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This post was written in partnership with Delta Faucet Company. I am a compensated endorser and judge of the Delta Mess Maker Before & After Contest, but all opinions expressed here are my own.

Hey folks! In case you haven’t looked at a calendar this morning, today is Friday. And on Fridays, I like sharing random things that have been going on lately, such as me getting to be a guest judge in an upcoming contest… and I want one of YOU guys to be the winner!

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Lemme explain. Have you ever been so good at something that you shouldn’t really (probably) be all that excited about, but you just have such a knack for it, you kinda can’t help but put it in the back of your mind as a “talent”? I’m talking Molly Ringwold’s lipstick trick in The Breakfast Club, talent. As many of you readers might be already aware of, one of my “talents” is making a HUGE mess in the middle of my projects. A lot of it has to do with my habit of skipping around from one room to work on something else in another, but it’s a mess nonetheless. And since home improvement by its very nature can get worse before they get better, it’s just a snowball effect. So, after all of the random stories of sharing all the messes I make, someone in the blogging community believes me to be such a complete mess that I have reached expert level. It’s like the weirdest video game setting of all time.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Delta Faucet and asked if I would be interested in serving as a guest judge for their Delta Mess Maker Before and After Contest. As in, trade professionals submit their own stories and photos of messy projects, and with my – uh, expertise with such things – I get to judge the best ones. Along with these two other talented ladies:

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Beth from Home Stories A to Z, Robin from Curb Appeal Renovations, and me!

Over the last few years of blogging, readers and design pros alike have shared their in-progress projects with me and given me the opportunity to see what others have accomplished, which I absolutely LOVE. It’s also why I think this contest could be right up our alley. Not only will I get to see even more before-and-afters, but one of my amazing readers could be the big winner!

delta faucet - ivory kitchen

The way the contest works is pretty simple: Delta wants celebrate design and remodel professionals to share their best before-and-after photos featuring Delta products. In exchange, the winner gets $2,000 in Delta faucets and accessories for their next makeover, along with a feature profile on their Inspired Pro site. And if my own kitchen makeover taught me anything, it’s that $2,000 can go a LONG way!

delta mess maker before and after

Entries have to be submitted by March 30, but that still gives you over a month to get the perfect “after” photo to really show off your hard work  (you can also share your entries on social channels using the hashtags #HappiMess and #MessMakerPro). I guess it also helps to know one of the judges, wink wink. See here for the full contest rules, and get to sharing your favorite project photos. I can’t wait to start drooling all over them.

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    1. The rules as specified to me were that it has to be a “trade professional”, but if you’re interested in entering, it might be worth it just to look up what it takes for that label to count. In some places/cases, it might not take much.

  1. Do you think this “before” picture would work or do I need one with a nasty kitchen? My finished kitchen has the Delta Velino faucet.


    This one probably wouldn’t work.


    I still have to do the backsplash, hopefully I can get that done by the end of the month.

  2. I’m trying to imagine a weird talent where I’ve achieved expert level… maybe “Re-wiring a house and eating a whole thing of Ben and Jerry’s afterward”?

    Either way, the contest sounds fantastic–some GREAT photos to come out of it!

  3. We Love Delta Products and install them most everyday. Thank You for your very informative site!