Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Year in review part one

This past year past has been a very productive year , I have made many changes and improvements to the house , so many in fact I am nearly out of projects , I may have to start ripping out perfectly good things to feed my hobby of DIY . I thought I might share them with you now . Painting the dining room table black was a good choice for me , I painted it with high adhesion primer , two coats of black latex paint and a coat of oil based solid black stain/polyurethane mix a new table for little or now cost since Iused what I already had .

I cut this hole into the wall of the basement stairs to let light in .



I built shutters from stock lumber that look like salvaged shutters to conceal our TV .


I did a full makeover of my daughters playhouse , lots of paint a built in bench and shutters turned a neglected playhouse into a pretty playhouse that does double duty as pool storage through the winter months.





I added my favorite exterior finish , shingles stained soft weathered grey.





I made over a worn out brown table into beach style with the intention to sell it but loved it so much I kept it for myself.





I bought an ugly but solid coffee table for $25 and turned it into an ottoman.


I built a v-groove wall for the front porch for added style privacy and shelter from the winter wind.

I transformed a basic Ikea shelf into a shelf that has more character and charm and is now one of a kind.



I finally tried cutting out the center of one cabinet to install metal mesh for an open look.


Although I can't use this porch for many more months , I don't forget relaxing on the upper porch with its newly painted floors in stripes of course.



So there is part one of my little year end round up , maybe I can inspire some projects you have never even though of

34 comments:

E Hayes said...

Such great inspiration! I want to live in your house!!

Can't wait to see part two :)

erin said...

Love all your projects. My hubby and I are looking at buying a new house and I keep pulling up your site to show him what I want to do if we get this new house.

A quick question if you don't mind: Where did you get the hinges for your kitchen door?

Sanna said...

You have done an amazing job! I found your blog about 6 months ago and I am always stunned at that you are doing it all by yourself!

Can´t wait to see what you will come up with next. You are such an inspiration. Thank you.

Happy New Year,
Sanna

Monarch Creations said...

I'm determined to do a fabric ottoman this year. Thanks for the inspiration! PS. Love your Boston Terrier. Aren't they the best?

Rene said...

Wow! That is some re-cap and very inspiring too. Can't wait to see what you do in 2010. Happy New Year!

Cathy said...

You always do an awesome job Chris! Thank you so much for sharing..

Happy New Year!

Cathy

Debbie said...

Nice job! That was quite a list, and it all looks great! Hope you have tons of fun with your future DIY projects! ;0)

Tina said...

WOW!! Your house is so beautiful and you have done some amazing projecs in 2009! I am so inspired!! I am so looking forward to following your blog in 2010. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful pics. Happy New Year :)

Chad and Kristen @ The Tomato Vine said...

What a great year you had!
P.S. I've bookmarked several of your projects! :) Happy New Year!

Cindy said...

Just love your home and always enjoy your DIY projects!

I've listed your blog as a 'go-to' place for decorating inspiration in my most recent post. Thanks for a great blog and for sharing your ideas and decor. :)

cousin Deb said...

I love everything! You are so smart!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Wow, when you see it all in one post it's amazing all the progress of a year!! I still am in love with the TV shutters (and all of the projects, really).

Thank you for all of the great ideas in 2009. Looking forward to more inspiration in the new year! Here's to a happy, healthy, prosperous and creative 2010.

Sharon said...

I love all your projects ... but as you say Chris, you must be running out of things to do ... it's like you do a major project a day!!!! Busy woman.

Brighton said...

A very productive 2009 : ) I'm sure you will come up with great stuff for 2010!

fairfieldhouse said...

Wow! Thanks for providing me with the inspiration and motivation I need to transform this old house into my home! Kudos!

Cottage Dreamers said...

Shew! You've done so many great projects! I'm glad you share them with us! Happy New Year! -Celeste

a little bit vintage said...

Mmmm....lovely, lovely projects! :) Can't wait to see more!

Happy New Year!

Smiles,
Rachel

JAG said...

Just incredible! I liked seeing the ottoman redo. That was when I first found this inspirational blog, and have loved following it ever since!

Cathy M~ said...

What a productive year!!! Can you tell me what kind of paint you used inside the playhouse? We have one & it needs a bit of attention too!

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

Happy New Year.

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

I read this yesterday, and I was so in awe I seriously couldn't comment. Girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl, you rock!! I'm in awe of all the stuff you've done! I've been in awe of the latest projects I've followed over the last month or two, but seeing all these other ones too----oh my!! I cannot believe you did those shingles on the outside of your house! And stained them! It looks fantastic!! I cannot wait to see the second post!

Oh, and I've totally been wanting to paint my dining room table black and didn't quite know what to use to make it look really good, but thanks to you!! I'll be doing that soon.

Happy New Year!

Kathy :) said...

Happy New Year Chris..to you and your sweet family !!!

I hope you have many more ideas up your sleeve...you inspire so many of us !!!

All the best,
Kathy :)

Christine said...

Since I've found your blog you have really inspired me. I'm not in my own home right now, but I will be soon, and I will be sure to put some of your ideas to work. Thanks for sharing everything you do.

Nina Diane said...

I love all of your projects. When you run out and need some more, let me know. You can come stay with me....I have tons of projects you can do :)

Mel said...

So many wonderful projects! Thanks for sharing with all of us.
I bought the compressor you suggested but haven't used it yet.
All the best to you and yours in 2010 Chris.

Karena said...

Oh, Chris, yes you have inspired me!! Lots of great projects. Joni sent me to visit! Come see me if you want more art for your beautiful home....Karena

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Chris, you've done so many great things in 2009. I love them all. Happy New Year to you & congrats on your feature at Joni's!

Katrina Chambers said...

Hi Chris, Happy New Year!!! Hope you had a magic start. Looking forward to blogging with you in twenty ten. You have done so much this year, and I am anxious to see what you have in store for us this year xx

Sheryl said...

Wow, you are amazing! Can't wait to follow your blog this new year.

erin said...

Hi! It's me again :)

We were talking about adding some trim around our windows like you did in your bathroom (which I *love*) when my hubby asked a good question: where do you hang your curtains then? I tried to Google it but no luck yet! Thanks for your help!

Gail @ Black Copper DIY said...

I love following your blog! Great highlights! I listed your quick and easy trim upgrade in my Top 10 Picks from Blogland 2009. Check it out: http://blackcopperdiy.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-top-10-blogland-posts-from-2009.html

the7daggetts said...

All of your projects are awesome! My absolute favorite are the shutters to conceal the tv. LOVE that! Now if only my husband would get busy putting in that fireplace I dream about, we'd copy that idea!
Hope you have a great day, and Happy New year!! :)

The DIY Show Off said...

Wow! What a great DIY year! I love your projects. The fireplace/tv behind shutters is my favorite - I'm so inspired! You did a fantastic job on everything!

Happy New year!

Roeshel

Kati @ Obscured Flair- said...

your transformations/ projects were incredible! I love the hole cut into the wall to let light into the basement, that's really clever! Thank you for sharing!