How is 2022 over already? Here's a look back at the most popular DIY tutorials that were published this year at The Handyman's Daughter!
It's that time of year again! I always enjoy looking back at all the tutorials I published for the year, and seeing which ones are the most popular. It helps me learn what I should make more of in the coming year!
There was one obvious trend in 2022...storage and organization. What started out as a simple closet makeover turned into one of my best performing tutorials of the year! I'll be transforming our master bedroom closet in January, so check back for even more storage projects soon!
This was also the year of the kitchen remodel...which is almost complete! I didn't want to rip out the last two cabinets right before the holidays, but the new ones are built and ready for installation. After a few finishing touches, like new backplash tile, our kitchen will be done!
So what's coming for 2023? Well, this fall I started a new gardening website called Grow Happier Plants, so there will be lots of outdoor projects to build in the spring! Cold frames, raised beds and maybe even a full size greenhouse are in the works. I can't wait to get started!
Ready to see what were the top 10 DIY tutorials of 2022 on The Handyman's Daughter? Check out the list below!
This was my #1 tutorial for YEARS, but it's finally been knocked down to the #10 spot. I replaced them with butcherblock countertops this year, but the contact paper held up remarkably well for the past five years. It didn't peel up or rip anywhere, and there was just a bit of fading right next to the stove where we constantly wiped it down. If you have ugly laminate countertops like these, I highly recommend trying this trick!
French cleats are so simple to make and install, and you can use them to hang almost anything securely to the wall! Best of all, you can easily separate the two halves if you want to switch it up! I made a pair of hangboard mounts for my son, who is a competitive rock climber, so he can swap them to train different types of holds instantly!
Live edge furniture was all the rage in 2022! I have a HUGE project coming up next year that involves live edge cedar that I can't wait to build. These smaller live edge floating shelves are a great way to jump on the trend without spending a fortune on a bigger slab.
Custom closet solutions that you buy at the store can cost a fortune, but you can make one yourself for a fraction of the price! This list of 20 DIY closet organizer ideas will inspire you to combat that clutter in 2023.
What do you do when you completely mess up a project? Write a tutorial about how to avoid the same mistake! I didn't realize that the IKEA Trofast frames for my son's Lego table had a clear varnish, so when I applied latex paint, it all peeled off! After some research, I discovered three ways to paint over that pesky top coat so it sticks properly.
Like the contact paper countertops above, this painted tile backsplash finally got torn out this year. It held up amazingly well, and the paint didn't even scratch after I took a hammer and chisel to the tile during demolition! Our painted tile floor still looks perfect too!
It seems like every summer is getting hotter, but we still haven't sprung for central air conditioning at our house. We usually only have a few days above 90 degrees, so we rely on a portable air conditioner and this clever set up to keep the bedrooms cool and the bugs out!
Pea gravel is a quick and easy way to transform an unused section of the backyard into a cozy patio area! This year, I extended the pea gravel to cover the entire area under our deck to get rid of the scraggly grass and improve drainage. It looks a million times better now!
What was once a small, broken bookshelf is now a functional set of shelves in our spare closet! This easy to install system is perfect for those side areas of a reach-in closet where things seem to get lost. I'll be installing another set of these in our bedroom for shoe storage soon!
Everyone is always looking for ways to improve their outdoor spaces without spending a ton of money! This list has been my #1 post for the last two years because there's something for everyone and every skill level!
Which of these projects is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
How did the strawberry planter strawberries produce? Was this a successful strawberry garden for you? I am curious if it was successful
Monday 21st of March 2022
It worked great! I planted everbearing strawberries, which produce fruit over the entire summer instead of all at once. We had a few ripe strawberries every day!
Tuesday 28th of December 2021
Like your tutorials very much. I especially like that you don't cater to "the female carpenter". Somehow that comment seems hurtful to women, like they can't handle anything other then craft types tuff.
Wednesday 29th of December 2021
I completely agree with you! I try to write my tutorials for everyone!