Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Top Projects 09

When I saw Rhoda was throwing her annual "year in review" party, I thought, "Did I even DO that many projects this year?" Apparently, I did. Here we go...


Looks like I did some organizing.


Some of that organizing involved more work than others, but it was all worth it.

Of course, there's the ever-daunting furniture redo's. So much work...
but much gratification in the end.

Remember how I got paid $10.00 for these barstools? A high moment for me.

Then, there's always the small projects. These didn't require as much time, but they weren't exactly easy. It's like I was painting while the Titanic was going down. Not the most steady of hands here.

There was a little redemption with these, but not much.
After stalking Sarah and her charming dresser, I knew I needed to have my own.

This ugly, non-functioning mudroom is a faint memory, but it's by far my favorite of the year. Thank the lord for mudroom cabinets!

And thank you for Goodwill for this $9.99 table that made me say bad words as I was refinishing it.
Alright, alright. I'm tired of showing it, but I can't ignore it. It was a big project for me, and I'm really happy about it. Have you seen this picture before? ;)

There you have it! 2009 in review! Hopefully, I can get a camera and computer that work, and the projects will continue! If not, I'll just have to draw all the pictures! You know how good that will be!

66 comments:

Brittny said...

I am now a huge fan of yours! I don't remember how I found you, but I'm so glad I did. I've been wanting to paint a tree in my daughter's room, but well, we are moving next year so I don't want to deal now. But I still want to paint it blue. And the quilt my mom made for her little toddler bed has some of the exact same fabrics as your little girl's room and you helped me find the right color to paint it! Thanks! And I love the little tree paintings you did. I may copy if that's ok. She needs something on the walls terribly bad. Keep up your fabulous work and I can't wait to see what you come up with next! (I did a massive furniture redo last year too and it was killer!!)

Jenglamgirl said...

FABULOSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I loved all your projects, Chris! The furniture ones are my favorite {maybe because I wasn't the one doing all that work!}, and I have some of my own furniture that is pleading to be painted.

Autum said...

Some of my favorite blog projects of the year were yours! Love the mud room and I have the photo of your garage saved for inspiration (one day my garage entrance will not scare visitors away... one day). Your furniture redo's were awesome! Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for 2010. Happy New Year.

duchess said...

Lots of good projects in '09. Can't wait to see what you come up with for 2010.

Lettered Cottage said...

LOVE your work!

Did you see your mural wall on our "Favorites of 2009" series?

I still can't get over how great that turned out- STUNNING!!!

Layla :-)
The Lettered Cottage

GroverFamily said...

i love your blog! you did a lot of great projects in 2009!

Lindsey said...

your house looks fantastic!! i like all the clean lines and organization. you did a great job. two questions: where do you purchase all of your organization baskets, shelves, etc? also, LOVE your daugthers bed. where did you make that fabulous purchase?? thanks for sharing!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

And I've loved watching them all :).

Alexis said...

Chris,
I probably completely missed this post, but where oh where did you find that SUPER COOL customized calendar board? it's a must have.. or must make. I'd love the details! Such a fan!
-Alexis

NICO Designs said...

I can only hope that 2010 will prove to be as resourceful for me! I was set to stain our front door but between the cold weather and the kids getting sick it will have to wait. But it gives me time to contemplate other projects.
Thanks for the great inspiration.

erika

Monica said...

Love everything!! And I bow to your awesome furniture painting skills...I can never get mine to look that good.

Robyn said...

Great projects in 2009! They are awesome!
robyn
mysoutherncottage.com

Rue said...

You are so talented! That mudroom makes me drool!

rue

Richella said...

Congratulations, Chris! I'd seen all these before, seeing how I stalk you and all, but it was fun to see them again. You had a very productive year, and I feel so privileged to be able to peek over your shoulder as you go.

Every blessing for a wonderful 2010!

Angie said...

Girl I love your blog and YOU TREE and YOUR FURNITURE REDO!!! I plan to use some of your methods!! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Mikael@starter home to dream home said...

I love all your projects! can't wait what you will bring in 2010!

Isk8Jewel (~Julie~) said...

Wow! Great year. I wish I had the imagination and skills to tackle projects like that. Thanks for sharing!

Brooke said...

I love the mudroom. Not to useful here in Phoenix but I love it

Wonderful Wonderbar said...

Love everything!!! Where did you get the mudroom cabinets? I need some just like that!

Jodee Leader said...

Holy cow! You were busy in 2009! Your mudroom makeover was my favorite post in 2009!

Rebecca said...

I love all these projects!! Especially the canvas art! I'll have to try something like that for my girls room. :)

Lou Cinda said...

It is all awesome!! Love the furniture redos!! Love'em'!

Lou Cinda

Just Rhonda said...

AWESOME!!! All of them!

Carmen said...

It's so fun that I've been here the whole time! I love every single project. :)

Lady Dorothy said...

Oh, I am so glad you reposted that fabulous calendar! This will make the perfect gift for my daughter! Thank you!

northern cottage said...

every.single.one is....FABULOUS. I really don't know how you do it - everything gorgeous & working ft & & & & some more. You encourage me so much!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

You have accomplished so much! Love them all.

Cereal In My Stiletto said...

Yep, I remember all of these! :) I think I first came across your blog when someone linked to your dry erase calendar...or maybe before that, can't remember. Either way, I'm hooked! :)

Tausha said...

as always-you rock! I love coming on over here. It's like a breath of fresh crafting air. (i know that was so lame!)
Come over and say hi! I have had a few exciting local tv apperances. I fill all sorts of cool :)
Thanks as always for the tips. I feel your pain on the camera thing. Mine is biting the dust as well. Not completely dead, but pretty close. Blurry pics just plain old suck!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Chris,
I love all of your projects. What a great year...can't wait to see what you have in store this year!
Traci

Sarah said...

Your house is SO perfect and clean and beautiful...I love all your projects, especially the mudroom lockers. JEALOUSY! Especially when looking at the HEAP of mittens, boots, hats, in my kitchen.

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

beautiful and inspirational and awesome

Marianne@Songbird said...

Great projects, I love them all, but that black back door is killing me. I am still working on my Love to have him accept the idea of having a black front door. I think I am winning him over.
Looking forward to your 2010 projects.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Chris, your projects are always inspiring! So glad you did a review too. Love that mudroom and yes, we've seen that girl's room pic, but hey, it's worth mentioning one more time. In fact, it looks magazine worthy to me. It's been great getting to know you better this past year. Here's to 2010 & many more fun ones!

Audrey said...

Wow, what you did was gorgeous! This makes me want to redo my room so bad! Keep up the good work!

LoriLyn said...

The tree is my favorite :)

::cottage instincts:: said...

Awesomeness everywhere. I bookmarked the black dresser...
Mar.vel.ous.

lexiis said...

I remember your amazing idea to put a "welcome" on the door! I absolutely love it! I will definitely use this idea when I finally update my front door! Can't wait to see what's coming in 2010.

design_aholic said...

Fabulous, Chris, I love all of them!

Susie said...

B-E-A-Utiful! You do great work. Inspiring. :)

RNSANE said...

Everything you've done is such an inspiration! At 65, though, I'm finished with projects. Wish you've been around when I was 25.

Lil' Woman said...

Love everything you did this year...beautiful projects! :)

Carolyn said...

Gorgeous! I love the tree mural, the mudroom, the...OK I LOVE them all! I want to thank you for the paint tip..I now covet my gallon of BM Low Lustre Enamel! Can't wait to see what you do in 2010!

lisa said...

love them all. can you do me a favor? i am kind of new to your blog and I dont know how to go to the "how to" of each of these projects. can you add a link to your posts under the year in review or do I just need to go thru all older posts to find them?? thanks and thanks for the inspiration!

Jeff & Aleigh said...

Where did you get that calendar thing on the side of your fridge (I think) in the first picture?

pam said...

wow you did some amazing things, I need your talents

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

Oh I hope my house can look as cute as yours when I'm done. You amaze me!!

Sarah said...

Love, love, love all these pics!!!
Where did you get the calender in your first pic? It looks like it is personalized, but I can't quite tell!
Thanks for sharing all of these!
Sarah

Erin said...

i love all your projects! YOU are an inspiration!

Leslie said...

I have enjoyed every minute and look forward to 2010!

New Every Morning said...

This post just reminded me how much I love your blog. Well done, creative spirit!

Ellen said...

awesome job! You are an accomplished woman!

courtney said...

i am so jealous of your mudroom cabinets.
and your tree mural is my FAVE!

Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

Love love love the tree in your daughters room! You had quite the busy year, and tons of great projects to show for it :)

Anna See said...

wow! what a great year. i just love all your projects, chris!

The Harris Family said...

Gorgeous projects! I just stumbled across your blog and each picture left me saying wow.

-Crystal

Red Lipstick Style said...

I found your blog last year and you have really inspired me! Happy 2010! Are you on facebook? sbradley2002@hotmail.com

Jaime Melcher said...

I LOVE your projects... Cannot wait to get started on organizing my mess! :) Thank you for sharing!
What is the paint color you used in your daughters room? It's beautiful!

happygal said...

Love those mudroom cabinets! Kudos on all your projects!

ToyaB said...

I am new to the blog world and yours is one of the first blogs I found and I am smitten with your sight and so inspired to create. I lvoe your work, keep up the good work can't wait till you return.

Toya

ruth said...

This is the 62nd comment in your box so I'm not sure if you would notice this. but still I want to let you know that I so enjoyed my visit today. The last picture is so adorable. I wish i can give my little girls' room that same cool and friendly atmosphere. I have been planning to do that. This post just inspired me to start the project anyways.
Thanks!

Jennifer Jensen said...

I am interested to know what kind of camera you will be getting next? I am in the market for a new one as well...

Melanie said...

I really love the mudroom. I wish I had one. I have a pretty big laundry room but we had to put a cabinet in it for a pantry. Large new house but a small pantry. I know that a woman did not draw the houseplans for this house:) You did a lot of great projects and that painted buffet piece it to die for. LOVE IT!

MARGARITA BLOOM said...

Wow, your house looks fabulous! And that tree mural is awesome!! :)

Jenelle said...

I love your site you are one of the few on my favs book marks list. Your so talented. I'm glad you share it! I loved your moms kitchen when I saw the picture I was so excited. That is exactly the type of cabinets I have in my home. I have DESPERATELY wanted to paint them and paint them white, but I don't know the first thing about painting cabnites. I don't even know where to begin. If you could have you mom or you give a quick "how to" I would LOVE that! This is my BIG project I am going to tackle this summer. I hope they turn out half as good as your moms. Thanks for having a marvelous site.

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