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Pretty Handy Girl 2012 Year in Review

2012 was a jam packed year. It was filled with adventures, triumphs, and destruction. But, overall it was filled with a mass of accomplished projects. I shared some great tutorials with you and these are just a few of the best from 2012!

One of my favorite transformation tools is paint. Whether it be spray paint, craft paint or glazes, the changes can be amazing. These are my favorite paint transformations from 2012:

  1. 1. Faux Zinc File Cabinet
  2. 2. Making New Wood Look Old
  3. 3. Brass to Class Light Fixture Transformation
  4. 4. Stenciled Drop Cloth Runner
  5. 5. Mini-House Mailbox


I love making something new out of the mundane. These are my favorite “You Made That from What?” tutorials for 2012:

  1. 1. PVC and Radiator Screen Centerpiece for a Patio Table
  2. 2. Copper Holiday Star
  3. 3. Plumbing Parts Ornament
  4. 4. Locking Washer Gear Bracelet
  5. 5. Storm Collar Pndant Lights


Branches and fallen trees are just a few of the things that I like to use to create rustic décor. Here are my top picks for naturally rustic home décor tutorials in 2012:

  1. 1. Branch Jewelry Tree
  2. 2. Romantic Book Page Rose Wreath
  3. 3. Bread Crate and Shipping Pallet Shelves
  4. 4. Branch-Handled Rustic Flower Caddy
  5. 5. Log Pillar Candles


Despite a few set backs in 2012 (illnesses, travel, and a water leak), I somehow managed to transform three spaces in our home! Each renovation provided several opportunities to share a few tutorials.


  1. 1. Cheerful Laundry Room Reveal
  2. 2. How to Swag a Light Fixture
  3. 3. How to Scrape Popcorn Ceilings
  4. 4. How to Add an Outlet Extender
  5. 5. How to Hang a Flow Wall Storage System


I probably spend more time in my garage workshop than the kitchen. It’s true, I have more in common with Bob Vila than Bobby Flay. So, it’s only natural that I’d makeover my garage workshop into a space fit for a DIY Queen. Woman’s Day magazine got wind of the makeover and ended up writing a feature in their September issue.

  1. 1. Paint Brush Cabinet Handles
  2. 2. Adding Grilles to Plain Garage Doors
  3. 3. Make Your Own Workshop Sign
  4. 4. Sheet Metal Magnetic Backsplash
  5. 5. Open Frame Cabinet Doors


Finishing out the year, the last space to get an awe-inspiring makeover was our bonus room. The new art & craft studio has become our sanctuary and our favorite spot to make a mess and get creative!

  1. 1. Installing a Scrap Wood Wall with Ledges
  2. 2. Installing Flow Wall Shelves and Cabinets
  3. 3. How to Make a Rope Light Sign
  4. 4. Transforming a Dumpster Table with Stencils and Chalk Paint
Last, but certainly not least, the popular Tool Tutorial Friday series was completed.  A virtual library filled with power tool tutorials and videos to help you get used to that power tool that’s been collecting dust in the workshop.

Now it’s time to officially say goodbye to 2012. I’ll be receiving 2013 with a big welcoming embrace. What’s in store for the New Year? At the very least, I’ll be inviting you along with some DIY tutorials and information as we build back our kitchen after the great water, mold and asbestos damage of 2012. Stick around, it’s bound to be entertaining!

11 replies
  1. Hugh Kuck
    Hugh Kuck says:

    Similar to 2012, I am sure 2013 is also going to be a year of great professional achievements. You must keep your good work up and impress clients by offering customized services to suit their specific requirements and budget.

  2. Becky
    Becky says:

    Do you have any books published ?? I need pictures & detailed guides in front of me. I am especially interested in How to’s for distressing furniture.

  3. Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
    Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza says:

    Holy cow – that was quite a year! I love your work area in the garage, especially the paint brush handles. Thank you for being so inspiring and sharing your awesome projects with us! Happy New Year! (And I’m calling you when I get my saw!)


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