I am borrowing this idea from my blog friend Mel at Junkin Junky, who recently posted a review of her projects for the year. She was right, I did more than I thought. I started off 2011 by painting my sink backsplash in chalkboard paint:
I learned from Miss Mustardseed how to work with dropcloth, and recovered my ottoman:
And made some ruffly pillows:
Then painted a shelf white, just leaving the top in a natural wood tone. This would be a recurring theme for me in 2011.
Before I got on a roll with painting, I made a basket liner:
But then I painted my armoire:
And got my dad to build some shelves to fit inside:
And then I just got crazy painting. A little kitchen shelf unit given to me by my friend Donna:
A cute little drysink also from Donna:
A pair of end tables from Craigslist:
A coffee table to match the end tables:
A pine hutch from my friend Donna:
A little bookshelf I've had for years:
My antique vanity:
Taking a short break from the big projects, I made over a picture frame into a chalkboard, converted an electric candelabra to hold candles, and white-washed a picnic basket:
Then got started on my crazy beautiful french provincial dining room furniture. Started on the server:
Got sidetracked and painted a dresser to use as a stand-in mantel for the upcoming holidays:
Painted a plate rack I got from my friend Michelle:
In my most popular post of the year, I took on Big Frenchy, the enormous china cabinet that is part of the dining room suite:
Got my dad to build me a centerpiece box, inspired by Anita at Far Above Rubies:
Got some help from my daughter finishing up the table and chairs:
Made a chair wreath (yes, still 3 more to do!)
For me that is quite a year. I am not sure how I'm going to follow that up in 2012, but I plan to continue making my home a comfy little place. I hope to be inspired by you and maybe inspire you in return. Thanks for following along!
Linking up at Show & Tell Friday, Potpourri Friday and Feathered Nest Friday. Happy weekend!