Best of 2011

It's hard to believe that another year is coming to an end, isn't it??

We might not have crossed all our 2011 goals off the never-ending list, but looking back, we definitely made some big changes around our new(est) home
{dubbed the Peach Pit when we first moved in because every surface was in that color family - including the painted brick in the fireplace and even the bologna-colored kitchen countertops!}

If 2010 was the Year of Painting,
2011 around here was definitely the Year of Settling In!
Here's a little roundup of some of our favorite DIY projects from the past twelve months.

Kitchen Refresh
Painting our kitchen cabinets made a world of difference in the Peach Pit, and even made the countertops more palatable.

The "Treehouse" 
aka our mudroom, is a little utility room in the garage that keeps my sanity with three kids, a very large dog, recycling, and all the gear that comes with a snowy New England winter.

The Garage Stairs
As part of the mudroom project, I painted the stairs that lead from the garage up to the mudroom and into the house.  So much better to come home to these cheerful steps instead of the grubby unfinished version!

The Foyer
Between refinishing of the stairs in our foyer and and adding board and batten, we pulled this room right out of 1985.  Next up:  adding a sisal or jute runner, and eventually installing a hardwood floor.

This and That
In between some of the big projects I also had a little fun in my lady cave (also known as my kitchen table).  Here's a sampling of some popular crafty posts from this past year.

Destinations Sign

Shell Mirror

Jewelry Board

Postcard Display Board

Wine Cork Herb Markers

All this recapping has me thinking about goals for 2012 - what about you?  Any big projects on the horizon?

Thanks for being a part of the adventures over here this year - sharing projects with you has made them so much more fun!

I'm linking up to these great blogs - check them out!
Saved by Suzy

Wishing you a happy and healthy year ahead!!


Jae said...

Great projects. I totally need to do what you did to my garage stairway.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i have been saving my corks because i knew eventualyl i would see a cork craft i loved- i will be making those plant markers this spring!!!! love!

pam {simple details} said...

Wow, Lisa, such inspiring updates around your house this year! The treehouse is so creative!! Glad to have found you! :)

Jenny said...

Lisa, you had some GREAT projects, both big and small! I'm still swooning over those stairs, as that is one I have on my to-do list for 2012. And we have a common countertop experience as well - after I painted my kitchen cabinets, the countertops seemed to change color as well! Gotta love the power of paint! Well done! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for 2012!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I would say you had a fabulous year. Have a wonderful Weekend, I am so fortunate to have met you. Xo

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

All FABULOUS projects, Lisa! Don't you feel so so so productive??

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Oh somehow I had missed the garage stair project!? LOVE it!! You've been a busy gal this year. Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve for 2012! Happy new year!

René said...

Lisa, you have had a great year! I have enjoyed all of your projects, but somehow I missed the stairs - how cute! As for the corks, I have been saving mine for the perfect project. Loving those herb markers!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

Wow your house is so beautiful! The painted stairs are *amazing.* I'm excited to have found your blog - I'm your newest follower. :)

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

You have had such a productive year! I'm glad you shared this roundup. I don't think I had seen your kitchen before. I love the painted cabinets and I still think your "treehouse" is amazing! Can't wait to see what you are doing in 2012!

Ange said...

Lisa, Thanks for linking up with me! My kitchen and your kitchen are twins, very creepy but they are the exact same layout! Although mine are just ugly oak not peach. ;) Love the kitchen, can't wait to make mine white too. I also love the treehouse and remember it from Roomspiration! Have a Happy New Year and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do in 2012.

Calypso In The Country said...

I just love those projects - you have had such a productive year! That "treehouse" project has always been one of my favs. Best wishes for the new year and I look forward to reading more!

Lauren@BaylorSays... said...

I just remain so impressed with those of you that accomplish so much with so many kids! Super women...I feel like I just blog about what I might eventually do and kill time while I'm not doing it. :-) Great looking house and projects!! Really love the garage steps, love that you used different styles for each letter.

Shan said...

Oh my goodness, I'm loving all of these posts! Can't wait to look around more. Happy New Year! :)