Best DIY Projects of 2012

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that yet another year of decorating, DIY’ing, and room renovations has already come to a close. I wanted to take a moment to look back on a few of my best DIY projects of 2012. I had some big room reveals this year! It is so much fun to see all that has changed in my home and on the blog in 2012. Here are a few of my favorites:

Home Stories A to Z DIY projects

I started out 2012 with a complete update for our half bath which included hanging two types of wallpaper, new hardware and light fixtures, semi-floating shelves, and molding. I absolutely love the changes made to this teeny-tiny space! It feels so much larger, brighter, and happier in there with the updates.

half bathOne of my most popular posts of the year (and subsequently most stolen post) was this humble topsy-turvy planter with “boob-light” birdbath topper. Who knew that such a simple project would go so viral? I certainly didn’t at the time and am proud that such a simple idea inspired so many. (**Edited to add: When I say “most stolen” I’m not talking about those of you who were inspired to make your own. This project was literally stolen. All of the pictures from this post were taken by numerous spammy Asian sites and posted in one large collage with my watermark removed. The sites claimed the project as their own and it went beyond viral on Pinterest. It happens.)

diy garden

With the help of Ana White, I made some uber cute letter A and Z bookshelves and shared the tutorial with you! This was a challenging project for me and helped me gain more confidence in my ability to use power tools to build.

a z letter bookshelf

My boys received a bedroom makeover this year which included a TON of DIY projects. This room makeover was a bit “out of the box” for me and was so much fun to work on. It probably received the most mixed reviews as well. My babies LOVE it which is all that counts at the end of the day :). I love how many of their individual interests and personalities I was able to cram into the room decor. It was probably my most fun challenge of the year.

boys bedroom

I also was able to spruce up the master bedroom this year. This room seems to get an annual makeover because I can never seem to quite get it “right”. I am most  pleased with the current look, but knowing me it will get another overhaul in 2013 :P!

decorating your bedroom

I recently built an x-leg ottoman that is simple in design but so cute to boot! This little guy floats around on my first level as a mudroom bench, living room foot-rest, video game stool, and dining room prop. I’ve had fun using the accessory in photo-shoots and in everyday life.

x leg ottomanMy kitchen reveal just made it under the wire for 2012! It was the most time consuming project of 2012 even though I contracted most of the work out. My kitchen received a new faucet, paint color, screen pantry door, and stools this year. I am adding one more major thing to the kitchen which will be my first major DIY of 2013! You’ll have to wait and see :).

christmas kitchen2012 was an incredibly FUN year for me in blogging! I am hopeful that 2013 will be every bit as amazing and can’t wait to see what projects we all accomplish together this year. Thanks so much for stopping by faithfully and supporting my passion. I wish nothing but blessings and prosperity to rain upon you this year. Xoxo! Happy New Year!

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  1. Jenny says

    I love the bird bowls in your kitchen!!! They look like something from Anthropologie!!!
    Happy New Year to you!!!!

  2. says

    Simply awesome work Beth! My favorites are your half bath and mudroom area. I love how the split wall in the bathroom with the wallpaper on top looks. I have a very similar half bath which I may have to do this in!

  3. Pam says

    I Love all of the makeovers you have done, but I have to say on the birdbath, if you are giving a DIY on how to create something, it’s offensive to use the words (most stolen).

    • Beth says

      Oh my goodness, no! Thank you so much Pam for pointing that out. I wasn’t talking about all of those who implemented the tutorial. I was talking about all of the spammy Asian sites on Pinterest that literally stole my pictures and post. I had numerous Asian sites this year take every picture from this post and put it into one big long photo collage, erase my watermarks and claim the project as their own on their own site. I should have clarified :).

  4. says

    I LOVE it all!!!…you have a gift and your creativity always comes out looking great!!…thanks for sharing the review…I did that yesterday…come see…I’m trying to pick a favorite on your blog, but I like too many…keep coming with the great ideas…I so enjoy looking at them….Have a great day and Happy New year, Mariaelena

  5. says

    It must be great to be able to look back at what you’ve accomplished over the year and have before and after shots to see the difference. Well done, it looks like you’ve had an incredible DIY year!

  6. says

    Such stunning projects! I have always loved your design style. I like the fresh blues and crisp whites that you’ve been updating with a lot. Have a beautiful and productive 2013!

  7. says

    You came up with so many creative and wonderful ideas and projects last year, Beth! I love that x-leg ottoman, and may have to try a version of that for our living room. I’ve had a hard time finding something that’s the right size, so we may just make our own!

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