Best of 2017 & Gratitude

I don’t usually do these ’round-up’ kinda posts, though given we’re already into the second week of January and I still had a Christmas-themed project at the top of my blog I thought I’d better publish something new.

To be honest, the idea of looking back through my archives was a little daunting. I was dreading being confronted by how little I’d achieved for the year. Luckily, I was actually pleasantly surprised – just don’t go comparing me to anyone who’s semi-efficient though, mkay?

I know most bloggers select their annual top posts based on traffic stats though that’s all a bit fancy for me so I’ve just decided to choose some of my favourites.

So, here they are (in descending date order).

1  A BUDGET-FRIENDLY LAUNDRY ROOM REFRESH

DIY Mini Barn Door Tutorial

At the very beginning of the year I surprised you all (and myself!) with a super quick and inexpensive mini-makeover of my parent’s laundry/powder room. Such a rewarding project and fun transformation!

2  HOW TO ADD TRIM TO PLAIN DOORS

Budget Laundry Makeover with DIY Door Trim

Everyone loves an easy and effective DIY. This step-by-step tutorial showed you exactly how to add character to any boring door.

3  DIY MINI BARN DOORS…A COMPLETE TUTORIAL

How to Make these DIY Sliding Barn Doors

One of my most popular DIY projects ever! This was a complete experiment which actually worked perfectly (phew!).

4  DIY OVER-SIZE BOOK PAGE QUOTE ART

Custom Large Scale Quote Art Signs

I was completely overwhelmed by the response I received to these quote art signs. They were so popular I’ve already released two additional sets (and plan to share more in 2018!) plus began offering custom versions through my little shop.

EASY DIY FAUX MULTI-DRAWER CABINET HACK

DIY Multi-Drawer Cabinet...using vinyl peel and stick planks!

This was a project I’d been dreaming-up for a few years. And once I started it evolved into such an achievable DIY I couldn’t wait to share how anyone can create something similar with ease!

A FILE CABINET HACK

Farmhouse Style Filing Cabinet Redo

When Charlotte’s bedroom called for some practical craft storage I couldn’t go past a modern file cabinet…of course I had to make it look pretty too though.

THE RE-LOVE PROJECT 2017

Amazing DIY Perforated Dresser Upcycle

My absolute favourite project for the year…possibly ever! If you missed the transformation of this dresser, best you hop on over and check it out now.

CHARLOTTE’S BEDROOM REVEAL

After four years I finally managed to finish my daughter’s big girl room. It was worth the wait.

EASY DIY VINTAGE STYLE CANVAS PAINTINGS

DIY Antique Paintings

What’d you do when you can’t find your desired decor items at an affordable price? Have a go at making your own of course! This was a fun little project with charming results.

10  MY CHRISTMAS TREE

DIY Clay Ornaments

I know Christmas fades from existence the moment December 26 hits the calendar, however I’m still in love with this sweet little tree.

You can view all of my posts for 2017 here.

In other more important news, I wanted to extend all of my readers a huge THANK YOU!

You are the reason this little blog of mine keeps chugging along. You’re my main source of drive, excitement, anticipation and enthusiasm.

I am grateful for your e-friendship beyond words.

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23 Comments
  1. Katie Graham says:

    I love the oversized quote art! Any plans to add Bible verses in the future? Thank you for making these free downloads for your readers!

    • Thanks Katie. I’ve had a few requests for Bible verses however as I’m not religious it just feels a little disingenuous to offer them. What are your thoughts? I have created several through my custom service though.

  2. Julie says:

    I like them ALL, but my favorite is the dog :) HEHE

  3. Karen says:

    I absolutely love the dresser! It is simply stunning! I was also very impressed this the tutorial that you produced.
    Great blog! Keep up the amazing results!

  4. Karen says:

    I love everything you do! You are so creative and give me such inspiration to try it all on my own. Thank you for sharing these projects with us. Also – your pictures are fantastic, magazine quality!

  5. Sheryl says:

    I love the recap, I like your style simple, yet elegant

  6. Christy says:

    I love the recap – and you DID accomplish a lot!

    • Thank you. Looking forward to ticking more off the list this year :)

  7. Bonnie Hart says:

    It was really hard to pick a favorite because they were all great, but I just fell in love with the Multi Drawer cabinet. That has to be one of the cleverest makeovers I’ve seen and it turned out so beautiful. It is something I’m just dying to try! Also loved the file cabinet and it appears to be fairly easy to do. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful ideas!

    • Thanks Bonnie. Yes, I love that multi-drawer sideboard and the file cabinet was super easy though so effective :)

  8. liz says:

    Take your time, greatness shouldn’t be rushed. I love your design sensibility.

    • If only I was great then – ha, ha.
      Thanks Liz :)

      • liz says:

        Aw, your eye for design and innovation rates “great” in my opinion.

  9. Deb from Maryland says:

    I do get bummed…, by the time I get to comment everyone else has said what I would say and I don’t want to sound disingenuous! ;) I think everything you do is fantabulous. You are creative and explain the process so well, I think I could give it a try and succeed. Thank you for sharing your
    projects with us. And as mentioned above, ;) your wonderful picture taking skills just add to the overall effect. So looking forward to seeing what you’re up to in 2018.

    • Thanks Deb. As I think I’ve said before, your comments are always so appreciated.
      Have a lovely year :)

  10. Diana Lopes says:

    I simply love these ideas and posts! Thank you so much for makiing my 2017 more crafty, I can’t wait to tackle on even more projects in 2018!

  11. Jessica says:

    Love looking at the different projects you’ve accomplished, thank you for sharing! I’m in the middle of a few home projects myself, and this is very motivating to see while in the middle of my own! :)

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