It’s hard to believe that 2015 is almost over! And the end of the year always makes me reflect on what has happened during the past year (as well as start planning for the new year).
This has been a year of lots of changes for me…the big one being changing the way I approach this blog. This was the year that I changed my attitude…from blogging as a hobby to blogging as a business. While I’m still on the journey of growing my blog to be big enough to quit my “day job”, it has come a long way since I made the “attitude shift” back in the summer. It has meant doing a lot more work…more projects, more posts, more promotions, more website “tweaks”, but I enjoy every minute of it!
To celebrate the progress, here’s a countdown of our best of 2015 – the top 10 posts based on readership and number of “shares”. Apparently you all have a wide variety of interests…because this certainly is a mix of topics!
#10: How to Beautify a Boring Builder Grade Bathroom
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If you read my blog regularly, you probably know that I live in a builder-grade house. I bought it new from the builder…which was great because everything worked…and not so great because all of the finishes were so…”blah”.
I ended up re-doing the master bathroom without spending a ton of money, by leaving all of the plumbing in place and DIY’ing the painting, plumbing, and tiling. This post lists the steps I took to upgrade my boring builder grade bathroom to something that I love.
This post is my second-most popular post on Hometalk so far, which helped it make the list.
#9: 7 Ways to Hide the TV
Television sets are a part of pretty much everyone’s lives and homes. But a lot of us still don’t really like the look of them. However, with the onset of flat-screen TV’s there are a lot more options than there used to be. This list provides some DIY and some ready-made ways of keeping the TV from standing out in your room. And since it’s #8 on our top 10 list, a lot of you must be looking for ways to deal with this issue, too.
#8: How to Paint Melamine Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are a big investment. So when you get tired of them, the finish on them starts to wear out or you move into a new house that doesn’t quite have the look you want, you don’t always want to spend the money to replace them. Painting the cabinets is an inexpensive way to give them a major face lift. Both my mother and I had white melamine cabinets in our kitchens that we got tired of and decided to add some color. We spray-painted mine and painted hers by hand. Both ways worked just fine. This post will give you the step-by-step instructions on how to paint your kitchen cabinets using either method.
#7: How to Convert a TV Armoire to a Desk
Speaking of TV’s…many of us who have been around long enough to have owned the large tube TV’s also own some large armoires that those tube TV’s were stored in. I happen to have more than one that I liked the style of but didn’t have a good use for. So I decided to kill 2 birds at one time…give my armoire a new life and solve my office clutter problem, by converting the TV Armoire into a desk. This project gives the step-by-step instructions to do that…hopefully some of you will also find it useful.
Want to see the armoire transformation? Click here to open the post.
#6: How to Paint A Trellis Wall
This is the first post that I contributed to Hometalk and it is still my most shared post there. If you’re looking for an interesting way to paint your walls and bring the garden indoors, this is the post for you.
#5: How to Install Faux Tin Ceilings
Faux tin has become one of my go-to ways to cover up popcorn ceilings. You can get it in a lot of different patterns. It can be painted any color you want. It adds architectural interest to your ceiling. It’s not that expensive. And it’s really easy to install. You can’t get much better than that. This post gives you step-by-step instructions on how to install a faux tin ceiling right over that popcorn.
#4: 7 Ways to Decorate The Ceiling (The Fifth Wall)
This is the second “ceiling post” to make it to the list, so it seems a lot of people have some interest in figuring out how to make ceilings part of your decor.
Whether it’s party decor or room decor, I firmly believe that decorating your ceiling is one of the things that will make your room stand out from all of the rest. This post will give you some ideas of what you can do to make your ceiling look like you hired a decorator.
#3: Best Tasting Jello Shots (by color)
I resurrected jello shots at my parties when I realized you could have a signature “drink” that was easy to make in advance and came in colors that matched any decor. It had been many years since my original introduction to jello shots and I wasn’t sure how they would go over at an “adult” party. I didn’t need to worry…they were a big hit! The main difference between now and then? Now I actually want them to taste good! And apparently, a lot of you like that idea, too 🙂
#2: Traditional Tea Party
My mother’s family has a British background and having tea (that would be “hot tea” for the my friends in SC) in the afternoon, or pretty much any time when you need a break, is still a part of our family tradition. My mother usually has a traditional afternoon tea party at Christmas where friends and family drop in to visit. This post was based on that tradition, and apparently a lot of you like the idea, too!
#1: 11 Ways to Create Spooky Halloween Lighting
Drum roll, please! And the number 1 spot in our best of 2015 list goes to “11 Ways to Create Spooky Halloween Lighting”. I have read that Halloween is now the 2nd largest holiday for seasonal sales (Christmas is #1), and based on the interest in my “how to” Halloween posts, that certainly seems to be true.
That’s it for this year’s list. Now on to next year’s list!
I hope you’ll continue to join us for our new projects, design tips, gardening and entertaining ideas, and easy-to-make recipes.
If you have any suggestions of ideas you would like to see us try, or questions you would like answered in 2016, leave us a comment below or send us an email through the Contact form above and we’ll do our best to answer.
I hope you have a Happy New Year and will join us next year for a new round of projects!