Yesterday I shared my top twelve favorite (and completely random) posts. Today I’m rounding up my 12 favorite DIY projects from 2012.
These turned out so pretty, even though they cost so little. I love that Hubby helped make them, plus the slices of agate were bought from a souvenir shop on our (second) trip to Boston. I always think of Hubs and our vacation when I wear them. But wearing them has proven dangerous, as friends are always trying to steal them off my person (no luck yet, I move fast)!
You know I love painting, but I’ve admitted I’m a bit of a hit or miss painter. Painting something that “turns out” is always such a relief. I really like the simplicity of this painting – it looks really striking in the stairwell, especially with the custom frame we made for it. It ended up weirdly famous too, snagging nods of approval from Babble, Brooklyn Limestone and more. Blog friends even made their own versions! Apologies to the real artist I shamelessly copied.
3. Feminist mirror makeover. I have a hard time making the two disparate parts of my life (my PhD research and blogging about my home and DIY projects) fit together, but this project joined them for the first time. It felt good. Let’s do it again sometime.
Yes, I went on a bit of a mirror kick (another mirror makeover to come in 2013). I really liked incorporating my love of text with a little of my Hungarian heritage into the townhouse. Plus, I made use of a mirror I literally could not give away which also felt like an accomplishment – I love making use of what I have and finding new purposes for things. Antiquing the mirror, stenciling the poem and building the frame were all surprisingly easy to boot! P.S. Here are the details on how we hung it up!
A common theme around the townhouse is the project many years in the making. After living with this inherited chair for many, many years, I was finally able to convince Hubby to give it a respectable makeover. Now it’s much more modern and “us,” but didn’t lose too much of its heritage. The turquoise chair makeover would have been a contender, if not for the multiple attempts to get it right.
I don’t always follow or try trends. Sometimes I dive right in. Sometimes I’m before my time and am over something before it’s trendy (or have to constantly excuse myself for having said trendy item). Sometimes I just ogle from the sidelines like a total nerd. With the dipped leg project, it was exciting to give something so trendy a try (when it’s trendy), and the fact that this project was super inexpensive and worked with something we already made me happy.
This tiny, vintage themed play kitchen for my little cousin, Camilla (baby brother Jack loves it too!) was just so much fun to make and accessorize. I hope it helps her to grow up to love DIY, decorating and vintage finds so she and I can thrift together one day!
I turn to mush when I see miniatures (baby clothes, doll houses, tea spoons) so turning everyday objects into play kitchen accessories, and making mini tea towels and pot holders, made me “awwww” in a high pitched voice until it hurt.
DIY is always more fun with someone, so it was really sweet when my Mom came for a crafting visit last winter. In addition to the play kitchen accessories above, we also made this cheery table cloth (with a really detailed tutorial!) from hilarious fabric. My Mom’s genius ideas (in this case, to alternate the pattern to make a table cloth from really narrow fabric) never cease to amaze me.
Still unconvinced of my Mom’s genius? It was her idea to add extra layers to our existing sheer curtains, with a fabric steal that cost only $2.00 a meter. Neither fabric looked substantial enough on its own, but sandwiched together the two fabrics made the sheers look more substantial and luxurious, plus there’s more visual interest and privacy, but still lots of light flooding the tiny townhouse. The fact that my readers immediately noticed this tiny-big change made me want to blog forever.
11. Art Do-overs
From the bedroom triptych to the triangle abstract, no painting was safe from a round II in 2011, which is a good thing because I liked every second try the best. Waking up to these helps me start each day with a huge grin:
12. Basement Reveal
After saying we’d makeover the basement in 2012 and then . . . not, for no better reason than this, just tackling what we did felt like a big deal (and not a total failure). We painted the landing, spruced up the railing, hung my newly framed black and white painting, finally found a home for the framed bakelite brooches, painted the basement (including tricky ceiling tiles & adding textured paint to a wall), hung a gallery wall and started furniture placement. THIS year, we will definitely finish it up – including more furniture makeovers, painting, and creative laundry room solutions.
These are my favorite 12 projects from 2012 (here’s my 11 fave from 2011)! Did I snub a project you had liked? Here’s the full list of DIYs (including the honorable mentions, like the houndstooth upholstered chair tutorial, Rothko inspired cardboard art, step-by-step abstract, and super simple but super striking black tray), which will be blossoming soon as we tackle more projects in 2013!
Linking up here: Between Naps on the Porch, Cowgirl Up Link Party, Tip Junkie, Elizabeth & Co, Coastal Charm Nifty Thrifty, Not Just a Housewife, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Savvy Southern Style, DIY by Design, French Country Cottage, Be Different Act Normal, Funky Junk Interiors, DIY Project Parade, Under the Table and Dreaming