Top Ten Projects for 2016

How can it be the last day of 2016?  At the end of the year it is fun to look back to see which projects were the most popular for the year.

This year DIY projects were favorites of my readers.  top-ten-projects-2016-virginia-sweet-pea

Let’s take a look at my top ten posts for 2016!  Click on the link beside each number to visit the project.


1.  DIY 2×4 Bench

This bench was made for the front porch of our lake house which was completed at the end of 2015.  It’s on the front porch and is the perfect spot for dropping off bags or taking off or putting on shoes when we enter or exit.  In 2017 I plan to stain this to match the stain on our front door.

How to Make an Easy 2x4 Bench by


2.  Sewing Cabinet to Outdoor Bar

This is another project made for the lake.  We use this on our dock and it’s perfect for entertaining.  My mom’s friend found this on the street in Charlottesville and knew that I would enjoy making it over.

A Sewing Cabinet is transformed into an Outdoor Bar and Serving Area -


3.  2016 Stitch Fix Reviews

My monthly Stitch Fix reviews are favorite posts to write.  I love getting my monthly package from Stitch Fix!

Stitch Fix 2016 - Top 10 Looks -


4.  DIY Folding Display for Shows and Markets

We made this folding wall for a few pop-up sales that I did this summer and fall.  The wall is easy to transport and set up and I can easily add nails to any spot to display my wares.

DIY Folding Display for Vintage Markets and Craft Shows by


5.  DIY Footstool

DIY footstools were a summer project for the lake house.  I showed them here on the dock with our DIY Adirondack Chairs but we used them primarily on the deck with rockers.

DIY Wooden Footstool - Get the step-by-step tutorial to make your own -



6.  DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

This was the first DIY project that we completed for the lake house.  It works like a charm and we love its industrial vibe.

DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder by


7.  DIY Wine Rack – Display Your Favorite Wines

This wine rack is a great way to display favorite wines and glasses.  We made two of these and gave both away as gifts.

DIY Wine Rack - A Beautiful Way to Display Your Favorite Wines -


8.  How to Make a DIY Glue Gun Holder

I love to craft but didn’t do as much of it in 2016 as I usually do, probably because most of my free time was spent at the lake.  When I do craft, a glue gun is often involved, and this glue gun holder keeps messy drips from getting on my work space.

DIY Glue Gun Holder - This is so handy for crafting! Get the step-by-step tutorial to make your own.


9.  Farmhouse Style Hutch Makeover

I completed this makeover with intentions of selling it but after putting it in my kitchen decided that I had to keep it.  I enjoy changing out the plate display with the season.

Farmhouse Style Hutch Makeover by


10.  DIY Baseball Bookends

My father-in-law is a huge baseball fan and we made these bookends for his bedroom at the lake.  I made a second set that I gave to a friend at school who decorated her nursery with a baseball theme.

DIY Baseball Bookends - Perfect for the baseball lover! Get the tutorial at


What’s in store for 2017?  Probably a lot of DIY for the lake house.  This year we plan to focus on the landscape and also finishing the interior décor.  At home, we have painting to do in several rooms and we plan to do a mini-makeover of our family room.  We’ve been working on updates to our workshop that I hope to share in the new year.

Thank you for following along with me in 2016!


Don't Forget to Pin It!

Top 10 DIY Projects for 2016 -


I enjoy end of the year posts from blogging friends because I always get ideas and I see projects that I missed when they were first shared.

Click on the links below to visit Top Ten Posts from blogging friends.

Other Top Ten Posts of 2016

Domestically Speaking ** My Repurposed Life ** Yesterday on Tuesday

Sweet Pea ** Hunt & Host ** Mad in Crafts **Roots North & South

Redhead Can Decorate ** Petticoat Junktion ** An Extraordinary Day

Cupcakes and Crinoline ** Brandywine Cottage ** StoneGable ** What Meegan Makes

Create & Babble ** Inspitation for Moms ** H2OBungalow

Refresh Restyle ** My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ** 2 Bees in a Pod ** Celebrating Everyday Life



  1. Your sewing cabinet drink station is all over Pinterest, I see it all the time! Somehow I had missed your craft show display (hopped over to check it out and PIN it)

    I look forward to seeing what you’re up to in 2017 Paula!


    1. I love hearing that you see my sewing cabinet drink station on Pinterest. That was such a fun project to complete and I can’t wait for it to get warm so that we can start to use it again. I hope your 2017 is full of fun and DIY!


  2. ^like Gail, I see the sewing table everywhere! Such a great idea! We made ours into a sink for the powder room, but yours is cooler. (Every time I read your blog, I sing the Tommy Roe song to myself.) Happy New Year!

    1. A sewing cabinet turned sink for a powder room sounds like a great idea. I see those cabinets so often at Goodwill and wish I could think of more uses for them. Have a wonderful 2017!


    1. Thank you, Malia! I can’t wait for warm weather so that we can start to enjoy the outdoor bar again.


    1. I use that glue gun stand every time I craft with a glue gun. It’s so great to not have the glue gun fall over and also to keep the drips contained. Happy 2017!


  3. Your hutch makeover is absolutely fabulous! I can see why you kept it for yourself. I also LOVE sewing cabinet drink station. Who would have thought! As always, I enjoy your blog.
    Happy New Year, my friend!

  4. I loved seeing your Top 10 Posts! Especially because I remember several of them and a few were from the Power Tool Challenge Team 🙂 You had a fantastic year! Wishing you lots of success, growth and happiness in 2017!

  5. Hi Sweet Pea Paula! I love your industrial paper towel holder. You’re outfits are so cute, too! I hope your 2017 is going well! I am so behind I can’t see straight, lol! XO ~ Julie

  6. Paula – you had a great year and I look forward to your projects to come. I was just thinking about how I need to make some foot stools today so I can’t wait to try your pattern! Love your bench, what a great memory and repurpose! Happy New Year!

  7. So many awesome projects, Paula. I missed a lot of these the first time around so I’m glad to catch up and be able to check them out. Have a wonderful 2017!

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