Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Best of 2012 - Furniture

The end of 2012 is here and it is very very close to the one year anniversary of this little blog.  So I'm going to spend the next week highlighting some of my favorite stuff - posts, furniture, projects - from 2012. These are not the most viewed posts, just some of my favorites. I'll do something with the most viewed posts later. By the time I finish I will be ready to celebrate my anniversary. Maybe with cake!

Let's get started! To see more about any of these furniture redos click either the picture or the highlighted text.

Last December I bought my first can of chalk paint. Annie Sloan Arles. This was the color chosen by the friend that I was doing a project for. We were restoring an old (very old) table to give to her mother. The dark wax turned the rather weird yellow color to a beautiful mustard color.

I liked it enough that I did two more of my favorite pieces in it. This dresser for my daughter -

and this headboard - A funny thing happened on the way to getting it finished so it got two posts, post 1 and post 2.

Another project for a friend was this slipcovered daybed made from twin beds/headboards. This one got two posts, too. The original post shows what this room looked like before we did a miracle transormation!

I love this old radio cabinet that I turned into a sewing/craft cabinet.

Then I made a new dining room table. For FIVE DOLLARS!

And even though I made this bed a long time ago, I posted about it this year. And it's one of my favorite things, so I had to include it.

I saw some of these dresser planters on Pinterest and had to make one for myself. The CeCe Caldwell paint held up really well. The dresser, not so much. So I will be making another one this spring.

This table was hard to part with. Really wish it had been for me!

And last but not least - my 6 month china cabinet makeover. What $50 and a lot of hard work and citri-strip will get you!

Thanks for reminiscing with me. It's been a great year. I'm glad to have become acquainted with all of you whether you are one of the 46 people who read my blog come rain or come shine, or if you are just stopping by from Pinterest or a blog party.

I wish you and yours a loving and healthy 2013!

Make something wonderful today!


Me and my favorite projects will be partying here:

Thrifty Decor Chick
Miss Mustard Seed Southern Hospitality
I Gotta Create!
Knick of Time
Bliss Ranch


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You've completed lots of great projects throughout the year! I still haven't bought a can of ASCP!

Kirby Carespodi said...

I still love that headboard--I'm thinking about doing something similar. I'll let you know how it works out!

Art and Sand said...

The yellow headboard and dresser are my favorites. I love the look I see on so many blog of "all white", but when it comes to living, I want color.

Happy New Year

Susan said...

I love the mustard yellow on your furniture. But my favorite is your bedroom with the black and white theme. That is absolutely gorgeous!

Unknown said...

I just LOVE your site! Your "about me" blurb describes me perfectly! I think we are repurposing soul sisters! So glad I found your blog! If you have time, stop by and say hello. I am a very new blogger, but I have posted a few things :) www.wonderfulathome.blogspot.com
very nice to meet you!@

Kathryn J Cain said...

love all your efforts and you have a great blog. You really shine

Christine said...

I just LOVE LOVE the yellow headboard!! WOW!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Holy Cow what a year!! I am in love with that day bed, I had missed that the first time around. You are so talented it's unfair! I hope you have a wonderful New Year ... 2013 is bringing us a move ... I'm trying hard to not hoard all of the driftwood and sea glass I find on this island until we go. lol

Unknown said...

Visiting from Hometalk. Great projects.

Milia said...

We used the bedside table at Christmas. It is so pretty and functional. You do some good work!
And I continue to love the day bed. It is such a great napping spot!

acasarella said...

I just had to pin that dresser-planter. Gorgeous!!

Bliss said...

When you see it all together like that doesn't it make you feel like you had a productive year?


Beth said...

That's some really great furniture make overs! I honestly don't know which one is my favorite. Gosh, I love the daybed, the hutch cabinet, the table, and well, just all of them!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Fabulous projects, Karen. The radio cabinet is my favorite but they are all wonderful.

Bliss said...

Thanks for being a blog buddy and linking up!


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Unknown said...

These are some fabulous interior decor ideas, very creative and resourceful! We're moving into our newly purchased home next week and I'd love to have some of these furniture in our house. Maybe it's time to bring out the artist in me too.

-Gwyn Stiles

Unknown said...

I love your old radio cabinet. It will look good on a shabby chic motif (like ours). Where did you find that?

-Bethany Morrison

Unknown said...

My wife is such a good bargain hunter because she got some great finds in an old furniture shop that looks like some of your cabinets. She really did well on beautifying our vacation home in France.

-Lawrence Banks

Unknown said...

Very nice pieces that would be perfect for my home. You're lucky to have such amazing house. -Cadence

Unknown said...

This collection is fabulous. I now found an inspiration for an office makeover. The intricately-designed furniture is to-die-for!

Mischna Ong

Unknown said...

Wow! The designs are just so fabulous and lovely. What I liked the most was the multi-colored bed design you got there, I'll make sure to order a bed as colorful and vibrant as that one, gonna put it on my list! -Ray A.

Amy Ellis said...

Stopping by from Inspiration Cafe to check out your 2012 best. WOW!!! Love every project, Karen! I can't decide which I like best, they're all amazing ~ Amy

Emily said...

I like the outcome of the China Cabinet make over. It looks so simple yet exquisite. I'd love to have that kind of cabinet in my house. Putting inexpensive and elegant porcelain materials would surely make my living room more attractive.

Emily Richards


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