Best of Pretty Handy Girl 2011

It’s the end of the year and I know y’all have been busy. So, I thought I’d give you the cliff notes version of Pretty Handy Girl in 2011.

Gift Bucket Liner from Goodwill Pants

How to Paint a Dandelion Wall Mural

Fork Photo and Note Holder

Spring Paper and Button Flowers

How to Paint Doors the Professional Way


How to Paint Like a Pro Series:


Build Your Own Ladder Display Shelves

Photography Secrets for Shooting Indoors


Toilet Repairs Series:


Dream Big Butterfly Window

Backlit Cut Out Bookcase

Rustic Wine Crate

How to Replace an Ugly Hollywood Strip Light

Board and Batter Tutorial

How to Make a Branch Towel Bar

Light Bulb Comparison

How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Ombré Paint Chip Lampshade


Cabinet Door Revamped to Chalkboard Message Board

Kitchen Cabinet Turned into Shoe Storage Bench


Dollar Tree Placemat Garden Flag


Beveled Glass Light Fixture Ornaments

DIY Matchbox Car Race Track


And Finally, A Whole Slew of Power Tool Tutorials:

Compound Miter Saw

Jig Saw

Finish Nailer and Compressor

Cordless Drill

Circular Saw

Table Saw

Band Saw

I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited for 2012! I hope you’ll stick around for some more DIY tutorials and empowerment!

Did you have a favorite post of mine this year that I forgot to mention? Do tell! Chosing from almost 200 posts makes for some tough decisions.

8 replies
  1. Tina Starling
    Tina Starling says:

    I am soooo inspired! Thank you for sharing your seemingly endless creativity. I have 4 things planned after visiting your “Best of 2011” and can’t wait to get started. May I ask if you’ve ever been challenged to rehab circa 1980s round-cornered, oak furniture? Not my style, but it was free, it’s very sturdy, and, well, it’s already here! Only 2 suggestions I’ve considered: 1) stain rounded trip & wood handles black to contrast natural oak, or 2) stain entire piece very dark reddish and replace wooden handles with horizontal brushed nickel over a plate of same material (to cover the previous wooden handle well made by manufacturer). I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    Thank you again for what you do!


  2. Chrysta Bairre
    Chrysta Bairre says:

    I popped over from the #BlissDom tag and I’m so glad I did. I am a DIY/crafter at heart! My favorite project you listed here is the Dream Big window- so beautiful!

    I’m more of a crafter than home improvement junkie, but I grew up in a household of all girls and I’m not afraid to pick up a wrench, saw or nail gun. And being a thrifty lady, I’ll have plenty of opportunity to put my hands to work around the house. (My favorite project in the last year was replacing our kitchen flooring. The demolition was actually kinda fun!)

    I hope to have the chance to meet you at BlissDom & look forward to checking back on your blog!


  3. Suki Korp
    Suki Korp says:

    I have enjoyed reading about your projects and look forward to the E-mail notifications. Thank you so much! You are definitely Pretty Handy…and that’s an understatement. Anticipating another great year!

  4. Karen @ Feral Turtle
    Karen @ Feral Turtle says:

    Happy New Years to you and your family. I am very excited to see what’s up your sleeve for 2012. Thanks for sharing your great ideas and wisdom. Cheers!


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