Top Ten Projects of 2013

This is one of my favorite posts of the year.

I LOVE looking back on the year and seeing all that I have gotten done around my home.

‘Cause sometimes I feel like I’m spinning my wheels and not getting anything accomplished.

But man, am I wrong!  I looked back over my blog posts from January 2013 to now, and I am so excited about what I accomplished this year.

So I am going to share my top 10 projects of 2013 with you, just in case you missed one.  Smile


#1  We kicked of the first week of this past year with our guest Bathroom Makeover Reveal!


I still love this space!  It’s fairly easy to keep clean and that is saying a lot when four boys use it everyday.  SmileYou can see the full reveal HERE.  I also wrote several posts with the details of this makeover like, How to Install Wood Plank Walls, DIY Butcher Block Vanity, and How to Install Decorative Trim to Wood Plank Walls.


#2  My next favorite project was the newel post that Cy built on our staircase.  I LOVE my newel post, and it gives the new addition to our home an “older home” feel.

how to build a newel post

To see the tutorial of how Cy made it, click HERE.


#3  In March, I completed my craft closet makeover!  I luuuuurve it so much!

craft closet makeover

This has been such a fun space to use.  It has helped me to get more organized, even though I need to update it a little to help me be even MORE organized in 2014. You can see the tutorial of how we turned a regular bedroom closet into our craft closet HERE.


#4  My favorite family project that we completed together was our chicken coop.  The boys were so proud of their hard work.

chicks 076

Unfortunately, our chickens are not still with us {long story,} but we will be getting some new chicks this spring, and I will be sure to share them with you!


#5   A very practical and needed project we completed in our home this year was our master closet makeover.  We took one of the small bedrooms and turned it into our master closet in a partnership with EasyClosets.

master closet reveal

This is the first “genuine” closet we have ever had in any of our homes.  My closet has usually been in the hall coat closet.  Smile

We have truly enjoyed this space.  It was “Santa’s Wrapping Station” this past month, and it is even big enough to have a sleep over in!  hee.hee.

To view the complete makeover, click HERE.


#6  A small little project that I did, but got a lot of share is my window valance I made from a pillow sham.  I said pillow “case,” but I actually used a sham.  Smile  The good thing about shams is that they usually have a nice cording around the edges that will make your valance look more custom.


Click HERE to see the 5 minute video of how I made it.


#7  As I continued to work on my new office space, I built a burlap memo board for above my custom desk.  It was so easy to make, and it is so functional.

burlap memo board

If you were to see a picture of it right now, you would see that it is covered with a lot more papers.  I use that board ALL the time to help me keep track of important things.

You can see how I made it HERE.


#8  An outdoor project that I had fun on was our Shed Makeover.

I used to hate that little shed, but now I love it!  It was so much fun to see the pretty flowers growing in the flower basket all summer long.

shed makeover

Just a little paint {and a new window}} helped me turn an eye soar in our yard into something really pretty to look at. SmileYou can see how I did it HERE.



#9  Now back to the office.  Before school started, I created this Giant Command Center to help me stay organized.  This was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  We use this all the time, and it really has helped me stay more organized!

giant wall command center

Click HERE to read about how I made it.

#10  Okay, we are still in the office. Smile

I just have to include my no sew window seat cushion.  I still can’t believe it how easy it was to make these!

diy window seat cushion

And those little cushions add a lot of color to my office space. Yay!

Click HERE to see how you can make one of these in less than 5 minutes too!



Bonus Project!

Okay, so I need to share one more project ‘cause I am super proud of this one.  I came up with the idea all by myself and built it all by myself.  Usually, I have a little assistance from Cy when I need it.  But this project was different.  This was all mama power!

closet makeover

I created these cottage style doors by using two plain old hollow core doors and adding some wood trim to them.

Check it out HERE.


Okay…last one!  {I promise.}

Ack!  I can’t forget probably my very favorite project of the whole year! Smile

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

I really love, love, love my new aged zinc top table!  It is so big and so perfect for our family of boys!

See how we turned our old kitchen table into this zinc top table HERE.


  1. You’ve done a great job on all your projects Traci!! Thx for sharing the good and the bad with all of us throughout the year… It keeps it real!! :-)

  2. Wow! I love all of these! I’m so glad you re-posted them! hmmm…which one is my fave…maybe the command center? but love the burlap memo board too! Great work this year! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014! :D

  3. Thanks for the reminder of those neat projects of yours. They could all be my favorite! The craft closet is just over the top creativity in my book!

  4. I love your window seats! I want to build a window seat in my bedroom inbetween two book shelves. Would you mind terribly posting about them and how they are built? Thanks!

  5. Oh what busy year you and Cy had. I love them all. But I have a question that I don’t think you covered. What kind of flooring did you use in the craft room? I am doing a craft room and I don’t know what to do for the floor. Thanks for sharing.

    God Bless

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