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Top Projects of 2017

How is it almost 2018?? I know that sounds idiotic to say. Everyone says that this time of year, but I seriously can’t believe it. This year has been a whirlwind. I had some pretty amazing changes in my life this year and starting this blog is by far my favorite. It’s something I wish I’d done years ago when we first bought our house. There haven’t been many days that I haven’t had eleventy billion projects going on! So I gathered up my top projects to share with you as we say goodbye to 17.

TOP Projects of 2017!

This one is my favorite projects I’ve ever done. It’s easy and cheap and I still love them just as much today. I’ll be making some changes to my living room in 2018 and I’m planning a few DIYs similar to these!


An industrial cage wall-mounted pendant light handing from a shiplap wall in a primary bedroom.

These wooden bead garlands were uber popular this year and I’ve seen them all over Instagram, Pinterest, and Etsy. I love how simple they are and the best part is you can make your own for less than ten bucks and under an hour’s time!


A wooden beaded garland in a wooden tray with a small planter and white cloth.

This is by far the most extensive project from 2017 and the one that made the most impact in our house! I participated in the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry and tackled our kitchen cabinets! It’s a project I’ve wanted to do for years and I’m so glad I finally did it.


An image collage showing the before and after of dark kitchen cabinets painted white.

I’m drawn to farmhouse style, but the reality is that we live in a traditional builder grade house. However,  I’m not much of a fan of sticking with decorating rules. My thoughts are if you love something then do it. If it’s your style and you love it, that’s all that matters. So we added a shiplap feature wall in our bedroom and I’m glad we did! It’s simple and adds so much character to our room.


A hoop wreath with green foliage at the bottom hangs from a shiplap wall in a primary bedroom above a fabric-tufted headboard.

If you’re willing to dig around some yard sales or junk stores, you can find some great stuff to makeover for cheap! I took some yard sale finds this fall and created some farmhouse decor in no time!


Candle sticks and a glass vase with yellow flowers on a dark wood side board under an antique silver mirror.

One thing I wish I’d done years ago is paint our tile backsplash in the kitchen! It’s not in the budget to rip it out and get a new one, so painting would have to do. I’ll admit – I worried about how it would hold up to the abuse of a kitchen. But not a chip in sight. Nothing. It’s just like it was the day I painted it almost a year ago. And it was easy! Smelly, but easy. If you’re considering it, do it!! It’s so worth it.


An image collage showing updated backsplash tiles from a DIY project.

And if you’re looking for a quick and easy DIY wreath, it doesn’t get easier than this one!


An embroidery hoop with greenery on a shiplap wall above a tufted white beadboard.

Painting furniture is something I used to do all the time. We had a few bigger projects in 2017 so I didn’t do as much furniture, but it’s something that’s on my list for 2018! This is one of my favorite little tables. It’s perfectly imperfect and so unique!


A whitewashed farmhouse table stand with faux flowers, planters, and old books on top.

I want to thank you for hopping around this blog of mine. I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these projects in 2017 and maybe you’ve even been inspired to make something of your own! I’m excited to see what 2018 brings and I’m so happy you’re here to follow along with me. I’ve got lots of great ideas planned including an 8 week organizing series, furniture makeovers, thrifty DIYs, and decorating ideas. Happy New Year!

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