Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top Projects of 2011

Looking back over this last year, I found a few of my favorite projects to highlight. This first one was pretty quick and easy and turned a blah divided screen into a Frenchy beauty, using antique French lesson books, and tons of Mod Podge.

This petite dresser in the entry went from black to distressed white,
and was a "foreshadowing" of things to come!

Painting my laundry room, which can be seen right off the kitchen was long overdue. It took a few days but was well worth the effort! Now I'm not embarrassed with the view anymore!

And then it matched the kitchen re-do from late 2010.

One of the biggest projects I took on was the booth space at Relics Antique Mall. It's morphed several times this year, but the new tearoom should open this Spring, so I'm planning another space re-do at that time.

I'd wanted a potting bench for the last few years and this was my late Spring project that I enjoyed so much all Summer and Fall.

Then in July started the mother of all projects, at least it was for me this year; repainting all my Living Room furniture. This was a huge decision that I had wrestled with for quite awhile, then I just decided to take the plunge and go for it. So glad I did!

It has made a huge impact on our home and my emotions...

All together I think I painted close to 30 pieces of furniture,
and it took me the rest of the summer to get this room where I wanted it.

Then came this bad boy '80's Chandy
that I tackled on Labor Day!

Eight hours on the ladder and this was done! Painted by hand this is the icing on the "white" cake in the Living Room, what a change, and it saved us at least a thousand dollars of buying a new one and the installation. Big job, but wow, what a difference!

then came pillows...

table runners...

more table runners...

and playing with jewelry.

so  much fun!

Hope you enjoyed this ramble down Memory Lane of 2011.

Be sure and join in for 
Vintage Inspiration Friday
starting Thursday afternoon where we will be recapping
our favorite vintage posts.

I have some fun things planned for 2012,
and I'll be spilling the beans soon...
so stay tuned!!!
love you all bunches,

joining in for 

Kathleen at Faded Charm
Michele at Primp
Honey at 2805


  1. I loved watching your beautiful living room transformation! I may have to paint some pieces white this year.

  2. I think painting the furniture was a great idea!

  3. You been one creative lady this 2011. All fabulous projects Debra. Happy New Year to you!

  4. Hi Debra, I have enjoyed following along as you transformed your home. You were a busy lady in 2011 and I can't wait to see what you will be up to in the coming year.

  5. Great projects,Debra. My favorite was the chandelier.

  6. Debra,
    I'm new to your blog...I came in as the living room furniture painting began. The chandy was the first huge project I read that you had tackled! Amazing job!!! But now as I see your laundry room...I am in awe! WoW! What a transformation the year 2011 has been in your home. Keep those inspirations coming for all of us in the Land of Blog...and spill those beans ever so lightly, dear friend! I'll be back to see where they land!

  7. I can not imagine painting all of that furniture Debra ~ what an undertaking....and well worth the work! You know what I'm most in love with though? That yellow drawer under the potting bench! Not sure why...just really lovin' it tonight! Thanks for sharing all of your top projects of the year ~ and all of your inspirations throughout the year! We enjoy ourselves so much everytime we come over :) Happy New Year Debra!
    Karla & Karrie

  8. Great projects! I always enjoy seeing what you do!

  9. I enjoyed your trip down memory lane and you've been a busy girl this past year.

    My favorite project is the creen you covered with book pages. I have a similar project on my to-do list for 2012....hope it turns out as good as yours:-)

    Best wishes in the New Year!


  10. Debra, I think your living room makeover was my fave. It was such a awesome transformation. However, I find inspirations in all your projects.

  11. I just love all your projects! And your home is beautiful! Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2012! :)

  12. Love the chandiler!You did a lot of work on that! I know you love it!
    Hugs, Lisa

  13. Wow! You had a busy year completing some pretty large projects. I like your living room and think the chandy is gorgeous. Each one of your projects turned out beautifully.---------Shannon

  14. Look at all the wonderful projects you completed this year! Your home looks fabulous and it must be very satisfying, too!

  15. Dear Debra, you made such beautiful work,this year, all through your home- and every corner, looks fabolous now. I so understand you are happy with this wonderful result.
    Wish you a happy day,dear friend.
    Hugs and love, Dorthe

  16. Wow, great projects you accomplished. Wish I could have been so productive but perhaps you are the inspiration I needed. Love what you did with your living room. Beautiful! Found your blog through a pin of your trifold screen that you modpodged. Your newest follower.

  17. You did a lot this year, Debra! Your living room and its chandy were big jobs, too. Loved your laundry room redo, because I like the view you get through that doorway and that it goes so well with your redone kitchen. Here's to a new year of fresh projects just waiting to be transformed! Happy New Year!

  18. Wow, a total remake over the course of a year. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing all the eye candy. Hugs, Pam

  19. All that furniture painted white is simply remarkable. You have a vast amount of energy. I painted two pieces of furniture the entire year and that nearly killed me. The potting bench of yours is a favorite for me. ♥O

  20. I'd love to visit your booth! I used to have a booth at the Greenwood Antique Mall and know how hard it is to keep it looking attractive! Best wishes for the New Year and I hope to visit more often--I always learn something! ~Roberta

  21. You have such a beautiful home.

    Hugs Bente

  22. Love your projects Debra- but that chandelier- absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! :)

  23. I love how your great room turned out the best! I'm a big fan of white furniture and an open airy look. It just feels fresh!

  24. I think I missed the painting of the living room - wow - what a difference - so cheerful and clean and updated - love it! Linda

  25. Love feedsack Pillows !

  26. Wow, what a wonderful roundup of projects. So inspiring. Those screen doors with the French paper are my favorite.
    Wishing you a wonderful and creative 2012!

  27. Very pretty and a ton of work. Can't believe how tall that ladder must be!!

  28. Wow you have been a busy bee! i have enjoyed seeing all of the projects you have done this year! i cant wait to see what 2012 has in store for all of us!

  29. I still love your living room makeover! Stunning!!

  30. Debra I loved all your transformations! Looking forward to whats ahead in 2012! Martina

  31. These were some great projects Debra, you were very busy! Looking forward to having the beans spilled soon!

  32. Thank you for hosting my wonderful friend! You have been so busy and creative this year! Wish I had a smidgen of your energy!

    Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday. Wish you a wonderful New Year!

  33. Beatiful shandy, I can't believe you did that by hand, beautiful livingroom to loven the white!

  34. That was an outstanding transformation, but what an undertaking! I'm amazed that you hand-painted the chandy. It looks amazing!
    Happy New Year!

  35. You have done some amazing projects. Love them all. Thanks for sharing your talents. Karie

  36. How beautiful it all is Debra! Love the tablerunners. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!


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