A Year in Review-Top 2020 DIY Projects

December 17, 2020

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What a year!! How many times have you heard that phrase? But before we run out of 2020, like we’re fleeing from a fire, let’s look real quick at all of the projects we’ve accomplished this year. I say “we” because I get emails from you guys all the time telling me that you too, have stepped out of your comfort zone and tackled a project right along with me. Can I just say, those emails brighten my day so much! I love to see my “why” in this blog play out! I love to see YOU step out and take a chance and overcome your fears and anxieties and dive into this with me!!

We started the year oblivious to what was to come. Which was probably a good thing. :) Wrapping up the Kitchen Mini Makeover from 2019, where I painted the walls, painted the hardwood floors, painted the cabinets, and even painted a fabric chair! And in Nicole-fashion, I added not just one but TWO modern sliding barn doors.

white kitchen with honey color hardwood floors before makeover projects

kitchen cabinets painted gray and white

sliding barn doors in a nook area after makeover projects

At the start of the whole world being turned upside down (aka Covid and everything that went along with that), I was right smack dab in the middle of my master bathroom makeover for the One Room Challenge. Every year I make it my goal to participate in one of the ORC’s. They offer it in the Spring and the Fall. This year I chose the Spring challenge. And what a challenge it was. Between stores being closed and supplies being limited, this project took much longer than it normally would. But we all know “normal” was thrown out the window early in 2020, so this was par for the course.

Here’s a quick look at what I was up against in this bathroom makeover project. It was in desperate need of some updating…

Before picture of master bathroom vanity area

After removing all of the carpet and trim, we got rid of that gigantic bathtub. All it did was just sit there and take up space. I can probably count on one hand how many times I actually used it after living in our house for 13 years. My thought: why keep it? Let’s utilize that space with something we’ll actually use. So, off to the trash it went. And wow! I loved it GONE already! It opened up the room so much. The new tile I would be tackling laying down for my first time ever, would look so good in all of this open space. But first, I painted the walls, cabinets and the carsiding I added to the ceiling. Love that black ceiling!!

bathroom with black ceiling, rattan light, and artwork on the wall after makeover projects

But my favorite part of the whole project, next to the new tile, was the faux marble paint technique I did on the countertops. Wow! Can you believe these are the same countertops??

Makeover Projects Bathroom lights hung along with mirrors

Master bathroom with 2 mirrors a shelf and plant after makeover projects

Although this makeover carried over into the summer, it was worth it!

In addition to these two makeover projects, I knocked out some furniture builds. This Pottery Barn Dining Table dupe is probably my favorite table design this year….

outdoor farmhouse table with bench building projects

And this Restoration Hardware Heston Desk dupe is hands-down my most favorite furniture design EVER!!

Beautiful desk in den building projects

But my most rewarding furniture build was not just a headboard (which I built earlier in the year for my nephew and his new wife), but an entire bed. Mid century modern platform bed to be exact. My first time ever building a bed! And I love it!!

King size bed with a blush pink quilt folded across these building projects

Along with room makeovers and new furniture build projects, I also shared a few trusty gadgets. Of course, my go-to for EVERY furniture build is my Kreg Jig–a must-have, for sure! But this angle finder and cabinet hardware installation tool are pretty nifty too. I share exactly how to use all three of these in these awesome tutorials: Kreg Jig, Angle Finder; Cabinet Installation Tool. Why work harder when there are tools to make it EASY!!! (Amazon Affiliate Links Included)

kreg jig tool. great for building projects

Heading into 2021, I’ll be wrapping up my master bedroom makeover. Guys, I feel like for the first time in my 25 years of marriage, I have a grown up bedroom. It is truly a retreat! We went from this…

messy master bedroom before makeover

To this…

MCM master bedroom

And it’s all right here on the blog: How I changed the ceiling from boring to WOW! That conversation piece accent wall. The new bed that I built and shared above. These are just a few of the changes I’ve made to this room. More projects tutorials to come in the beginning of 2021: New flooring. How I built our cozy fireplace. How to build these mid century modern nightstands. And, of course, is a room makeover really complete without a sliding barn door? I think not! I have some interesting designs in mind. Stay tuned.

So many projects, fun builds and room makeovers coming in 2021! It’s going to be a good year!

But until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

Until next time,

Happy Building, Friend!!

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