I know this might sound bad, but oh man… am I happy 2013 is over! It was a crazy-hectic year for me with living in our in-law’s home for 5+ months and building our new home. I just didn’t feel creative… probably because all of my crafting supplies were locked away in storage.

2013 in reviewBut there were a couple projects that I simply adored in 2013… let’s take a look!

white paint kitchen cabinetsI gave my parents’ kitchen cabinets a makeover with sparkling white cabinets while they were vacationing in Florida. Yep, best daughter ever.

guest bathroom makeover on a budgetI also gave their guest bathroom a makeover.

blue-laundry-room-makeoverMy neighbor needed a little help getting his laundry room in order so I gave him a very manly makeover. And on a strict budget.

fall table trough centerpieceI built an amazingly cool table trough centerpiece, my first project with a compound miter saw. Seriously love how I can change out the flowers for each season.

burlap and twine wrapped foam ballsI made a cute little burlap and twine centerpiece as well. SO SIMPLE!

craft room makeover from how to nest for lessI showed you how I kept my craft room clean and organized!

kitchen command centerAnd my Kitchen Cabinet Command Center helped my family stay organized.

goodwill-ASCP-pure-white-table-makeover-434x600I didn’t get to paint as much furniture as I normally do in 2013 but there are a couple honorable mentions, like my white end table

metallic wine cabinet… and my metallic wine cabinet.

painted kids tennis shoesCrafts included some hand painted tennis shoes.

flaky ranch chickenOne thing about being back in our home is to be able to cook each night for my family. One of my favorite recipes is Flaky Ranch Chicken.

cheesy chicken bacon eggrolls recipeAnd my go-to appetizer for parties and holidays is this recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Egg Rolls. YUM!

There were TONS of printables this year (as usual since graphic design is my main occupation). Some of my favorites?

family rules printableThe Family Rules printable (available in TWO different looks!)

And of course my How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Printable tutorial.

how to make chalkboard printablesDid you know that this was one of Pinterest’s TOP PINS of 2013?
Only 20 pins in the Craft/DIY category and I was one of them!!

And last but not least… we moved into our new home!
kitchenTake a peek at my Kitchen Tour

hearth room painted ace hardware…and our painted hearth room (the first room with color on the walls).

Alright, I guess that’s enough for today.
If you want to see all of my projects, you can view my

2013 in review

Be safe and responsible tonight.


Weekend Project: Basement Workshop

One of my requests in our new home was to have my very own workshop. A place where I could build, paint, and everything else DIY. And I had the perfect place in mind… the little build out in our basement right below our hearth room.

basement workshop spaceThis place was perfect: a large window with lots of natural light and just a few steps away from the backyard. So I headed out to my local Ace Hardware and gathered my supplies to build my dream workshop bench and pegboard wall.

basement workshop bench ace hardwareMy plan was to build a 12ft long bench made out of three pieces of 2x4ft plywood from my local Ace. I also made sure that the workshop bench had plenty of support throughout since it would be holding heavy equipment like my Craftsman compound miter saw.

build a basement workshop benchI also added extra support to the legs.

basement work shop benchI then screwed the peg board into the studs on our basement wall and used some hooks to hang some of our tools.

basement work shopI’m still waiting to get the rest of our tools out of storage from the move, but it’s definitely starting to look like my dream workshop.

basement workshop peg boardI love how all of the tools are within an arm’s reach…

basement workshop pegboardAnd the organization of my screws and nails has me squealing on the inside!

basement workshop organizationI also have my sawhorses ready for future projects…

basement workshop ideasAnd of course a place to keep my paints. Instead of having to trek everything to the garage when I’m working on a project, now I can just spread out on the basement floor and get to work. No worries here about paint on the floor… it’s my workshop. Messes will happen.

basement paint storage

basement organizationI was amazed at how fast we actually built this table and got everything organized. I have so many projects coming down the pike for the new house like moldings and trim work, so it makes me happy to have my creative space in place.

basement work shop bench

work shop bench

workshop bench construction

basement workshop benchNow I just need to get the rest of my tools and paints at the new house. Looks a little bare right now, but trust me… that won’t last for long!

basement workshop

So, what did you guys do over the weekend?
Tackle any big projects?

basement workshop weekend project




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Disclosure: I am an Ace Hardware DIY Blog Team Member and was provided with an Ace Hardware gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  All opinions are 100% mine.