Happy New Year to you all! I can’t believe this is the last day of 2017! It has been a great year and though I really didn’t complete as many projects as I usually do, it has been a year filled with opportunities that I am so grateful for.
I am not one who makes New Years resolutions. As my Uncle Rick said last night, “There’s only one resolution I’ve made and have stuck with, and that’s not to make New Years resolutions!” I with my Uncle Rick, you guys.
However, I do have some things to look forward to in 2018, as much as I have fond memories to look back on from 2017. I have an exciting announcement to share with you and if you follow me on Instagram, you may have already heard- I am opening a small booth at Greenwood Antiques! I am thrilled to finally have a place where I can sell my vintage pieces and projects. It’s supposed to be something fun but it was a big decision for us and I am hoping that it will be a good opportunity for a little extra income for our family and will clear up some space in our own home. I just can’t keep all this stuff here! I plan on adding a section here on my website that will feature the pieces I have for sale at the store, so stay tuned!
Okay, now getting back to 2017! First I want to share a picture of my bar cart I have started styling for tonight’s celebration. We’re going non-alcoholic this year…well, like every year. haha. A little Welch’s Sparkling and S. Pellegrino!
Some of you may remember my Grandfather’s old toolbox I repurposed as our bar cart in the dining room? I have it ready for new years tonight but I wanted to share it because I’ve decorated it with a few pieces I picked up this year from Valley Mission Thrift Store. The pretty pink glasses and the gold ice bucket came from Valley Mission and I purchased them for just a few dollars. But what was most exciting about this was that I formed a partnership with Valley Mission Thrift this year! We decided to work together by promoting each other, as I featured project ideas using things I bought from their store and so I could help get the word out about the store, that benefits the local homeless shelter. It’s a place that is near and dear to my heart and I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity!
I also completed another bar cart project this year as I entered a challenge on Rust-Oleum’s Creator’s Studio website. I entered my project in typical Karla Holley fashion, which was last-minute, so I didn’t get the points I needed to win any prize BUT there were some super awesome projects entered in the contest so submitting earlier may not have made a difference anyway. I was really happy with the way this project turned out!
The bar cart project also includes the DIY gold-striped vase I completed with the mirror effect spray paint Rust-Oleum sent me for the challenge. It was such a simple project and turned out so pretty!
Another challenge I entered this year was the IG Builder’s Challenge, season 3! The challenge took place on Instagram and while it was so much fun, I learned that I am better at furniture refinishing and not so much at building. I just followed the basic plans but I was really proud of my build anyway! My IG friend Meghan, of Sweet Aloha Designs won the challenge and it was well deserved!! her bench was fabulous and the detail was just beautiful! Check out her build at: https://sweetalohadesign.wixsite.com/website
I know I just said building wasn’t my strong-suit, but the DIY open bathroom vanity I built for our bathroom renovation this year was without a doubt, my favorite project! The results exceeded my expectations and the everyday use has, as well. A few people warned that having an open vanity in a bathroom that our kids mostly use would just show the mess beneath the sink but that has not been a problem. The large storage basket beneath has provided plenty of storage and hidden what we are storing. Besides, having something open all the time that people can see is incentive to keep it tidy. It’s been a wonderful vanity and we have especially enjoyed the vessel sink and faucet!
Speaking of keeping things tidy, one of my best challenges of blogging this year was definitely the Virginia Bloggers Peaceful Home Challenge! It may sound like I’m exaggerating a little to say that this challenge was life-changing, but it really was! I joined these amazing ladies for the challenge because they are some of my favorite bloggers and I knew they would keep me motivated! This 30-day challenge really changed my perspective and I have continued to try and live this way ever since, though I still have a long way to go. I am getting ready to do a complete makeover in our family room in the basement and I am currently deciding what to hang on to and what to let go. Thankfully, I learned so much during the challenge, that it will give me the motivation I need to make those decisions!
And what would life be without friends? My dear friend and author, Elle Powers, was a big part of 2017 for me, and I know she will continue to be! She was so kind to contribute a lovely post to my blog this year, letting my readers peek inside her turn-of-the-century farmhouse AND she asked me to makeover her antique church pew that sits in her entryway. I was thrilled! The church pew turned out so pretty and I was thrilled to include her sweet dog, Meryl in the photos as she modeled for the pictures! Elle is a treasure and I highly recommend you check out her latest book, Angel of Eventide! I just started reading it and I look forward to including a review on my blog, soon!
Another friend who was kind enough to trust me with one of their projects this year was Joshua Rene’ of the Spill Teem in Charlottesville. I refinished this vintage wooden briefcase with a few coats of wipe-on polyurethane to remove the scratches and bring it back to life. It was a fun project to complete and I even got to use my Grandfather’s old Dremel to shine-up the little gold stands on the bottom of the briefcase!
And thanks to my sister for trusting me with her project, too! This one was really fun because my 15 year-old nephew assisted me with this makeover! We refinished this vintage school desk that my sister brought home from the school she taught at, which closed in 2017. She was sad to see the school close but was happy to have this piece of history from Verona Elementary School. We refinished it using Minwax Poly-Shades.
I also enjoyed a fun-filled trip to the Southern Women’s Show this year and got the chance to learn more about products and businesses here in Virginia. I hosted a giveaway for Po River Apiary’s Honey Habanero Sauce because I received a small jar at the show and it is amazing!! I have also enjoyed my Turkish Towel I bought at the show and the R-Home issue from Richmond Magazine! The trip was so much fun and I look forward to visiting again in 2018!
And speaking of Richmond, it was such an honor this year to be featured in the Richmond Times Dispatch RTD Homes edition! I am very grateful they included my projects in their paper, as I have never had any projects published in any magazine or newspaper until then. Thank you, Richmond Times Dispatch! And thanks to my Dad for waking up early and going to the store to pick up a few copies! My Dad is the best!
And last and well, kind of least, are the chairs I painted using upholstery paint. While they may look good, I wrote a mixed review on this product because it was a very costly project for these thrift store chairs. Well, not everything could be perfect, right? But if that’s all I have to complain about with my 2017 blogging year, I’d say I’m doing pretty good!
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I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018 and look forward to seeing YOUR creations and stories in the year ahead!