Best of 2013: The most viewed posts

Hello, friends!  Can you believe another year is almost in the history books?  It's scary how fast time flies!  

It's been a busy year here in the ridge with lots of projects completed and even more that have been added to my to-do list.  

Today I'm doing a recap of the 10 most popular posts of 2013, based on visits and comments by my savvy readers.  Without further ado, here we go!

As many of you know, I paint and sell furniture in a small space of the family paint shop where I work part time.  I have a blog page devoted stricly to my painted projects, and that page is my 10th most visited of 2013.  To see my work, go here.  A peek of what's there:

Painted antique secretary.  Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue inside.

One of my painted projects was a big hit this year and got quite a bit of attention.  I took an old wooden desk and gave it a complete makeover with a refinished top and painted drawers and sides.  It turned out beautifully.  

Go here to see the complete transformation of this piece. Here's a glimpse of how it turned out.

Painted antique wooden desk

A project I completed in 2012 actually made the top 10 for 2013 as well!  For our master bath remodel, we converted our old antique dining room buffet into a vanity.  It got a special paint finish and the drawers were reconfigured to fit around our plumbing.  To see the complete project, go here.  This is how it turned out:

Bathroom vanity made from a dining room buffet

This year we had another bath remodeled, our hall bathroom. In my search for a great vanity for this room, I found several inspiring versions that I really loved and shared what I found in a post.  I ended up with a combination of several of these, and here's a preview of what we did:

Open shelf vanity, dark bathroom floor tile, Benjamin Moore Plymouth Rock paint

Visit here to see my inspiration board and post.  Here's a peek at what I found:

Unique open shelf vanity ideas

This year I began a weekly series of favorite paint colors, and my post for Manchester Tan ended up at the #6 spot for the year.  It's a great warm neutral that goes with almost anything!

To see it used in some gorgeous spaces including the one pictured, go here.

Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan

Another post from 2012 made the #5 spot.  One of my favorite transformations in our 1964 home has been the floor in one of our basement rooms.  I did a painted treatment that looks like large square tiles, and it's a 100% improvement over what the floor used to look like.  

How to paint faux tiles on a floor

Go here for the complete makeover and the how-to.

Another one of my favorite color posts made the #4 spot for 2013.  As the most popular Benjamin Moore color sold, Revere Pewter is a wonderful neutral that mixes well with warm and cool colors.  It works in any style decor.  

Go here to see this popular color used in some amazing rooms, including this one.
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

One day earlier this year after doing a bit of cleaning around the house, I decided, on a whim, to do a quick post on how I get our glass cooktop so shiny that it has a reflection in it.  To my surprise, it was a very popular post!  And the trick is so easy.  Who would have thought???  Go here to find out my tip.

Here's how clean it gets:

How to clean your glass cooktop

Another one of my favorite painted projects is our family room.  I painted the paneling, built-in bookcases, and woodwork in that room and it looks like an entirely different space now.  If you live in a home built in the 80's or earlier, chances are really good that you have paneling somewhere in the house.  Painting it isn't as difficult as you think.  

My 2nd most popular post of 2013, even though I wrote it in 2012, is my tutorial for painting paneling.  Go here for the complete how-to.

And my #1 post for 2013 is....(drumroll please)....  

Brilliant kitchen cleaning tips

Apparently you all want a sparkling clean kitchen and have found my kitchen cleaning board over at Hometalk to be very helpful.  I collaborated a board for Hometalk of the best cleaning tips found on the site and shared what I found.  If you haven't visited it, I highly recommend it. You won't regret it!  There are some amazingly simple and cheap cleaning tips on the board.  

And while you're there, be sure to join (for free) the hometalk site and follow my posts there for more tips and project reveals.  Go here to see more.

So there's a wrap-up of the most viewed posts from 2013, based on pageviews and comments.  

I want to say a big thank you to any and all of you who have visited and especially those of you who have taken the time to leave a comment.  You don't know how much it means to a blogger to get a nice comment on a post that has been worked on for several hours.  I'm sure I speak for any blogger when I say that it means the world!  At least it does to me!  

Coming up in 2014

  • a complete reveal of our newly remodeled hall bath with colors and sources
  • a completed craft room
  • a new kitchen faucet
  • hopefully a remodeled half bath
  • many painted furniture pieces

Thanks for dropping by, and 



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  1. Great post and great year Angie! Can't wait to see what you are up to in 2014!

  2. So many great projects - looks like you had a fantastic year! That buffet turned vanity is awesome.


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