Monday, January 4, 2010

DIY Projects 2009 Recap

With the new year starting, I wanted to do a recap of the various projects we completed in 2009. I first started my blog in May so these are different DIY accomplishments in each room I posted about in my first half year of blogging. I might do a second post to recap some of the various individual projects that took place, but here is a rundown on how the rooms started and ended 2009.

The Outside

First we started with giving the front of our house a bit of a facelift.

It went from this slightly dated before:

To this spruced up after:

The project involved painting the vinyl shutters, spray painting the exterior lights, and adding a coat of Behr Sly Fox to the front door. New house numbers and some trimming of the bushes completed the look.

The Living Room

I also completed several small projects in the living room including adding new curtains, pillows, and other accessories. A new furniture arrangement was the final piece of the transformation puzzle.

The before:

And the after:

Hall Bathroom

The next major room makeover happened in our hall bathroom. The original lighting, vanity, and flooring were pretty dated and boring.

So we added new laminate flooring, painted the vanity, added a coat of paint to the walls, installed a new light fixture, changed out the faucet, and added some new hardware and decorative touches.


The Office

Once the bathroom work was wrapped up, we turned our attention to our home office space which was a chaotic, disorganized mess.


We built our own desks, added madeover corkboards, new shelves, and a coat of paint. I scored a clearance chair at Garden Ridge to complete the look.


The Kitchen

The kitchen wasn't that bad, but I was a little tired of the yellow and blue color scheme. The light fixture over the table had been bugging me for quite sometime also.

I repainted the walls in Glidden Whisper Wheat, added new curtains, spray painted the curtain rods oil-rubbed bronze, changed out the light, and made over a Goodwill star plaque.

The Bedroom

The final room in our home that had a little updating this year was our master bedroom. It started out that I wanted to update the tired old headboard and get some new bedding because ours was starting to fall apart.

I added a creamy coat of paint to the headboard, new curtains from IKEA, lovely new beddding from Target, banished the TV and dresser from the corner, added a new ottoman, painted a chair to create a cozy nook in the corner, and spruced up some plain picture frames.

We are already hard at work at updating our master bathroom. We should have that project wrapped up by next weekend as there are only a few small details left. That will be our first room makeover to share for 2010.



  1. It's been a busy year at your house...everything looks great! Take it easy in 2010 and enjoy all your hard work! Hope you have a wonderful week.


  2. Wow you have made some amazing changes. Great job on it all!

  3. You really did do a nice job of it
    I really like the change in furniture arraingment in your living room
    and I love the touches of black...which you well know:)

  4. Your home looks absolutely beautiful! You did a great job on the updates and projects. :)

    Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!

  5. Wow Sara, you have performed some real magic here! I love your colors and really admire that your hubby will take on projects like faucets and lights...mine won't touch them! Especially like the black armoire, looks familiar. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. have completed some fabulous projects, great job! I really love the dark bathroom cabs. We're getting ready to paint our kitchen cabs black this Spring, and I'm both excited and nervous! Thanks for sharing!

    Jane @ Finding Fabulous

  7. Boy, you got a lot accomplished in 2009, I am impressed. I really like the updated things you did tot he living room.

  8. You were busy! :) LOVE that last shot with the kitty looking out the window. So cute. :) Thanks for the visit!

  9. Looks like you've been busy this year! My fav is the the exterior...I'm a sucker for curb appeal and nice landscaping. Tell Kitty thanks for the personal tour:) Thanks for dropping by and visiting me ~Lisa

  10. Wow you sure have been busy! I love your bedroom. The color is beautiful.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. I love it all. The color changes are gorgeous.

  12. Wow, everything looks so lovely. I LOVE the bathroom! Great job.

  13. Great transformation!! Thanks so much for posting!

  14. It looks really great...The family room is my favorite.


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