Twelve Months of Favorites

December 29, 2010

It’s roundup time right?  My good friend Rhoda is hosting a fab party, and how perfect is a ‘Top Projects’ post this time of year?  Here are my favorite projects from 2010, the ones that gave me the most satisfaction, taught me something new, scared the bajeezus out of me, or simply made my world a better place. 


That ‘Five Days to a Fresh Start’ series where I kicked my booty into gear with some serious decluttering, recycling, filing, and all natural cleaning



I repainted my kitchen island and walls.  There are more improvements on the horizon next year for this space, including a new backsplash just behind the range.  The white tile stays, the yellow can say ‘buh bye’. 

painted island



I refurbished this patina dresser, but not before I dealt with two kinds of strippers



We upgraded my stepdaughter’s bedroom in shades of turquoise and white, added silver leaf to her lamp, and a new DIY tufted headboard



The Laundry Room makeover!  Project breakdown here



I had a close encounter with a black widow spider while trying to makeover a bistro set.



The kids’ playspace got a few upgrades and a new cornice to go with the painted laminate media center (faint glimpse to the right). 

And we finally added wainscoting to the living room.



IKEAhack!  This Hemnes dresser was given some fun trim for my boy.

And our family room got a little sprucing too.  Can you tell I’m a fan of blue?



I found a free chandy at the local Restore, rewired it, and gave it a little love.



Hands down, my favorite DIY project this past year, the new staircase !!!

stairs before and after



A new storage solution found with this credenza makeover.


And a favorite color appears on this very vintage dresser.



Check out over 600+ amazing links from the Christmas Craft Link Party.  Bookmark it for next year!!  I’ll be browsing there again in 2011, that’s for sure. 

You can also see the full Holiday Home tour here.

cg holiday home tour

What a strange, wonderful, amazing year this was!!  It was so fun going through old posts, laughing at so many things that have happened, and appreciating so many of the ‘Before’ and ‘Afters’ shared.  I’ve enjoyed every day interacting with all of you who stop by to visit, and I look forward to the New Year as we all grow in our skills and continue to inspire each other even more.   

Cheers to yet another amazing year in 2011 ! 




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