2013 Favs

Hey, everyone!  Happy New Year!  Our 2014 is off to a rough start with sick kiddos, but we’re so excited for a fresh start.  While Ben and I both love projects, sometimes it’s tough.  Roadblocks hit, things take longer than anticipated, or just an itch to get started on a new project.  It can feel like treading water.  Plenty to keep busy, but you’re not getting anywhere.  A look back on what has been accomplished or finished is an easy way to feel better.  What better time to reminisce than a new year?  So, here are some of my favorite projects from 2013.

In January we: Built wood storage and shelving, organized the main bathroom, crafted tree slice art, and art for our freshly finished fireplace.

Art On Mantel Overall

February included: A little demo, followed up with freshly painted walls (man is that a good feeling!), a thrifted dresser makeover and reveal, hey-o, a finished bathroom, then, of course, a toilet set back.


March was our guest room revamp month: Starting with cutting out the existing bookshelves, then styled shelves and a blue headboarda DIY pendant with wrapped cord, finished off with warm yellow walls.  Hey, we finished a room in a month.  That has to be a record for us.


April we had less focus:  The beginnings of a waterfall and landscape filled summerembroidered constellation artmodern rectangle quilt, and yet another thrifted dresser makeover.


May was furniture filled:  I crafted some cute hooks, foundrefinished, upholstered, and revealed $5 thrifted chairs, made and installed a PVC pendant.

MCM Chairs by Fireplace from Breakfast Nook

June was a little slower: Our biggest, most time-consuming project was building a reclaimed beam deck.  Between decking, I scraped off a popcorn ceiling and patched it, made a quick, rough (read, not museum quality…ever) large painting, cheaply and easily built canvas frames, and put a walnut to the test.


July was filled with landscape work and a fresh boys room: Ben finished the deck, built a bocce ball courtcustom beds while I made text bubble pillow cases, and painted Green Eggs and Ham art.


August, another month of outdoor work: stained the deckbuilding beam stairs, turn a book into a game boardhow to cut a round top for our thrifted table basenail and string plus art, and surprise, another thrifted chair!


We wrapped up outdoor work and did small crafts in September: Finally painted over the crazy blue in our bedroom, cringed while our landscaping washed away (lesson learned.  If I declare a project finished, something will happen to prove me wrong), created a wheeled stump side tableinitial bottle labelswood wrapped planterknock off clay wishbone, jewel toned fall scheme.


In October we: herringboned (now a verb) a table top, DIY’d an outdoor gas fire pitfixed the damaged back yardplotted our bathroom remodel, updated our coffee table top with V stripesunder $5 lyric art.


November was busy with family, but fewer projects: demoed the master bathroom, brought our MCM bench inside and gave it an update, sewed more pillows (shocker!) got crafty with paper mâchébuilt an entry console shelf, set a colorful Thanksgiving table with a painted plus table runner.


December had a lot of bathroom work and Christmas crafts: bought a real dining tableeasiest way to sew in a zipper, got in the Christmas spirit with a colorful scheme and felt garlandtiled the heck outta the bathroomplanked the ceiling and wallsdebated colors then painted the bathroom walls dark.  What a way to end the year.


Whew, makes me happy and exhausted going through it all again.  Now I’m even more excited to wrap up the bathroom and get started on another project.  What project have you tackled this year that makes you giddy?  Or makes you happy you’re done?

5 thoughts on “2013 Favs

  1. That bench, it makes me swoon! We just moved (AGAIN) and I’m having the hardest time finding some good antique/thrift shops. Even our Craigslist is disappointing. I’m going through some serious withdrawals!!

  2. Love your blog! I started following after your last kitchen was featured on YHL but then about a year or so ago I couldn’t find your blog! Maybe the web address changed without me knowing. Anyways, glad to find it again and the recap of the year got me back up to speed! Happy New Year!!

  3. Wow, my family would go nuts if I did that many projects in a year. Can’t wait until spring to see what you do outside. Happy New Year, I hope your sister is doing well.

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