2013 Year in Review

Hey there! Hope you had a great Christmas! We sure did, and are enjoying my family being here in our home now to celebrate for a week. We are having a ton of fun playing games and doing a lot of laughing. The hubs and I have been busy lately painting and hanging blinds and rearranging furniture and I can’t wait to show y’all the progress! Stay tuned!

As 2013 draws to a close and we get ready to toast to a new year (which for me is full of ideas of how our home will change in the next 12 months), it’s good for me to reflect on some of the big projects from 2013.

2013 started with my furniture painting and selling going awesome! I got to know Annie Sloan Chalk Paint a lot better and transformed a lot of furniture with great results. Here are a few of my faves and the most popular from this year…

The post popular furniture post, and actually the post popular post of the year, was about the makeover to our Drexel long dresser with white ASCP. I wet-distressed the details and it looked awesome. And then we sold it.      photo 5 (17)But in return I painted a beautiful highboy with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and stained the top. It chipped to perfection and we love it in our bedroom. IMG_9235 Another popular post is our Ikea desk tutorial. I took a basic pine top and sawhorse legs from Ikea and made it look chic with a dark walnut stained top. It’s a huge desk for little money.

photo 2 (36)Another highboy I painted got a fun update with bird stencils.

IMG_8619I learned how to wet-distress chalk painted furniture and it made life so much easier! I shared a tutorial on this piece.

photo_2[1]I learned how to make my own chalk paint on the CHEAP. It’s a great way to make chalk paint in any color- for almost nothing!

242Stripping paint off furniture is hard work, but I took this dresser from this splatter painted mess…20130204-115416.jpgto this lovely dresser. Bam. 20130204-112654.jpgOn the other side of the blog, we sold our home in Texas and moved to Arkansas. We bought a 1979 house and have done a lot of cosmetic work on it to make it a home.

photo(11)We have done a lot of painting….

Our dining room….IMG_9310Our bedroom….IMG_9508

Our guest bathroom….IMG_9970And our living room and fireplace…photo 3 (46)And made a few other updates by painting the fireplace surround to update the brass… IMG_8809and switching out the old chandelier for one I scored for free and painted for a fresh update.  photo 2 (40)There’s a lot to come in 2014 and I can’t wait to get started and share the progress! Have you made any progress you are excited about in your home lately? I would love to hear about it in a comment!

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