Top Projects 2016!

It’s the end of the year again!  How did that happen so fast?!  As I’ve been doing since 2008, I’m hosting my end of the year Top Projects of 2016 party, where I’m sharing what I got accomplished at my house this year and I encourage other bloggers to link up and share their successes.  It’s always fun to look back and see how far we’ve come.  As I look back at 4 years in my house now, it’s amazing how far this ugly duckling has come in being transformed into a beautiful swan.  All it takes is vision and hard work to accomplish these things.

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The outside of my house continued to transform this year to where it is now with the landscaping so filled in with over 2 years growth.  It took me 4 years to get here, but it’s so nice to enjoy now!  As a reminder this is the Before shot of my house when I first bought the house. I love to look back at this post in April of 2012 to remind myself how far this house has come.  You wouldn’t even think it’s the same house now!  I love to read all the comments you all left for me back then, so happy that I had gotten myself a house. It was a big, big day for me!

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She was in sad shape, a blank canvas for me to put my stamp on.  Remember there were no windows on the bottom level of my house there on the left.

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And here she is today, a perky and cute cottage home with the landscaping starting to fill in here in this picture, earlier this year.

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Another sad Before.  She was just waiting for someone to come along and love her to life.

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And that’s what I’ve done in 4 years time.  During that time, a new front porch was added, as well as landscaping the entire front yard, new windows on the bottom level.

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I’m so proud of my house now, 4 years later.  It takes years to get a house to where you want it to be and after 4  years of living here, I’m finally there with this house.

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It still amazes me when I look back to early 2012 when we found and bought the house.  It took perseverance to find the right house, but I’m so glad this one ended up being mine

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She has loved me and I’ve loved her and sharing her progress with all of you has been such a fun journey.  Thank you all for being here all long the way of transforming this house into a home.

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We can’t forget the back of the house and how far it’s come in 4 years.  This is the sad little back door when I moved in.

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This was the first time we looked at the house and examining all of her nooks and crannies.  Just how bad would this be to renovate?  It took us 6 months before I moved in and now I’ve been here 4 years. The backyard went from the above to this…….

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I actually had the patio installed last year, added new furniture which I love and this year brought the addition of a big cantilever umbrella which makes this space so nice.  My dad built that little roof over the door in one of our first projects on the house.

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From ho-hum back yard to a little slice of paradise.

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I spent more time out there this past spring and summer and it was so nice to have this outdoor space to call my own. Creating beautiful spaces makes such a difference in a house, doesn’t it?

Here’s a link to the actual installation of the paver patio as well as one from earlier this year, all decorated with the umbrella.

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This year brought the renovation of my master bathroom.  Let me remind you where that started in April 2012 when I got the house and we started the renovation process.  Floral wallpaper was the first thing that went.

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It’s a small master bath, but I spruced it up for the first few years, making it as nice as I could without a complete renovation.

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And it looked like this for a few years until early summer of this year.

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I saved my money and hired a tile guy to come in and renovate this bathroom, from top to bottom.  We removed the old one piece tub, adding in a beautiful new tiled floor to ceiling shower. Here’s a post on this master bathroom tile project if you’d like to take a peek.

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I love this space now and it makes me so happy every time I walk in there.

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A new vanity and storage piece completes the master bath project.

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It’s amazing how making over a space can change the look and feel so much.

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I truly believe in making our spaces the best they can be, within a budget and what we can afford to do.  This house is all the better with all the renovations my dad and I made to it.  I couldn’t have done all of this without his capable hands helping me from the beginning.

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The den space saw some updates this year too.  It started like this!  I know, such a sad space, but lots of potential and so big.  Those wood paneled walls got painted before I moved in and it’s been a great den space for me to use.

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Almost two years ago, I was able to get some windows added in this space (on the left), which let in SO much more light and then this year saw the addition of new vinyl plank floors from Shaw Floors. The carpet left the building!

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And these beautiful luxury vinyl planks went in, thanks to a partnership with Shaw.  I love them!

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This space really came alive from that first picture, didn’t it?  It was such a drab and dreary space before and now it’s really pretty and livable.

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We spend a lot of time down here now watching TV and hanging out.

Even though my house didn’t have a lot of renovations this year, it’s fun to look back at the small and big projects of the year.

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And last but not least, even though this isn’t my kitchen renovation, I helped my sweet friends, Andrea and David with their 1950’s kitchen renovation and this year saw the completion of that space, after one year of working with them on the house.  We hope to get a few more spaces complete next year as well, bringing this house room by room up to date.

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It was an amazing kitchen transformation to this 1950’s house, with keeping the same cabinets, painting them and adding a lot of great things to the kitchen and taking out the dated elements.  It was so fun to see this one come to fruition!

Thank you ALL so much for your continued support and encouragement on my blog.  I know that I don’t have tons of renovations and decorating projects going on anymore since my house has been finished, but I thank you for continuing to come by and see what I’m up to.  I hope to continue to inspire and create in 2017, so looking forward to the New Year and all that it brings!

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Now it’s your turn!  I’ve invited my blog friends to share their best projects of 2016 links as well, so we can all look around blogland for fresh ideas and inspiration on all things home!  Here’s to a fun New Year!



- Rhoda

Comments

  1. What a productive year for you, Rhoda…so many beautiful projects. Your kitchen make-over is amazing! Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  2. What amazing makeovers for 2016, Rhoda! The kitchen is my favorite and I’m in love with that island! My hubs works for Shaw and we installed vinyl wood plank floors this year too! I love them! Thanks for hosting this 2016 Recap! Blessings to you in 2017!!

  3. Rhoda, thanks for hosting! I love reading about your projects from this year, and my favorite is still your client’s kitchen. An amazing transformation!

  4. It’s so good to see the before and afters of all the work you’ve done in your home. What a change, it’s gorgeous! Now, I got to take a look at that bathroom, that’s one of my projects for 2017, and I see lots of ideas I want to implement in mine.
    Wishing you a very happy new year!

  5. Your home is pretty much unrecognizable from how it looked in the beginning! I have so enjoyed following your journey in making this house your home!

  6. As the years march on, a blog provides evidence that we were in fact productive. Big renovations or small projects that make our little corner of the world our own, it all adds to a nice place to call home. Thanks for hosting.

  7. Rhoda your home transformations was indeed my favorite to watch unfold. It’s truly a remarkable overhaul. It’s all so cozy and warm. I know you and your family are proud. Happy new year dear lady and many blessings to you ahead.

  8. Wow! Can’t believe you’ve been there that long. Seems like just yesterday you and your dad were looking for your house! Time flies. You’ve taken a blank (and that ugly flowered wallpaper) canvas and made it into a beautiful home.
    Brenda

  9. Rhoda, thanks so much, I really appreciate the party! Your house looks gorgeous, I love the transformations…especially the master bath. I have the same tile floor! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  10. You’ve done such a wonderful job with your home, Rhoda. It’s so much fun to see all the before photos, then to see the amazing transformations. Thanks so much for hosting!

  11. You have accomplished quite a lot! What I love is how most are DIY, and cost effective. It is encouraging to see someone create a gorgeous home on a budget. I also love that you stay true to yourself. Incorporating trends is fine if you truly love them, but not just for the sake of being “in” at the moment.

  12. It is such fun to see the glorious transformation of your lovely home. Thank you so very much for hosting one of my very favorite parties of the year. May 2017 be the best year yet!

  13. Your home is beautiful! I just love the drastic changes the front porch and the back decking and door overhang have made to the looks of your home. It no longer looks bare bones on the outside. The bathroom updates have made all the difference, let us not every forget how ugly rose wallpaper is in a bathroom (haha I had it once too).

    And I love your white kitchen, it’s amazing you got that huge change with only some paint and a new countertop, that was money well spent and a bunch of money saved.

  14. I enjoy your blog, but there are so many ads I can’t even scroll the pages of your post. It slows down to a snail’s pace. There are a couple of others out there where the same thing happens and and i just don’t even read them anymore because of all the ads and slowness of the site.

  15. Such a beautiful journey! Thanks for sharing your transformations and inspiring new ideas.

  16. Your home is so beautiful and I love looking at all the things you have done! Thanks for hosting this fabulous party! Cheers to the new year!
    Shelley

  17. Your home looks wonderful, Rhoda! I just love it! xoxoxoxo

  18. I’m so inspired by all of your projects. The outside of your home is stunning. I just kept scrolling back and forth between the before and after, amazed by the details you added to give it such a new look. Your den, your bathroom and your friend’s kitchen are gorgeous as well.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration and for hosting the “best of” for 2016.

  19. Rhoda, I’ve loved watching the changes made to your home. The outdoor transformation has been amazing! Looking forward to a new year. 🙂

  20. Rhoda, I’m a little late to the party but grateful that you have it every year! You are truly an inspiration to so many, including myself. Wishing you all the best in 2017!

  21. Wow! I love seeing these before and afters, too! Your story is a testimony of Psalm 68:10 – “In your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.” It has been such a blessing to see how God has provided for and blessed you over the years. <3

  22. Rhoda, thank you for hosting this great party! Your client’s kitchen transformation is amazing! I also love that pink armchair in your den!

  23. You’ve accomplished so much with the house this year! It’s looking fabulous and you are turning it into a cozy oasis! Happy New Year girlfriend!

  24. I must say your master bathroom makeover was such a dramatic and beautiful change.

    Happy New Year and thank you for hosting this party.🎉

  25. Rhoda,
    Your home is warm, cozy and inviting. You have done a beautiful job of transforming it from a house to a home.
    Happy New Year, my friend.

  26. Rhoda,

    I totally agree with Bliss–our blogs remind of us of our accomplishments large and small!
    I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already! Your love of home definitely shines through your work!

    gail

  27. Beautiful accomplishments in 2016 Rhoda! Your home continues to show all the work and love you pour into it. You deserve to be proud of the results! Thank you for the link party where we can share our blog accomplishments too. Looking ahead to a great 2017 for all. Bwg ~~~

  28. What a great year of projects and inspiration you had in 2016! Looking forward to more in 2017…Happy New Year!

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