2011 Year in Decorating Review

Last year I had so much fun going through all of my design projects for the 2010 Year in Home Review to link up over at Rhoda’s Southern Hospitality Blog. When I heard she was doing it again this year I knew I had better hop to it because I’ve been a busy little Boppy this year.

So here we go, a month-by-month review of my top DIY home design projects this year.

In January my first DIY project of the year was a big transformation when I spraypainted the brass dining room light fixture.

spraypainted dining room light fixture

In February I posted about moving Garrett from his toddler bed to a new big boy bed. Later I followed that up with a big boy bed take 2, since we had to coax him back into his room after an unfortunate ghost named Lucy apparently moved in.

new big boy bed

In March the gardening bug bit me and I started filling hanging baskets with diaper innards and planting all sorts of pretty flowers in the blue pots in the backyard.

DIY hanging baskets

planting containers

checkerboard moss in basket

April was a big month. I kicked things off by throwing a rustic elegant couples shower for my coworker.

rustic elegant wedding shower table decor

And then, I posted what might be one of my most popular DIY projects of the year- this Pottery Barn inspired ladder turned chandelier with mason jar lanterns over the patio table.

pottery barn ladder lantern knockoff

In May I created these monogrammed succulent wreaths. These guys also helped raise money for the Alabama tornado survivors.

succulent wreath tutorial

At the end of May I showed the reveal of Garrett’s beach themed Parrothead playroom mural even though it had been painted earlier in the year.

playroom mural

beach playroom mural

June began The Great Big Basement Remodel Project, which I kicked off by drawing a remodel concept sketch using Google Sketchup. If only I could slice my house in half right now you’d see that the basement turned out exactly like the Sketchup drawing.

how to use Google Sketchup to remodel your house

I got crafty with the glue gun and some burlap and gave my lampshade a new look in the post Everyday I’m Rufflin’

ruffled burlap lampshade

Because matboard is boring, I stole this idea on how to hang a photo without any glass in the frame.

How to frame a photo without glass in frame

And then came the painters. This isn’t a DIY project, but choosing the paint color was hard enough so I’m including it here.

First the kitchen was transformed from yellow to blue.

new kitchen paint color

Then we took the dining room from green to smoky blue paint.

blue dining room paint

And after the paint dried I decided to tramp stamp the china cabinet.

stenciled back of china cabinet

Next up on the blue paint train was the sunroom which we painted Sherwin Williams Seasalt


And last but not least (since it got painted twice) was the living room, foyer and balcony. They were painted Restoration Hardware Silver Sage.

silver sage paint

new painted foyer

Once the paint was all finished upstairs we moved to the basement and used all those paint samples to give the staircase a facelift. There was also some non-DIY board and batten revealed. For the full reveal make sure to check out my guest post at the DIY Showoff.

painted basement staircase remodel

And we finally had the big finished basement reveal.

basement cabinetry

theater room in basement

Whew! I’m not going to post all my DIY Christmas decor since it’s just a few posts back.

It’s great to recap all of these projects and see just how productive we’ve been this year. I’d like to say a huge “THANK YOU!” to my awesome husband for every single thing he’s done to improve the house DIY-style. I’m so blessed to have a handy husband who is willing and able to be my Mr. Fix-It. I didn’t even blog about him replacing the pool pump and booster pump over the summer, or all of his lighting and electrical skills. Not to mention all the nightly baths he gives Garrett and the countless loads of laundry he’s helped me wash and fold. I love you, J! Couldn’t do any of this without you.

And, Thank YOU, blog buddies and internet friends, for reading my blog and sharing your lives with me. I love being a part of this community of creative and talented people who support one another. It’s been so much fun getting to know you all this year! I look forward to meeting even more of you next year. Thanks again, for reading and contributing with comments and facebook feedback and twitter mentions. You’ve helped me stay motivated, because I love blogging about my projects for the feedback you all give me. This blog wouldn’t be as much fun without YOU! So thanks. 🙂

Here’s to a safe, happy, prosperous and even MORE productive 2012 for everyone. I am interested to see what it will bring for our household and yours.

For the complete Archive of my DIY adventures click on either of these posts:

2010 Year in Decorating Review

2011 Year in Decorating Review

The DIY Show Off

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  1. Miss Kitty says:

    You HAVE been SO busy this past year with one great project after another. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. Your home is just beautiful and so warm and inviting.

  2. Such talent! Wonderful projects – great job!

  3. Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy says:

    Kitty and Gina- Thanks ladies! Happy New Years to you both!

  4. Karen At Home says:

    What an amazing year you had Beth!! It has been fun watching your home blossom and your blog grow! Congrats to a great year my friend!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity all the year through.

  6. Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy says:

    @Karen and LOVD, As always, my friends, your sweet comments make me smile! Thanks so much to both of you for being so supportive of my blogging this year.

  7. Love it all. Your really talented Beth. But heres the big question, whats the plans for 2012? Garretts room is so great and so many kids would love his play room I am sure. Hope you and your family have a blessed and fun new year!!

  8. oops I just left the love it all comment


  9. fixitfaerie says:

    I love all the things you did this year. I made off-white burlap table runners for the adult women in the family, I am in the midst of painting my curio cabinet and doing the tramp art you mentioned. And your house is so nice, but yet homey. And I love the picture of your little boy in front of the Christmas tree. Blessing to you and your family/friends in the coming year. Paula Lusk

  10. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says:

    What great projects–I do love your PB hanging clone and your stamped hutch.

  11. Wow, you have been busy this year! So many wonderful projects but I love your son’s bedroom the most, what a great room! Thanks for linking up at my party!!

  12. Beth, your house is so beautiful! I can’t even pick my favorite project, but I’m off to explore some of the ones you linked to now. Can’t wait to watch what you’re up to in 2012!

  13. You have done some incredible things this year! I first found you through the infamous Christmas tree photo on pinterest. Your dining room is beautiful and I love SW sea salt. Very nice!

  14. sweet southern inspiration says:

    Hello from your newest follower. LOVE your blog and love your home. Oh and I am now following some of your boards on Pinterest…I guess I am your newest stalker you might say. Lol. Glad I found you.

  15. LOVED looking through you top posts! Thanks for sharing!!

  16. Lisa @ Shine Your Light says:

    Wow Beth! I’m new to your blog and I see I’ve missed a lot of amazing projects this year! You have been busy! Looking forward to reading more here in 2012!

  17. Lauren@BaylorSays... says:

    You are a machine!! Always impressed with the DIY girls. I love your flower baskets, they look great.

    With the move into the big boy bed, I’m assuming our boys are around the same age. Mine had a ghost move in named “Big Lots”. Where do they come up with this stuff?

  18. Vintage Page Designs says:

    I’m new to your blog and this was a wonderful introduction to some of the fabulous projects you’ve created. I’m now a follower and will visit often. Happy 2012!

  19. Carla @ All That Mathers says:

    Love, love, LOVE! You have been super busy this year, and I love every single project. You are very talented and I can’t wait to see what you do in 2012!

  20. TheChangingHouse says:

    You have been extremely busy! You’re so talented. I love all the work you did. Congrats to your success!

  21. Im re-decorating my room in like a rock or punk sorta way. Painting isnt an option but I’ve got posters and that, but anymore ideas to help?

  22. Im re-decorating my room in like a rock or punk sorta way. Painting isnt an option but I’ve got posters and that, but anymore ideas to help?

  23. I love it all!!
    Please, I would love to paint my brassy. Chandelier! What spray paint did you use?

  24. Your home is beautiful and inspiring. I love your website….this is my first time visiting.
    You do have the talent to turn something so simple into something elegant & tasteful.
    A lot of website have “too much” and seems to be busy & cluttered. Makes me nervous
    inside….your are very crafty & talented.



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