Top 10 Posts from 2016

Hello awesome Friends!! I missed you over the Holiday break! Did you miss me too? I am SO excited to get started on another amazing year with this beloved blog of mine, and of coarse that is all thanks to YOU! You make this possible for me, so thank YOU! 🙂

I am wrapping up 2016 with my top 10 most viewed posts that I shared this year. A few of these are my favorites as well.

Funny that some of my most popular content this year started out like this:

Funny that my Top 10 posts started out like this!



Just making the top 10 this year is this dated dresser that started out like this:


I resuscitated it with a little paint to make it look like this:

French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
Dated Dresser Makeover

What a difference!


In the #9 slot is this sign tutorial I shared for one of our Décor Challenges; the easiest sign to make ever:

Seriously the EASIEST sign ever to make!

Super Easy Sign Anyone can Make

If you’ve been wanting to add a fun sign to your home, this is a great one to try!


At #8 is another décor post, Five Ways to add Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen:
5 Ways to add Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I don’t usually share a ton of decorating posts, so that one was a fun one for me!


The next most viewed post on my list, coming in at #7, is this thrift store book case that started out like this:


I almost didn’t buy it but for only $12, I decided to take a chance on it. It turned out to be one of my favorite makeovers:

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase


Taking the #6 spot in my top 10 was this infamous picture from the 70’s that I found for $5 at the thrift store:


So many friends of mine had one of these in their homes growing up, and evidently many of you did too…this went nuts on Facebook and brought a ton of traffic my way.

Here’s what I did with it:

A frame of chicken wire makes a perfect backdrop for a wreath! This one was a dated Fall print to start.

The Perfect Wreath Backdrop


Next up in my countdown is my simple tutorial on how I turn frames into trays:
How to make a white-washed reclaimed wood tray from an old tray and discarded fence pickets.

How to Make a Tray from a Frame

These fly out of my booth every time!


At #4 is this suitcase I scored for free off the curb while taking my Mom home one day:


I actually found a pair of them, but have yet to make the other one over. You may remember how I transformed this one for one of my Trash  to Treasure Tuesday posts:

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

The inside got a redo too:

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

Curbside Suitcase Makeover

In that post I shared how to make a stencil not look like a stencil, and how I lined the inside with fabric.


This next project got featured in a round-up of spray paint projects shared on a bunch of blogs, which brought a lot of traffic to it, but I loved how spray paint rocked this little makeover too:
French Provincial Night Table made over with Spray Paint from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Charlotte’s Night Table


Coming in at #2 is this super easy project I made from thrift store dishes and candlesticks. It was also featured by Better Homes and Gardens and got me my first magazine feature:

DIY Jewelry Storage from pretty dishes and two candlesticks. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

DIY Jewelry Storage


And my #1 most viewed post that I shared in 2016 is…drumroll please…

This very dated hutch:


That I loved back to life:

Hutch Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Dated Hutch Makeover

Ahhh paint is magical, isn’t it? This piece did not last long and sold to the same person that bought the reclaimed wood bookcase that came in at #7. 🙂

I thought these posts were a perfect sampling of what I share around here! You just never know what will resonate with readers, but I’m glad to see some of my favorites made the top 10!Did any of your favorites make it?

Top 10 Posts from 2016 from

And do you want to know what my most viewed post of all from all my years of blogging was this year?

My How to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint tutorial!

How to Paint Furniture using Chalk PaintHow to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint

If you’ve wanted to try your hand at reviving a piece of furniture with paint, this is a great tutorial. I take you through the whole process step-by-step!


I am SO looking forward to another year of thrifty goodness and sharing it all with you!

I’ll be back on Tuesday with my first makeover of 2017, this sad and weathered drum table I picked up for $20 a couple of weeks ago:


It’s not sad anymore!

If you want to see my Top 1o from 2015, you can check it out here:

Top 10 posts from 2015 from confessionsofaserialdiyer.comTop 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015

My first makeover of the new year will be this little lady:


Wishing you a wonderful New Year, Friends!!

See ya Tuesday! 🙂

UPDATE: Check out how this sad thrift store find turned out HERE now!



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  1. My dear friend, I wish you and our family all the best for this new year… for you all the luck in your A-MA-ZING booth and projects, thank you to you for inspire me in such a manner to have refresh my home… and thank you for your generosity in sharing in your posts.
    Big hug from Madrid

    • Thank you so much, Victoria! I have loved seeing you transform your home…it is such a bright and beautiful space! Thank you for following along and cheering me on, my beautiful friend from Madrid!! Happy New Year!! XOXO

  2. Happy New Year to you too Christy!!! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Christy, you’ve had a wonderfully productive year! I enjoyed re-visiting your top projects and each time I see an old chest of drawers, I want to give it a new life! You certainly have the eye for making trash into treasures.

    • Thank you, Kathy!! You guys make it so fun to share and I am so grateful for you! Happy New year! XO

  4. Fun to reminisce with you, and I actually hadn’t seen a couple of those posts (at least, I don’t REMEMBER seeing them! Ugh!) I got my Homeright paint shelter for my bday last week! SO excited! Now, to get the sprayer! LOL! Do you know if they ever go on sale anywhere?

    • BTW, I TOTALLY missed ya! 😉

    • Yay!! You will love your shelter, and wait till you see how big it is! I have not seen the sprayer go on sale anywhere, but I’ve only priced it on Amazon. I see lots of painting in your future lol. Happy belated Birthday! XOXO

  5. chris aka monkey says

    christy i could not even try to pick a favorite all of your posts are inspiring thank you for them all xx happy new year

  6. I am looking forward to all you do this coming 2017. Love love love what you do. I have a lot of things to do over but just haven’t gotten around to them. This year for sure????
    Happy New Year to you

    • Thank you so much, Sharon! Yes, this is your year! I am excited about a fresh new year too…Happy New Year! XOXO

  7. Did you know you said memory “lame”? Too funny. Keep the great ideas coming for us!

  8. I hope you had a nice Christmas, Christy. It’s hard to pick a favorite from your top 10 posts this year because I enjoyed them all. But if I must, the striped dresser transformation was pretty darn sweet. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2017. Happy New Year my friend! xo

    • We sure did, Marie thanks! That striped dresser was easily one of my favorites as well. Can’t wait to get working on a new year full of thrifty goodness! 🙂

  9. Ok, so I’m not sure which is my favorite. I’m glad I don’t have to pick. I love your tutorial for sign making and the tray you made from a picture frame… Oh heck! I love them all.
    I recapped some of my favorites too:
    Have a Happy New Year!

  10. Love each and every one of these!!! xoxo

  11. Annie (Canada) says

    Hi Christy, Happy New Year! I’m just catching up on my blog reading!! It’s always nice to look back and see all the wonderful projects. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2017 has to offer 🙂