Top 10 Projects of 2013

Top 10 Projects of 2013 Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

What better way to say goodbye to 2013, than to share my best projects? This was an amazing year for my little corner of the blogosphere.  I want to send  a HUGE thank you to each and every one of you who takes time from your busy lives to visit me.  I read and reply to every comment and they truly make my day!

These are my top 10 projects of 2013…


I kicked off the year with this massive, crazy, insane project. We took a saw to part of my sectional to reconfigure it. I’m not sure what I was thinking…

Is this crazy or what? Who does this?! I was desperate!

 How I Destroyed and Rebuilt my Sectional


I have been recovering my outdoor seat cushions this way for years and decided to share the how-to this spring. This post received the most email responses with several readers sharing their results from this tutorial. Those are my favorite 🙂


Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion Covers


This is my most pinned project to date. You just never know what will click with readers…so glad this one did!


How a Girl Built a Gate


This was an antique bed I found at Lucketts for $15.  It makes a perfect bench!

Bench from headboard

How to Build a Headboard Bench


This headboard was a $5 yard sale find painted to resemble an old bed and breakfast sign.

another use for headboard

What to do with that Old Headboard


Another $10 Lucketts find. I love what a little paint can do!

Grain sack chair

Grain Sack Painted Chair


This was a HUGE project for our family. I shared how we transformed our small back yard. Isn’t it amazing? 😉


Back Yard Makeover


This was a $20 yard sale find. A little paint and fabric goes a long way to update this dresser.


Dresser with Fabric Inlay


This dining set was an $85 thrift store purchase. Did you know that if a piece of furniture has been sitting on your local thrift store’s floor for some time, they are usually able to discount it further?  This set was marked $139, but the dicount for sitting there more than 30 days was 40%!


Dining Table Makeover


And my post popular post was…drumroll please… this office desk chair makeover!  This is also my most featured post. I found it for $40 dollars at a thrift store and reupholstered it in a pretty, but forgiving fabric. I bought it because it was SO comfy!

Reupholstered desk chair

Desk Chair Makeover

There you have it, the Top 10 Best Posts of 2013! I can’t wait to see what the new year brings my way!

Don’t you just love Top 10 round-ups? You get the best of the best  all in one place.  Fifteen of my favorite blog friends have also gathered together their best posts of the year:

Simply the Best 2013
















Wishing you all good things in the year ahead!





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  1. Christy!! Seriously, you are so talented! Love love love your home and your DIY projects! Your desk chair IS AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing so much. I can learn a lot from you.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Christy, I loved reading about your sectional. What an improvement! You are brave to tackle that one. Great projects and creativity! Looking forward to sharing with you in 2014. ~Jeanette

  3. Wow, lots of great projects! I have to say, that gate is my fav!! AND that office chair! Great job and Happy New Year ~Sonya

  4. All of your projects are wonderful Christy! I TRULY could not pick a favorite out of this bunch!! You are so talented and I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2014!! I just know it will be great! Hopefully we’ll finally get to meet at some point in the New Year since we live so close… only live a skip and jump (over the water! 😉 ).. to each other!
    Happy New Year to you friend!!

  5. Christy, That chair makeover is pretty awesome. I can see why it was your most popular post. I also like your $10 Luckett’s chair. Happy New Year!

  6. You’ve had a great blogging year! I have so many tabs open on my browser right now as I must check out more details on all of your projects. My mom and I have been to Luckett’s twice and we really enjoyed it. I’m hoping to go again this spring.

    • This was my first year at Lucketts and I came home with my car filled to the brim. I went with my mom too! Maybe I’ll see you there this Spring! I’m very grateful for a great year with my blog, I hope I can continue to deliver in 2014…I can’t imagine running out of projects though. The to-do list seems never ending! Happy New Year 🙂

  7. Hi Christy! Happy New Year! You know how much I love every single one of these amazing projects (plus the ones that didn’t make this list, too!) Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic talents with us throughout 2013 – I can’t wait to see what you do in 2014!! 🙂 Have a fabulous first day of the year!

  8. Such a productive year for you! I found you through your gorgeous backyard makeover post! Looking forward to what you’ll be up to in 2014! Happy New Year!

  9. What a great year it was! I love that gate!! Can’t wait to see what you bring in 2014!

  10. I have to say your #2 is my #1. I love that dining set! I have one I practically stole from a guy at work that I will be dusting off and working on soon. I can’t wait to see what you do this year!!


    • Thanks, Andi! I wasn’t crazy with the result, but it has really grown on me! I have no idea how I’m going to fill another year lol, but I’m sure I’ll think of something! You should have a lot to share this year with your new house! Can’t wait to see it unfold 🙂 XO

  11. okay, you have some of THE coolest projects, Christy! How in the world did you get the nerve to tackle that sectional? It turned out beautifully but I would have been terrified to try it out! And that gate, stunning!! I can’t wait to see all the fabulous projects you are up to this year! Happy new year! xo

    • Oh my goodness, Chelsea…I was so unhappy with that sectional! The store where I purchased it still sold that model, so I knew that if I messed up the piece I was altering, I could buy the piece I wanted. It was about $800 though, so I was really hoping my plan would work! I’m more amazed that my husband went along with it, but I think he was just tired of me complaining! Happy New Year! XO

  12. Amazing top 10! And I can think of a bunch more that I’ve LOVED as well! Awesome year, Christy! I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

    ~Abby =)

  13. Wow Christy – you are one talented DIYer… Such awesome and BIG projects! I think the first project that led me to you was your backyard makeover post in the spring – you guys did such an amazing job! I’m so happy to follow along with you and that I get to call you friend. Looking forward to your posts and projects in the year ahead:)

    • Aww, You are such a sweet person Krista! I’m so happy we got to know each other better this year, friend! I know you’ll continue to wow us in the coming year 🙂

  14. you had some awesome projects in 2013 looking forward to following you in 2014

  15. Your backyard is fabulous! Awesome projects-Andrea

  16. Wow you have been busy! I like the office chair and your table and chair set especially.

  17. Great projects! I just had to go look at your backyard makeover, then your front yard makeover. Now I cant wait for spring 😉

  18. Hi Christy – thank you so much for sharing this round-up of your amazing project at Best of the Weekend! Pinned! Hope you have a great week and looking forward to lots of wonderful things from you in 2014!

  19. Christy I always look forward to seeing what you’re going to do next- and this recap includes all of my favorite projects of yours. I’ve always loved your desk chair- and your dining set (interestingly I bought an antique set in 2012 for $85 also, but it’s still waiting for me to take the plunge and start on it)- also I pinned your outdoor seat cushion tutorial because I’m either going to recover mine or paint them this year- decisions, decisions. I just know you’re going to have an awesome 2014!

    • Thanks, Jen! I feel the same way about you…I just know whatever you do is going to be fabulous! So glad we get to keep in touch through My Friends Tour Group 🙂

  20. Christy, when you see all the top posts together, aren’t you amazed at what you were able to accomplish in just one year? The desk chair makeover was the post that caught my eye and it where I “met” you. I’m still impressed with the chair, and keep my eyes open for a chair that “sits” well to recover.

    Thanks for linking up your amazing inspiration at Project Inspire{d}!!

    • I am amazed, Diane! This year might have a hard time living up lol. But that’s ok as long as we have fun along the way! I still love my chair and it’s holding up great! 🙂

  21. I love these year end wrap up posts! I recognize so many that I featured throughout last year:)