As our sights are on the brand new year ahead, it is time to reflect on the one about to come to a close. I want to thank each and every one of you who take the time out of your busy lives to pop in and visit me here at The Interior Frugalista. It gives me such joy when I learn that something I created and shared inspired or taught another. I feel so blessed by the connections and friendships made from this little corner of the blogosphere. I value your readership, support, encouragement, and feedback more than you know and I hope not to disappoint in 2017.
In the spirit of reflection, today I'm sharing the Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2016 here at The Interior Frugalista. Each year when I compile this list I am always surprised by which posts resonated the most with you all. What I've learned from this annual review is that you all enjoy most when I give a found an foraged piece a new purpose, which by the way are my favorite projects to work on. I plan on doing a lot more of those in 2017. So without further ado...
Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2016
10th Most Viewed Post - IKEA Moppe Apothecary CabinetFor years I've been wanting something to organize our CD collection (we're old school like that). During a trip to IKEA, I was so disappointed to learn that they no longer sold Moppe cabinets because the drawers are the perfect size for holding CDs. The skies parted and the angels sang when I spotted one on my neighbor's driveway during their garage sale.
|IKEA Moppe Apothecary Cabinet|
9th Most Viewed Post - Outdoor Portable Beverage Bar CartWe had nowhere on our deck to set up a bar when hosting Summer soirées and building a permanent structure was out of the question considering the small footprint of our deck. When we stumbled on a wooden lattice tiered table, I instantly knew it would make the perfect portable beverage cart.
|Outdoor Portable Beverage Bar Cart|
8th Most Viewed Post - DIY Computer Monitor StandThe lack of work surface on my small home office desk was getting rather frustrating. By repurposing part of a footboard leftover from another project and two antique chair spindles, I built a stand to raise my computer monitor. It has a) provided room on my desk to keep my day timer and b) raised the monitor to eye level, eliminating neck strain I had been feeling.
7th Most Viewed Post - Antique Chair Back Bird FeederWhile sipping my morning java down in the workshop I glanced over at a bucket of antique chair parts. Taking a closer look at the chair back it reminded me of a butterfly and I wondered what I could possibly make with it. Just at that moment, I heard a bird chirping from the open window and a lightbulb went off in my head.
|Antique Chair Back Bird Feeder|
6th Most Viewed Post - Antique Chair Spindle Wooden Garden CaddyThat same bucket of antique chair parts mentioned above also inspired building wooden garden tool caddies and using chair spindles for the handles.
|Wooden Garden Caddy with Antique Chair Spindle Handle|
5th Most Viewed Post - Chalkboard Menu With Oyster Shell PatinaPlaying with layers of paint, I created an Oyster Shell Patina on a metal thrift store frame. Then I painted over the art with chalkboard paint to turn it into a fun chalkboard menu.
|Chalkboard Menu With Oyster Shell Patina|
4th Most Viewed Post - Bathroom Vanity Sliding ShelfThis old gal crawled under her bathroom vanity one too many times in search of toiletries. Deciding enough was enough I built a very handy sliding shelf with cubbies. Now even my OPI Friar Friar Pants On Fire nail polish has an easy to access home.
|Bathroom Vanity Sliding Shelf|
3rd Most Viewed Post - Farmhouse Side Table MakeoverThis solid wood table had seen it's better days and I knew with some elbow grease that the character under all that brown paint could have farmhouse charm. A friend came over one afternoon shortly after finishing the makeover and swooped that table out the front door.
2nd Most Viewed Post - Suspended Clothes Drying RodWith all the wrinkle free fabrics available, some things just need to be hung to dry. How do you do that during the winter with subzero temperatures? We designed a fabulous indoor suspended clothes drying rod for our basement laundry room.
|Suspended Clothes Drying Rod|
Top Viewed Post of 2016 - Thrift Store Jewelry Box Repurposed Into Remote Control StorageThis being my most viewed post completely surprised me. Obviously, I wasn't the only one in need of something display worthy for hiding all those pesky remote controls.
Favorite Post of 2016
Alzheimer's Busy Blanket: A Special Gift For MomThis is a brand new post that I shared last week. I normally don't get personal here on the blog but this was a project that was near and dear to my heart and a special Christmas gift for my Mom who has been battling Alzheimer's for the last seven years. I'm happy to report that instantly her restless hands started playing with the multi-sensory elements on the blanket.
|Alzheimer's Busy|Fidget Blanket|
If you missed my Year In Review last year, you can catch it here 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015.
I'd love to hear which one was your favorite and why?
|Wood Slice Cocktail Coasters|
Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year