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

12 Most Popular Posts of 2018



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