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Happy Happy Happy New Year dear sweet wonderful readers!!!

I hope you had a peaceful Christmas and caught a break somewhere along the way.

Before I jump into new projects to share with you in this bright and shiny new year, I thought I’d round up some of the favorite posts from 2016 in case you missed any of them! Are you ready?!

 

HOW TO LIME AN OAK TABLE

Furniture flips, ahhhhhh so gratifying. A couple more you might enjoy:

A Teen Girl’s Dream Thrift Store ScoreSide Table Makeover With A Little Surprise

 

HOW TO INSTALL A PEA STONE PATIO START TO FINISH

A DIY pea stone patio with stone fire pit.

My son and I rented a sod cutter to clear the space for this patio. Read more about that here.

 

HOW TO INSTALL STONE VENEER TO A FIRE PIT

stone veneer on fire pit

Check out the other fire pit posts:

Installing Fire BrickDesigning and Installing A Capstone

 

IKEA HACK RUSTIC INDUSTRIAL BOOKCASE

An inexpensive bookcase using two metal utility shelves.

A couple other wood projects for this room:

Rustic-Industrial “Floating” Desk Simple Picture Ledges

 

LARGE SCALE BLOCK ART FROM A PHOTO

I also used my son’s snowboard as functional art on his wall. See the tutorial here:

How To Hang A Snowboard

 

HOW TO CONVERT TWO TWIN BEDS TO A KING

how to convert two twin beds to a king size

See how I built that low headboard and covered it with a special vintage tablecloth right here.

 

CINNAMON HONEY BUTTER

Gift jars of homemade cinnamon honey butter are easy to whip up.

I didn’t share a lot of recipes on my blog in 2016 but a couple other popular food posts you might be interested in can be found here:

Turkey, Rice & Vegetable SoupWhat To Buy At Trader Joes

 

SIMPLY WHITE IS JUST RIGHT

Benjamin Moore Simply White

Right after I painted my entire first floor Simply White, our house was featured by Rhoda of Southern Hospitality, a highlight of the year for me since I have followed Rhoda’s blog since before I started my own! Check out the tour here.

 

TILING OVER A BRICK FIREPLACE SURROUND

How to tile over a brick fireplace surround

For more details on the fireplace remodel, visit these posts:

Fireplace ReconstructionSealing MarblePainting The Interior Of A Fireplace

TILING OVER A BRICK HEARTH

A brick fireplace is updated with marble tiling.

Phew! I didn’t think I accomplished that much last year but looking back I’m happy to have tackled all these projects!!

While these were the most popular of posts published in 2016, I’ve been blogging for almost seven years (I can hardly believe that!) and only a few of these projects above were in my top ten for annual traffic to Shine Your Light. Here are the rest –

 

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Clearly Shine Your Light readers love how-tos and solutions for the home, with a dash of artsy projects and design thrown in, so that’s what you’ll be seeing more of in the coming year!

 

Tomorrow I’m excited to kick of 2017’s My Five Favorites series with my girls, Pam, Kris and Jennifer, and a special guest host who knows a thing or two about our subject of the month:  organizing! Join me then for some great ideas you can implement in your own home.

 

THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your kind comments and enthusiasm. While I write about the lighter side of life here at Shine Your Light, it is my sincere hope that I can offer something to you to make your life easier, give you the courage to try something new, or brighten your day in some small way. May your year ahead be filled with joy and peace, and lots of DIYing!

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Carol @ CAD INTERIORS

Friday 6th of January 2017

Lisa, your year was so productive on the home front! I am so inspired by your abilities and courage to do so much yourself. Looking forward to see what you do this year. :)

Lisa

Wednesday 25th of January 2017

Carol you always leave such kind comments - thank you for your encouragement! So glad for your friendship and looking forward to this year at CAD Interiors too :)

Cassie Bustamante

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

WOW! what an awesome year you had! i think that my favorite is your fire pit... i just love that area so much!

Lisa

Thursday 5th of January 2017

Thank you Cassie for your kind comments all year long - you are the best!

Debbie - Mountain Mama

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Lisa, everything looks great - you've had quite the busy year! Happy new year, looking forward to seeing what you come up with in 2017!

Lisa

Thursday 5th of January 2017

Happy new year Debbie! Hope you have a wonderful 2017! xx

Denise

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Isn't it great to look back and remind yourself how much you got done! And girl you were busy too!! The fireplace makeover was one of my favorites! Looking forward to 2017!

Lisa

Wednesday 25th of January 2017

Denise thank you for your very kind comments! You are always brighten my day!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Happy New Year, Lisa! Thanks for the mention on my Feature Friday. Hope it's another wonderful year for us all.

Lisa

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Happy New Year Rhoda! Wishing you a happy and healthy year ahead! xox