Old People VS Young People. The first one is … *gag* tan. And yours is nice and bright and colorful.
    The after is much better than the before imho.

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