12 Most Popular Posts of 2018 - A Year In Review

Hello friends, I hope you all had a Christmas that filled your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. Every December 31st, I like to spend some time reflecting on the year coming to a close and plan goals for the new year ahead. Part of that reflection is taking a trip down memory lane here on the blog to take another peek at all the projects created this year. While I'm doing that it's also fun to do a little research to see which ones resonated most with all of you. So today I'm sharing the 12 most popular posts of 2018 - A Year In Review.

12 Most Popular Posts of 2018 - A Year In Review

Every year I'm surprised by some of the ones that made the cut and others I thought for sure would and didn't. This exercise is also a great gauge for me to see what types of projects I should be doing more of. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear about them either in the comment section below or press the contact me button at the top of the blog and drop me an email. I always love hearing from you!

12 Most Popular Posts Of 2018

So without further ado, here are the 12 most read posts of the year ending with the most popular plus a bonus pick, like a baker's dozen. To visit the tutorials for each project, press the link that is underlined.

12th Most Popular Post of 2018

Easy Way To Paint Chair Spindles When You Can't Spray
Painting chair spindles can be grueling, especially when you're painting multiple chairs. The easiest way to paint chair spindles, bar none, is with a paint sprayer. BUT when you don't have a sprayer or have to paint indoors, this is the second easiest method to get the job done. It's all about using the right paint brush. 

Painting Chair Spindles - 12th Most Popular Post of 2018

11th Most Popular Post of 2018

How To Make Easy DIY Solar Fence Lights
These solar powered fence lights were so easy to make by pairing thrift store metal candle sconces and dollar store solar lights. They fabulous flanking the water wall on our backyard deck!

DIY Solar Fence Lights - 11th Most Popular Post of 2018

10th Most Popular Post of 2018

Mom's Favorite Chair Makeover With Raised Stencils
This was my first attempt at trying the raised stencil technique and I was surprised at how easy it is to do. I love how the raised details added so much charm to a rather ordinary wooden chair. The chair belonged to my Mother and was one of her favorite thrifty finds.

Chair Makeover With Raised Stencils - 10th Most Popular Post of 2018

9th Most Popular Post Of 2018

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table With Color Furniture Transfer
This is another furniture makeover where I tried a new technique for the first time and now I'm hooked. These gorgeous IOD (Iron Orchard Designs) Image transfers are easy to apply to chalk painted furniture. Unlike a decal, they are super thin, don't have a glossy sheen, and the edges pretty much disappear. I have a few more makeovers planned using these in 2019.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table With Furniture Transfer - 9th Most Popular Post of 2018

8th Most Popular Post Of 2018

Holiday-Inspired Antique Empire Dresser Makeover
It's not often that I name a piece of furniture but I became very fond of this antique dresser from the 1800s while working on it. Holly showed up on my doorstep looking like she was on her last leg but all I could see was her beautiful craftsmanship like the hand carved dovetail joints. She deserved to have someone breath new life into her and I was happy to take on the challenge. I became so fond of her that I decided she's a keeper!

Red Empire Dresser Makeover - 8th Most Popular Post of 2018

7th Most Popular Post of 2018

Vintage Metal Classroom Desk
This was a makeover that took me down memory lane to my days sitting at a desk just like it in my elementary school days. The makeover didn't go without its challenges but they ended up being a blessing in disguise.

Vintage Metal Classroom Desk - 7th Most Popular Post of 2018

6th Most Popular Post Of 2018

Image Transfer Technique Using Graphite Paper
In this post, I share a detailed tutorial on how to add graphics to wood surfaces like furniture, DIY signs, and home decor. I find this process very relaxing and lose track of time going into the zone, as I call it.

Graphite Paper Image Transfer Technique - 6th Most Popular Post of 2018

5th Most Popular Post Of 2018

Hollywood Regency Bar Cabinet 
Remember the popular concealed TV cabinets with sliding doors from the '80s & '90s? I repurposed one in a dark cherry finish from the Bombay Co. and turned it into a high gloss Hollywood Regency style bar cabinet with Breakfast At Tiffany's vibe inside.

Hollywood Regency Bar Cabinet - 5th Most Popular Post of 2018

4th Most Popular Post Of 2018

Whitewashed Geometric Dresser Makeover
With just a bit of elbow grease and very little paint, this well used 5-drawer dresser was redeemed with a whitewash paint finish and geometric stencil. The dresser had been gifted to my family and bounced from house-to-house over the last three decades. What a difference a little paint made!

Whitewashed Geometric Dresser Makeover - 4th Most Popular Post of 2018

3rd Most Popular Post Of 2018

How To Add Charm To An Antique Oak Bookcase 
This antique bookcase was painted my favorite color and is now the focal point in my home office. Floral fabric from the dollar store was decoupaged onto the back for added farmhouse charm.

Antique Oak Bookcase With Farmhouse Charm - 3rd Most Popular Post of 2018

2nd Most Popular Post Of 2018

Two Tone Grey Dining Room Set Makeover
It took three years of stubbing my toe on the chairs taking up valuable real estate in the basement workshop for me to finally give this dining room set a makeover. The trestle table had a missing leaf and the Jacobean style chairs needed a lot of work. I don't know why I procrastinated so long because it didn't take long to give this set a brand new life and I was thrilled with the night & day transformation.

Two Tone Grey Dining Room Set - 2nd Most Popular Post of 2018

Most Popular Post Of 2018

How One Napkin Transformed A Serpentine Dresser
I was so happy to see this made the most popular title because it was one of my favorite furniture makeovers in 2018. I walked into this makeover with a clear vision in mind and walked away afterward thinking, well that was interesting! And it all started with one napkin and an old dresser that looked like it had been taken into a back alley and beat on.

One Napkin Serpentine Dresser Transformation - Most Popular Post of 2018

Bonus: Most Popular Home Decor Post Of 2018

Coastal Picture Frame Serving Tray
When I noticed not one home decor project made the cut this year, I had to include the most popular one of 2018 as a bonus. I especially wanted to include it because it shows you how easy it is to turn an old picture frame into a handy serving tray.

Coastal Picture Frame Serving Tray - Most Popular Home Decor Post of 2018

It was such fun seeing which posts resonated most with all of you and I hope you found some inspiration here.

Before I sign off my last post in 2018, I want to thank you so very much for the kindness and support you have given me over the past year. Your lovely comments, sharing my projects on social media, and heartfelt emails mean so much. You are the wind beneath my wings that keeps me motivated to keep creating, learning, and striving to do better. For that I thank you.

Wishing you all peace, health, happiness & prosperity in 2019

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How to completely change furniture adding legs

Today we're going to talk about how to completely change furniture with legs. Perhaps you have a cabinet that sits too low and would function so much better if it had more height. Maybe you have a side table with great bones but it just isn't your style.

I'm going to share three examples where adding legs completely transformed the look and style of a piece and/or gave it a new purpose. Why go out and buy new when you can upcycle what you already have.

How To Completely Change Old Furniture With New Legs

How To Completely Change Furniture Adding Legs

Today is Furniture Fixer Upper Day where myself and five talented furniture painting friends come together to breath new life into six pieces of furniture. You can find links to the makeovers at the bottom of this post. Last month I gave an antique empire dresser from the 1800s a Red Holiday-Inspired Makeover.

We'll start with this mid-century modern cabinet. It was missing the legs when I got it and assume the originals were a tapered wood leg with metal leg caps (ferrules) common with mid-century modern furniture. By adding curvy legs, it completely transformed the style of the two-drawer cabinet from MCM to French Provincial and we're now using it as a nightstand.

Example 1: Mid-Century Modern Cabinet 

This is what the two-drawer laminate cabinet looked like before with the missing the legs.

Legless MCM Cabinet Before New French Provincial Curvy Legs

Instead of replacing the legs with similarly tapered wood legs like the originals, we added these curvy cabriole legs found at a Habitat ReStore. They are a totally different style, color, and grain of wood but once painted, one would never know this wasn't always a French Provincial nightstand.

French Provincial Night Stand New Curvy Legs

Painted a matte metallic platinum silver with metallic gold highlights, it no longer looks anything like a mid-century modern cabinet. What a difference some curvy cabriole legs made on this piece!

French Provincial Night Stand After Curvy New Legs

Besides changing the legs, changing the hardware can make a dramatic difference too like these pretty turquoise floral knobs.

French Provincial Night Stand With Floral Knobs

You can see the full makeover and tutorial of this metallic nightstand in my Small Mid-Century Modern Cabinet post.

I used this same metallic silver paint on a gorgeous Vintage Art Deco Waterfall Vanity too.

Example 2: Wooden Trunk Table

In this example by adding legs to a wooden case found at Goodwill, it was completely transformed into a lovely rustic trunk table by adding tall wooden legs found at Habitat ReStore.

Wooden Trunk From Goodwill Before

By adding legs and painting them black, restoring the wood with some dark wax, and creatively covering the company logo on the front, the case was completely transformed into a useful piece of furniture.

Wooden Trunk From Goodwill With New Legs

You can find the step-by-step written tutorial along with a video tutorial in my How To Turn A Wooden Case Into A Trunk Table post. I also share a tutorial on how to line the case with an old shirt.

Example 3: Apothecary Cabinet

In this example, I show you how by adding tall wooden legs to an IKEA Moppe mini wood chest, it was transformed into a useful apothecary cabinet for storage.

IKEA Moppe Cabinet Before Adding Legs

The legs and brackets were found at a salvage yard for $12.00 and the IKEA Moppe at a garage sale for next to nothing.

Salvaged Legs For IKEA Moppe Cabinet

We use the apothecary cabinet to house our CD collection (yes, we're all old school and still have and listen to CD's) and labeled each drawer alphabetically by artist's last name.

IKEA Moppe Apothecary Cabinet For Storing CD Collection

Here is the simple IKEA Moppe mini chest now with legs, looking more like a piece of furniture rather than storage box. It's so handy to have our CD collection in one place and displayed against a small wall in our living room, it is a statement piece that piques the curiosity of guests.

You can find the full tutorial on how we did it in my IKEA Moppe Hack Apothecary Cabinet post.

IKEA Moppe Chest With New Legs Now Apothecary Cabinet

I hope this has inspired you to modify furniture that could be dressed up or provide more function if it had legs.

How To Completely Change Old Furniture With New Legs

Now let's see how my talented friends in the Furniture Fixer Uppers group transformed these furniture pieces...
Furniture Fixer Upper Group December 2018 Furniture BEFORE
Press the links below to see the after photos and tutorials...
  1. Girl In The Garage
  2. Confessions Of A Serial DIYer
  3. Petticoat Junktion
  4. Prodigal Pieces
  5. Just The Woods
  6. The Interior Frugalista (that's me)

I share my projects at these inspiring link parties.

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Talk Of The Town Party 154

Wow, the last party before Christmas, how did that happen already? We will be taking a break next week. Happy Holidays friends and we'll see you back here in 2019! Here are our features this week...
Talk Of The Town Party 154 Features
Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
Talk of the Town link party
Last week's party was amazing with so many great links to choose from.
First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts.
Last Week at Knick of Time

Last Week at My Repurposed Life
Last Week at Interior Frugalista
Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

Wooden Thread Spool Ornament For Christmas by Pillar Box Blue
Amish Apple Fritter Bread recipe by Living On Cloud Nine
Amish Apple Fritter Bread Recipe - Living On Cloud Nine

How to Add Words to Candles by H20 Bungalow
How to Add Words to Candles - H20 Bungalow
Simple Lasagna Recipe by Spaceships and Laserbeams
Simple Lasagna Recipe - Spaceships and Laserbeams

Vintage First Issue Postal Stamp Ornament by Lora B
Now, it's your turn!
PLEASE NOTE – There are now *2* separate link ups; the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for Recipe links. Thank you!
By linking up at Talk of the Town, you agree that your photos may be used to promote the party, or in other round-ups.
***Please keep in mind that linking up with stock photography or using photos without express permission by the photo owner is not allowed. Links of stock photography or photos that are not owned by you will be removed without notification.***
TotT Something to talk about
DIY|Vintage|Repurposed Links ONLY
Recipe Links ONLY
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Unique High Heel Stocking Filled For The Fashionista

Today is bittersweet because it's the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop and as exhausting as it's been creating and sharing three handmade ideas each week, I'm sad to see it end. For the grand finale, I'm excited to share a unique DIY high heel stocking filled for the fashionista in mind. Even someone with novice sewing skills could make this, I did! 
High Heel DIY Stocking Filled For The Fashionista
But first, I'd like to send a shout out to Shirley from Intelligent Domestications for all her hard work organizing this event. It's been such fun working with her and the other talented 50+ bloggers who shared their creative ideas throughout this four-week event.

I hope you've enjoyed all the creative ideas and found loads of inspiration to help you decorate your homes, gift the ones you love, and make & bake for your holiday soirees.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!

Welcome to Day 12 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!
DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!

GO HERE for the complete list of Dates and Topics plus a collection of most popular holiday ideas including ornaments, games, recipes and more from all 50 plus talented bloggers!

It's Day 12 and we are ready to Hang the Stockings by the Chimney with Care!

Unique High Heel Stocking Filled For The Fashionista

High Heel DIY Stocking even for a novice sewer

About the high heel stocking

I made several high heel stockings for gifts several years ago, in my pre-blogging days, and they were such a hit. I should point out that I am self-taught behind the sewing machine and in no way a pro by any stretch of the imagination. To make these you need to be able to sew a straight line and understand some sewing terms but the pattern I used is very easy to understand and follow.

The pattern is called a Brangway Stocking but there are several different styles to choose from. You can find them online here at Sewing Patterns by Arkathwyn Designs (not an affiliate link). She provides easy to follow instructions and the pattern in PDF format.

High Heel DIY Stocking Plus Stocking Stuffer Ideas For A Fashionista

I've included affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend for both making the stiletto stocking and filling it. See my full disclosure policy.

What I used to make my high heel stocking

Red Dimple Micro Chenille fabric
Gold Fabric Lining
Black Velvet (heel & loop)
Black Velvet Non-wired Ribbon (belt)
Small Silver Buckle
Black Faux Fur (cuff)
Black Ruffled Organza Ribbon (Vertical Ribbon)

High Heel DIY Stocking With Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Stocking stuffer ideas for women

Mesh Pouf Bath Sponge
Mini Makeup Foundation Sponges (ornament)
Cupcake Lip Glosses
EOS Lip Balm Cranberry Pear
Makeup Brush Set With Travel Case
Revlon Insta-Blush 300 Rose Gold Kiss
Revlon ColorStay Lipstick 010 Womenswear
Revlon ColorStay Lipstick 070 Preview
Sally Hanson Diamond Strength Nail Polish 120 Diamonds
Secret Deodorant Ooh La La Lavender
Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes
Lindt Chocolate Holiday Treats Candy Cane (every woman loves chocolate, right!)

Don't forget the mandarin orange!

Did you find an orange in the toe of your stocking Christmas morning when you were a child?

Do you know why this tradition began?

If not, grab yourself a coffee and google it for a fun morning read.

I assumed it was my Mom's way of tiding us over until breakfast and buying her more time to sleep because it wasn't uncommon for one of us seven kids to wake up at 4:30 am and wake the others.

Unique DIY High Heel Stocking Filled With Beauty Products

I share my projects at these inspirational link parties.

Scroll down for even more Christmas Stocking Ideas you can use this holiday season!

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