This post summarizes the top 10 posts for 2022. These were the posts that were read the most often during the past year.
This last year was a year of growth for my blog. There was more engagement in many of my posts and you all let me know what you enjoyed (and what you didn’t enjoy)!
The purpose of this post is to highlight those blog posts over the past year that you liked the best. It’s kind of a round-up of 2022. Out of 104 posts written in the past year, I selected the 10 posts that were read the most and had the most engagement.
Before we jump into the highlights, I have to say, the growth experienced in this little corner of the internet would not have been possible without the advice of KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms. Thank you KariAnne for sharing your wisdom, knowledge and experience with those of us who are relatively “new” to blogging.
With that, let’s jump into the posts you liked the most.
Top 10 Posts for 2022
This post would not be possible without YOU. Because YOU read what I share and follow along on this little journey – I can provide a summary of the top 10 posts. So from the bottom of my heart, or really from all of my heart, thank you for following along and for reading my blog. I would not be here if it weren’t for you.
1. Repurposed Antique Headboard
This was by far the most popular post in the last year. You love seeing how antique and vintage items can be repurposed for modern day uses. This Victorian headboard was repurposed into a wall mounted drying rack. The post walks you through all the steps I followed for this transformation.
This could still be a functioning headboard, however, I elected to paint it and use it to dry some flowers. It could also serve as a coat rack in an entryway.
2. Wood Spindle Craft
In keeping with a repurposing theme, you also enjoyed this post where I showed you how to take old spindles and turn them into candlestick holders or risers.
I used them to hold some pumpkins, but they could also be used to display small floral arrangements or mercury glass Christmas ornaments in addition to votive candles.
3. White Painted Oak Dresser
This project was a doozy. When I first acquired this dresser, it had to be stripped of its existing green paint and then sanded. You can read all about the process HERE.
The brass knobs on this little dresser were the perfect compliment to its age and character.
4. Waxed Pine Dresser
Looking at my google analytics, it appears you love furniture transformations and so this post on the waxed pine dresser was also popular.
This antique hand painted dresser was found at a local Re-Store but it needed some TLC. Most notably, it required a lot of sanding (and more sanding). It was sealed with a MMS clear furniture wax because I didn’t want the color of the raw wood to change.
5. Antique Pine Blanket Chest
In keeping with the furniture transformation theme, you loved seeing how this red toned blanket chest was transformed into a beautiful antique pine piece.
My Mom was going to donate this old blanket chest and I asked her if I could have it. She said yes. Thanks Mom!
6. DIY Painted Pottery
In this post, I showed you how to take some newer pottery vases and make them look like they are 100s of years old. It’s a surprisingly simple process that doesn’t require much time.
I used the same technique on two different vases and applied different color paint to get a slight variation in the final result. As an aside, I did this project in May when the lilacs were in full bloom. When I close my eyes, I can still smell those lilacs.
Do you have a favorite? I think I am leaning toward the grey toned vase.
7. Green Cottage Dresser
This past year, just about every furniture transformation post was well received. It warms my heart to know that you love these transformations as much as I do. This post on the green cottage dresser was also a favorite.
This project was also a doozy because I had to remove the existing gloppy white paint. The end result was definitely worth all the work. I used MMS milk paint in the color boxwood. It’s the perfect color for spring.
8. Antique Pine Dresser
Although this project was completed in the fall of 2021, it continued to be one of the most read and re-read blog posts in 2022. I found this antique pine dresser at a library sale and it was wearing a very unfortunate shade 1970s orangish varnish.
After applying stripper, and hours of sanding, this antique dresser was given a new life. I love the cut out design on the skirt of the dresser. It’s such a lovely detail.
9. DIY Pottery Lamp
Since you responded so well to the DIY painted pottery, I decided to apply the same process to a pottery lamp! You loved the result and this is one of my most pinned images of the year. If you have been shopping for lamps, you will know that the new version of these pottery style lamps are expensive. This post shows you how you can DIY your own pottery lamp for a fraction of the retail price.
I use this lamp in our front entryway and still love it.
10. Collecting Antique Baskets
Most of you who have been reading this blog know that I am a vintage/antiques dealer and that I have a booth in a local shop known as Stone Soup Antiques. Occasionally, I write posts on collecting vintage or antique items. The post I wrote on collecting antique baskets still gets read by folks every month.
As an aside, you might recognize the dresser that these baskets are resting upon. (Check back at third most read post in 2022. )
Thank you for following along and for reading the various posts that I write. If it weren’t for you and your interest in these topics, this blog would not exist. I started this blog as a way to share about the things that I love – mostly creative endeavors and vintage/antique items. Most of the world is not interested in these topics so I am always humbled when you show interest in something I share. It’s heartening to know there are people who have the same interests as myself. Happy New Year!