Favorite Projects of 2016


I love looking back at the past year and seeing what I managed to accomplish, so today I thought I’d do a recap of my favorite projects of 2016 and share them all in one place.  It’s a lot of fun, and triggers some memories of projects that I had forgotten about and might want to do more of in the new year.  This post contains some affiliate links.

Queenstown Gray Dresser

I was on a thrift store makeover binge at the beginning of 2016, experimenting with different types of paint, both in the colors and the brands.  This dresser was such a fun redo, and I still love the simplicity of it all!  I got it for a steal at our local Salvation Army (it has the best selection and the best prices in our area), and better yet, it was a solid piece of furniture, which is what I want most when it’s all said and done.  The color is Queenstown Gray by General Finishes, and I used Flat Out Flat as a top coat.

Here’s the before:

dresser makeover in queenstown gray

And the after – so fresh and pretty with new knobs to finish the final look.

Queenstown Gray Dresser Makeover

Amy Howard Dresser Transformation

I think this furniture makeover is my all-time favorite from last year (possibly ever).  Again, another solid piece from Salvation Army (made by Thomasville), that just needed some love and an update.  

dresser before

I got creative with Amy Howard’s One Step Paint, and mixed two colors together (Atelier and Black), to create a beautiful new color.

Amy Howard Dresser Redo

Super White Kitchen Makeover

I do a lot of kitchen makeovers, and this oak kitchen is one that I still am drawn to, because even though it’s small, it shows that small can be stylish, functional and beautiful.  Here it is before –

Oak Kitchen Before

And here it is now – 

Super White Kitchen Cabinets

Homearama 2016

I hit up another Homearama tour again this year, and while I wasn’t a fan of some of the houses, this one really hit it out of the park for me.  So spot on with current trends, yet not “trendy”, if that makes any sense.

Homearama 2016

Homearama 2016

Painter in Your Pocket Series

I’m hoping to continue adding to my Painter in Your Pocket series, but I’m happy that I was at least able to get the ball rolling with it, as there is so much to cover and share.  In case you missed any of them, here are all of the Painter in Your Pocket posts from 2016:

Painter in Your Pocket: Painting Furniture

Painter in Your Pocket: Finishes

Painter in Your Pocket: Prep School

A Guide to Paint Sprayers

My Third One Room Challenge

While I always go a little bit crazy as I tackle a room for the One Room Challenge, I’m never sorry that I did it once I’m done.  I’m a girl who needs a deadline, and the One Room Challenge delivers on that!  I’m really pleased with my son’s bedroom makeover, and it’s nice to knock out another project on my list.  Honestly, I think the time crunch works in my favor – it forces me to make decisions, and I get great ideas that way.

One Room Challenge Teen Boy's Room

Mid-Century Modern Dresser with a Twist

I’m going to round out my list of favorites with this mid-century modern dresser that I refreshed.  It was a bit of a hot mess when got it, but it turned out so sharp.  You know my love of navy, and this one hit the mark.

Mid Century Modern Dresser Redo

And here it is in its finished state:

Mid century modern dresser
Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover

Revisiting all of these furniture pieces makes me want to go thrift store shopping and pick up a few pieces to paint!  I’ve been bogged down in the world of cabinets!

What would you like to see more of in 2017?  Please let me know, and I will work to include it in posts this year.


Linking up:
TDC Before and After


  • Reply
    Cassie Bustamante
    December 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

    you are a machine! love it! happy new year!

    • Reply
      December 30, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Cassie! Happy New Year!

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    Shelley @ Calypso in the Country
    December 30, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Jenny, I always love your kitchen makeovers but I must say, I am also blown away with the furniture makeovers! That Amy Howard dresser is just amazing! I always enjoy the Homearamo tours as well…can never get enough inspiration. It’s been a great year and I look forward to seeing what you do in 2017!

    • Reply
      December 30, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Thanks so much Shelley! Looking back at the furniture makeovers leaves me wanting to do more of them – a nice change of pace from the kitchens for sure, and I can be a little more creative with them as well. Happy New Year friend!

  • Reply
    December 30, 2016 at 11:04 am

    You had quite a productive year! I love how your son’s room turned out.

    • Reply
      December 30, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren. Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    December 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Hey Jenny,

    I have been following you for years and you helped me paint my oak kitchen cabinets! Thank you!! I live in the Atlanta area. My daughter recently moved to Clarkston, MI (about 45 min north of Detroit) and purchased a home. She has good sturdy cabinets that are dark and need to be painted. Is there a “Jenny” you recommend in the vicinity of Clarkston, MI?

    Thanks – Marye

    • Reply
      December 30, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks Marye! I’m so glad I was able to help you with your oak kitchen! Unfortunately, I don’t have any contacts in Michigan. All the best to you and your daughter – Happy New Year!

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    Lisa | Shine Your Light
    December 31, 2016 at 8:55 am

    You’ve had a very productive year Jenny – so many great projects! Cheers to the new year ahead!

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