Phew! I’m stuck between having a hard time believing that 2016 has finally come to a close and looking around wondering how on earth time can move so quickly. This was our first whole year together in this old farm house of my grandparents’ and our second winter and, though this winter has already been much more brutal then the last, we are much warmer thanks to a new wood stove and a lot more time for preparation. (It is amazing how much more time you have when you’re not renovating a house and planning a wedding!) If this year is any indication what next year will bring then I am very excited for 2017! And not just for us and our home but for this website!
GrandmasHouseDIY.com has grown by leaps and bounds throughout 2016. We had a couple of posts go viral. BlogHer, Hometalk, the DIYIdeacenter, Toolversed and Instructibles all featured us! Our best day we saw over 10,000 visitors in just ten hours! My goal here has always been the hope that, someday, I could “retire” to just blogging and being home so that I could start raising animals and fostering dogs. With the loss of my big beasty Diesel on Easter of this year, I was reminded so hard, once again at the loss of another pet, that I never had enough time to spend with him. There has been one consistent in my entire adult life that has become more and more of a drain on me the older I get; I never feel like I’m home enough. So, my long term goal is just that; I want to be home, I want to feel like I have a little more time with those that I love – both the four legged and the two legged kind. GrandmasHouseDIY.com garnered over $1,000 in ad income in 2016 and, with Joe having started his own business, it was much needed and helped us SO much! Someday this little blog is going to make it possible for me to have more time at home and that is something of a miracle to me and it is all thanks to YOU. I really can’t thank you all enough for supporting us and following along throughout 2016!
Now, let’s look back at those top ten posts of 2016!
How to: install an inexpensive wood floor that looks like a million dollars
Published back in 2015, my post about how we did our own hardwood floors remains the biggest hit ever for us and it was one of my very first posts! The popularity of this post does not surprise me though – I LOVE our wood floors and they were incredibly easy to do.
How to: Build your own kitchen sink base!
I love that this post was popular, when I was building our kitchen sink base and (even after it was complete) I had serious doubts about whether I even liked it or not. I do NOT consider myself a wood worker but, in the end, I love our sink base, I love that no one else has one and I love that I was able to use my grandma’s old cast iron sink.
Mason Jar Solar lights for our back deck!
These easy little lights are still lighting up our deck 6 months later! The idea I had of flipping the jars over to protect those solar lights and yet still allow them to get sunlight actually worked and most of the glue held as well.
How to build your own kitchen cabinets
I think of all of my DIY projects this one might have scared me the most. I learned a lot throughout the renovation and just had to keep on reminding myself; one board, one nail, one step at a time. The kitchen remains my pride and joy and I love that I was able to reuse those old windows as cabinet doors!
Home Tour: Master Bedroom Reveal!
Ah our master bedroom 🙂 I’m so glad it made our top ten! It is my favorite place in the whole house from the bead board to that sexy dark color we painted the walls. There are changes coming in the future for our master, I have a new bed frame to build for us as well as new end tables to find and paint, can’t wait to show you the next reveal!
Dresser refinish: the Ancient dresser from nowhere
It is SO cool to me that this old dresser remains one of our top posts! It is one of my favorite pieces of all of the old furniture my grandparents’ left me. I love those amazing stripes on the drawers and though it was a big job to get it sanded down, it remains one of the most “worth it” projects for me!
Outdoor sun loungers DIY out of old goose hunting chairs!
My goodness were those old goose hunting chairs GROSS but the frames were in good shape so I thought I could have some fun with color! I found the sweetest outdoor table cloths at Walmart and I got to work on what remains my all time most popular project on Hometalk with over four hundred thousand views!
Homemade dishwasher detergent, how to beat hardwater!
Combating our hard water and still remaining as natural and homemade as possible was quite the challenge for me. I did NOT want the purchase price, the installation effort or the ongoing-having-to-fill-it-headache of a water softener so, to get our dishes clean, I really had to go back to the drawing board several times before finally coming up with the right recipe.
How to: Build your own inexpensive closet doors!
I still just LOVE our closet doors! I love that they were really inexpensive and I love that they’re still so light and airy in every room I built them for. They were also really easy to make!
Covering up an incredible eye sore in our entry way
Our barn door closet was an essential in our entryway to cover up the incredible eye sore of our electrical panels. Despite that it really bothered me that I even needed to build it I still wanted it to be beautiful and fit right in. Using leftover bead board and an old barn door I think I accomplished just that!
Thank you all, so much, one more time, for all of your support throughout 2016! Hope you had a wonderful new year!