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For me personally, this year has been full of changes. I got a new job, bought a house, and started blogging about our DIY home improvements. It’s been a true adventure, and I am both excited and exhausted just thinking about what’s around the corner.
After a break like the one Scott and I took during the last month of 2010, it can be difficult to jump back on the DIY bandwagon. Just the thought of our kitchen’s needs alone is making my head spin! So, I’ve decided to recap my best moments of 2010 (and some of your favorite posts) to get my motivation back on track.


Room Redos:
Gosh, what a difference one year can make on an old house like mine. Looking back at where we started and comparing to now really makes me smile. How in the world did I have so much energy?
Primary Bedroom – new paint and carpet did wonders here. In 2011, I hope to make even more changes.



Guest Bedroom/Office – a clean slate.

New Furniture – both the living and dining rooms saw their biggest changes of the year after the I got some fantastic furniture deals. New recliner? Chairs? Tables (yep, plural)? Check, check, check.


And finally, the laundry room makeover – who knew paint could make dreadful tasks like washing clothes less of a hassle?



Room Mishaps:
It wasn’t always easy. In the wake of DIY triumphs are all of the little twists and turns that got us there. Some made me scream, and some made me laugh, but all of them taught me I need a lot more patience if I want to make it to that finish line.
Sawing under the fireplace in the living room gave us a few setbacks



But in the end, it sure was worth it!



The kitchen floor was a disgusting mess



But again, the after speaks volumes over what we had to go through.



Sometimes, we even had to go a little redneck



… to make the visions in our heads come alive.


I love to craft, and completing the craft room is one of the top items on my 2011 to-do list. Despite it not being finished in 2010, that didn’t stop me from letting the creative juices flow every now and then!
In this post, costumes get a little help from Sculpey Clay.
One of the most popular posts is my easy $4 berry wreath that still hangs in our powder room. It was so simple to make, I didn’t even have to get out of my chair.
Phew. So much change in such a short period of time. I wonder what 2011 will bring, but I know for sure that the house won’t be where it is today for long. In fact, it’s already different that what you see here. What so see what we’re up to? You’ll have to stay tuned. Have a wonderful new year, everyone!

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  1. You guys should be quite proud of all your wonderful accomplishments! The transformation your home has undergone in a single year is amazing.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Oh wow!!!! You've been productive and I just love your style. Beautiful before/after and amazing projects! Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2011!

    Make sure you link this post to next Monday's DIY Project Parade which will be a 2010 recap!

    On another note – YOU are one of the winners of the Elmer's Glue giveaway! Email me your information to thediyshowoff@gmail.com to claim your prize! Congratulations!

    Happy New Year, Sarah!


  3. Wow, when you put it all together like that, aren't you AMAZED at what you got done???

  4. You were busy! You made some real differences in the looks of your place though. Your flooring is especially beautiful! I love it.
    Hugs, Cindy