Wednesday, December 28, 2011

my bucket list & goodbye to 2011



So a new year is here and I had so much to be thankful for last year.
  I have a great job as a hairstylist to so many wonderful and loyal clients. I also have a beautiful family; my husband of almost 10 years who puts up with my ADD and frequent OCD!
He tries to be patient with all my projects, even though I haven't finished the old ones and even tolerates my constant furniture rearranging. I often hear him say, 'why do YOUR projects always involve ME'. Tehe.
  My 3 children are happy and healthy and they mean the world to me. In a time when alot of family's are still suffering we have a nice and warm home, food on the table and our health!
  I started this blog in late August and have loved every minute of it!
The feedback and support I have received from fellow bloggers has been so helpful to me and I am inspired every day with each new post I read from the blogs I follow and love when I stumble across a new blog that I can't wait to hear more from!
  I have come up with a bucket list below, to help keep me on track. I often tend to get obsessive about something and let everything else slip away. I guess it is part of my mild OCD, and I am trying to work on this.
  The list is also posted on my sidebar that will stay up all year long. I will highlight it and add a link when I have that project completed.

finish basement/lower level
add watermark to photos
add back splash to the kitchen
board & batten in dinning room
bulletin board inside kitchen cabinet
bill organizer inside kitchen cabinet
finish master bedroom
hang dinning room curtains
gallery wall in stairwell
master bathroom
more storage in craft area
Morgan's room
new black fridge
new kitchen counter tops
new flooring on main level
new front door
newer desk for den
organize linen armoire
paint all doors black
paint den
paint dinning room & furniture
paint hallways
paint house trim
paint laundry room
paint all waiting furniture
plant tree in front yard circle
recess light on mantle
redo shelves in vintage kitchen cabinet
remove carpet from stairs and stain them
replace sliding doors with French doors in breakfast nook
sew new curtains for the living room and kitchen
stain patio
take a photography class
take kids to Disney
under cabinet lighting in kitchen
widen driveway with flagstone

Pretty impressive list huh??
Did you notice there were not even any crafts on the list yet??
Yikes!
I guess I have high hopes for 2012, how about you, do you have a list of things you want to get done??
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Top Projects of 2011


I am just shy of 100 posts, and have had a blast sharing all of them with you!
Below are some of your (and mine) favorite projects I wanted to again share with you.

Way back in late August one of my first posts to the blog was this recycled furniture project, the Antibes Green Vanity. It was one of the first times I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as well.
Nothing like jumping into a bright green paint can to start off!!



It is a piece from the 1930's that came with a matching set I bought. I also have the full size head/foot board and a tall dresser that is in my line up of furniture recycling! The Vanity found a home next to my bed as a side table. My bedroom is really large, so the room can handle it. I have a small french chair that is on my 'upholstery list' that pairs great with it. You can click on the vanity to read the whole post as well as the paint combo's I used.

 

Above is the bed next to the vanity before I painted it. I don't think I will keep the set together, but I am thinking of redoing my daughters bedroom, so who knows...The dresser you will have to wait and see until I decide what to do to it!.


I really do love this piece and so did many of you! 

It was featured at these lovely blogs:

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One of my favorite projects had to be the Chalk Paint Pumpkins!



I had so much fun just seeing if they would even LOOK good with ASCP on them and how much distressing and glazing I wanted todo! I still find it hard to believe that it was a post that was viewed over 1500 times and was featured on a few of my favorite blogs!:


Another one of my favorites is my Spooky Halloween Mantle.




I loved decorating my mantel! I spent very little money and got a great deal on everything I did buy. I thrifted somethings, painted others and used some found objects from around my house and was so pleased how it turned out. I already have ideas for next Halloween. I too was featured at some wonderful blogs:

UndertheTableandDreamingThe Swell Life's Terrorific Tuesdays2805PhotobucketFrench Country CottagePhotobucket

Lastly there is my most viewed project, the Garage Sale Buffet/Dresser 
I redid and it became our lower level Media Center.


I bought this dresser for $10 and it was in pretty rough shape, but it is solid wood and has great bones. Below is what it started out as, but you can view the entire post by clicking on the photo above.
A few coats of ASCP in Old white, a dark Ebony stain on the top and the hardware got a new look with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint.


I know it was a SUPER STEAL @ $10, cause when I was trolling thru some blogs, I found the EXACT same dresser that Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chic  purchased for $160 and painted it a beautiful black. Now I know what it will look like if I ever want to paint it all black!

Thrifty Decor Chick

I was lucky enough to have it featured at these awesome blogs:


Organize and Decorate EverythingSew Woodsy
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 I can't wait for the new year!
I have so many things lined up just waiting for me to get to and I hope you will join me as I continue
on with my blog! Thanks for being a follower, it helps me with not be such a procrastinator it gives me a platform to showcase my projects.

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