Saturday, January 4, 2014

DIY Projects Of 2013

Happy 2014!

Today I'm sharing some projects from 2013. It's always great to look back to see progress that's been made.

Even though our barn doors were built in 2012, they were still lacking the perfect hardware. The barn doors were completed after we splurged on the handles and the cane bolts. 

Read more about our barn doors HERE.

 One of my favorite projects was the framed mirror transformed into a chalkboard. More about how we made it HERE.

Mr. Fanatic gave me more space to garden by building me some wood planter boxes. I was able to grow green beans in them last summer. They were pretty easy and inexpensive to make. 

We also expanded our growing space by planting tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets. Wrapping them in burlap made them much more presentable. 

Through many trials and much tribulations, we chose a new color for our deck

While I was finishing the deck, Mr. Fanatic was building a brand new table. The picnic table was inspired by a table I saw in the Pottery Barn catalog. 

Making a personalized hobo bag was a fun sewing project. The lightweight bag carried all my stuff while at the Haven Blogging Conference this past August. 

Seems like we worked and completed fewer projects in 2013 than in years past, but we did find our Mountain Cottage in August.  Looking for a house on a very limited budget can be pretty time consuming, especially when the showings are 2 hours away. If you missed our lovely BEFORE Tour, you can see it HERE.

Oh, how we love sitting on that porch when the weather is nice. Here's our view:

We've finished painting both bedrooms at the cottage:
downstairs bedroom

upstairs bedroom

Halfway through painting the upstairs bedroom, we decided to dismantle the closet and put in a half bath so that we wouldn't have to walk down the stairs if we had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. 
We are finished framing and in the process of installing the plumbing. 
Planning a teeny tiny bathroom is no small feat. 
Every. Inch. Counts. 
Everything is ordered for the tiny bath and now all we have to do is---the work!

Here's the closet before the framing was torn out. The bathroom is just 8" deeper than the closet at 32" wide. 

Mr. F framed in a 5 ft. wide  closet near the bedroom door, and stole a 12" deep section for shelves from the back of bathroom(as if it wasn't small enough). More on this later. 
Seems we spent nearly every weekend from September through mid November at the cottage. 

Hope you'll stop by and see our progress this year. 
We hope to finish the upstairs bathroom, reno the downstairs bath, move the front door, move the laundry room, change the foyer and tear out and install a brand new kitchen. If we get to the living room, we will be lucky!


Looks like we'll be spending a lot of time at the cottage this year!
What tops your list of projects for your home this year?

Happy New Year!



  1. You always have thoughtful and fabulous improvements and projects! I really love reading about your mountain getaway..I feel like i"m there with you! Now which room is mine? :)

  2. Those barn doors were a great idea. The hardware is perfect. Your mountain home is so nice- it's enjoyable seeing what you've been up to with it. Can't wait to see your kitchen when it's put together!

  3. You and your hubby need your own show on HGTV … seriously !! I love seeing some of my favorite projects of yours highlighted! And, I'm so impressed with what you guys are doing to your cabin (love the view)! Happy New Year!


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