The Shady Porch: 01.13


The Top 12 Recipe and Craft Projects of 2012!

Although I was 'on sabbatical' a good bit last year, I still wanted to revisit my favorites of 2012 (and yours, too) by checking out the MPPs (most popular posts). Looking back, I see that I was 'keepin' the kitchen hot' last year, and the majority of my crafting projects were re-purposing things that would normally be considered refuse (this makes me happy). 

Top 12 Shady Porch Recipes and Crafts of 2012!
Top 12 Shady Porch Recipes and Crafts of 2012!

The Top 12 of 2012!

  Spring Wreath of Paper Napkin Flowers by The Shady Porch

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup by The Shady Porch
Vase and Flowers Art made of Buttons by The Shady Porch

Recipe for Velveeta Mostaccioli by The Shady Porch

 #8 - Mostaccioli

Earth Day projects from trash by The Shady Porch

Looking back makes me excited about 2013! I am anxious to share my recipes, crafts, gardening adventures and House-to-Home projects with you! Until next time....Blessings, D
If you want to see my 2011 review (1st year blogging) check out
2011 Retrospect - Best, Worst & Funniest!

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DIY Metallic Makeover 6-Drawer Chest

Today I thought I would share some of my guest bedroom makeover. It's a project I started last year before I went on my sabbatical (Guest Bedroom...Makeover In the Making and  Guest Bedroom: Makeover Update #1) and will not be completed for some time yet if I do all the projects that I have on my makeover dream-wish board.

DIY Metallic Makeover - 6-Drawer Chest
I decided to refinish the furniture in my guestroom and shortly thereafter I actually won a tutorial that helped me achieve the look I wanted. Lucky me! I am so happy with the results! As you can see from the "Before" picture, the dresser was a traditional wood tone and I've now transformed it into this beautiful, chippy metallic gray. I won the How-To tutorial for the metallic stain makeover back in February 2012 from Jodi at Cottage Charm Creations and I am so glad I did!

Here is the BEFORE picture of the 6-Drawer chest. 

[BEFORE] 6-drawer chest

Below is another AFTER photo of the chest. The tutorial was very helpful and this being my first time using it, I am pleased! It is a multistage process, so I will refer you to Jodi's tutorial, if you're interested in doing your own DIY metallic stain makeover. 
[AFTER]  6-drawer chest

I didn't darken my piece as much as the tutorial did, I just wanted it to highlight the crooks and crevices and maintain the lighter shade of gray.  It's all a matter of personal preference anyway, right? I liked the way the furniture now lightens the room and adds to the depth of the color story I was trying to tell. It's not easy work, but it's surely worth the effort. If you're interested in seeing the tutorial of the Zinc Patina process visit Jodie at Cottage Charm Creations.

I didn't realize how 'In Vogue' my metallic bedroom was going to be when I started it months ago but I received my HGTV Hottest Winter Trends email today and was tickled to see Sparkling Metallics on the list! You'll get to see more of my metallic makeover in future posts!