2012 Wrap Up ~ My Top 3 DIY Projects

I’m going to be honest.

Back in January 2012, I wasn’t sure any home improvement projects were going to happen On Sutton Place. Not that I didn’t have a list a mile long…but my plate was full with other things.

A full time job, an Etsy shop, a family. (Not necessarily in that order.)

However…I had this plan. I really, really, really wanted to quit my job and attempt to earn a small income doing what I love. Blogging and sewing. So I figured I had better get one major project out of the way while I was still earning a steady paycheck.

I am proud to say it turned out so much better than I expected. It is, without a doubt, my favorite project ever.

If you missed it you can read about the entire process of my entry renovation here, including a handy little tip on installing a gallery wall.

As most of you know, I did quit that job and have been self-employed (that sounds so legit) since June. Suffice it to say that the next project had no budget at all.



I had a dicey grout situation and needed a very quick and cheap fix. I found it with this product called Tile Guard. It was so easy. I applied the coating back in August. It still looks great and is wearing well. Although it’s not a permanent fix, for now at least, my tile is clean.

Our final project of 2012 was painting our gigantic deck.

Our deck finish was virtually non-existent and bare wood was showing through. I’m all for rolling up my sleeves and attempting DIY projects when possible…however, this project we left to the pros.

I loved the gray stain when it went on…but it definitely shows the dirt much more than the natural stain. The leaves and other debris from the trees made a mess of things. It will be interesting to see what it looks like when I clean it up in the spring. I’ll let you know.

There you have it. I’ll be back tomorrow with my most pinned post. Can you guess what it is?

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Thoughts from my friends...

  1. Donnamae says

    I really like your stairs…I have carpeted stairs too, but just subfloor underneath…I’ll just admire yours! They are gorgeous! :)

  2. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says

    Ann, you have accomplished so much this year! I remember when you shared the newly painted deck, and shortly after, a major storm blew through your town! Everything looks so new and fresh in your beautiful home. Happy New Year!

  3. KATHYSUE says

    Ann three great projects that made a huge difference in your home. I have used the grout coating too Love the fresh look it gave my grout. It was a temporary fix and that was 7 years ago!! lol,
    xo Kathysue

  4. says

    Your projects are all great. I especially love the stair transformation. I always smile when I read about you quitting your job to blog and sew… I can’t wait to read about all the new year brings for you. :-)

  5. says

    Love the porch project, it looks great. You had a busy 2012. Also love the wood steps versus carpet, I guess I love the natural wood look better! Have a great weekend.