Best DIY Projects of 2013!

As this year comes to a close, it’s been fun to look back once again to see all that we’ve accomplished (my dad and I) around here this year!  It’s been an amazing year for me on so many levels and I’m so excited that I’ve been in my house a whole year.  We still worked on plenty of things around here this year, with lots more on the list for next year, so the projects, they just don’t seem to end.  Which is fine with me, I love seeing improvements happen, don’t you?

Top Projects 2013

Thank you ALL so much for following along on my journey and adventures!  I’m so glad you are all still hanging with me for all this time, it’s been quite the ride.  Come along with me and let’s see what all happened on the blog this year!  It wasn’t quite as dramatic as 2012 top projects, the year of the whole house renovation, but lots was accomplished all the same.

In January, I finally got the runner on my newly painted stairs.  That was a fun project to complete and really makes a difference in my house.


This was definitely the Before, after I ripped off the old carpet. They weren’t nice enough to just paint, so I added pine risers which I painted in a dark brown porch and floor paint and I did a whole post on that stair project.

main stairs looking up

The AFTERS are pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. And I’m happy to report they are still looking good one year later.  I did a complete how-to on the stair runner project so check it out.

Open House Balloons

January was a really exciting month for me and I celebrated moving into my new house by hosting an Open House and inviting folks in. That was a banner day for sure!

office Before

I shared my completed office space with all the details, which went from really bad (above), to the beautiful space below.


What a change!  I’ve so enjoyed having this space all to myself, but it’s time for me to declutter around here in January, so that’s on my to-do list too.  Clutter, it never ends!

master bedroom Before

I shared my master bedroom all decorated, which went from ugly and drab (above) to a cozy and calm space below.  Amazing what furniture, drapes, paint and new flooring can do, right?


In January, I also shared my stenciled drapes tutorial, taking 3 pair of Ikea Ritva panels and turning them into something pretty, all with a stencil!  I still love my bedroom.

Guest Bath Before

The guest bath was all completed and shared in  January as well and it made a pretty dramatic transformation.

guest bath after

This bath will be featured very soon in Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath ideas. I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s out!


In April, I worked on finishing up my den with a new media piece and gallery wall.


In May, some friends and I completed another project at the United Methodist Children’s Home with this pretty girl’s cottage room, tiring but rewarding.

porch before

In June, after my dad and I working on the screened porch for what seemed like FOREVER, it went from the drab unfinished box above, to the beauty below.


I have SO enjoyed the screened porch this year and can’t wait to use it all over again next year.  What a fun space it turned out to be!

porch winter

And in case you’re wondering how I handle the porch during winter months, it’s all winterized now with coverings over the sofa and chairs (I left the cushions underneath).  I took all my smaller things in, as well as the plants and I wrapped a sheet around my 4 chairs, stacking 2 on top of each other.  The rugs are outdoor and everything else should be fine out there during the winter months. I even took down the stained glass in case of bad weather and stacked them under one of the chairs.  In the spring, pollen will be blowing in here, so I’ll wait until the worst of that is over and then give it all a good cleaning, before I take everything back out there again.  Shouldn’t be too hard to take care of like this.


One of the major projects on this porch was painting the gray and white diamonds on the floor.  I did a full tutorial on how I painted those diamonds and they really add a lot of punch to the porch.


In June, another major project was crossed off the list when I installed a laundry sink with Formica laminate counters and integrated Karran sink. I love it!


In September, after finding out some wonderful news in our family, a pending baby’s arrival, my sister and I painted stripes on Lauren’s new nursery walls.  The  nursery is coming along and she is just a few weeks from baby time now, mid February.  We are heading down again the first week of January for another baby shower in New Orleans.


In October, I got a new mantel installed and that was a big highlight too.  Having a mantel is a must! I’ve still got plans for a little more fireplace makeover later on.  Still mulling over that one.


Also, in October, the long awaited finale to the laundry room was done.


This space was an amazing transformation and I still marvel at the changes.


I’m so glad I took before pics, because people can’t believe the difference when they walk in my house.


Another wall was added to make a storage room on this end of the room and it’s still a really big space.  Jaws drop on this one and it makes me laugh when friends walk in and see it.  Very proud of my laundry room space now!


October was a busy month! I also got a new blog design during that time and am so happy with the changes.  Some of you weren’t crazy about it, but hopefully you are getting used to it all now.  I’m still very happy with the new look and functionality.


Also in the Fall, my sister and I got really busy painting furniture for her 2 guestroom makeovers, along with nursery addition for her.  Those were fun to see and those rooms turned out great!


This is the new guestroom/nursery combo, so pretty!


And her other guestroom, after.


And for fun and in case you missed it, here’s my Christmas home tour for 2013.  It was fun to decorate for Christmas this year in my own home.  Last year, I had just moved in and it was still chaotic around here.

Whew, that was quite a year! I’m very excited for another new year, 2014 and can’t wait to see what is in store for me and this blog in the coming New Year!  God has been so gracious to me and I’m so, so grateful for all His blessings, once again.

Now, let’s see what YOU did for 2013! Get ready to link up your best DIY projects too, can’t wait to see what all everyone else has accomplished for the year! I’d love for you to do a recap post, but if you must link directly to a stand alone post, no more than 3 per person, PLEASE!

- Rhoda


  1. You have had an amazing year Rhoda! I’ve really enjoyed following along with your home remodel! Everything has turned out beautifully! Thanks so much for hosting this party!

  2. I have so much enjoyed following along as you’ve remodeled your home. What you’ve accomplished in a year is amazing! I look forward to what you have in store for 2014.

  3. It has been so much fun watching you turn your home from an ugly duckling to a gorgeous swan! Thanks for hosting! Happy New Year!

  4. You’ve turned your house into a beautiful home. Thanks for hosting,Rhoda! Happy New Year to you and your family.

  5. The changes you have made at your home are truly amazing! Love looking back and remembering everything that happened throughout the year, thanks for the party!

  6. What you have accomplished this year is just amazing, Rhoda! I imagine that you will be featured in a lot of magazines and I look forward to seeing more of your projects in the coming year!

  7. Hi Rhoda,
    You accomplished so much in 2013! Love all your transformations! The porch is really calling my name especially with the diamond floor pattern – so pretty!
    Looking forward to seeing your achievements in 2014,
    Pieced Pastimes

  8. What a great year you had! I love the progress on your house. So very pretty! Have a wonderful 2014!

  9. Rhoda…you had one amazing year!! And yes…your Laundry Room transformation is outstanding!!
    Wishing you a prosperous and Blessed New Year!

  10. Your best DIY story is by far the best DIY story of 2013!!!!!!!

  11. You had a great year, Rhoda! Your new home looks amazing. Hope to see you soon!

  12. Love all your projects from 2013 and so happy to have spent time at the Chapel Market together. 🙂 That was so much fun! Here’s to an amazing 2014!!!! 🙂

    Happy New Year to you!

  13. Wow, what an amazing year you’ve had! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished! I look forward to seeing what’s to come for Southern Hospitality in 2014!

    ~Abby =)

  14. Hey Rhoda! It’s Liz in B’ham. Awesome stuff as always!! You are so talented!! When do you find the time to do so much?? A couple of questions… The bathroom countertop—Did you paint the cultured marble? Or is that a new surface?
    I am planning on doing your stairs for the stairway from the kitchen to our basement. Ugly shag/dirty carpet on there now.
    Also, any ideas for a green granite fireplace surround? Do I just need to take it out and start over??

    Happy New Year to you!!!!

  15. You have done an amazing job with your new home, Rhoda! My favorite…the screened porch! Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  16. Your projects were more intensive than mine this year! LOL. You’ve made beautiful changes to your home! Thanks for hosting.

  17. Thanks so much for hosting the year end party. I love these things! Your house is beautiful. Now. I was a little skeptical when you first bought it, but wow you have really worked your magic on it!!! You’re a great inspiration!

    • Thank you, Pam! I think lots of folks were skeptical when I bought it, but I had a vision and thankfully, it came out just as I had hoped.

  18. Rhoda you have been one busy, lovely bee. Thank you so very much for hosting my favorite party of the year!

    Have a blessed 2014!

  19. Every room you’ve transformed is truly beautiful, Rhoda. I’m in a big ole wow phase over here. Maybe my 2014 roundup will include some rooms inspired by you! May the New Year hold only the best for you and your family!

  20. WOW Rhoda – what a wonder! Now I feel very lazy and unproductive seeing all that you have managed to accomplish in such a short time!

    Here’s to a great 2014!

  21. I think I’ve joined you every year~love this party, Rhoda! It’s unbelievable what you have done this year – I think my favorite is your screened porch – love!!
    Happy New Year!

  22. Those are some amazing projects!! Thanks for hosting Rhoda, and Happy New Year to you!!

  23. Thank you Rhoda for hosting a fun year in review party! I love seeing all your progress in your home in one post. Amazing!!! and so very beautiful.

  24. What a great year! I have enjoyed reading it all, especially your folk’s contributions!. Looking forward to 2014!

  25. Rhoda your house transformed into a BEAUTIFUL home!! I loved following along! Thanks so much for hosting…wishing you a wonderful 2014!!

  26. Looks like you had a very productive year! Thanks for hosting the link party as well. I find great blogs through year-end reviews and I’m sure I’ll be following a few more that I find here. Happy new year!

  27. I love following along the changes to your home, you have done such a fantastic job! Thanks for hosting my friend and all the best to you in 2014! Diane

  28. Wow, Rhoda you have knocked it out of the park this year lady! Great job! Thanks so much for hosting another great party this year. I’m going to be shouting you out on facebook today for sure! Thanks!

  29. Rhoda, watching you transform your new home has been inspiring! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas!

  30. Hi Rhoda,

    Wow, what an amazing year you have had. You completed so many beautiful projects in all of those spaces.

    Thanks again for all the work you do for Haven, you should add conference coordinator extraordinaire to the list!

    Many wishes for a very happy and healthy 2014 for you and your families.

  31. Your bedroom wardrobe gives me fits of envy… if it goes missing, you’ll know I came to your house and stole it.

    Happy New Year!!

  32. What a beautiful home you have. I think the mantel and fireplace might be my favorite. Or the laundry room! I’m having a hard time deciding because it’s all gorgeous! Thank you for hosting the link party too. Wishing you a happy 2014 and looking forward to more great posts! Sharon

  33. Beautiful home Rhoda!

  34. I am so impressed with what you have accomplished this year! You are truly an inspiration! Best wishes for 2014 and thanks for hosting!
    Cheers! – Shelley

  35. Rhoda, I am in AWE of all that you have completed in your home in just one year! I have a long list of DIY projects needing completion for 2014 in my home, I am so inspired to get moving on them and cross them off my list. Definitely looking forward to what else you will be sharing this year. You have amazing vision and the ability to bring it all to life. What beautiful talents you are sharing! Thank you for hosting such a fun party too. I love seeing everyone’s “best of”! Happy New Year to you!

  36. You have certainly been busy this year…so many magnificent projects in renovating your new home!
    Happy New Year Rhoda…and thanks for hosting!

  37. What a wonderful and fulfilling year for you Rhoda! CHEERS to 2014! thanks for hosting a great party!

  38. Thank you so much for hosting Rhoda!
    Blessings to you in the coming year!

  39. You’ve had quite a year, Rhoda, and I’ve enjoyed each step! Thanks for being such an inspiration to us all! Looking forward to what 2014 brings at Southern Hospitality! Cheers!

  40. Rhoda, I check in on your blog often, you are so absolutely talented and inspiring. I keep looking at your basement / laundry room. It is set up EXACTLY like my basement (I have an L shaped room…so to the right of your washer / dryer I have a very very large storage area). It will be hard not to copy your space exactly. It’s as if you visited my house and gave me a consultation that perfectly fit my vision. Your entire home transformation is incredible. Happy New year to you!

    • HI, Jeanette, thank you so much! Feel free to copy, I’m thrilled with how my pit of a laundry room turned out. Pretty amazing for sure! I checked out your blog, lots of great things going on!

  41. WOW, you are far more productive than me. Very inspiring and motivates me to kick it up a notch and do some of the bigger projects we’ve wanted to do around the house! Instead of just the crafty DIYs …

  42. It has truly been a blast getting to know you Rhoda! I loved watching you house transformation. You make us fall in love with what you do and with you wonderful family! Here’s wishing you the best 2014 has to offer! Hope to see you soon!

  43. I didn’t start reading your posts until this summer. It’s obvious from looking at your before photos I missed a whole lot of ugly. Your transformations are inspiring. And I did just finish framing my giant bathroom mirror after reading about your project. I love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  44. I find it amazing what you have accomplished in one short year! I hope that 2014 is just as fantastic for you!

  45. Everything looks beautiful. What you have accomplished this past year is amazing. Thank you for sharing all your projects. I think my favorite is the stairway, but they’re all beautiful!

  46. Rhoda, to see so many of your wonderful projects (and such BIG projects too) on one post is amazing as well as impressive. Loved reading this post. Thank you for hosting Best DIY Projects, I am linking 2 posts (Best Projects and Most Visited) a blend of my year. Happy New Year.

  47. You have so many wonderful projects from 2013. Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

  48. You have had quite a productive year! Your house is amazing! I will never forget meeting you at the Southern Blogger’s Conference. Such an inspiration. Thanks for hosting such a great party! 😉

  49. I’ve loved watching your beautiful home transform! It truly has been an amazing year for you! I look forward to what 2014 brings!!
    Happy New Year to you!

  50. You have been very busy this year! Love what you’ve done in your house. Thanks so much for hosting Best DIY Projects. Happy New Year to you!

  51. Thanks for the party, Rhoda! In my link party frenzy this morning, I accidentally added two links that are “best of” posts! Feel free to delete those! I am so sorry! Happy new year!

  52. You’ve had quite an impressive year, Rhoda! Congratulations on all of it! Thanks for this link-up and I hope to finally get to say hello in person at Haven next time around! Happy 2014!

  53. You have done so much to make your new home your own Rhoda 🙂 Many more blessings in 2014! xo Kristin

  54. Wow Rhoda, you have had a very busy but productive year. The transformations in your home are amazing and inspiring. Wishing you a blessed New Year and look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2014!

  55. Thanks for hosting the link up party! You are an inspiration to me, as I have many DIY projects to accomplish in 2014! Inspiration boards are in the works!

  56. Helena Dias says:

    Your home turned out beautiful.

  57. Following along on your home renovation was my favorite part. You and your father did such an amazing job turning that dated house into a charming home.

  58. Rhoda, What amazing changes to your beautiful home! I love you sense of style and you use of COLOR! You office and laundry room are inspirations! All is Merry and Bright at your Southern Home! Happy New Year.

  59. Wow. You’re amazeballs! I love your office and your bath… they are gorg!

    I’m a little late wrapping up over at The Bold Abode, but what fun it was to recap 2013. Thanks for the party!

    I’m so looking forward to the coming year and letting the creative juices flow!

    Happy New Year, Rhoda!


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