SNS #44 brings you – your most favorite project EVER

Greetings friends! My son and I are out enjoying the last stretch of summer this weekend. However, I’m still happy to host SNS. Thanks for coming by and I’ll peek in when possible!


Welcome to Saturday Nite Special #44!

If you’re new here, join in! There are three categories to link to. Home Decor as well as Crafts, Sewing, Recipes, plus the themed link! Check below for this weekend’s theme.

Party starts Fri night and ends Sunday 11pm pacific, so you have all weekend to join!

I LOVE to highlight inspiring posts during the event on the sidebar, so make sure you check in several times over the weekend. You may be next. 🙂

~ This weekend’s themed link ~

your fav project

Favorite projects have a way of sneaking up on you.

My fav project to date are my old crate stairs HERE.

While you may have not had any clue you were about to create your alltime fav project at the time, when it happens, you know it.

By favorite, I’m referring to it being the project that you’d never want to change over again.

So, what makes a project remain your alltime favorite over the long haul anyway?

I think the fact that it hits more than one passion may be the ultimate deciding factor.

I’m a signmaker by trade, so typography has always been something I’ve loved anyway. But there’s more to it than that with this particular project.

My TRUE passion when creating is ALL THINGS AUTHENTIC.

And while I indeed did paint up these stairs myself, they don’t look like I did. They look like authentic cut up old crates. Those that don’t know I painted them get fooled every time they walk in. It goes something like this…


“Kinda crazy huh?”

“Uh.. yeah. YOU do this?!?”


“Uh.. how?”

“I just painted them.”

“Painted what?”

“The wood.”

“I don’t get it.”

“I couldn’t afford carpet so I painted the original wood on the stairs.”

“What?!? These aren’t from… old boxes and stuff?!?”


blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

And I do have a secret to share with you on how to get something to look authentically OLD and a clue is in the above picture. I also have a really exciting artist to feature who is an absolute master in working with old stuff. So because I’m starting to go off on an old rampage, I’ve switched next weekend’s theme to… OLD!

(The original full reveal post on the stairs is HERE.)

So… why do you think your alltime fav project is still your favorite? 

What’s the main deciding factor that won you over with it?

If you talk about your linked up project in comments, please include your linkup number so we can grasp your story while viewing it. That would be cool. 🙂

Link up your one fav project in the 3rd themed linkup! One post per person please. We wanna see the ultimate one that stole your heart. 🙂

~ Next weekend’s theme ~


Do you have a DIY project made out of authentic old stuff? Or something you refinished to make look old? The older the better this round! Let’s see that ancient authentic looking artifact next weekend! I have a doozy lined up to feature!

~ Upcoming themes ~

front doors




window sill decor

What other themes would you like to see on SNS? Let me know in comments! 

 ~ SNS blah blah linkup rules ~

1. Please link up your intended post, NOT your blog homepage url. (post, then click the title of your post, cut and paste that url)

2. Please put a link in your post that leads back to the party so others can see what’s up! (scroll button on sidebar if you wish)

 3. This party is geared for DIY type projects we can all attempt to make ourselves. Items for sale may be linked up IF your entry is posted on your blog and in tutorial style (unless making the item is self explanatory).

5. For Home Decor and Crafts, Sewing, Cooking, please link projects up that are new to SNS and within 1 month old. The 3rd weekly themed link may have older posts and not brand new to SNS.

If you can’t decide which category to enter yours in, please just pick ONE and go with it. It’s all good!

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32 thoughts on “SNS #44 brings you – your most favorite project EVER

  1. I’m so glad you couldn’t afford carpet! Look what we and you would have missed out on if you could!! I never get tired of looking at your beautiful stairs. You did such a fabulous job, Donna!
    Have a great weekend!
    ~ Jo 🙂

  2. those stairs are seriously, the most awesome stairs ever. I remember seeing this when you originally posted it, and I couldn’t believe how cool they look! And they do look like you just cut up some old crates and used the wood.

  3. Enjoy the last days of summer vacation!

    Your stair project is my favorite of all of your projects that I’ve seen! I don’t really know if I have a favorite project of my own….I tend to dabble in too many things!

    Thanks for hosting!

  4. Choosing one favorite project is really difficult. I had never really thought about which one I liked best. I decided on my daughter’s bedroom makeover (#26) because of all the planning and projects involved in the process. I also love the fact that the result was a collaboration between myself and my daughter. She is still young but it was fun to listen to her ideas and come up with a space we both loved.

  5. Okay, first off, I love those stairs. I can’t believe I haven’t been a follower… until today. I am number 61 in Home Decor. This is my latest project but it also is my favorite. I think because it was quite a project for us. I absolutely love how it turned out. It just looks like an armoire but it has a surprise. I just love it. It is my favorite, to date.
    Thanks for the fun linky party.

  6. You are an artist, sweet friend. A junk artist. You have the vision to take rusty, faded, leftover, and worn and see great things created with it. And even more importantly, you have the courage to follow through on your vision. I would have a hard time picking my most favourite ever project of yours.

  7. Those are the most AWESOME steps I have seen! This is one of the most innovative ideas I have seen…it should be published…maybe it is! If not, you should submit to Cottage and Bungalow or Southern Living…somebody should publish this! Check out my ‘Outdoor Art for the House’…think you might like some of the recycled pieces! http://www.threepixielane.blogspot

  8. My favorite project was a clutch purse I made for my daughter that looks like an Airstream trailer. I used silver Teflon fabric from Walmart and a rubber toy wheel for the axle. I appliqued the windows, doors, and embroidered little details, etc. One of my friends cut an aluminum strip that I sewed on the back for a bumper. I haven’t put in a zipper in twenty years, so I just sewed velcro inside the top to fasten it. She took it to a party in NYCity with the management of Airstream. She later did a special project with them and also bought an Airstream. Ann

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment about my factory cart coffee table. I think it’s one of my favorites because I know its history. I can understand why your stairs are your favorite – they are just wonderful. Filled with character and style! Thanks for hosting such a fun party.

  10. Hey Donna! I hope you are enjoying your last hooorah of Summer! But I’m really looking forward to Fall. This will be my First time for SNS – so excited! Had fun coming up with an item.

    And when the day comes that I get my Dream Home, I am seriously going to get you to build my stairs ~ LOL!!! You are awesome!!


  11. These stairs are sooo cool! I would love to create such a flooring decoration with just paint, I can’t believe it! Have you tried adding other materials? Stickers or something? ABSOLUTELY loved the rulers and license plate 😉

  12. I don’t know about my all time favorite project (because I really haven’t created it yet), but your stair creation is calling me. It is awesome!!

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