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My Top 10 Posts of 2016 & A Couple Fails, Too

Just in case you missed it or if you’re new here (Welcome!), I wanted to share my top 10 posts of 2016. I’d also like to share a couple of not so great projects that didn’t make it on the blog at all .  Yes, that happens, and if you need a good laugh, you can see a few from last year here. 2016 was a very productive year for us here on Kaydeross Creek. Here we go…

10.  DIY Farmhouse Tray & Display Box – I love this project because it can be used in any room for any season. It’s easy to style and functional, too.


Top 10 Posts - DIY Farmhouse Tray and Display Box - Life on Kaydeross Creek


9. Decorating with Garage Sale Finds, How to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck I’m all about decorating for less so this one was a favorite to write. I love the thrill of the hunt!


Top 10 Posts - Garage Sale Tips - Life on Kaydeross Creek


8. Rustic Wall Decor Project – This was such a fun and easy, not to mention inexpensive, project. It was one I immediately could picture when I found that grater.


Top 10 Posts - Upcycle Challenge - Rustic Wall Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek


7. Upcycled Tin Wall Vase – This project was not something I originally planned but was a pleasant surprise. I think it turned out cuter than I expected.


Top 10 Posts - Upcycled Tin Wall Vase - Life on Kaydeross Creek


6. Painted Antique Hutch  – The top 10 posts list would not be complete without a big furniture transformation. When I found this piece a the Salvation army for, wait for it, $35, I knew it had to come home with me. I love the new life it found with a couple of coats of the prettiest shade of gray paint.


Top 10 Posts - painted-furniture-antique-hutch-makeover-using-pure-original-paint-paint-techniques-life-on-kaydeross-creek


5. Old Frame Becomes a New Tray – I loved this project! What a wonderful use for an old frame.


Top 10 Posts - Picture Frame turned into a tray - Life on Kaydeross Creek


4. Industrial Style Bookshelf – Talk about a transformation. From a rusty shelf in someone’s garage to a stylish piece of furniture you could find a Pottery Barn.


Top 10 Posts - Industrial Style bookshelf - Life on Kaydeross Creek


3. Mudroom Organization – This was a labor of love and a long time coming but the result was exactly what we pictured and what we needed to keep organized, farmhouse style.


Top 10 Posts - Mudroom Organization with cubbies and farmhouse touches- Life on Kaydeross Creek


2. Fixer Upper Metal Wall Decor –  I love doing things a bit out of the ordinary and this one is definitely different! Such a cool piece it had to make the top 10 posts. 🙂


Top 10 Posts - Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek


and the #1 spot goes to….. drum roll please…..

The Adirondack Style Hot Cocoa Bar – This was actually a few projects rolled into one. First we started with the Lean-to and then I made the signs. It all came together in the Ultimate Adirondack hot cocoa bar. Stay tuned with this one as there are more plans in the works for 2017 🙂


Top 10 Posts - How to create the ultimate hot cocoa bar - Adirondack Style. With some simple projects and cute details



Honorable mention: Decorating with Meaning


Top 10 Posts - Decorating with Meaning - Family Heirlooms and Memorable pieces to decorate your home - Life on Kaydeross Creek


So there are my top 10 posts from 2016. There are those projects that I just can’t wait to share and then there are the ones that, well, I know are not gonna make the blog at some point while I’m working on them. Here’s one…


Tshirt fabric and burlap wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek


So I thought “how cute would it be if I simply tied bits of an old shirt and burlap together on a grape vine wreath?” Turns out, not so cute. It just didn’t work for me.

Then there’s this…


Not so great bottle project - Life on Kaydeross Creek


The idea was to “age” the bottles a bit using some brown paint but they just came out looking like dirty bottles.

And then there was this paint technique I tried. The product ended up working great on another project but this piece was definitely the wrong one to try it on. You can see the bumps all over it. Awful!




Ick! So, there you have it. There are also quite a few half finished ones that I am on the fence about. Maybe you’ll see some of those this year. Here’s what you’ll definitely see this year just to name a few…

  • We’re building a barn!
  • Updated Master Bedroom walk-in closet on a budget in just a couple weeks
  • Updated laundry area on a budget
  • Lots of furniture re-dos
  • Lots of upcycled projects
  • Finish the basement playroom for the kids
  • Added pantry storage in the kitchen

Thank you so much for spending some of your time with me today. I hope you’ll come back and check out some of the other projects coming up! Do you have some of your own projects lined up? I’d love to hear about them!!

Happy DIY’ing!


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