If I’m being honest, I kind of just gave up for a bit at the end of 2018. I mean, it was sort of a hard year and things just got a little ridiculous there at the end. But that’s another post for a different day. Today’s post is a pretty one, brought to you by the optimistic version of myself that actually got stuff done this year. Here’s the top 8 Best of 2018 DIYs + Furniture Makeovers from Southern Revivals – my optimistic and driven alter ego!
1 – Nightstand Into a Bathroom Vanity
I started off the year sharing how we turned our old nightstand into a bathroom vanity as part of our guest-friendly bathroom makeover. By popular demand, this post shares all the details: from installing the sink to reconfiguring the inside of the cabinet to accommodate plumbing.
2 – Modern DIY Garden Box
3 – DIY Board and Batten
Then came the ORC – the One Room Challenge in April – where I was to finally redeem myself for not finishing my very first ORC challenge – our laundry room. And redeem myself, I did. Until this past October when I attempted my 3rd ORC – our master bedroom. But let’s not open that negative can of worms in the fresh and brand new year. Besides, our master bedroom reveal will go live later this month!
It’s no secret that I love board and batten. We’ve got some version of it in several rooms in the house. This version, however, is, to me, the most modern – which is why I love it. The black and white room reveal is below but here’s the super easy DIY Board and Batten tutorial.
4 – DIY Platform Bed
5 – Teen Boy Bedroom Makeover Reveal
6 – Fancy Farmhouse Chicken Coop
You guys, I cannot even begin to tell you how happy this project makes me, even six months later. It is by far the largest project we’ve undertaken and we accomplished it in just six short weeks Rain, nor wind, nor storms of a tropical nature stopped us. And it has since weathered its very first hurricane with zero damage.
It amazes me, just looking at the photos, that it’s something we did ourselves. It’s truly like an out of body experience. This is our Fancy Farmhouse Chicken Coop and the plans for this coop will be available in time for spring building this year! This is by far the most popular post on my blog in 2018 making it a shoo-in for the Best of 2018 DIYs + Furniture Makeovers.
7 – Modern DIY Garden Trellis
One of the many projects in Operation Backyard Makeover is this modern DIY garden trellis which was one of the most popular of our outdoor projects this year. The Mandavillia have since died – who knew they weren’t perennials in our climate – and have been replaced with a giant climbing rose which I hope really shows off this spring!
Along with the garden box from above and our DIY outdoor bench, we also completed two floating decks that surround a DIY cement tile patio, a garden wall, and a mini pergola. Lots of those projects will be posted this spring but here’s a sneak peek of our backyard makeover in the meantime.