I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and is enjoying a some time off before the New Year! Today I’m popping in to share my most viewed posts of 2012. I enjoy writing these recap posts and looking back on the year, it makes feel like I’ve actually been productive. Most days I look around my messy house and see half-dressed kids and half-finished projects and feel like I can’t get anything done. But writing up this….well it makes me feel a little bit better :)
2012 has been my first full year blogging and it has been a great year… a great, busy, exhausting year full of projects and toddlers. Mostly toddlers. I may be able to take a break from blogging and projects whenever I want, but those busy little boys are always there… destroying my house and making me crazy. Last year I wrote up a top ten post and to my surprise it was actually pretty popular…my 14th most popular post this year to be exact. I remember writing in that post that I was just sure my big kitchen reveal post would be number one in 2012. Well…ummm…we still haven’t finished the kitchen. Ahh, life. But seriously…here’s to my kitchen reveal in 2013! No really, it’s going to happen…that and my house tour. Don’t roll your eyes, I mean it…would I lie to you?
So here they are, the top projects/posts of 2012!
This was the most popular project by a long haul. It went completely viral on pinterest, crashed my site for the better part of a week, and racked up nearly 300 comments. It been copied like crazy and was the beginning of a beautiful relationship with Cutting Edge Stencils. Usually when I post a new project my traffic doesn’t spike at all, most of my traffic is “drive-by”- a.k.a. people coming from pinterest, search engines, or the like… so my old posts get a lot of views and the new ones take a while to catch on. But within hours of posting this table my traffic went from about 2,000 a day to 25,000 – and that’s only the people who were able to load my site. I know I couldn’t, and my family kept calling and asking why they couldn’t get on… who knows what the numbers would have been if my site was working. The whole thing was nuts.
This project was not the instant sensation that the paisley table was, it grew slowly until one day I shared it on Hometalk and it was shared from there 38,000 times. From there someone stumbled it on Stumbleupon and it started to get a ton of traffic. In fact, every single day, without fail, the paisley table and this countertop are the two most viewed posts on my website.
This post was also pretty popular, but not in the way I thought it would be. People liked the overall pantry just fine, but the reason it was so popular was because of this picture… Those are just wire pencil baskets screwed to the wall to serve as a spice rack and make use of a space that is normally wasted. That idea got me a ton of features on websites (like this one on houselogic), and nearly every time this post gets pinned it’s that picture/idea. Who would’ve thought? Not Adam that’s for sure…after these were installed I asked him what thought of them, and he said they looked ridiculous and that no one would like them. Haha! In his defense I thought they looked dumb too, but was sure they would be fine once I added spices. Goes to show that you never know what is going to be popular and what is going to be a flop.
I was really excited when Adam decided to actually tackle this project. This one was totally done by him, a friend, and his brother…I just stood around looking pretty and taking pictures. I love it…it easily holds a ton of people, only cost $150 to make, and I don’t feel bad when it gets a little dented and beat up. Admittedly this post was really slow to catch on, I remember Adam asking me how people were liking our table and I told him, “pretty much no one has looked at it, probably because it’s been done 14 thousand times.”
I wasn’t surprised that this post was viewed a lot…it’s not the kind of post that you see everyday. I was surprised however with the great response it received. This is my second most commented on post, and the comments section is full of personal stories, encouragement, and honesty. I loved having the comments section be an actual conversation and everyone was just so…NICE. It was awesome, really. I also got a ton of amazing e-mails related to this, and to this day I still get e-mails with people giving me all their financial information and wanting to know what they have to do to pay off their house in X amount of years. I try to answer the best I can, but the truth is…I have no idea. I was always terrible at math… but luckily all you need is a mortgage calculator, a spouse that’s board, and enough self-confidence to not mind being know as “those cheap people”.
I don’t really have much to say about this table, it’s just another stenciled table…except that it took me about five hours longer to do this one than the paisley one. It turned out great and resides happily at my SIL and BIL’s house (and the paisley one resides happily at my other SIL and BILs house). Let’s just be totally honest here…I mainly made this table because I was hoping for another giant traffic spike where I made a ton of money. I’m nothing if not honest, lol.
This post was rightly titled “The Cutest Table I Ever Hated”. This is just one of those horrid old end tables that you see all over thrift stores, and I think it turned out adorable. It was a total pain along the way though, but a breeze next to what happened in popular post #8.
I find it hilarious that this post made it into the top ten. It certainly didn’t make it because the project was something special, all I did was do a terrible job painting a bed white. Evidently y’all just love to see me suffer and royally screw up projects… either that or you get a kick out of seeing my horrible disaster of a bedroom. Either way y’all enjoy laughing at my expense…and that’s quite alright with me.
This is another post that totally doesn’t deserve to be in the top ten. This is just me giving a tutorial on how to do the “Dirty Cowboy” treatment (aka distressing) and the only reason it was popular is because it is the same treatment I did on the legs of my paisley stenciled table (and there is a link to it in that post.)
This was one of the easiest projects I did all year, and it turned out great. This one I gave to yet another BIL of mine (Adam has a lot of siblings)…it’s very rare that I keep any furniture projects I do. I love to redo furniture but don’t have anywhere to put it. Perhaps once I fill up all my family members houses I’ll try my hand at selling stuff. Anyway, the design on this table was made using painters tape and different colors of stain and the whole process is pretty goof proof. If you are looking to try something new and fun on furniture, this is what you should start with.
And that, my friends, is the top ten most viewed posts of 2012. Did y’all notice a theme? I sure did…most of them are tables! Evidently y’all are really into tables…either that or y’all are just really into my tables.
There were a lot of projects that I loved that didn’t even come close to my top ten. I could list a bunch, but I’ll spare you the ridiculously long post and just show you my top three.
I am seriously in love with my screen door. It has a ton of character, was cheap to build, and just looks so dang handsome in my kitchen.
My planked walls are also still rocking my socks off. I don’t know why this post wasn’t more popular…actually it was probably because much bigger bloggers had already done this and it was old news. But just like my pantry door…it adds all kinds of personality to our boring builders grade house and was cheap to do.
I don’t want to make out with these mats like I do my screen door, but I have grown to really love them. When I made them I wasn’t sure how they were going to hold up, but I’m happy to report that they always look amazing. They haven’t warped even though I used cheap pine and dirt falls between the cracks which means they always look clean. Then of course there is the whole unique factor…who do you know that has homemade wooden mats on their front porch? No one, that’s who.
I can’t rightly end this post without letting y’all know which project was the biggest flop of the year. The project that wins this title is the undisputed champ, this post crashed and burned like nothing ever has before.
This was without question the biggest flop of the year. I can see why… orange-y cedar, industrial pipe, and terrible lighting aren’t what is on people’s “want” list when it comes to bathrooms. I even wrote in my post that most of you would cringe at my bathroom. I was right, lol. This bathroom still isn’t finished, perhaps when it is it will appeal to the general public more, though I’m not counting on it :)
Anyway, that’s all she wrote…here’s to a productive 2013!