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My House Projects in 2013 – Part 1 {Kitchen, Entry & Backyard}

by | Dec 31, 2013 | Decorating Inspiration, Entry, My Backyard, my house, My Kitchen | 15 comments

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2013 was a productive and exciting year around my house!

I had a blast working on the house and making it my home! In fact, SO MUCH HAPPENED or changed I can’t even fit a summary of it all into one post without exhausting myself or crashing the blog. Crazy! I tried but gave up. Not sure how I did all these posts and projects at my house, but somehow it all was completed or revealed in 2013. SOOOOOOOOOO….let’s just review a few rooms or areas at a time with a quick summary and you can explore all the related links at your leisure, shall we?

First off, we’ll wrap up posts from the kitchen, entry and backyard in bite sized chunks. Then I’ll come back to catch up with some more updates, makeovers and projects from around other rooms in my house, plus I have about a million other things to catch you up on. You’ll find PART TWO here!

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If you are new or have been away for the holidays, you may enjoy starting with this recently posted tale of my {imperfect} journey toward a dream home, complete with an honest look at the struggles along the way!

Below are the highlights of my favorite projects and updates to my kitchen, entry/hall and backyard in 2013, with a few crafty moments thrown in.

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Two of my favorite projects from the year:

DIY Bottle Lamp &  DIY Map Wallpaper

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Changes in the Entry:

Thrift Store Find: New Dresser in the Entry,  Fall Entry & Entry Makeover

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Crafty Moments:

Heart Garland  &  Teacup Gardens

Book Page Art  & Anthropologie Knock Off Pillow

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Garage & Backyard Projects:

Teacart Plant Stand & DIY Firepit

DIY Pegboard & Tool Organization & Backyard Pea Gravel Patio Project Progress

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 The Kitchen – This was THE BIGGIE of the year:

Below are links to the reveal of my kitchen remodel this spring and posts where I just have fun styling my favorite room in the house!

Kitchen Remodel – The Reveal

Kitchen Pantry

DIY island makeover with unfinished furniture

Professionally Painted Trim

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Coffee Station

Making Everyday Things More Beautiful

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Fun Styling My Open Shelves:

Styling Open Shelves with Colorful and White Dishes

Styling Open Shelves with White Dishes

Styling Open Shelves with Cookbooks

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You can find PART TWO of my house projects here!

Thanks for visiting and hanging out here with me, I appreciate your friendship so much.

I hope you all have a fantastic New Year’s Eve & Day!

(I’ll be back soon with more highlights from the rest of my room makeover projects, favorite recipes, puppies and whatever else I missed!)

Want to get your house clean and organized this year? I also recently posted my top 10 favorite home organization posts from the year! And if you are in a cleaning mood like I am at the start of a new year, here are my four daily routines for keeping my house clean enough. I’ll have more posts like this in 2014 so follow along with my journey to decorate and organize my home!


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    Amazing year, I can’t pick a favorite, love it all!
    Happy New Year,

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    That map wallpaper. Is. Fantastic. I just may do that on a wall in our playroom–starting above the reach of our toddler. Sigh. Maybe it’ll have to wait. :)
    Love the kitchen too!

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      Thank you Jenn!!! I know the feeling, if those maps were any lower my DOGS would have had a blast destroying them! Ha! Happy new year!

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    Wow, you accomplished a lot in a year! Kudos! Happy new year!

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      Where did you get your kitchen cabinets? Love the kitchen…I redid our kitchen 6yrs ago….love it too.

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    You did accomplish a lot this year! My favorite is your kitchen. I have loved seeing it transform this year. Great job! Happy New Year!

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    Where did you get the kitchen cabinets? Love a kitchen remodel..we did ours 6.5yrs ago

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    I want to say THANK YOU for being an inspiration to me. Yours is the only creative blog I can’t miss reading. Great work in 2013, and I hope you can get some rest in 2014! :-) May God bless you and your blog abundantly, and I mean that from the heart.

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    What a year of great projects! I love your style. Glad I found your blog this year and looking forward to what you have to share in 2014! Happy New Year Melissa:)

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    Your kitchen side by side photos are so inspiring! Incredible transformation. It gives me hope I may be able to make my home into my dream home!

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    Your photos are incredible. Do you take them yourself? Love your work. xo


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