Have you ever noticed how the DIY and design shows on HGTV and DIY Network always show a before and after montage at the end? They do that because of the dramatic impact it has on the viewer.
You should always take before and after photos of your own projects too. The sweat equity you put into transforming a room will be that much more valuable if you can compare your final results to the original.
It can be difficult to grab that camera when you really don’t like the “before.” Take my powder room for instance—I was horrified for anyone at my house to use that boring, bland bathroom, let alone put it on the Internet for the entire world to see.
I knew I was going for big changes in this room, so I wanted to have a reminder of how much it would really change.
I ripped out the pedestal sink and replaced it with a sink vanity I built out of a friend’s old kitchen table. Instead of staining it like a traditional vanity, I painted it with Glidden’s Seal Grey, which I find to be a perfectly neutral grey. I put three coats of really good polyurethane on the wooden surfaces so that I wouldn’t have any problem with the water splashed from the sink. The pedestal sink I replaced was just fine, but now I have a real showstopper piece for my guests to use when they visit my home.
I also needed to get rid of the blah blah builder’s beige, so I painted the whole room in a deep navy, similar to Rich Navy by Glidden®
. I added a great graphic stencil on the back wall in Glidden’s
Smoked Turquoise, the same color I used in my dining room (which is next to the powder room). The stencil gives the room a unique feel, but the repetition of the same color from the dining room to the powder room unifies my entryway area.
One of my favorite ways to freshen a room is to clean and repaint the trim work, which I did during my powder room makeover. The Glidden
Door and Trim paint is exceptionally easy to use without the irritation of brush marks and drips. I’m tempted to repaint all of the trim in my house with it now.
A few accessories—such as updated fixtures, a custom piece of artwork, a pair of vintage shutters and a retro owl statuary—brought my powder room from functional to fun.
After putting in a lot of my own sweat equity, I now have my own great before and after montage.
Dramatically different, yes? Sometimes, I feel like I should frame the “before” and put it in the bathroom next to Hooty McOwlface. Perhaps that would be a bit too much, even for me.