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favorite home project in 2011


As the year is winding down, it’s a good time to reflect on some of the best things that happened in 2011.  Today, I’m going to share my favorite projects we tackled in our home.  I did a lot of projects and makeovers, but I sold most of them, so I really enjoy projects I get to do in my own home.  We’re almost done with two that have been a long time in the making, but until those are finished, my favorite makeovers happened in the kitchen and family room.

I was itching to paint these cabinets from the day we bought this house five years ago.  It was a happy day when I finally got the “thumbs-up” from hubby and the courage to tackle the 52 cabinet doors.

…and what a difference.  It was totally worth all of the hard work.



I also love the changes we made in the family room.  We swapped out pale yellow walls for pale blue (Glass Slipper by Benjamin Moore) and I made new drapes out of discount indoor/outdoor fabric from



We also recently ripped out our fireplace and found a perfect vintage buffet to anchor a flat screen TV.  The space is much more functional now and it looks so much better.



These spaces are *almost* where I want them and will look even better when we install hardwood floors in a few months.  (Notice I didn’t say the rooms will be finished when we install hardwood floors…)

More favorites to come…

I’m sharing this over at Home Stories A to Z Favorites of 2011 party.

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  1. What a BIG change in the kitchen. I like the before and the after! Big project!

  2. Nothing like white kitchen cabinets to brighten a room! I would love to see more pics of your sofa in the living room. I purchased and antique fold out sofa at an auction and haven’t refurbished it yet, looks pretty similar. Any pointers?

  3. I would love to tackle my kitchen cabinets but I’m too chicken. Yours are amazing!

  4. So fabulous!! We are wanting to install hardwood floors as well!! Can’t wait!!
    Love your kitchen cabinets!! I have yet to do mine…need courage and time! Ha!

  5. I have loved seeing all the transformations you’ve done this year, completed or not. The kitchen cabinets definitely make a huge impact and I just love the colors in your family room now!

  6. Looks so much better Marian. I love Glass Slipper too, and used it in my living room on my woodwork on the mantel and am doing the french doors next!

  7. O! I was hoping to see the powder room, finished and in your list of favorites completed for the year!!

  8. I love the changes you’ve made! And, I’m so happy you had a chance to do something that stayed in your home :) My favorite are your drapes–those are my colors, so I guess I’m a little biased. Happy New Year!

  9. colleen says:

    I love your rooms so much, so very much. Do you have a second fireplace that you use, though? It just seems like you might need the coziness up there in PA!

  10. Wow! Love how your cabinets came out and that dreamy blue in your living room is gorgeous and restful.

  11. Ginny says:

    I am so glad that I found your blog this year! I love how you have decorated your home and I really enjoy following your projects. Good luck in 2012.

  12. I love that you changed your living room with such ease – it looks soooo pretty!

    Best wishes for a fabulous new year!

  13. A lot accomplished this year for sure. Very proud for you… we just moved in a new (older)
    home and I also tackled a kitchen this year. Love the way it turned out. It’s nice to look back at
    what all was updated this year. We can all pat ourselves on the back … now what else can we


  14. OMG I love Glass Slipper by Benjamin Moore. Our pale yellow looked puke-like in the various light and we painted the living room, dining room and kitchen Glass Slipper (open concept) and it is always gorgeous no matter what the lighting is! Love it.

  15. The hardwood will look perfect in your living room! We recently completed that task – what a difference it makes. Great job on the kitchen cabinets! I am planning to paint mine as well – 56 total. Lots of work – any tips?? (going from natural oak to white)

  16. beautiful + inspiring!

    wishing you health, happiness + creativity in the new year!


  17. I love what you did in the Kitchen, it is just Beautiful! Maybe this year I’ll have enough nerve to tackle mine!

  18. Love your projects!!! You cabinets are amazing….I really want to do mine!! Could you share the process you used to paint them white. I keep hearing horror stories of the paint peeling or chipping, and keep avoiding it because of that!

  19. I love the new pale blue in your family room and your white kitchen cabinets are to die for! I cant wait to see your room with the new floors…. I’m a bit jealous!

  20. Wonderful projects and I totally envy you your wonderful kitchen space, especially all painted white and beautiful like that.
    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2012.

  21. It would be neat to see your house pictures from the day you moved in and hear what about your house made you want to buy it.

  22. Great inspiration! And a beautiful home, too. You are truly a talented woman and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2012. Happy New Year!

  23. Your kitchen is beautiful. What a lovely difference.

  24. I know I’m late commenting on this–I just wanted to mention, when we moved into our current house, we also got rid of a fireplace. It sounds horrible to do, but it wasn’t pretty or in-scale, plus in FL how much would it really get used? I really would like to paint our kitchen cabinets, but we have our eye on trying to sell later this year, so I don’t know if I’d get the benefit…? Happy New Year!

  25. I am looking at re-doing my kitchen cabinets as well. Love the white. Can you tell me what products you used and any pointers. Your kitchen looks awesome.


  1. […] And definitely take a minute to check out Marian at Miss Mustard Seed.  Her word of the year is Celebrate!  I say cheers to that.  :)  I can so relate to her emotions surrounding some large successes she has coming up.  I love the choice to make the focus on celebrating the success over focusing on any anxiety that these successes can bring.  Read more about her word choice here.  And don’t miss her recent home office makeover, I just love everything about the finished product!  And to get just a bit more of an idea of her creativity and overall decorating prowess be sure to see what she considers her Top Home Projects of 2011. […]

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