Top Ten Projects of 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

So everyone else is doing it and I want to, too.

You know, recap all of the projects I did during the year to make it seem like I was somewhat productive around here.

It could work. It could be fun. Here goes......

Project #1: Pie Plate Wall

I searched everywhere for enough pie plates to do this. I needed a bit of help from friends across the country but I finally scored enough plates to channel my inner Martha and make a mini version of a pie plate gallery wall. It adds just a little bit of charm to the breakfast room. Let's forget about the part when they all fell off the wall. They're stuck now alright.  

Project #2: Window Pane Mirror

I just love old windows. So when I salvaged this one from the basement to use in our back breakfast room / mudroom I couldn't have been happier. Plus, I did this project all by myself without Alex's help. I think. 

Even though this project was super simple to do, it's still one of my favourites. I love unique wall art and being able to use some botanical prints from my grandfather's old encyclopedia set just seems super cool. Plus, I love how some double mattes can give them a custom-framed look.

This project is one of my favourites because I went back about five times before I was able to haggle down the price of this teeny desk. It looks pretty darn cute in a corner of our living room and it's a great place to store my laptop when I'm not using it. Plus it has that secret compartment at the back for me to stash my secret shopping purchases.

Project #5: Shelf Makeover

It's just a simple little shelf but it just turned out sooooooo cute all trinkified in the breakfast room.

Project #6: Shutters!!!

Oh how the front of the house wanted these. I'm still so proud of us that we were able to tackle building, painting, and installing these shutters all in one day. Now that doesn't happen too often around here.

Project #7: Leaded Window

This project wasn't too difficult to tackle. It just took us forever and a day to get it done. We must've had this window for over a year before we got the guts to try hanging it up somewhere. I absolutely love how it looks in our dining room.

I've seen millions of versions of these all over the internet but waaaay back last year I thought it was pretty genious to use old book pages to personalize a little craft for Alex on Valentine's Day. Y'all seemed to like this one so I'll include it in the list. :)

Even though this is similar to the other window/mirror project I did, it still gets an honourable mention. This baby is HUGE!!! And I got all fancy and glazed it. Oh yeah.

Yes, yes I know I just did this one. But it made our kitchen sooooooooo much cuter.

Well, that's it for this year's round-up. We didn't have any huge room transformations or crazy detailed projects, but there's always next year, right?

Hey, so what was your favourite project of the year? Send me a link, yo! I wanna check it out. :)

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  1. Sarah:

    You did have some neat projects, I really enjoyed reading about all of them....Since I am fairly new at blogging and about to move to a newer home in about six weeks, I am sure I will have many projects to add to my 2012 year.

    Happy New Year!

  2. These are all great! Ever since I saw you make that punched heart picture I've wanted to do one too...still haven't gotten around to it though :)

  3. Love the small mirrored window the best - although it was tough choosing just one!

  4. what a great round up! i love that heart art, and also really love your new shelving! i love your style! so light and cheerful!

  5. I found your blog through a Pin and have fallen in love! New favorite blog? I think so.

  6. Great projects! I love the old windows/mirrors projects but I must say my favourite is the old narrow window above the doorway. Chippy perfection and just what we need in our living room above the opening. I might have to settle for some kind of long handpainted sign though.

  7. Love all of your projects & your blog! Congratulations on another successful year!

  8. Love all your projects, in the white chippy goodness. Thanks for participating in the Great Reads tour today! Happy New Year Sarah!

  9. Hi, I just found your blog and I'm so in love with so many of your projects... but especially the pie plate display! Here is a project I did this year that I am very proud of and still love as much as the day it was finished! :)


  10. What an amazing place you have created here. I will follow on my way out so I know my path back to your door. I hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. For now I was just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year. I look forward to engaging more with you in 2012. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  11. Love it all! I have been meaning to ask you what kind of camera you have. Also if there are any websites for DSLR tips you have found? We bit the bullet and bought a Nikon D3100 :) Just gotta learn how to use it! Hope your holidays were fun & filled with laughter. LOVE the kitchen update!! SO well done :)

  12. I love your ideas and your home is so cute! Can I just move in? Just kidding. I have no idea how I even found your blog but each morning I peak to see if there is a new cute idea. Can't wait to try a few in my home.

  13. These were some great projects ~ I can't pick a favorite!


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