The Best Outdoor Spaces (Before + After!)

Is there anything more satisfying than a before and after photo of big room makeover? Let’s just say it’s up there in the “makes my brain happy” category. I wrote a blog post a few years ago with our favorite room renovations (here’s part one and part two) and now that summer is coming to a close, I thought it would be a good time to showcase our favorite outdoor spaces.

Get ready to make a “jaw dropping” face, when you see some of these photos, because … wow. Let’s do this!

As you can see above, Emma’s front porch had a lot of potential to be cute and cozy, but it was pretty lackluster. The solution? Tile! It’s rare to see a tiled front porch, and I couldn’t believe how nice (and fancy) it looked. It’s even more eye-catching in person!

Over the years, I’ve learned that Laura can do any (and every kind) of DIY known to man—especially the ones that seem impossible. When she decided to transform her carport into an outdoor porch, I couldn’t believe how incredible the transformation was!

Elsie’s pool and back patio area went from drab to fab (as cheesy as that sounds, haha) after she added a safety fence, white paint, and pink and green poolside decor. The wood fired pizza oven made a pretty big difference, too. 🍕

Remember when we featured Andi’s greenhouse DIY on the blog? It’s the craziest makeover I’ve ever seen, in a good way. You can seem more pictures here—they’re amazing.

Laura brought the colors of Palm Springs to her home in Nashville with this painted concrete porch floor DIY. It reminds me of a cool hotel patio!

Here’s a makeover idea that anyone can do—painting a front door! It’s an easy, budget-friendly way to give your home a fresh new look, just like Elsie did here.

Wow! The most noticeable difference (to me) from this deck makeover is the wood. Can you believe it was refinished?

Mandi also added a slat wood privacy fence and pergola. Next level stuff! You can also read her tips for decorating an outdoor space here—so helpful!

This one brings back so many memories of working in the ABM studio house. This area needed some major love to become a perfect spot to hang with friends and sip cocktails (off the clock, of course). 😉

I saved the most “controversial” post for last. Painted exterior brick. Either you love it or you really, really disagree with it. I have to say, though, the white makes such a big difference with these particular homes. They look brighter (obviously) but more put together, and it fits the style so such better. What do you think?

I can’t wait to see what our team does next. I’m along for the ride! xo, Jacki

  • It is interesting to see how the quality has been raised over the years, and that is a good thing! Looking at the old ABM studio house, you see how the bottom of the wall is completely unresolved and seems like it will keep rotting. Compare that to the meticulous angles of the woodwork Laura cut for the privacy fence/divider in the carport. It is great to see that as the business has grown, so have your skills!

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