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Top 10 Posts of 2012


As 2012 is coming to an end, I’ve been looking back at what an amazing year of growth this has been for my business and blog.  I’m already looking forward to 2013 and all it has to hold.  I’ll get to some of my plans and goals soon, but for now, let’s look back at the ten most popular posts on my blog from 2012 (according to Google Analytics.)  This was fun for me to see as well and a little surprising in some cases.  And number ten is…

10.) Home office reveal (aka – How we turned a former 1940’s kitchen into a functional home office.  This is probably the most dramatic makeover in our home.)


9.) Oil & Vinegar (I wrote this post in 2010 and it’s still one of my top posts!  This recipe does work like a champ to revive dried wood, though.)


8.) Say Hello to Mustard Seed (aka – the yellow hand painted dresser used to introduce my Mustard Seed Yellow Milk Paint color.)


7.) Antique Sign Tutorial (Don’t want to shell out a couple hundred dollars on an antique sign?  Make your own out of a spare board.)

6.) Waxes 101 (aka – Me going on and on about waxes while wearing a moth-eaten sweatshirt.)

5.) Best of MMS French Chair Makeover Tutorial (aka –  I was overwhelmed with writing my book, so I dusted off an old post and it did better the second time than the first.)


4.) Mystery Paint Revealed (aka – The day the Chalk Paint revolution began…kind of.)


3.) How to Make Slipcovers, a Six Part Video Tutorial Series (I’m really glad this one is on the list, because I get so many sweet comments from people who have used it to beautify some dated or mismatched furniture.  It’s one of my favorites, too.)

2.) Milk Paint vs. Chalk Paint Again (Yes, there is a difference.)



…and number one is…drum roll, please…

1.) Hanging a curtain rod made simple (aka – Had I known this post was going to be plastered all over Pinterest, I would’ve styled my hair that day.)


Thanks for all of the clicks this year and for sharing my blog with others through your blog rolls, posts, tweets, pins and shares.

 It’s funny how many of those were written before 2012!  I guess I have to step it up in 2013.


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  1. Marian,

    I don’t know how much more you could step it up! I am so glad that I have found your blog and look forward to seeing what you come up with in 2013. You deserve every bit of your success – you are such a kind soul.

    Off to look at oil and vinegar,


  2. OIL and vinegar….got to use some of this…I need to do a 2012 post…since I only started in March of this year…8 months…

    love seeing your top posts

  3. i’m surprised at how many of these i have not yet read! I’ve got some fun reading ahead – AND I got your book for Christmas!

  4. Denise T says:

    Wow! I must have missed the post on oil and vinegar. The dresser with mustard seed yellow is still my favorite! I am wondering what piece I would apply with mustard seed yellow , but there might be one to buy. Looking forward to reading your posts. I have been looking forward to the year of 2013 but I am trying not to overplan , just go in the flow and do whatever I enjoy. Wishing you the best of year 2013.

  5. stephanie turk says:

    Thanks for sticking with your blog – I know it must have been hard through the whole book and paint process, but you kept it up admirably! Love your blog, love your furniture more! (As an art teacher I consider myself to be somewhat of a *snob* when it comes to painting anything…but I always love your pieces!)

  6. Shelly W says:

    I discovered and absolutely fell in love with your blog this year! I am a devout follower now…and thought I’d read every post that you’d ever made…but apparently I missed a couple. You are truly talented and I am so glad that you are taking the time to share your God given talents with others. After all, that’s why He gave them to you, right? :) Your success really proves, I think, that people are looking for projects that they can do themselves in a style that is beautiful and realistic. So much of what is marketed today is ridiculous…$700+ for a fancy lamp, cabinets that cost more than I make in a year, etc. You show people that beautiful design doesn’t have to cost a fortune and I just wanted to say KUDOS to you for what you are doing! I look forward to seeing what you’ll post next. :) Have a wonderful 2013 and keep on sharing. :)

  7. I enjoyed seeing these posts a second time around.And some I missed the first time so glad to see them shared!
    Best wishes in the coming year!

  8. I want to thank you for all your posts and your generous tutorials. No matter where I am in my journey, MMS Blog is always a inspiration! I have always believed that you work with what you have, not with what you don’t! You embrace that spirit in so many ways. I wish you more success.. and on a selfish side, I hope you keep your blog for us! Thank you so much Marian.

  9. Jeanne says:

    I, too, missed the vinegar post and I have to admit missing it feels like finding money in a coat pocket! Suprising, so exciting and so much fun. Thank you for including us in your journey.

  10. Your middle name should be “Inspiration”, you do it everyday and every way and we just can’t seem to get enough of it. Thank you, for everything you do and share. Sandi

  11. Sherry says:

    I am so glad I found you! I love your blog and all your inspiration! I look forward to hearing from you every day. Thanks so much!

  12. Jeannine says:

    You are tops on my list!
    I appreciate all you’ve given us!

  13. Love all your posts — I do have trouble reading what is highlighted — is that just my computer or ?

  14. Loved this recap., love your book, and love how you have embraced the challenges and opportunities of the past year. Way to go!

  15. Cecilia says:

    I definitely have a few posts to catch up on…I only discovered MMS a few months ago and am about to embark upon my first project….that is after buying some milk paint from Homesteads and having them send it to me all the way to Australia. I totally agree; Marian you are amazing and very inspirational and thank you so much for showing the world that beauty does not have to cost a fortune. Looking forward to 2013! Happy New Year everyone.

  16. I enjoy reading your blog for so many reasons. You are an inspiration. God has given you a gift and you use it well. As a newbie in the blog world, I want to grow up and be like you. You give me hope and affirm my belief that anything is possible with faith. :)

  17. Thanks for being such an inspiration to me in 2012 Marian! I’m looking forward to watchign where God takes you in 2013~

  18. Deborah & the furry gang in OK says:

    You are such a blessing and inspiration!! May God continue to bless you and yours in the coming year and always!!

  19. Caroline says:

    I’m so glad I found you Marian. I enjoy your blog immensely and I have loved reading and re-reading your book! Please continue just being you! I’m off to check out the Oil & Vinegar post, and try to decide which colors are going to be my first experiment with milk paint! I wish you and your family all the very best for 2013. Happy New Year from New Zealand <3

  20. I love your comment about your #1 post and the hair–I did a hair tutorial that I see all over pinterest, and I wish I put on a little eye make up with that post! Love this list, I read over your milk paint vs. chalk paint yesterday!

  21. I am so happy for you and the success you’ve achieved. Your blog is really amazing and you are so good about sharing your tutorials with those of us who want to learn the how-to’s :) May God continue to pour out His blessings upon you and your family in the year to come. Hugs, Patti

  22. You have had such an amazing year. It is no surprise to me, as you are so gifted with your creativity and inspirational posts. Wishing you much success in 2013 and a Very Happy New Year

  23. Thank you so much for the inspiration you give all of us. Your blog is still the first one I check in with on an almost daily basis! I will never forget the first email I got from you, and your words of encouragement. Thank you. I appreciate your honesty, tips, and the way you seem to effortlessly write. I still try to achieve that, without much success. 😉
    Looking forward to all the posts you have in 2013!

  24. Wonderful posts! Thanks for all these great posts, Marian. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2013. I know it will be just as inspiring. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  25. I so loved reading about your projects of 2012….and meeting you…My, it certainly has been quite a year for you…I am so happy for your accomplishments and success….I wish you a Happy New Year to you and your family….I hope that more of your dreams come true….your faith is amazing and contagious!!…

  26. Very, very cute favor cookies.

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