Here we are nearing the end of 2016, and it’s time for me to reflect on the popular projects from this past year, and some of my favorites. I will also be sharing some projects from the archives that are still very popular on Pinterest or Facebook.
I must start out by talking about my largest home DIY and probably my favorite of all-time.
MY Favorite: DIY Picket Fence
I spent several months removing an old rusty chain link fence and installing/painting a new diy picket fence one board at a time! It still makes me smile every.single.day.
Now, let’s take a look at the most popular posts from 2016 (according to google analytics)
#14 Easy iPad (cookbook) stand
I figured out how to make the easiest iPad stand or tablet holder ever. I felt like it never got the love it deserved, but it did make the top 15.
#13 Rustic Industrial Narrow Bookshelf
Mindi wowed us with this rustic industrial narrow bookshelf.
#12 Washboard Memo Board
Because I’m part of the Thrift Store Décor Makeover Team, I get to take it easy and make quick projects like this washboard magnetic memo.
#11 Easy Rustic Pallet Caddy
In this post I not only show you how to make this easy rustic pallet caddy, but have great tips for dismantling pallets!
#10 Easy Tiered Coffee Station Stand
Using a few odds and end spindles and thrift store pie plates I enjoyed making this tiered stand coffee station organizer.
#9 Easy Sewing Cabinet Makeover
Sewing cabinets are plentiful at thrift stores for reasonable prices. This vintage sewing cabinet was an easy makeover with some diy chalky paint primer
#8 Dated Kitchen Hutch Makeover
An ugly thrift store kitchen hutch got a great makeover.
#7 Sliding Bathroom Barn Door
My friend Joan used an old door to make a sliding barn door for the bathroom.
#6 Repurposed Picture Frame Lantern
Joan also made this awesome lantern using repurposed picture frames.
#5 Tree Trunk Succulent Planters and Stand
While doing some tree removal for the picket fence, I kept a few pieces of tree trunks to use for projects. I used these rotted pieces to make a couple of unique succulent planters.
#4 Easy One Board Step Stool
Being a part of the Power Tool Challenge blogger’s group has been so much fun. It makes me think outside the box as I did in this “one board challenge”. We had to use only one board to make a project, so I made this simple step stool.
#3 Waterfall Dresser Makeover
This free waterfall dresser (chest of drawers) got a makeover with some new paint and stain.
#2 Old Drawer repurposed into a Cabinet
This awesome project is from Mindi. She turned an old drawer into a nice cabinet.
Drumroll please . . .
#1 How to turn a Dresser into a Hall Table
A cheap dresser is re-imagined as a hall table by removing drawers and part of the sides.
Those are projects from 2016, but before I go—I want to share a few old projects that are still going strong.
#1 Spray Paint Glass
Spray paint glass and other kitchen accessories for a quick update.
#2 Easy Cabinet Door Projects
#3 25+ DIY Repurposed Window Ideas
Lots of inspiring window projects.
#4 Large Rustic DIY Clock
#5 Turn an Old Desk into a Highboy or Lingerie Cabinet
An old desk transformed into a dressing table or highboy.
I hope you found something to inspire you, but if you’re still looking for ideas—check out this category . . .
Last but not least, if you’re ever looking for any kind of project, just GOOGLE My Repurposed Life and the type of project you’re wanting to do. ie: My Repurposed Life doors, OR My Repurposed Life headboards.
I’m always here to help if you have any questions. I look forward to sharing more great projects and ideas in 2017!
Happy New Year!
Year In Review 2015 Top Projects
Repurposed Projects Best of 2012
2010 Top 10 Projects
ps need more great ideas? Plenty from my great blogging friends below:
Other Top Ten Posts of 2016
Domestically Speaking ** My Repurposed Life ** Yesterday on Tuesday
Sweet Pea ** Hunt & Host ** Mad in Crafts **Roots North & South
Redhead Can Decorate ** Petticoat Junktion ** An Extraordinary Day
Cupcakes and Crinoline ** Brandywine Cottage ** StoneGable ** What Meegan Makes
Create & Babble ** Inspitation for Moms ** H2OBungalow
Refresh Restyle ** My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ** 2 Bees in a Pod ** Celebrating Everyday Life
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
Oh my goodness, Gail! Such an amazing collection of posts. I was trying to pick a favorite but I can't but that being said, I do love the sliding barn door for your bathroom - so unique and pretty.
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
So many great projects! I love that picture frame lantern... some how I missed that one.
Loved looking back on all your 2016 popular projects! Funny, I remember several of them. Great job on the creativity. I'm always amazed at the vision you have and your ability to see the potential in an ordinary object. I don't think I can pick just one favorite..I look at them all and think I want to do that one...and that one...and that one too! You've had a great year. Wishing you all the success, happiness and joy you could possibly have in 2017!
Thanks so much for your sweet comment. It was a good year for me, and I'm really looking forward to challenging myself in 2017!
Gail-I just fell in love with your friend's "office" door. So cute & clever!! I would have never thought of doing it with a door with a window. My husband spends so much time in there, it would be comical. Happy New Year, friend!!
hahaha! That's funny. I love barn doors of all sorts! 🙂
It was a great year for you, so many projects! Wishing you a creative 2017.
Yay! your comment came through Julie. 🙂
Hoping to really "up" my game this year.
Happy New Year!
Shelley from Roots North and South
I think I just pinned half your blog to my Pinterest boards! So many great ideas... Happy 2017!
Thanks for pinning Shelley! Pinterest is such a great resource, isn't it?
Happy New year!
You come up with the best ideas, Gail. I can't imagine how many hours you spent making that picket fence. It looks charming! My friend just gave me a box of cabinet doors and I'm hoping that your cabinet door project idea post will give me some suggestions for using them. Happy 2017!
That fence was months and months. From November through June (start to finish) But oh so worth it!
I love, love, love cabinet door projects!
You always amaze me with your creativity, Gail. I love how you can 'see' items in completely new ways. Your dresser turned hall table is simply stunning!! Thanks for always inspiring me to think creatively.
All the best for a New Year filled with blessings and creativity!!
I love a good challenge Diane, and I'm always looking for something new to inspire my friends!
Happy New Year!
Debbie @ Refresh Restyle
Gail I love all your creative ideas! You are so talented!! Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year Debbie... see you soon!
I am a sucker for succulents! So many great projects!
hahah I had you at succulents eh?
Gail you have created so many outstanding projects... I love them all! Happy New Year!
I always love your projects, Gail!! Look forward to seeing more in 2017!
Wow! You have been busy! Not only that, nut each project is perfection. It has been fun to follow you and actually meet you this year.
Thanks for inspiring me through your talent, Gail.
Happy New Year.
It was fun finally meeting you in 2016. I hope to be even busier in 2017.
Wishing you a fabuous new year!