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Favorite DIY and Home Decor Posts in 2016

A coffee table makeover in white chalk paint is accented with an aqua checker/chess board | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com
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Hello Friends,

At the close of every year, bloggers traditionally compile their top posts for the year into one end-of-the-year roundup.  This year, I decided to review more than just number of post visits. I also included comments, shares, and pins. And from these collective data, viewer favorites bubbled right to the top.

I hope you enjoy this year-in-review.

Favorite DIY and Home Decor Posts from 2016

Favorite Foto Prop: The Fireplace

One of the first posts in January 2016 was about a coffee table redo, but nobody seemed to notice or even remember the table.  Why? Because this little outdoor fireplace stepped up and stole the show. Click here to see the complete post.

Coffee Table Makeover in White Chalk Paint with Indoor/Outdoor Three-Way Function| The Chelsea Project| www.thechelseaproject

And from that moment forward, I photographed posts around the fireplace as often as I could.

We even added a new mantel in the fall. Click here to see the complete post.

Fireplace with new mantel decorated for Fall | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And pops of color for a cozy Christmas. Click here to see the complete post.

Fireplace with new mantel decorated for Christmas | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Favorite Furniture Makeover: French Chest

As for furniture redos, this French chest that had been stashed in the back of the closet for over 20 years was the hands-down fan favorite. Now, she’s all spruced up and back in action. Click here to see how she got her new look. 

Nothing says natural like handwashing laundry in a tub and drying it in the sunshine. This is especially fresh when done in the French countryside | Country French Chest Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Favorite Fix: The Pantry

Like many folks, we suffer from the trifecta of home storage problems —small kitchen, smaller back hall, and smallest laundry room. But even with an overwhelming space deficient, we still managed to find room for an oversized pantry with open shelving. Next thing I know, this photo is doing a little dance —and a little globe-trotting. Click here to see the complete post. 

Open pantry shelving spans the length of the laundry room | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Favorite Faux Finish: Rust and Aqua Tray

When it comes to faux finishes, there are a whole lot of ways to accomplish the same thing. But for this look, I used only four colors of left-over chalky-type paint. Click here to see the complete post. 

Layers of chalk paint transform a thrifted tray into a rusted treasure | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Favorite Festive Project: DIY Rustic Lanterns

These little guys were constructed from mismatched scrap lumber, eight screws, and wood glue —then topped with a paint and wax combo to create an aged barn wood look. It is one of the easiest build-it-yourself tutorials I’ve ever posted. Click here to see all the details.

Scrap wood and paint combine to make rustic holiday lanterns | DIY Holiday Lanterns | #sponsored Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 #1 Fan Favorite: Tie-Dye Fabric

Who knew, when I made this little tie-dye from upcycled drapery liner and turmeric, that it would clock over a million combined views?  But this fun little craft project dwarfed all other posts for most viewed, shared, and comments. Click here to see the complete post.

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My sincerest thanks to all of you for supporting this blog in 2016. It’s such a joy to share easy and inexpensive ways to update your home.

Here’s to you and a great 2017.

Favorite posts in 2016 at The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Click here for the Top Posts of 2015

10 Top Posts of 2015 | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply Mary December 31, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Great projects, Susie. Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 31, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Mary! Thanks so much and Happy New Year!

  • Reply Carolann December 31, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Beautiful projects Susie! Wishing you and yours a wonderful, healthy, and happy New Year XO

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 2, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Carolann. Back at ‘cha sweet friend!

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 January 1, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Excellent projects. I am looking forward to your 2017 projects. Happy New Year.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 2, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Debra! Happy New Year to you, too!

  • Reply Sue January 2, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    You have to know that you’re a huge hit with me. I adore your furniture makeovers and staged home projects. I just read your pantry post and adore your new pantry which we may get to do one this year too.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 2, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks Sue. You are such a dear. I appreciate your kind and encouraging words more than you know. Happy New Year.

  • Reply Marie from The Interior Frugalista January 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Happy New Year, Susie! Well I was one of those people swooning over that gorgeous outdoor fireplace too. Somehow I missed your pantry organization post and oh girl, what I would do for a pantry like that one. You had me at library ladder! Looking forward to seeing more of that fireplace and what you have in store for us in 2017 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 2, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks Marie. You are so kind. Appreciate your kind and encouraging words more than you know. Happy New Year!

  • Reply Cristina@remodelandolacasa January 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Such a fantastic collection, Susie! The fireplace is for sure a show stopper. I love how you dressed that whole area for Christmas. I also remember you pantry, one of those WOW projects you can’t forget, and right now I have to go and check that No. 1 tie dye fabric, it looks awesome! Looking forward to see all you have in store for 2017!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 4, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Thanks Christina. The pantry has been such a blessing to us and it stays pretty organized. I may do a follow up post this year about using open shelving in the pantry. I left the door off the laundry room but didn’t repair the routed areas in the facing — just in case. One year later, I have the confidence to move forward and make the doorless laundry room permanent. #fingerscrossed 🙂

  • Reply Claire January 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Love the tie dyed pillow !

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 4, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Claire! Thanks so much! Happy New Year!!

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul January 5, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Ahhh, it’s been a great year for you my friend! I love all of these projects but that french chest I’m still Gaga over

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      LOL. Thanks Toni! And to think, she is this color because the wrong color paint was sent. When I saw the color, I loved it. #HappyAccidents

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