I wasn’t going to do this post this year. Truth. I just going to slink away from 2012 and ring in 2013 without giving even a tip of my trendy fedora to the year in passing. Bah humbug! Then I started reading last year’s “Best And Worst of 2011″ post and got super stoked about everything we’ve accomplished (and messed up) this past year and was inspired to write this post again. So without further ado, I bring you The Best And Worst Of 2012 here at Angie’s Roost.
Best Day Ever: Our wedding day. No brainer right? Or as we say here in Maine (and on those annoying Quality Jewelers commercials) a “no brain-ah”. But yes, Colby and I bit the bullet and after four years of dating got hitched. But this made me realize I still owe you all a big whopping wedding post to recap everything.
Best Way To Commemorate The Best Day Ever: The wedding art gallery that we put together for our bedroom. It’s full of mementos like our wedding invitations, favorite photos from the big day, and even our wedding date made from repurposed table numbers.
Worst Mess We’ve Ever Made: Thanks to the gut job we performed on our master and guest bedrooms. Thank goodness that’s over! Old horsehair plaster and lath removal is dirty…dusty…and just plain ol’ messy. We have our master bedroom pseudo done but haven’t really started reassembling the guest bedroom. We’ve only gotten as far as sheet rocking it.
Best Use Of Blue: The ombre staircase baluster project, which is still my favorite project to date. And the blue shades have turned out to be a jumping off point for the color scheme of our house.
Best Use Of $1,300: Purchasing the new energy efficient washer and dryer set. They were certainly a splurge for us but we figured they would pay for themselves in energy cost savings (and the savings from not having to replace all the sheets our old washer ate). They’re already saving us between $50 and $100 per month in water and electricity.
Best Use Of Chevron: The blue chevron Flor Tile rug we added to our office space in the parlor. I love me a good chevron…especially a blue chevron. And the rug looks mah-velous darling in the parlor. Now if only I can get our dog to stop eating meaty bones on it and staining it. I think he does it on purpose.
Best Scrap Wood Art Project That Involved A Deer Head: The deer head silhouette art. It took a whopping fifteen minutes…tops…to complete and it’s adorable and free (we used scrap wood to make it and leftover floor paint to paint it). Huzzah!
The Worst Hammocking Moment: The day the hammock died. But it was time, it was old, it had seen better days, and it had been overused.
Best “We Finally Finished It” Moment: After letting this project drag out…way…too…long…finally staining the DIY wine rack. It was our first use of the gray stain in the house which has been repeated in a few other locations since.
Best Use Of Index Cards To Help Me Remember Things: And no…I’m not talking about flash cards. Although those did get me through my undergraduate years…not so much in grad school. I’m talking about the one liner a day journal I started using index cards. Essentially…I write down the date, then the year, then one thing that happened that day (it can be a big event like a wedding or a small thing like taking the dog for a run). I can’t wait until I’m five or six years into this daily task and can look back and see all the old journal posts.
Worst DIY Cleaning Treatment: Using vinegar to clean my old paint riddled brushes. Now my paint brushes just smell like vinegar. I gave it the old college try, but it just didn’t work for my brushes. Maybe there was just too much paint on them. Just one more project to add to the good ol’ fail list.
Best Sense Of Well Roundedness: The 30 Before 30 Challenge where I charged myself to accomplish 30 things I’ve been wanting to do before my 30th birthday.
Worst Follow Through: Accomplishing things on the 30 Before 30 list. After the most recent task was completed (making our own Christmas cards), I’ve only completed 7 things out of 30…in six months…with only seven more months to go. Uh-oh. Crunch time. My worried face is officially on.
Worst Follow Through: Finishing the refinishing of my $5 thrift store chair find. It’s about half unassembled out on the front porch. And I have precisely zero point zero motivation to finish it. The chair has about a gazillion and a half (technical reupholstering figure there) staples in it that are rusted and break instead of coming out. I’ll finish the chair eventually, it just needs a timeout for bad behavior for the next six to eight months. The chair was real bad apparently.
Best Risque Moment: Otherwise known as making my momma proud…putting my DIY wedding undies out there on the blogosphere. Enough said. Sorry mom!
Best Spoof On A Blog Turned TV Show: The $#*! My Husband Says series that I started here. I seriously can’t believe some of the things that come out of my husband’s mouth (most of which are too non PG to share). So I decided to chronicle them. And share my favorite spit-laugh moments with you all. Here’s my favorite:
Best Use Of Rope: Roping a lamp shade to use as a pendant in our hallway. I’m addicted to rope. And jute and twine and other natural and natural-like fibers. So much addicted that I even started a rope themed Pinterest board. Sheesh! I loved this roping the lampshade project and I can’t wait to integrate rope into our decor more often. Look for a roping of the headboard project coming to you soon-ish. Emphasis on “ish”.
Best Yard Sale Find: A Pottery Barn like buffet. It’s actually an old hardware store display shelf/table that was rescued from a store in August, Maine. It set us back $50 but yielded TONS of storage for our lack of storage kitchen.
Worst Enemy A Gardner Could Have: The corn squirrel. Who DESTROYED our garden one corn stalk at a time. Evil little squirrel. Next year…we will have words.
Best (And Pretty Much Only) Outdoor Project: The four raised beds we built for our ever expanding vegetable garden. Sadly, towards the end of May, wedding panic set in and the amount of time we spent working out in the yard diminished. This summer will be different. Gardening is about to be my middle name. I Angie…do solemnly swear…to get my garden on this year.
And I’m going to leave our recap right there. There are A TON of other projects that we completed this year. These are just a few of our favorites. But if you’re jonesing for more, check out our Monthly Roundups for month by month recaps of all our projects. You can check out 12 months of projects and posts in just 12 short posts.
Pssst…And just to keep it real and keep you all in the loop, I’m trying to cut back on projects/blogging just a smidge. I’ve got a problem…I’ll paint, DIY and blog all weekend if I let myself but I’m aiming for more balance in life (including more gym time and Zumba). But I’m committing to a regular, every other day schedule with a few extra posts thrown in there every once in awhile to keep you on your toes.
Pssst…Peace out 2012! See you in 2013!
With 2011 quickly coming to a close and with everybody and their brother…scratch that…everybody (in the blog world) and their brother, sister, grandmother, cousin, uncle, aunt, neighbor, cousin, and second cousin twice removed are all doing big year end posts, recapping what they’ve done this year. Well, I’m about to join the masses and share with you not only the best, but the worst, from Angie’s Roost in 2011.
First up, the Best Use Of Bar Coasters: I turned my massive, collected over time collection of bar coasters into some awesome wall art for our now complete office renovation. Read about the coasters back here.
Worst Use Of Chalkboard Paint: Spice jar lids back from this post and this one. It was a great idea in theory. But I can’t even begin to tell you how frustrating it is when steam from a boiling stew ruins your spice jar label. They also easily smudge. I’m thinking or using paint instead of chalk to label the jars.
Best Staircase Revamp: LOVE our revamped staircase even though it’s still a work in progress. We still need to paint the risers and trim and add some balusters. Read about it back here.
Worst Project Planning: The ginormous desk we’re still in the process of building. We started it this summer but have still yet to finish it. Read about this project here and here. And I promise that we’ll finish it by the end of 2012…well…maybe in 2013.
Best Use Of Red Paint: Our newly painted, old entry door. You gotta love a red door, especially ours. Read more about it here.
Best Tool Purchase: The Dewalt table saw. I can’t even begin to tell you how much Colby loves this tool. Here is the related blog post.
Best Discovery: The wooden floor found under the sub floor on the porch. We’re still super excited about this discovery, originally blogged back here. Although our porch is still a catch all for random things that don’t seem to fit anywhere in our house, we have big intentions of refinishing the floor this summer and using our porch as a porch and not just a storage area.
Best Use Of Ski Maps: The ski map art gallery in our downstairs hallway. Colby and I are avid skiers…well…I’m a skier and he’s a snowboarder (I know, silly Colby) so this a perfect homage to some of our favorite places like Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Saddleback mountains. Check out more about this project back here.
Best Flea Market Find: A five dollar bamboo chest. Seriously. Five dollars. It’s a good story too. Check it out back here.
Best Pinterest Challenge Project: Map heart art. Who doesn’t love a good map project? I framed map hearts of my home town, Colby’s home town, and where we live now. I love this project and it was so simple. Read all about it here.
Best Maine Cottage Knockoff: Our sea foam colored, custom built media cabinet. Yes, I designed it based off a similar cabinet from Maine Cottage. And yes, Colby built it specific to our needs. And yes, I painted it sea foam. You can read about it here and here.
Worst News: Finding out we had a collapsed sewer main. Booooooo. It cost a whopping $8,000 but it was the best $8,000 I ever spent. It may not be pretty and you may not see it, but a sewer main is, well, important. Catch the play by play here and here.
Best Yard Sale Find: A $10 mirror that we spray painted white to replace the mirror Colby broke in our bathroom. Check out the post back here.
Best Stencil Project: Technically it’s the only stenciling project, but now I have the stenciling itch. Anyway, I stenciled our dining room floor and even made my own stencil. It’s the sub floor, essentially old pine boards, stained and stenciled. It turned out so much better than I expected. Read about the process here and here and here too.
Worst Oops Moment: When Colby broke the toilet seat. Enough said. Read about it here.
Best Use Of A Gallon Of Paint: Putting a coat of paint on the much neglected, in need of paint shed. The shed was rotting away in some spots because the wood hadn’t been painted in years. Check out more details back here.
Worst Safety Practices: Colby when he installed the new dining room window back here. His scaffolding system included canoe racks from his truck, some plywood, and a step ladder. Doh!
Best Use Of Bead Board: On the ceiling of our bathroom. Colby even left me a little message in caulking, found here, while we were installing it.
Best Homemade Concoction That Saves Me A Boatload Of Money: I learned how to make my own laundry detergent. I’ve saved so much money and I love my homemade detergent so much that I will never go back to Tide. Sorry Proctor & Gamble. Check out the recipe back here.
Best New Light Fixture: The above the sink kitchen lights that we installed back here. Apparently 2011 was the year of the light fixture since we installed six of them but these guys take the cake. Someday, when we do a dream kitchen remodel, this duo is staying. Read about this project back here.
Worst & Most Prolonged Project: Sanding….Sanding the dining room, sanding the staircase walls, sanding the first floor hall, and sanding the second floor hall. And by sanding I’m talking about drywall sanding…ick. And it took us about five months to finish it all. Read about our disdain for this project here. But as much as we hated it we powered through and wound up with some gorgeous new spaces.
Best Use Of Wood Shims: Turn them into a ceiling medallion. Original post can be found here.
Best Purchase Ever…But One Which Taunts Me: The dishwasher. We purchased the new dishwasher a few months ago on super sale but have yet to install it. I even asked Santa to install it for me but I must have been on the naughty list because it’s still sitting in the parlor.
Best All Around Transformation: The dining room. After all the drywall sanding was done, we painted, installed trim, added a light fixture, re-did the floors, painted the trim, made some curtains, and added a chalkboard. Check out some of the projects here, here, here, and here.
Not only was 2011 a big year for Angie’s Roost in the home improvement and decor department, but also in regular everyday life. I graduated in May with my masters in business administration from the University of Maine:
Traveled throughout Russia in May (follow my Russia travels back here):
Oh yeah…and Colby proposed on my birthday in July and we’re feverishly planning our wedding.
I have to admit, 2011 was a good year, a really good year. But I’m looking forward to everything 2012 brings.
Pssst…I’ll be back Sunday evening with a post on our goals and resolutions for 2012. So, with this being the last post 0f 2011, HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!
Psssssst…FYI, Santa is installing the dishwasher right this minute! Woo to the hoo! My days hand washing insane amounts of dishes are numbered!