2012 In Review - Part 1 The Power of Paint

I cannot believe how quickly this year flew by.  It seems like only a month ago, I was painting up a storm in my master bedroom - leaving no surface untouched!  But that was 12 months ago.  Wow.  Don't blink or it will be 2014 not the eve of 2013!!

So, as I said, my bedroom got a complete makeover - walls, furniture, no surface left untouched

My writing desk and chair got a coat of paint

Some vase fillers, a fairy light string and a piece of burlap doll up my cloche.

The dresser, mirror and another chair got painted as well.
The walls were painted Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan, oh and the closet doors got painted as well

I used the Graphics Fairy French postcard image as my inspiration and hand drew it onto my bench.  The other bench got painted and stenciled with a fleur-de-lis pattern.

The final touch came later in the summer when I found a vintage 5-panel door that I made over into my headboard.

and then gave it a decorative paint finish:

I began painting the trim in the house after this.  Oy vey - what a job!  and that led to painting my hallway, the doors, the bookcases and then the den and the bathroom and the kitchen and the mudroom.  I'm thinking of renaming my blog "Help Me, I Can't Stop Painting!". 

Living Room (including the door and coffee table)

Main Bathroom Makeover
 - bookcase & mirror painted as well as the walls

Mudroom - walls, trim and furniture

Hmmm, then there was all the furniture painting going on.  I discovered the wonders of home made chalk paint and there was no holding me back!

Then I got a wee bit addicted to modpodge and began painting AND adding paper to everything.

hmmm and that wasn't even a full list of the stuff that got painted INSIDE the house.  Once the weather warmed up, I attacked my garden furniture as well.

I guess I'm beginning to understand why my year flew by so fast... I kept myself busy!!! Click on the link for Part 2 "2012 In Review - Part 2  The Projects".



  1. Anne you sure did have a busy year! But I am so glad I found you and your blog and have enjoyed following along! Can't wait to see what projects lie ahead in the coming year!

  2. applause applause..
    Anne, you did a fabulous job on each and every piece and space.
    you should be extremely Proud of yourself and of your home.
    The love you have for it shows in every photo and that kind of love will surely draw your soul mate too you..

    Enjoy every moment of this special season in your wonderful HOME.

  3. So neat Anne! Thanks for doing this post, I should do one too because when you see it all in pictures it shows just what and how busy you were that year! You have did a wonderful job on your home.
    I did the same thing when my x left, threw out everything of his and sold his collection of beer mugs at our yardsale:)

  4. You were a busy girl and how pretty it all looks. I would say time that was put to good use!
    Hugs and Merry Christmas,

  5. I am so impressed! Your home is beautiful. I can't wait to read about the projects you have planned for 2013! Merry Christmas, friend! xo

  6. Uh, yeah, you definitely need to rename your blog - I think "Addicted to Paint" would be good! ;-) Wow, you were busy in 2012! The pieces I remember seeing way back when I first came across your blog are your turquoise door, the little turquoise & mod podge box, and the bookcases. And I see now that I missed a lot of your painting projects. I'll have to go back and check them out :-)

    Merry Christmas Anne!

  7. All looks nice and fresh - I love painting too! I just adore the pedestal bird cage.

  8. Oh my word, I can't believe all the work, everything looks fabulous. I love all the paint projects, gorgeous. Can't wait to see more. I hope you have a very Blessed and Merry Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  9. Wow! That's a ton of paint projects for one year! Great job.
    Happy Holidays.

  10. Wow! You have been a busy gal. Love everything. You have done a beautiful job making your house a home. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  11. Anne....you never sit do you?....I have so loved seeing your wonderful and creative projects this year...I am so looking forward to seeing them in the coming year....Happy New Year...may it be a happy, healthy, and most successful one!!!

  12. Wow, Anne--you surely did do a lot of painting this year, and what gorgeous results! I am in love with the blue cabinet you did--making me think of what I have around that I could paint with blue chalkpaint! Happy New Year!

  13. Hi Anne, I found you on Gail's Catch as Can. I can tell you had a busy year. I recognize a lot of the furniture. I'm finally convinced now that it would be better to paint it, thanks to you!! Which paint did you use on the dresser and small table/bench next to it? Was it chalk paint? I know chalk paint adheres well to different surfaces, but even to the glossy, varnished surface of the dresser and table?

    Happy New Year from Belgium

  14. Your space is incredible! A new coat (or two or three) of paint ~ a new life :)

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.

  15. Wow, you were busy! Like you said, no wonder the year flew by! I have so much painting to do this year, and with being off work now, I hope to get it done! Best wishes in the New Year!
    Saw you linking at It's Party Time!
    Debbie :)

  16. Thanks for giving us a tour of your lovely home Anne! Can I come over for coffee and dish in your living room? What a beautiful cozy space as is all your rooms! I might have to try that homemade chalk paint trick! Does it work on melamine I wonder? I'll have to research that - I have a couple of cheapie pieces - you know the kind you buy at Walmart in an emergency?? That kind! Can't wait to see what you'll be up to in 2013!!

  17. I love your home! Can I move in? lol Saving your turquoise dresser to my Turquoise Love page as inspiration for my own bedroom furniture. Now that homemade Christmas presents are done I'm looking forward to improving my home. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Doesn't everything look great all in one post. Wonderful quick peek at a year of painitng/painting/painting and more painting. Good stuff.

    Happy New Year.


  19. You have SUCH a great place! Love that wide trim that you see in older houses. I think of you frequently because you live in one of my all-time favorite places. When I was growing up {in Calgary}, I always dreamed of living in Kimberley. :)

  20. These are absolutely gorgeous!! I would love for you to share them at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


    Happy New Year!

  21. WOW! I'm exhausted from just reading your 2-pt. "2012" project list! You have accomplished so much and your home looks wonderful. Can't wait to see what you might tackle in "2013!"

  22. how wonderful! what great projects Anne!
    thanks for sharing at Catch as Catch Can

  23. Featuring your tomorrow girlfriend!! Love this post - can't wait to see what creative projects you will complete this year!!

  24. You have been a busy busy girl! So fun to look back.

  25. Wow - your home is beautiful! You have accomplished so much in one year, I'm super impressed with how gorgeous everything turned out! I also love your Mod Podge addiction, as it gives us readers more eye candy of yours to enjoy! :) Happy 2013!


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