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The Most Popular DIY posts for 2016

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Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you have all recovered from the holidays. I had a wonderful time, so good in fact, that I am now ready to share with you my most popular DIY posts for 2016. Better late than never as the saying goes.  

No. 10 – How to Makeover an old Wooden Bed Frame

This old bed frame had seen better days.  I wanted to give it a new life and match it with the dresser I had done a few months before.  Apparently you all agree it was a good idea.

No. 9 – The Big Bold Heart

My collection of toilet paper rolls and the need to declutter was the inspiration for this great big old heart. A year later it is still making me smile every time I walk by it. 

No. 8 – A Nest for My Rustic Eggs

With the Easter Holiday coming up I decided to get creative and make a nest for my chalky painted Easter eggs. The eggs actually survived a month.

No. 7 –  Sweater Pillows the Easy Way

Being the ever frugal blogger I try not to throw anything out. Case in point this old sweater which I turned into a fun and cozy pillow.

No. 6 – The Autumn of My Life

This post was not a DIY project, so I hope you’ll forgive me if I add it here. It was a very personal post about how you can overcome difficulties in your life at any age.  I was very surprised that this post was so popular, it is also my most commented post of all time. I hope that I have inspired others with my story.

No. 5 – The Crafty Bottom

This project was an afterthought.  I challenged myself to see what I could do with the bottom of a basket. The result was this piece of wall art.

No. 4 - ​How to Make Easy Flowers using Egg Cartons

This project was born out of my desire to use up all those egg cartons that I had been hoarding. With a little paint and imagination I created this hanging wall decoration. I especially like it because it is lightweight so if there is an earthquake it will not cause damage. Of course it’s also nice that my egg carton piles are gone… for now!

No. 3 – Upcycling the Milk Crate Table

I had made this table two years ago using vintage milk crates, but I felt it needed an upcycle after I had forgotten it out on the balcony over the winter.  And this was the result. 

No. 2 – Solving the Glass Blocks Problem (curtain with fabric strips)

This post was a tutorial for an easy curtain with fabric strips.  Something desperately needed to be done about the glare in my living room from the window made of glass blocks. 

No. 1 – The Doily Top Side Table

An experiment, this table took on a life of it’s own when I started working on it.  It told me where it wanted the doily paper and paint to go… and I happily followed. And you all must have liked the results because it was my most viewed for 2016!
And that officially wraps things up for the most popular DIY posts for 2016.  I must admit there were a few surprises. I did not expect to see my humble sweater pillow or the bold heart.  But it’s always fun to look thru the year and see what was popular. Which were your favorites?

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Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Loved looking through all of your 2016 projects. So creative!


Wednesday 8th of February 2017

Thank you Sara. I try my best with what limited resources I have.


Monday 9th of January 2017

There are some wonderful projects represented here Mary! I remember them all. Can't say I'm surprised to hear about your most popular one. It was a great read. XXX


Monday 9th of January 2017

Doreen I wish I had a before of that side table, unfortunately I had painted it white before I started blogging. It was one hot mess.


Monday 9th of January 2017

Those were all such amazing projects. And I still love the bed transformation. I'm trying to convince my husband to let me paint our headboard. It's a hard sale.


Monday 9th of January 2017

Kellie, keep after your husband. Chalk paint is fail proof, If you mess up and don't like what you did you can just go over it. In fact when I did the dresser I didn't like the dark shade at all and then just added some white to make it brighter and warmer.


Monday 9th of January 2017

So many beautiful re-purposing things here Mary. It's so fascinating to look back on a year and be astounded at all that you did, and dearest lady you have done a LOT!!!! You're so talented with your hands and your heart, I can't wait to see what you'll be up to in 2017. P.S. The milk crate will always be one of my top 10 re-purposing posts ever in the whole internet-ty world. I love it!!


Monday 9th of January 2017

Thank you Michelle for your sweet comment. I look forward to this year and to lots more creativity with the help of friends like you.


Monday 9th of January 2017

Awesome list! I missed a bunch of these, so I can get caught up on. The sweater pillows was the one that snagged me! Happy New Year, and I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with in 2017. :)


Monday 9th of January 2017

Hi Martie I hope you've been well. Happy New Year it's been a while since I visited you been so crazy lately. I too will be looking forward to your post and your unique perspective on everything.

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