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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Favorite Projects From the Past Year

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Yesterday marked one year since I started blogging and Little House of Four was born.  You guys have no idea how much I have enjoyed blogging and getting to know so many wonderful people.  You are the reason that I write and share projects and I am truly grateful that you are here.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting and encouraging me day after day.

Over the past year,  this blog has grown and I want to welcome all of those who are new to Little House of Four.  For those of you that don't read my blog daily, which may be most of you except my mom (thanks mom!) I thought it would be fun to take a look back and share my favorite projects from the past year.

Hands down, the most exciting project this past year has been starting our garage, mudroom and kitchen addition.

There has already been some progress since this picture (roof material has been delivered and the mudroom/kitchen floor has been raised to be level with our current kitchen).  The trusses for the kitchen and mudroom should be delivered Wednesday, installed on Thursday and the roof complete on Friday.   Yay!

I love West Elm, but I hate their prices.  I get a lot of inspiration from store catalogs (West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, etc) and then look for something similar or that I can alter at a lower end store.  My favorite furniture makeover of the year was the West Elm inspired console table that I purchased from HomeGoods.  After new stain, custom built bin pulls made from sheet metal and ORB accents I turned a boring table into something that I now love.  

My favorite room makeover was my daughter's coral, navy and yellow room.  I used colors that I normally wouldn't and was able to DIY a ton of fun projects for her room (Gallery Wall / Updated navy and coral Gallery WallBoard and Batten,  "Hello" Sunshine Pallet Sign Book shelves  and countless small decor projects.

My favorite project that I built out of wood was the DIY Herringbone Box that I did for a guest blog post for Elizabeth Joan Designs.   I love using the chop saw and this was a perfect project to have fun with. 
My favorite organizing project was the craft closet.  I can honestly say it looks almost exactly the same except my sewing machine now sits on top the file cabinet and there may be a few spare paint cans thrown there too.  What can I say, I'm a paint hoarder.  

The file cabinet was pulled from the dumpster at work (true story) and updated with paint and wallpaper.  It's sat empty for months, but I'm determined to get all our files purged and organized this year.  With the dumpster out front I finally threw out the old file cabinet, so I don't really have a choice.  
I always laugh to myself that after every project I say, "this one's my favorite"  I said exactly that about my pallet workbench/bar.  It forced me to use tools that I hadn't used before and challenged me in ways that I had never been challenged.  It was by far my favorite pallet project, until....

I did the pallet pumpkins!

Now, I don't know which one I like better so I'm including them both, because I can. 

My master bedroom got some much needed love with a blue, yellow and gray makeover.  I still love the room, but I think I may finally tackle painting all the furniture.  The two dressers and night stand were hand me downs, which I painted black in my "everything must be black" phase.  I would love to lighten them up by painting them white or light gray.  

Another favorite building project was the DIY wood shelves that I made for my kids bedrooms. They were the perfect solution to keep all their books organized while maximizing space in their extremely small rooms.

Are you still with me?

I'm really excited about what's planned for year two of blogging and hope you'll stick around as I tackle more DIY projects.  

(Don't forget to stop back tomorrow for your chance to win one of my pallet pumpkins!)

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