I don’t know about you, but I feel like 2020 is going to be remembered as the year that wasn’t. So many things were just ‘on hold’ for nearly the entire year, things like travel, neighborhood garage sales, social gatherings, dining in restaurants, and festivals of all kinds.
I think most of us will be happy to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. So long 2020, don’t let the door hit ya in the ass on your way out.
But then again, as I’m looking back over my blog posts for 2020, I see that it wasn’t all bad. Once again I managed to crank out a few projects here and there, so let’s review, shall we?
One thing that jumped out at me for 2020 was all of the things I painted white. Not only do I find that white pieces sell more quickly, but white pieces just really appeal to me. So I found myself reaching for the white paint quite a lot in 2020.
My current favorite white is Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth (on the bench lower right and the serpentine cabinet with the gold transfers shown above upper left) followed closely by their Sawmill Gravy (on the other two pieces).
Another trend for me in 2020 was working on smaller items rather than larger furniture pieces. I tend to find the bulk of my furniture pieces on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, but I found myself avoiding interacting with too many strangers in 2020. To be honest, it doesn’t really make any sense. I probably encountered more strangers at garage sales than I would have buying furniture online.
None the less, that led to a lot of smalls. And again, with lots of white!
I didn’t entirely abandon my other favorite color to work with in 2020, black.
And I did also use some color in 2020.
I may have had to dig deep into the archives to find it though.
I also shared quite a few do-overs in 2020.
I was trying to work on things that I already had on hand, and that included a few pieces that hadn’t sold in their original look like the bench and the dresser). Both of those pieces sold quickly after a do-over. I also took advantage of the time and made over a couple of my own pieces like my Welsh cupboard and that little folding chair that is now hanging on the wall in my living room.
Then there was also the bench flip that I shared on Monday.
So over all, 2020 wasn’t all that bad. My storage areas are pretty well cleaned out now, so that means I have a clean slate for starting 2021.
Here’s what I know you’ll see a lot more of from me in 2021 …
Black and white. Because let’s face it, they are classic and never go out of style.
Signs made out of old cupboard doors. Now that I know how easy these are to find at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep making lots of them.
Stenciling on unpainted wood. This was an experiment for me recently, but I really love how it turned out. I think you’ll see more of this look from me in 2021.
Thrifted items given new life with paint, stencils and/or transfers. I just love taking a worn out item and giving it a fresh new life. It’s so satisfying!
And here’s what I dearly hope you’ll see more of from me in 2021 …
Great hauls from neighborhood garage sales. Because surely the awesome neighborhood sales will be back in business for 2021, right?
Travel posts. Please, please, please let there be travel in 2021.
Garden posts. Even if the world opens back up again, I still hope to keep up on my gardening.
Home tours. Because everybody enjoys an awesome home tour.
So, let’s all raise a glass and ring in 2021. It has to be an improvement over 2020, right?!
Happy New Year!