Monday, December 30, 2013

Looking Back at My Projects for 2013

Sometimes I don’t feel like I get very much done but after reviewing my blog posts of projects in 2013 I wonder how I was able to accomplish so much. I hope that you will enjoy looking at some of my projects that you might have missed. Click on the bright green text to go directly to the post about each project.

My most viewed post of the year was my kitchen renovation that I actually did the previous year. It was quite a labor of love but worth every bit of effort that I put into it. My nephew came in the kitchen this week and said “Every time I walk in here I have to check to make sure I’m in the right house!”

peninsula area before

everything and flooring after

It is quite a dramatic difference! You can click here to see all of the photos and progress.

Another popular post was a tour of our summer cottage – part 1!I still haven’t gotten to part 2 but hopefully will do it soon!

Lakehouse exterior 1

Click here to take the tour! Another popular post was a surprise use I discovered for Bar Keepers Friend. Click here to see my discovery. 

I completed several projects using parts of my grandmother’s piano that my son and I deconstructed.


This old upright was repurposed into this entry table,

table from piano parts

this headboard,

upholstered headboard 1

this headboard,

piano headboard 2

and a couple of towel bars.

towel bar 2

I still have material left to complete several more projects from the piano parts.

I completed several upholstery projects.


You can read about this one here.

floral sofa 3white sofa 3

You can see my updated living room furniture here.

oak chair 6oak chair 15

These antique oak chairs were updated very quickly and easily. You can get the details by clicking here.

old chair 1new red chair 2 - cropped

I was delighted with how well this $15 thrift store find turned out. You can read about it here.

floral sofa before 2jess sofa 1

I also made a slipcover for my grandmother’s sofa to be used in my son’s apartment. You can read about it here.

I completed several furniture painting projects.

dresser 6dresser 17

This dresser was painted for my sweet friend’s nursery. You can see the progress here.


I painted this antique music cabinet for the screened porch at our summer cottage.

bunk cabinet 1

I painted this bamboo cabinet black and put it in the bunk room at the summer cottage to use for storage.

Mackenzie Childs table and chairs 1

I decided to have some fun with this table and chairs. You will have to click here to see how ugly they were before!

coral table 3

I made a few more updates to our guest room that you can see here and here.

fabric covered shoe box

I repurposed this shoe box by covering it with fabric and I repurposed this vintage gas can into a lamp.

Gas Can Lamp

I also shared highlights of trips to Philadelphia, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, and the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain Georgia.

I am looking forward to the coming year and hope to make a few more major updates to our home and share them with you.

I’ll be sharing this post at Rhoda’s party at Southern Hospitality and at Savvy Southern Style. Click the links to see lots of inspiration.

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Vel Criste said...

Oh yes you did Pat!!! I missed that Piano table makeover! Love it all! I too am amazed at the things I was able to accomplish! CHEERS to 2013 and 2014 Pat!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

So many wonderful and lovely projects! It is almost impossible for me to pick a favorite.

Here's to a lovey and happy New Year!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hello Pat,
Looks like you had some awesome projects...looking forward to seeing what this year brings.


Martha said...

You certainly are talented! Upholstery and paint! I'm jealous!

Granny Flat Super Store said...

The chair, the cabinets, and most of all the lamps! All beautiful! I have an old cabinet and totally the same as your wood cabinet. You have great and interesting projects here Pat. I will be back here soon to read more!

Sebastian Chuter