2016 ended up being a year where I thought my personal life drew me away from the blog more than usual. So I didn’t think I created all that much.
Until I pulled it together all in one blog post!
Well, this just made me happy. I think it really helps to reflect back on the year, to view what you really have accomplished. Even if you aren’t a blogger, try writing down the major accomplishments you’ve done. It’s quite gratifying!
My Christmas season this year also started a little late. I gifted myself a trip to Maui for Christmas, then returned home on the 27th to begin Christmas at home. Talk about the best of both worlds!
So… while my son and I are still ‘super productive’ playing board games and overeating this week, here’s a quick summary of what I deem my favourite junk projects for 2016.
What’s to come:
Moving forward into 2017, I plan to do more ‘finish the house’ posts, completing full rooms, such as completing the boy’s teen bedroom, farmhouse styled framework, and (egads) finish the tile in my front entry. So I’ll do some tiling posts too. I also hope to break into some video tutorials. Perhaps dive into that ‘how to work with tools’ thing I promised years ago? And of course, my best served stencil tips.
I also realize a lot of my projects include my own line of stencils. For that reason, there’s always more to those blog posts. Each one carries a unique decorating idea that doesn’t require the stencils as mandatory. But I do plan on incorporating more projects without as well moving forward.
What would you like to see?
That said, I’d love to hear what YOU would like to learn or see in 2017! Just reply in comments. I look forward to each and every suggestion!
So… here’s to 2016… and an even more productive 2017!
Challenged to deal with a small laundry room with nowhere to hang clothes, this compact hanging station fit just right! And is super simple to make.
Interchangeable reclaimed wood shelf for all seasons
Don’t let the FALL message fool you. This block styled shelf also spells farm, styled for all season AND Christmas! Talk about a shelf that does it all…
Also includes unique hanger hooks.
Pipe and reclaimed wood pantry shelf
My dream pantry is pipe and wood floor to ceiling shelves. But this little mini version can happen anytime, any where!
Farmhouse patio farm table
An old metal curb side table morphed instantly into a little farmhouse styled table. Coffee’s served!
Junk styled farmhouse kitchen window valance sign holding dried flowers
No need for curtains, when you house an old sign, complete with junk styled hanging flowers. My kinda window treatment!
Potting shed tool hanger sign and sawhorse potting bench
The shed needed a slight revamp. So a productive Potting Shed AND instant sawhorse potting bench added even more garden charm.
Garden themed wall crate writing station
Desiring to summer up the front entry, this little crate mounted to a wall became the perfect entry table writing station, with the help of two cute garden themed stencils.
But the super fun part? Two different looks, one for inside, and one for out!
Grocery list Soil sifter magnetic board
If you are also one that requires a grocery list in hand at all times, this soil sifter list catcher may work for you!
Reclaimed wood window box planter
A collision of reclaimed wood created one funky window box planter, fitting perfectly on the fireplace mantel.
Challenged to work with 2x4s, an industrial pipe shelf was custom created to fit overtop of the large day planner. A fantastic kitchen counter space saver, loaded with industrial charm.
Old sign wall office organizer
Random signed up planks are grouped together, to create a rustic office organization system. Art and function, all in one.
Old sign and reclaimed wood paint shelf
Random sign boards were cut down, to create a simple shelf, to help organize paint supplies.
Reclaimed wood rope sign
A little rope and hot glue is all that’s needed to create this simple, custom sign. What would yours say?
DIY stencil storage ladder
Needing a place for stencil storage, 2x4s and closet dowels became the perfect fix for a custom ladder.
Rusty tool workshop station
Old tools gathered together create one interesting workshop station! Just remember to use the tools you no longer use as tools…
Inspired by those that actually bake, fake it till you make it with a cute BAKERY sign of your own!
Space them slightly apart, so you can hang your baking utinsels or coffee mugs.
Old window LUNCH sign
An old diner styled LUNCH sign fit so perfectly on this old window. No need for a sign board this round!
An old TV tray was painted, then revamped to house a festive tray. Then simply remove it for all the other 364 days of the year.
Reclaimed wood stockings with Christmas living room tour
Desiring to stay with a black and white theme throughout Christmas, this snowflake pillow design added the perfect wintery touch! Extends well beyond the Christmas season.
Christmas tree in a crate with saw sign
A faux tree in an old crate looks anything but faux! Add a cute old rusty saw for a fun Christmas element.
Toolbox shelf hot cocoa station
‘Tis the season for hot cocoa, so a toolbox came to the rescue, mounted as a productive shelf. Bring on those marshmallows! Made with Old Sign Stencils.
Sleigh Rides arrow sign
Super easy way to morph any plain plank of wood into a creative arrow sign.
Sleigh Rides and snowflakes are made with Old Sign Stencils, all info in post.
Hope you enjoyed the round up! And here’s to an even more productive, junk filled 2017… for ALL of us!
I also wish for you a very Happy New Year! Thank you for continuing to follow along, and for your never ending support, even when times got a little tough and quiet in these parts.
This blog has really become a little more than just projects, so I’ll share those other unique highlights in another post soon too!
All the best!
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