Best of 2012 {Happy New Year} -

I figured the best way to start off 2013 would be to look back at 2012 and set goals for the new year. Not necessarily resolutions, because, well, let’s be honest, those never work ;)

I started this blog as a means of showing my friends and family exactly what “DIY” meant to me. They said I was always covered in paint, or sanding something and since most of them live too far to visit regularly it seemed like a logical idea to post photos of what I did.

Well one thing lead to another and one of you asked me “how did you do that?” Which lead to my frenzy of DIY tutorials and home improvement projects. After finding out in August that I was pregnant, all of my DIY energy came to a halt thanks to morning sickness. The worst of that is behind me now and I’m ready to get back in the game until we welcome these boys into the world sometime in April!

February Collage 12

It all began one February afternoon…

1. I painted my countertops in my kitchen using Rustoleum Countertop Transformations.

2. I transformed a dilapidated dresser into a beautiful sideboard.

3. I made over my master vanity by painting the cabinets and counters using the Rustoleum Countertop and Cabinet Transformations kits.

4. I did my very first spray painted project and re-upholstery attempt on this desk chair.

March Collage 2012

March was crrrrrazy busy!

1. I made over a made over bedroom set and ended up with this blue and white beauty.

2. I painted stripes in my master bedroom to give the room a fresh new look.

3. I spray painted another little project with a subtle two tone look.

4. And another spray paint project, a beautiful sofa table.

5. I added Board & Batten to the walls in our entryway.

6. Hubs and I built an outdoor sectional out of 2×4 wall studs for just over $300!

7. I added bead board to the back splash in our kitchen using wallpaper.

April Monthly Collage 12

April was full of other painting projects and a few tutorials.

1. I painted the frame of this dresser white and shined up the hardware.

2. I experimented with my own homemade chalk paint recipe.

3. I gave a tour of my blooming perennial garden!

4. I spent an entire week in April sun up to sun down painting my kitchen white with the Rustoluem Cabinet Transformations kit.

5. I made no sew window treatments for my living room which included no sew faux roman shades and 4 no sew muslin curtain panels. Tutorials included!

6. I spent what is arguably the most amount of time on the smallest project when I used pennies to tile the top of this small accent table. Blunders and epic fails ensue.

May Collage 12

Then in May I traveled and worked outside a lot!

1. I built 2 raised bed gardens for the hubs for his birthday for about $50.

2. I then built accompanying A-Frame Trellises for the watermelon and cucumbers.

3. We went to NYC for 9 days. It was AH-Mazing! I just highlighted our trip.

4. I turned a curb table into a beautiful matching dining set use paint and patience!

5. I finally worked on my first antique chest and gave it a two tone look.

6. Sometimes it’s the little things… like a breadbox tossed on the side of the road.

June Collage 12

June was the first month I had my new primer gun and lots a furniture was on the agenda!

1. I made over a pretty little trio of french tables.

2. I spruced up my front entry with spray paint and low maintenance planters.

3. I spent over a week in Florida (9 hours from home) painting my parent’s kitchen/dining.

4. I refinished a drexel dresser in a sunny yellow oops paint :)

5. I painted in detail a beautiful depression era chest, named “Grace”

6. I finally finished decorating my dining room and gave a Hour Tour.

7. I transformed a heavily lacquered and scuffed french chest and nightstand using oops paint.

July Collage 12

July was the beginning of madness for me physically. Since March of 2010 my husband and I had been trying to have a baby with little success. By July of 2012 our options were running out. During the month of July I started using a hormone that was injected into my abdomen once a day in a last ditch effort to conceive. It failed and unfortunately the massive amounts of drugs wreaked havoc on my body. I spent many days in pain as a result but I tried not to let it get me down. I managed a few projects throughout the month but it was a stressful time for my family.

1. I actually finished this project in June but if I didn’t tell you, would you have known ;) I was approached by Rustoleum to use their new Rustoleum Furniture Transformations kit and chose my Mom’s buffet to be the blue beauty.

2. I got artsy fartsy with watercolor pencils and made a goldfish on canvas in just a few hours.

3. I had a very large empty wall in my living room that I occupied with thrift store items to make a visually interesting gallery wall.

4. I did a quick and easy tutorial on how to add legs to furniture.

5. I tried my hand at paper crafting to create a unique canvas and paper peacock.

August Collage 12

By August the physical ailment had cleared and I was able to resume normal daily project work for a few weeks. In that time I…

1. Did a refinishing tutorial on antique and vintage table tops.

2. After the tutorial I finished this beautiful french dining set that stole my heart!

3. Then I got a super sale rug :)

4. I did a Mid Century Modern chest makeover in green ombre!

5. I spilled my guts over this sewing cabinet makeover.

6. I gave a thrifted chair a nautical makeover with spray paint and ASCP.

7. And a final spray paint job on a cute piano lamp!

*****

It was on August 31st 2012 that I got my first positive pregnancy test. Little did I know I was carrying triplets. Once the trio was discovered we did everything we could to keep them all safe. Surely we wouldn’t have been given something that we could not handle, right? Due to the amount of hormones coursing in my veins I got very very verrry sick, very very verrry quickly. Unfortunately, despite all my greatest efforts to be safe and healthy insight of illness we lost one of our precious babies at approximately 10 weeks. It was devastating and my husband and I discovered another part of each other in that loss.

20 weeks

I’m now 21 weeks and a couple of days into my pregnancy and we are having twin boys. I have done everything in my power to protect them from harm until I can hold them in my arms. These last few months have been scary, and elating, and devastating, and exhilarating all at once. I still hold on to every hope that the 2 of them can and will make it to our loving arms. Sure I’m terrified of what having twins will be like but I’ve dreamed of them for so long I’ll endure whatever hell will come to get to the end of the rainbow.

I wanted to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for keeping me and my precious little ones in your thoughts and prayers. Words cannot express my gratitude. And for not abandoning hope when I disappeared for a month at at time.

Blogging is a powerful outlet for thoughts and emotions but it is also very time consuming. Just creating this collaboration of key projects for 6 months took almost an entire day of sitting at my desk. That’s hard for a pregnant lady! However, I have loved looking back at the past year and seeing all of my accomplishments. It makes me proud.

I hope that many of you have tried your hands at DIY in 2012 or at least made a commitment to do so in 2013. I don’t believe it takes any special talents to be able to create beautiful custom projects for your home. Just a little confidence! As always if you have any questions you can contact me and I’ll do everything I can to help you reach your DIY dreams.

I won’t be back to full time blogging but I do have a bunch of projects stock piled on my camera that are just begging to be shared. I’ll keep everyone updated on my pregnancy and share some of the projects I have already undertaken for the nursery once I can gather all of my thoughts and process some order to things.

Cheers to a bright and beautiful new year!

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Comments

  1. I discovered your blog this summer and I would check, with anticipation, each day for your next post! As this post is a testament to, you have been very busy this year!! Thanks for sharing the look back – I see some projects I missed and need to check out.
    Wishing you a healthy pregnancy!

  2. Recently found you – wish I could remember how – and love seeing your projects! Very Inspiring! And wow, girl, you have been busy this past year! Safe pregnancy wishes coming your way!

  3. Hi Rachel,
    I discovered your blog this summer and loved everything you’ve done. You inspired me to try my hand at refinishing a few things. I am truly hooked! I’ve got a garage full of “stuff” to work on and this past Christmas, Santa and my sweet hubby gave me bunches of power tools!!! I’m so looking forward to this year and exploring more opportunities in refinishing.

    thank you for the inspiration you have given me, I’m so happy for you and your budding family. I think of you often and say a prayer for you and the babies. . Take care and hope to see you more on the blog — at least as often as you can manage it. Good luck Rachel.
    S

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