Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Top 2010 Projects Review

I was planning on doing this post next week in 2011, but my friend Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality is having her projects party today so I thought I’d join the fun. Please visit her to see the other party goers.
These are just some of my favorite projects!

This year I replaced the center of a kitchen cabinet with chicken wire and rooster toile.
Cabinet Makeover
I also altered some books with spray paint, stamps and scrapbook paper.
Painted Books & A Fireplace Vignette
One of my very favorite pieces of furniture and my favorite furniture makeover is of a halltree I got at Goodwill.
My Red Foyer

I made my own toile candles and this is such an easy way to personalize your own candles!
How To Make Those Toile Candles
Another piece that I madeover that I’ve used a lot this month is the kitchen cart I got at Goodwill.
Another Goodwill Makeover
Like practically everyone in blogland, I made a coffee filter wreath plus  a few different wreaths like this 
Fall Book Page Wreath Tutorial
and this  Valentine yarn wreath.
So far my very favorite project of the year has to be my dining room! A can of paint, some molding, and decluttering is all it took.
The Dining Room Is Finished
As many of you know, I’m preparing my home to be listed for sale the end of March so I’ve got a “few” more projects left to do - two bathrooms, two bedrooms, lots of decluttering and organizing and some yard projects too!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I've done in the past and I hope you all stick around to see all my new projects!


Wendy said...

Reviews are so much fun. You have done so many great projects, some how I missed the candle tutorial...going to go check it out! Best wishes on listing your home. I can't imagine someone not loving it.
Happy New Year!

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Anonymous said...

Fabulous projects Manuela! I love that shot of your dining room. Beautiful!

Megan said...

You've been an inspiration to me with all your wonderful projects. Your dining room is beautiful.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

So many fantastic projects! You have inspired me to try and recreate a few on my own.

Thank you so very much for sharing.

Have a very Happy New Year!

Rene said...

You have so many great projects here! How have I never seen your blog before? Love those books.

Happy new year to you!


T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear Manuela, happy holidays to you. I don't know how you narrowed it down to just these projects as you have had so many and every single one of them has been absolutely fabulous. Wishing you all the best in the new year. Tammy

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Hi Manuella, it's always a joy and pleasure to look at your lovely home and projects. It's hard to pick a favorite, but your toile candles and red hall tree come close ;). Blessings, Kim

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Oops, sorry, Manuela, I always want to add a 2nd "l".

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Wow!! You were busy in 2010. :) I love love love thrifty makeovers, so this was a great post for me to read. Your cabinet redo was fab, and now I'm on the lookout for a hall tree for my house. ;) I'm visiting from Rhoda's party. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. :)

Scrappy quilter said...

So fun coming here to see the review of 2010. We are in the same boat as you, although we are putting our home on the market Feb. 1st. Hugs

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Manuela, everything is just wonderful! You have such great taste! The kitchen is my favorite!

Happy New Year!

Lou Cinda :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, friend, so fun to see all your projects on one spot. I love them all. You come up with some neat ideas by painting your things & I love those toile candles. Too cute! I've got a huge pack of coffee filters that I bought at a yardsale& they don't fit our maker, so i just might have to do one of those wreaths.

Happy new Year & I do remember that you are selling your house. I wish you the best in all of that & can't wait to see where you land.

the cape on the corner said...

goodness, what a fun red entry, and i love those toile candles! can't wait to see what 2011 brings.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

We'll definitely stick around! You've done some gorgeous things with your home, and I'm sure we'll see lots more wonderful things in the months to come. Best of luck to you in all your future projects!

Jeanette said...

I LOVE that hall tree. I have been looking and looking for one for months and have had no luck! Happy New Year!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed seeing these great projects again. Sounds like you are going to be busy.

Adrienne said...

Loved the stroll down memory lane! Your home and projects always inspire me as I'm making plans for new projects in the coming year. Happy New Year, my friend!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

All great projects, Manuela! I forgot about those books you painted and stamped, but I remembered I loved the look. I still want to try that after seeing it again! Great finds with the hall tree and kitchen cart. They both turned out great and I'll bet that cart comes in handy. I know I could have used an extra surface this Christmas!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Manuela! I love your projects! Your toile candles were an inspiration for me! I'd love to try that book page wreath! And of course I love the toile insert in your cabinets! The snow was fun, but it will be nice to warm up some! Happy New Year!...hugs...Debbie

Julie said...

Had to quick jump in and visit to see this review. The Dining Room looks Awesome. I am sure your house will be one of those that all lookers will say "I WANT THIS HOUSE!!!!!. Hoping the markets improve this year, as da man is in Iowa working a new job since October and we are looking at doing the SAME THING!!! Oh my, makes my head hurt...The outside needs more work than the inside. But I will continue to peek in and see how it's going for inspiration and motivation!!! Blessings and Hugs. Love ALL of your projects...not just the top 10!!!

Shilo said...

You had a VERY PRODUCTIVE year, Manuela! :)
I also wanted to say thank you for the Christmas wishes, we did have a very nice, though quiet, day. We are blessed!
I hope yours was equally special and memorable!
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I've so enjoyed your blog as I became a blogger in early 2010. Thank you for sharing all your cleaver, handy ideas. I've always said, "When I grow up I want a cozy home like yours" get the idea. I say this because since the passing of my spouse it's just been transition time and no time/expense to live in a home and do those things. One day, I pray.

God bless as you continue to get everything done that needs to be finished before the house hit's the market.

Take care,

Melissa Miller said...

Very nice home projects Manuela. I like them all. Beautiful! :)

Karen At Home said...

Stopping by from the blog party! What an amazing year you had!

Gingerella said...

I'm fairly new to your blog so I can't wait to go back and read about all of your lovely projects from 2010! I'm inspired to do a few of my own now. :)

Shelia said...

Hi Manuela! Oh, I love seeing your wonderful projects! Your dining room turned out so beautifully! Hope you had a blessed Christmas and I'm sending wishes for a very Happy New Year! :)
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

All your projects are fantastic!! Such great inspiration.


The Mulberry Girl said...

What fun projects! Who knew you could do that to candles?! Good luck getting your house ready to sell!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love your red hall tree. I need one for my house. You always have such fun projects. Hopefully you will get your house ready to sell and it will sell fast so that you can get back to blogging and inspiring us.

Storybook Woods said...

Hey sweetie, it is always fun to see a review of the year. A good reminder. Happy new year xoxo Clarice

Cindy said...

Wowza! You have been very busy this past year. I love that Valentines wreath, it is really great looking. I love all of the other projects, too, everything you did last year turned out looking wonderful. All the best on the remaining ones!
Happy New Year and big hugs,

Gumbo Lily said...

Terrific projects! Don't you feel so smart after seeing how many cool things you've done? I think you're smart!

Thanks for sharing all your good ideas with us.


bj said...

Such great projects. I can't choose a favorite as they are all so pretty.

Paula said...

I always enjoy getting a peak inside of your home. You had a very productive 2010. I had forgotten about your cute heart Valentine wreath. I think that's something that I should do for this year. Good luck with the projects that you have left to do before March. Don't you think that having a time deadline is motivating? I certainly do!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

Alberta said...

Manuela, your list of Top 2010 Projects you did is outstanding...they are all favorites of mine! Can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for you and ultimately for us following your posts!

Happy New Year!

Sandy said...

So many wonderful projects and great inspiration. You have such a warm and cozy home, everything is just beautiful! We just listed our house today and like you I still have tons of work to do. I haven't posted to much in the last little bit with the Holidays and getting ready to go on the market! Thanks for letting us peak into your world! Wishing you and your family a blessed New Year.

Laura said...

Manuela!!! I LOVE your house SO much. :) All of your projects are incredible. I have a big soft spot for the toile candles though! Since reading your blog I have come to absolutely LOVE toile!!
I wish I could buy your house... and all of your stuff-of course! ;p

I am so happy to have "met" you this year. Your blog makes me very happy and I always look forward to your posts AND love it when you leave me a comment on my blog! You're amazing.
All the best to you and your family in 2011.
Happy New Year!


Kathy said...

Manuela ,
It is so nice to see you posted all your hard work you have done this past year ! Wow everything looks so beautiful --
Have a wonderful year

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Your creativity always impresses me! I love *visiting* your home.
Happy New Year to you and your family :-)

Mimi Sue said...

You've been a busy girl this year, Manuela! And I bet next year will be even busier. Have a wonderful 2011. Mimi

Maria Wheeler, Simply Cool Stuff said...

I love your trays! I have a soft spot for them, as well as transferware. The tin backsplash is so cool, and, that chicken wire was just the thing for glass cabinets in a kitchen. I have them too, without the toile. It is a nice touch. Happy New Year!

Sue said...

Manuela, You must have some of the best organizational skills out there because your house is always looking clean, neat, and full of new projects. Fantastic things you did all year, girl! Have a Happy New Year! ~ Sue

Brenda Kula said...

Hard to believe spring is almost here, and you'll be listing your house! I wish for you a happy and creative and peaceful New Year, Manuela!

Terri said...

I remembered all of these! Happy New Year and looking forward to more fun posts from you!

Anonymous said...

So enjoyed seeing your projects again!! You have such a wonderful flair with your decorating! I know your home will sell lickety split as it is just so charming!!

Bee Blessed in 2011!

Elizabeth said...

I loved your review of 2010. I love your beautiful home and look forward to your New Year of posts!

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

So many great projects! I love your painted goodwill finds.

Kat said...

Hi, I just stopped by to say I am giving you one of the "Stylish Bloggers Award". Here is an explanation of what to do if you wish to accept.
Thanks so much for the networking opportunity. Hope 2011 is great!

Shelby said...

I love those toile candles! Those are a wonderful gift idea!

Miss Janice said...

Wow! So much fun looking back at your projects for 2010! I still love the toile candles and the pumpkins are just too chic:)