Semigloss Design: Best Of 2017

Can you believe that 2017 is coming to an end? Time flies when you’re having fun! And 2017 was a very fun year for me. After 3 years of owning my house, I feel like this is the year that we finally made progress on it. I spent most of the year creating and it has paid off. Today, I’m sharing my most popular posts from this year, plus my five favorites. They might not be as popular, but they were fun to make.

Most Popular Posts of 2017

5. Free printable habit tracker. This handy printable continues to be a popular download. Although I don’t post as many printables anymore, it was fun to create new ones for a while. They’re all available with an email subscription. bullet journal printable | habit tracker | free printable | bullet journal printable tracker | planners #habittracker #bujo #bulletjournal #healthtracker

4. How to update a display cabinet. This cabinet started life, sad, broken and forgotten. A coat of paint and some beadboard wallpaper brought it into this century. I look forward to bringing a lot more furniture makeovers in the future. 

3. DIY stained concrete floors. My beautiful aqua floors never fail to put a smile on my face. They were inexpensive, easy to create and gave a fun feel to our sunroom. Aqua floors probably aren’t for everyone, but they’re absolute perfection to me. 

2. How to paint and stain stairs. I started the year out with the ambitious project of rejuvenating my boring stairs. Ripping the carpet off of them and staining them made such a difference. Of course, I’m super partial to the runner that I added as well. I’m hoping to get to my basement stairs soon. 

1. Shiplap in a bathroom. Although I wrote this post in 2016, this post has been my #1 post almost every month of this year. Putting wood in a wet environment felt a little scary, so I made several precautions to protect it from the environment. Shiplap was a really smart decision for a high use room. 


My Favorite Projects from 2017

  • Retro resin table. This lovely DIY table was created for a contest, but it’s one of my favorite things that I’ve ever made. I love everything about it. 
  • DIY vintage style pennants. I had so much fun creating these vintage style pennants. They look really fun in my son’s room. The snallygaster one still makes me laugh. vintage style pennant | heat transfer vinyl project | silhouette project | vintage crafts | DIY pennant | room decor | kids room decor | vintage pennant | banner | travel decor | wall hangings | bunting | DIY flag | signs | retro decor
  • HTV on glasses. This DIY didn’t go quite as planned when I washed a glass and the decal came off. I’m happy to say that the other 3 glasses are going strong. This was created for a Halloween tablescape, but who says skull glasses can’t be used year round? Did you know that you can use HTV on glasses? I'm sharing some tips to make using heat transfer vinyl on glasses and ceramics easier! htv on glasses | htv tips | heat transfer vinyl tips | htv project #htv #heattransfervinyl #silhouetteproject #vinyldecor
  • Stenciled fireplace surround. This is a recent DIY project. After years of hating the sad, faded slate on my fireplace, I stenciled it. It took a few hours to finish and now it has become one of my favorite details in my home. This room is sadly without furniture at the moment, so it will be receiving attention sometime this year. 
  • DIY decorative plates. Decal paper is so much fun. I loved creating these decorative plates and have been considering adding to my collection in the near future. 

2018, I’m ready for you!

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