Top 10 Makeover Projects of 2009

Ok you guys before I start to bore you to tears inspire you with all of my plans for 2010 I thought it was good to look back first. Making plans and resolutions always leaves me feeling a bit discouraged, so much to do, so much to improve (especially about myself) so much still to change. One could easily get depressed just thinking about it. So before I start to list my plans and things yet to accomplish I thought making a list of my accomplishments might be a good idea. So here a my top 10 makeover projects of 2009.
Dag dames, voordat ik jullie ga lastig vallen met al mijn plannen en voornemens voor 2010 leek het me een goed idee om nog een keer terug te kijken. Hoe graag ik ook lijstjes met goede voornemens, plannen en projecten maak, ze leiden er ook altijd toe dat ik er een beetje mismoedig van wordt. Zo veel nog, te doen, te veranderen (vooral aan mezelf) en te verbeteren. Daarom nu eerst een ander soort lijstje namelijk met mijn geslaagde projecten van 2009. Hier is mijn top tien.

In the category: A little white paint will fix anything:

Bookcase collage

My ugly half bookcase turns into white beauty.

In the category: I was so scared to mess this up I almost cried.

Army trunk collage
This army trunk was an heirloom of my in-laws. I whitewashed it (which I had never done before), painted crate letters on it (which I had never done before either) and sewed pillows for it. In the end it wasn’t half as difficult as I had imagined and it turned out great, but boy did I sweat get nervous over this one

In the category: if you mess up you’d better get creative fast:

Curtain disaster collage
Only one day before a house guest arrived I decided to change the curtains in the guestroom, trusting my ability to ‘eyeball’ their fit. Well you can see how that turned out. Thank God for a good stash of fabric so I could fix this surprisingly quickly

 

In the category: Power tools WRACK!!

Ikea cabinet hack collage

I completely changed an old boring Ikea cupboard into a charming cottage style thing of beauty. I used paint, fabric, chicken wire and a lot of power tools. I even did a tutorial on how to do it, so you can all do it too.

In the category: the one that made my Love break out into a sweat:

Office chair collage

My office chair makeover. My part in this project was very easy. But My Love had to use some serious blunt force trauma (CSI fan can you tell?) to get the chair to cooperate

 

In the category: my sister wants her shirt back:

Shirt turns pillow collage

I had this old shirt that I recieved from my sister years ago, I couldn’t wear it, but couldn’t throw it away either. This year I finally found a use for it. I revamped a pillow. Loving it every day now.

In the category: My new addiction – vintage wallpaper:

Wallpapered cupboard collage

I found this little wall cupboard for next to nothing in the thrift store. It looked gastly but it had potential. I ‘made it over’ with paint and wall paper and it now has a place of pride in my girly girl craft room.

In the category: it doesn’t get any easier than this:

White mirror collage Gold mirror, white paint, distress. ‘nough said.

In the category: I fell head over heals in love with this one:

Tea cabinet collage

An old tea cabinet I thrifted at my in-laws house. I love how this turned out. It is my favorite piece of furniture in the house now and I love creating little vignettes on top of it. This one even got a thumbs up from my modern design loving man.

In the category: you can’t forget about Christmas:

Snow man collage

An old kitschy snowman needed some paint and glitter  to bring him back to live. And seeing all the snow we have been having, he is doing a fine job.

So which is your favorite of these projects? What kind of projects would you like to see more of on this ole little blog of mine?
En wat vind je het meest geslaagde project? Wat voor soort projecten zou je graag vaker zien hier op mijn blog?

Love,

vogeltje A2

I am joining Rhoda’s Before and After Party.

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  1. Claudia says

    Oh, you are so talented! I'd have to say that the tea cabinet is my favorite with the mirror right behind it! I love seeing the variety of things you've done.

    xoxo
    Claudia

  2. Claudia says

    Oh, you are so talented! I'd have to say that the tea cabinet is my favorite with the mirror right behind it! I love seeing the variety of things you've done.

    xoxo
    Claudia

  3. Brenda @Cozy Little House says

    Oh my, I love the last one! And the cabinets. (I rushed over to Amazon.com and they no longer have the book!) I adore the vintage wallpaper in the bookcase. Oh, you've done such a fantastic job this year. Pat yourself on the back on a job very well done!
    Brenda

  4. Brenda @Cozy Little House says

    Oh my, I love the last one! And the cabinets. (I rushed over to Amazon.com and they no longer have the book!) I adore the vintage wallpaper in the bookcase. Oh, you've done such a fantastic job this year. Pat yourself on the back on a job very well done!
    Brenda

  5. ~buzzybee~ says

    My favourite is the tea cabinet.
    And the mirror.
    And the wallpapered shelves.
    And the chicken wire cupboard.
    I think that's almost everything!

    I love painting everything white too – but it's easier to do with unwanted or cheap items. I really want to paint my hutch dresser white, maybe one day I will build up the courage!

  6. ~buzzybee~ says

    My favourite is the tea cabinet.
    And the mirror.
    And the wallpapered shelves.
    And the chicken wire cupboard.
    I think that's almost everything!

    I love painting everything white too – but it's easier to do with unwanted or cheap items. I really want to paint my hutch dresser white, maybe one day I will build up the courage!

  7. Sfeer van Toen says

    Ik krijg gewoon zin om aan de slag te gaan! Thanks! En ik ben zo blij met jouw blog over welke dingen er nog gedaan moeten worden. Ik was net aan het schoonmaken, en wat je dan wel niet tegenkomt, welke dingen er nog gemaakt of vervangen moeten worden …maar nu lees ik dat ik daar niet de enigste in ben :-) Je hebt superleuke dingen gemaakt in 2009! Trouwens, nog de beste wensen.

    Groetjes van Petra

  8. Sfeer van Toen says

    Ik krijg gewoon zin om aan de slag te gaan! Thanks! En ik ben zo blij met jouw blog over welke dingen er nog gedaan moeten worden. Ik was net aan het schoonmaken, en wat je dan wel niet tegenkomt, welke dingen er nog gemaakt of vervangen moeten worden …maar nu lees ik dat ik daar niet de enigste in ben :-) Je hebt superleuke dingen gemaakt in 2009! Trouwens, nog de beste wensen.

    Groetjes van Petra

  9. English style says

    mmm, alle dingen wat hier nog moet gebeuren, heb je nog een uurtje of wat over haha
    we zien dit jaar wel weer wat we gaan doen, elk jaar komt er niks van wat we allemaal willen (er komt altijd wel wat tussen)
    maar elke keer wat doen, is ook wel leuk, al zou het tempo hier best wat harder mogen gaan, maar ja
    voor jou ook nog de allerbeste wensen voor 2010 (je bent al zeer goed bezig :-)
    enne dat tafeltje… ik heb het gedaan hoor, moet em nog wel ophalen, maar hij komt er
    groetjes Yvon

  10. English style says

    mmm, alle dingen wat hier nog moet gebeuren, heb je nog een uurtje of wat over haha
    we zien dit jaar wel weer wat we gaan doen, elk jaar komt er niks van wat we allemaal willen (er komt altijd wel wat tussen)
    maar elke keer wat doen, is ook wel leuk, al zou het tempo hier best wat harder mogen gaan, maar ja
    voor jou ook nog de allerbeste wensen voor 2010 (je bent al zeer goed bezig :-)
    enne dat tafeltje… ik heb het gedaan hoor, moet em nog wel ophalen, maar hij komt er
    groetjes Yvon

  11. Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x says

    I'm loving your projects!!! Thanks for sharing hun!
    will be 'following' now as I like your style!!
    Annie x

  12. Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x says

    I'm loving your projects!!! Thanks for sharing hun!
    will be 'following' now as I like your style!!
    Annie x

  13. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says

    Great job, Marianne! I love all your painted pieces, you are SO right about white paint (or black) changing things for the better. You have been a busy girl. Thanks for joining the party.

  14. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says

    Great job, Marianne! I love all your painted pieces, you are SO right about white paint (or black) changing things for the better. You have been a busy girl. Thanks for joining the party.

  15. villa extra says

    ik vind het beklede kastje met de verschillende achterwandjes het allllllllllerleukst!! bedankt voor je commentaar!!

  16. villa extra says

    ik vind het beklede kastje met de verschillende achterwandjes het allllllllllerleukst!! bedankt voor je commentaar!!

  17. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says

    I enjoyed seeing your fantastic projects again! You did a great job on all of them! I am still contemplating painting my tea cart which looks exactly like yours minus paint!

  18. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says

    I enjoyed seeing your fantastic projects again! You did a great job on all of them! I am still contemplating painting my tea cart which looks exactly like yours minus paint!

  19. Heidi says

    Everything is so pretty! You did a fantastic job. I especially like the little shelf with the vintage wallpaper. and the sideboard, also the mirror. Oh ya, and the desk chair…guess I love them all. You really should be proud of all your accomplishments last year!
    I hope you will stop by for a visit sometime. I'd love to share my projects with you, too.
    XO
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  20. Heidi says

    Everything is so pretty! You did a fantastic job. I especially like the little shelf with the vintage wallpaper. and the sideboard, also the mirror. Oh ya, and the desk chair…guess I love them all. You really should be proud of all your accomplishments last year!
    I hope you will stop by for a visit sometime. I'd love to share my projects with you, too.
    XO
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  21. The Pleasures of Homemaking says

    I love all your projects! I'm going to look at your Ikea tutorial because I want to do something similar in my kitchen and I have an idea of how to do. But want to see how you did it.

    Manuela

  22. The Pleasures of Homemaking says

    I love all your projects! I'm going to look at your Ikea tutorial because I want to do something similar in my kitchen and I have an idea of how to do. But want to see how you did it.

    Manuela

  23. Ilona says

    Ik vind alles mooi en geweldig, je kastje met vintage behang is echt super! Maar je kussen gemaakt van een shirt vind ik het leukste.

    Groetjes Ilona

  24. Ilona says

    Ik vind alles mooi en geweldig, je kastje met vintage behang is echt super! Maar je kussen gemaakt van een shirt vind ik het leukste.

    Groetjes Ilona

  25. Miss Mustard Seed says

    I love the sprayed office chair. What a great idea for something that is comfortable and functional, but ugly. I also like your two-tone drape accident. It was a happy accident and I think they look better than the original plan. You had a great year!

  26. Miss Mustard Seed says

    I love the sprayed office chair. What a great idea for something that is comfortable and functional, but ugly. I also like your two-tone drape accident. It was a happy accident and I think they look better than the original plan. You had a great year!

  27. soanywaytoday says

    I think your pillow has inspired me to do the same thing with one of my shirts. Thanks for sharing.

    All your projects turned out great@

  28. soanywaytoday says

    I think your pillow has inspired me to do the same thing with one of my shirts. Thanks for sharing.

    All your projects turned out great@

  29. The DIY Show Off says

    Holy cow Marianne! I love every single project! You're amazing and crack me up with your categories! lol!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Roeshel

  30. The DIY Show Off says

    Holy cow Marianne! I love every single project! You're amazing and crack me up with your categories! lol!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Roeshel

  31. Lori says

    Marianne, i love all of these but…that tea cabinet steals the show…it is beyond gorgeous…and what a fabulous place to have fun making up vignettes…i just adore it!!!

  32. Lori says

    Marianne, i love all of these but…that tea cabinet steals the show…it is beyond gorgeous…and what a fabulous place to have fun making up vignettes…i just adore it!!!

  33. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says

    I've loved watching your transformations this year. I tuned in at the time of your chicken wire transformation and have been a huge fan ever since!

  34. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says

    I've loved watching your transformations this year. I tuned in at the time of your chicken wire transformation and have been a huge fan ever since!

  35. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says

    I don't know what to put as my favorite – I love the chest, I love mirrors with white frames, I love the wall paper. You do great work!

  36. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says

    I don't know what to put as my favorite – I love the chest, I love mirrors with white frames, I love the wall paper. You do great work!

  37. THEA says

    Eigenlijk is allesprima geslaagd, toch??

    En wat je nog meer zou kunnen plaatsen……geen idee!!
    Doe maar gewoon een beetje van alles wat, dat vind ik namelijk het leukste!!En volgens mij vinden dat meer mensen!

    En dan hoef jij ook niet steeds het zelfde te doen!

    Fijn weekend,weer een laagje sneeuw,en we krijgen nog meer!

  38. THEA says

    Eigenlijk is allesprima geslaagd, toch??

    En wat je nog meer zou kunnen plaatsen……geen idee!!
    Doe maar gewoon een beetje van alles wat, dat vind ik namelijk het leukste!!En volgens mij vinden dat meer mensen!

    En dan hoef jij ook niet steeds het zelfde te doen!

    Fijn weekend,weer een laagje sneeuw,en we krijgen nog meer!

  39. micah @ the yellow front door says

    I LOVE those turquoise knobs in that first picture – are those from Anthro? It's amazing what a little white paint can do!

  40. micah @ the yellow front door says

    I LOVE those turquoise knobs in that first picture – are those from Anthro? It's amazing what a little white paint can do!

  41. Christina says

    What inspiring before and afters! Love the curtains. The fabric added to the bottom makes them amazing. Sometimes mistakes are such a blessing.

  42. Christina says

    What inspiring before and afters! Love the curtains. The fabric added to the bottom makes them amazing. Sometimes mistakes are such a blessing.

  43. Autum says

    I think my favorite would have to be the tea cabinet, or the gold mirror painted white. No, maybe your genius solution to your curtain mistake. I especially love that one because the curtains in my bedroom are sportin' the same look- for the same reason 😉
    That army trunk is pretty amazing too. You did great work in 2009!

  44. Autum says

    I think my favorite would have to be the tea cabinet, or the gold mirror painted white. No, maybe your genius solution to your curtain mistake. I especially love that one because the curtains in my bedroom are sportin' the same look- for the same reason 😉
    That army trunk is pretty amazing too. You did great work in 2009!

  45. Holly says

    Ha ha! Did your Love leave any epithelials behind on that office chair makeover?
    My absolute favorite is the tea cabinet, but I also love the army chest, the wallpapered shelf, and the curtains. Really like the fabric combo.

  46. Holly says

    Ha ha! Did your Love leave any epithelials behind on that office chair makeover?
    My absolute favorite is the tea cabinet, but I also love the army chest, the wallpapered shelf, and the curtains. Really like the fabric combo.