Whew, what a year 2016 has been! When I look back at all my posts from this year, it’s amazing to me how many DIY projects I’ve shared with you. I have lots more ideas rolling around in my head, and I can’t wait to bring them to life!
To close out the year, I wanted to round up my most popular posts to see if there were any common topics to focus on in 2017. Surprisingly, there are none! The list comprises a mix of home improvement and gardening posts, with a couple of building projects and a random one about organization thrown in there for good measure. I guess you guys like a little bit of everything!
I’m doing this Casey Kasum style, counting down to my #1 most popular post of the year (which is an oldie but goodie from 2015). Just click on the title or photo to read the entire article!
I was really surprised that this one ended up in the top 10! I spent a lot of time researching which outdoor sofa to build for our new deck (I spend WAY too much time researching in general!) Guess my efforts were helpful for other people looking to do the same thing! The outdoor sofa I built made it to #4 on the list, so keep reading to check it out.
This post was a little out of the norm for me, since I don’t usually write about kid stuff or organization. Apparently I need to do a bit more of both! My son has an enormous Lego collection, and his playroom was overflowing with those foot-biting pieces. It’s still not completely organized, but this storage solution made it a bit more manageable.
Confession time: I still haven’t planted any bamboo! I actually kinda ignored my entire garden this summer in favor of other projects. But it’s on the list for 2017, and I’m really looking forward to transforming my overgrown section of the backyard into a soothing oasis.
This was one of my favorite DIY projects, because it was so simple to build! My blanket box solved the age-old problem of what to do with all those decorative pillows and blankets when it’s time to go to bed. I upcycled old bi-fold doors by cutting up the panels for the sides, and attached brackets to hold everything together.
What a difference paint can make! I thought there was nothing we could do for our dated kitchen other than a full gut renovation. But paint, new hardware and contact paper gave it a complete makeover! Now we can live with the kitchen for a few more years while we contemplate other remodeling projects (hello, master suite!)
New paint and hardware made our kitchen nicer to look at, but nothing made it easier to work in than this pull-out trash and recycling cabinet! We leave the drawer halfway open while we’re cooking, then hide it all away when we’re done. You can spend $100 or more to get a kit like this, or you can spend a few bucks on drawer hardware and a 1×6 board and do it yourself!
This DIY project was a huge money saver! Outdoor furniture is sooooo expensive, but this outdoor sofa and loveseat set cost me less than $200 in materials. Shop for cushions on clearance, and you’ve got yourself a custom outdoor seating area for a fraction of the price!
Apparently we’re not the only ones with an ugly 80’s kitchen that needs updating! I painted our cabinets in batches, and learned a lot after working on this first set. Hopefully my tips will help others makeover their oak and melamine monstrosities!
Don’t tell the readers of my second most popular post about my black thumb! I was tired of wasting money on plants for the front of our house, only to have them die from lack of sunlight. I compiled this list of shade-loving flowers that add curb appeal and color to our entryway. I’m pleased to report that I managed not to kill most of them this year!
This simple solution to our unfinished door trim has become my most popular post by far, racking up over 130,000 page views this year alone! I wrote it just a few months after I started The Handyman’s Daughter, and its success encouraged me to keep going. One of my projects for 2017 will be to paint that oak quarter round to match the rest of the trim. Not looking forward to that one!
So there you have it, the top 10 DIY projects from The Handyman’s Daughter for 2016! I love looking back and seeing what resonates most with readers. Home improvement, good. Craft projects, not so much (not a single craft landed in my top 20!) Luckily, I have enough work to do around this house to keep the posts coming for many years to come!