best diy of 2014

Bloggers loves to look back at past years and see all the projects they accomplished and what their readers liked the best.  Click here to see my best of 2013 and best of 2012 posts.  This year was a transition for me as our family moved in August to a new state and a new home.  With that brought a large, blank canvas for me to recreate “home” for my family.  As I look forward to 2015 and acclimating to our new community, I look back with gratitude at 2014.  While it has been by far one of the hardest years for me emotionally – I know years from now I will look back and see the richness and beauty of tough lessons learned.

So for a brief moment let’s look back before we move forward.  Feel free to pin the project if you love it.


1.  How I Organize Drawers with Glue Sticks In the beginning of the year I am always on a kick to ramp up my organization.  I showed you how I organize each of the drawers in my nightstands, end tables and console tables – simply with thin wood and glue sticks. drawerorganizers.png

  2.  Be the Good in the World paint stick sign In 2014 I had a love affair with paint sticks this year and created quite a bit with these little sticks.  But this one was by far my, and your favorite!  It is a great reminder to inject a little good in the world. be-the-good-in-the-world
3.  Organizing your Underwear Drawer with PVC Pipes This little project has made my panty drawer nice and clean all year long.  It might be a novelty project but this little area of organization still is super functional. organizethoseundieswithpvcpipes_thumb.jpg

  4.  Something Old, Something New Planter Box Made with old fence posts and some new wood this oversized planter box was a great addition to the walkway to my old house.  And it is a great use of old boards, otherwise destined for a landfill. diy-planter-box

  5.  I Heart You Alphabet Sign This HUGE sign made a big impact on our playroom wall.  It now hangs in our new basement playroom right when you walk down the stairs.  At over 5 feet wide is a great way to cover a large wall. alphabetartonwall_thumb.jpg
6.  Upcycled T-shirt Skirt Another phase I went through this year beside paint stick projects was upcycled t-shirts projects.  I discovered a serger and went crazy making all sorts of projects out of discarded knit shirts.  I must have made 10 skirts for Kayla that are so soft and comfortable.

upcycled knit tshirt skirts

7.  Ipad Holder for Your Car Rest Apparently you have kids that love their electronics too.  We have rules about Ipad use in our home but when it comes to traveling in the car we let the kids play the Ipad for hours on end.  This simple sewing project is awesome to have in your car on long trips to hold that iPad in place while watching movies.

Ipad holder for your car

  8.  Playroom Reveal Before I moved I took the opportunity to show you my playroom reveal – which I hadn’t shown in it’s entirety ever.  It is colorful and bright, full functional for the ages of my kids and chock full of storage.

Playroom Organization and Decor Ideas

  9.  Ginormous Garage Shelves The first project I took on after unpacking boxes when we moved was to build organization for the garage.  I know that is a strange first project – but I felt so overwhelmed with no storage and no area for a workshop.  While these shelves were the most popular post of them all you can click here to see my entire garage organization. DIY-garage-shelf_organization

  10.  Mudroom Lockers After completing my garage I took one step into the house and started working on the mudroom and created these functional mudroom lockers.  I absolutely love how they turned out.  At less than $400 I thought that was a great use of money and space! how-to-build-mudroom-lockers-DIY

  11.  Fireplace Makeover with Built-In Bookcases This was by far my favorite project of 2014 because it made the most impact on my sanity. Having this room in our new home FINISHED, allowed me to finally breath.  It is a place that we spend the most time as a family and where I am sitting right now as I type.  I love the vibrant colors, the storage and meaningful gallery wall.  It is perfect. styling shelves and bookcases
 12.  Industrial Hallway Cart

For only $18 in lumber (plus optional casters and angle braces) I made this rolling industrial cart for our hallway.  It is such a versatile piece and can literally sit in any room in my house and feel at home.

DIY cart plan with 2x4


So that was a look back at all I did in 2014.  I have big plans for my new studio space, an office makeover and Isaac’s new room.  And currently I am working on Kayla’s room.  I hope you will continue to connect with me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook this year.  I love interacting with you!

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  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. As a consistent mover–moving is hard. It’s up there on traumatizing events (for real, psychologists put it up there with divorce and death of a loved one). You really rolled with the punches and it has been fun to see you create a home in your new house. Cheers to a great 2015!

  2. Thank you so much for the encouragement. It has been a hard year but very fun to see my new home start to take shape. Happy New Year!

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