2012- A review

I can’t believe that we’re almost at the end of 2012.  What an unbelievable year it’s been for our family.   Last year at this time Charming was just five months old and now he’s a big brother!  I only managed to get four months of work under my belt before taking a second adoption leave to be with Bubba. Which led to starting this blog in the fall. 

I sort of stumbled into “blog land” by accident while looking for inspiration for decorating, projects, furniture makeovers and all that good ol’ fashioned home making stuff.  I started following one blog.  And then another, and another until I wondered if I could actually put my own blog together.  I’m so glad I did!  Blogging has been such a great experience.  I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers and made some new friends along the way.  I’m always incredibly inspired by the talent, creativity, and dedication out there and I’m grateful for being able to be part of the blogging community.  And it’s so great to be able to keep my family up to date on what’s happening here at our house.

Since this is my last article until the New Year, I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite articles (and yours, too!) for a recap. 

My favorite projects from 2012

I have loved working on Bubba’s nursery and so it’s no surprise that some of my favorite projects involve things that involve his room. 

I love, love, love spray painting things.  Can’t believe I didn’t discover spray paint before this. Although I really need to learn to spray paint with my mouth closed!  Blech!  One of my favorite projects was taking an old thrift store brass and floral lamp and spray painting it orange to match his nursery.  I picked the lamp up for $6….That’s a pretty nifty, thrifty project as far as I’m concerned.  And since I already had the lampshade from an old lamp….score!

I was also super thrilled to be able to find a dresser for Bubba’s room for $32.50.   I loved the vintage feeling of the dresser and with some Benjamin Moore paint to match his bedding, it turned out way better than I could have imagined.  I never get tired of looking at it.

 I liked this little tray makeover because it looks so perfect in my rec room.  In fact, it completely matches my area rug which I didn’t even notice until I took it downstairs one night.  And it cost almost nothing.  A couple of dollars from the thrift store and scrap book paper that I already had on hand.

Perfect match!

I was really excited to find this mirror at the thrift store one day for $4.99. 

I meant to re-paint it and give to my oldest daughter for her apartment but once it got a coat of primer and some spray paint, I just couldn’t part with it.  It now hangs above my little table in the foyer and looks pretty spectacular with whatever I put next to or beneath it. 

So those were my favorites from last year.  At least the ones I’ve showed you so far….I’ve got lots more up my sleeve for the new year.

Your favorite posts from 2012

There were a number of articles that I wrote that just seemed to jump out for y’all and one of them was this Christmas wreath that I made for the front porch.  It was pretty popular in the neighborhood as well and I got tons of compliments on it.  Not bad for an old thrift store frame, some spray paint and a few ornaments. 

Everyone seemed to really love these spray painted lamps.  I bought them from Kijiji for $15 when they were still brass and spray painted them with Krylon’s Oil Rubbed Bronze. They turned out fantastic!  Again, I was so glad I kept these old shades from another pair of lamps.  This project officially began my love affair with spray paint.

Two lamps for $15? Awesome! 

Y’all seemed to really like my storage unit makeover where I flipped an old 3 cube unit on its side and covered it with some wrapping paper.  I personally love this piece and still smile every time I walk by it….who knew something so simple and easy could be so pretty?

I was pretty excited to try out a recipe for chalk paint and upcycle some old shelving units.  Y’all seemed to really like this post as well and I’m not surprised given the chalk paint craze that has swept over most of us.  I refinished three cabinets in homemade chalk paint and am pretty pleased with how they turned out.

I did learn, however, after buying some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from a local retailer that Annie Sloan is way easier and possibly more economical as well.  When I used the Annie Sloan, I only needed 2 coats unlike the four I needed for the homemade.  Lesson learned.  The waxing thing, though, is really painful. Rubbed until my arm felt like it was going to fall off.  But no brush strokes or sanding unlike using a polyacrylic finish.  I did go back and distress it a little bit.  Just a little because sometimes it hurts to distress something I worked so hard to paint. But it does look pretty darn sweet in the master bath. 

A little distressing

The number one most viewed link for 2012 by far, however, (at least at the rate it’s growing) is the tour of my new friend Jim’s bachelor pad, all decorated for Christmas.  Seriously, y’all!  The post has only been up for two days and it’s on fire.  Now I get that the guy is an attractive, straight, and single lawyer and did the whole thing all on his own but I’m still blown away by the popularity of this post.  Ok.  Not really.  I get it.  His attention to detail and the gorgeousness of his house….I totally get it.

And his dog, Foxy, too. 

Thanks so much for making 2012 so much fun!  From my family to yours….Happy New Year, y’all!

My oldest, Emily, and her super smart idiot dog, Mr. Mouse.

Charming and Bubba’s mother, Cassidy. 

Bubba and his new Elephant friend (and a pic of me and my sister in the background!)

Emily and Charming, taking a ride in the new wagon
Emily and Charming

Your truly….Happy 2013!

Linking up to my favorite party places this week for sure!  And to Savvy Southern Style and Shabby Creek Cottage

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