M biggest and best 2019 room makeovers

December 31, 2019

Today I'm excited to share my biggest and best DIY projects of the year! I was thinking of what to share and couldn't come up with a ton at first. And then I started looking through our house and realized I was quite productive. That's always a great feeling! 

Here you go -- my top DIYs of the year! I hope you enjoy! (You can see my list from last year here!) 

1. Office transformation with built ins

I finally tackled the back wall in my office this year! The room went from this: 
Adding built in wall of bookcases (before)

To this with the wall of built in bookcases. See all of the steps at that link!:
Built in bookcases using kitchen cabinets

There are a couple more projects I plan to tackle in here this coming year. Can't wait! 

2. Small kitchen projects add up to a lot of character

I did a TON of little DIY projects in our kitchen this year. Individually they may not be much, but overall they made a big difference. Here's how the kitchen looked before: 
light gray island white kitchen

And here it is now, after an island makeover, light rails added to the cabinets and built in storage next to the fridge: 

Extending the sides of kitchen island

Here's another look before: 
Gray island with butcher block

I also added custom cabinets ends and furniture feet to the cabinets as well. You can see all of the updates and links to the how-to instructions here

Here's another look at the after! (It's like Where's Waldo of little DIY projects!): 
Light gray island with butcher block counters

You can see all of the updates and links to the how-to instructions here

3. Fireplace character with mdf trim

One of my favorite projects of the year was one of the cheapest! I painted our big fireplace wall last year, but had always planned to add something to it:
Cyberspace accent fireplace wall

Enter about $40 of mdf to create a grid design and now it has tons of character!: 
Adding grid design to accent wall for character

I also figured out how to make a large coffee table for way cheaper
How to get a large coffee table for half the price

I have a new rug on the way for this space and I can't wait!! I think it's going to be lovely in here. 

4. Toy and game storage that looks great 

Our basement got some attention this year as well. I wanted to use this long wall for storage (but it had to look good!). 
Wall of toy and game storage how-to

I added inexpensive bin storage and a wall of picture ledges. We love the dark gray color in here and I plan to continue it through the basement family room: 
Create a wall of toy storage and picture ledges

5. Pretty mud room makeover 

I was gung ho on a mud/laundry room makeover earlier this year and only got half of it done. The side that's finished looks pretty great though! Here's how the room looked before: 
mud and laundry room combo

And after I added a planked wood wall, painted and changed up the built ins with a no sew bench cushion
laundry and mud room with shiplap wall built ins

I have big plans for this room that I will share with you soon! 

6. Master bedroom makeover with wallpaper

Our master got some updates as well. We were able to get the hardwoods (that run through the rest of the main level) installed and we LOVE it! Here's how the room looked with the carpet: 
Dark gray tray ceiling with wood beams

And here's a peek at how it's changed with the flooring, wallpaper and trim so far
Grasscloth wallpaper how to

I still need to paint everything under the trim -- it's a huge project so I've been putting it off for the new year. 

7. Adding character to big wall with trim 

Our morning/dining room underwent a big transformation last year. It's one of my favorite spots in our home!: 
Dining area with built in window seat and bookcases

Adding trim boxes to wall for character

It was just what the room needed! Paint and molding make such a big difference! 

8. Hanging wallpaper in small hallway 

I tried out wallpaper for the first time in the little hallway off that room. Here it is before (after I changed the recessed light to a pendant): 
How to change a recessed light to pendant

And here it is with the wallpaper I love SO SO much: 
blue and white floral wallpaper hallway

You can see all of the details and how to install wallpaper here!

I also painted the ceiling, changed out the door trim and changed out the shade on the pendant:
Kamala Baker wallpaper

9. New patio with fire pit 

And last but not least -- the new patio in our backyard! I didn't do this one myself, but I did all of the finishing touches! I don't have a true before of our yard, but this is how it looked right after they finished the patio: 
Covered back porch with patio

Here's how it looked after I added the finishing touches to it!: 
Large patio with rounded fire pit area

Patio off of covered back patio

I planted all of the plants (all found on clearance) and did the landscape lighting as well. We absolutely LOVE it out there and plan to add more landscaping in the next year: 
Dark gray hardiplank with white trim back patio

There you go! I tried to round this up to ten projects but these nine were the biggest and best. ;) I'm thrilled with what I accomplished this year and can't wait to start on new projects! I'm always so ready to get my hands on something new this time of year. 

I'll be back with my house plans for the new year soon! Have a safe and fun new year! 

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  1. Where did you get the desk in your office?

  2. Wow, I'm so inspired! You really accomplished a lot in 2019. Can't wait to see what you do in 2020...Happy New Year!

  3. Gosh I love seeing all your projects and progress! Your house is gorgeous.

  4. Loved the grid pattern over your fireplace so much I sent a screenshot to our builder so he could re-create something similar. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Love your basement wall makeover! Can you share where you got the black skinny letters? I have been looking everywhere for some that size.


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