Top 10 Projects Of 2017

At the end of each year I enjoy looking back through all my projects to see what were the most popular for readers from that particular year. Looking through the analytics is kinda fun.

It’s also a great way to remind myself of what you enjoyed the most, and for new subscribers to get a chance to see some projects that they may have missed.

So here are the top 10 projects for 2017.


Faux tea towel vinyl blind makeover

#10:  Since my aqua and red kitchen makeover was a major undertaking  in 2017 several of the top 10 came from that, like my faux tea towel vinyl blind makeover .


Kitchen backsplash makeover using electrical tape faux tiles

#9: This cheap and cheerful Electrical Tape Faux Tile Backsplash was such a fun and easy project, and it saved a lot of mess because I avoided removing the existing tiles.

#8: My hubby found the perfect recipe book for my decoupaged kitchen counters. When I first did the project I thought it would be temporary, but I’ve since decided to keep it permanently.


Quick and easy diy flannel fabric pumpkins

#7: It’s always fun to find new ways of making pumpkins, and this past fall I made this flannel pumpkin trio.


how to spray paint picture frames

#6: Spray painting is one of my favourite things to do because it’s such a quick way to give things a completely  new look, like these spray painted picture frames. I share some tips in this post to make this an easy project.


decoupaged vinyl tablecloth for kitchen table makeover

#5: It seems that my readers enjoy it when I do something just a little bit crazy, and that’s so great because I enjoy it too. I also love having a mix of patterns in a room, and this decoupaged table makeover added a nice floral element that I wanted in my kitchen.

#4: For the chair makeover I used a $2 thrifted tablecloth. Chairs like these, with removable seats, are the easiest when it comes to recovering.


repurposed rolling pin window valance /

#3: I have a thing for rolling pins and have quite the thrifted collection. I’m always looking for ways to repurpose them and my rolling pin window valance was the most popular project that came out of my kitchen makeover. It was also one of the first… and really got the makeover rolling. haha.


how to make a license plate wind chime

#2: Making garden art and wind chimes is one of my favourite things to do, and every summer I make a few more creations for our gardens… like this license plate wind chime using souvenir spoons of places that we’ve visited over the years.


set of three repurposed folding strainer flowers

#1: And my repurposed folding streamer/strainer flowers was the most popular project of the year. These flowers add a touch of fun and colour to my hosta garden, and I think I’ll be making more of these in the future.

Now these were the most viewed projects of 2017 that were done in 2017, but there were a few projects from previous years that received more views than these.

My most viewed projects during 2017 were my How To Make A Garden Art Dish Flower from 2015, and Setting the Garden with Plate Flowers from 2012, and How to Make a Garden Plate Flower Wind Chime from 2016.

Apparently my readers really like garden art projects. It makes me wish I didn’t have only the warmer months to create them, but winter is a fact of life here. It does make me appreciate the warmer months all the more.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Projects of 2017. I’m looking so forward to sharing more home decor and garden projects in 2018, and I just want to say thank you so much for your continued readership and support.

I’m really hoping that the coming year will be the best year yet here at TRV with loads of projects and inspiration.


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Top 10 Thrifty Rebel Vintage. Projects for 2017

Thanks again for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


I sometimes share my projects and posts at these fabulous parties.
Talk of the Town @ Interior Frugalista
Show & Tell Party @ Flamingo Toes
From Dream to Reality @ The DIY Dreamer
Wow Me Wednesday @ Ginger Snap Crafts
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Charm @ My Thrift Store Addiction
Friday Favourites @ Remodelaholic
DIY Salvaged Junk Projects @ Funky Junk Interiors
Sweet Inspiration @ The Boondocks Blog

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  1. Oh, I do so love your kitchen!! And it’s no wonder that your garden art from past years are still a big hit!! Have a wonderful new year….filled with all sorts of projects to inspire your minions!!! Dona

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Dona! I’ve enjoyed this past year so much, and I hope this coming year will be even better. Thanks so much for your continued support my friend. 🙂

  2. I love all your projects. So unique and creative. Wishing you a very happy, healthy and creative 2018!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks very much Debra! Happy New Year to you too!

  3. Loved so many of these…the kitchen table, the garden projects, your clever valances. I tell myself I’m going to copy a wind chime one of these days. Maybe yes, maybe no. Right now I’m lazy and not planning anything. That’s good to do too.
    Happy New Year Tuula!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Florence! I so agree with you. I’ve been a little lazy myself lately, but I do tend to plan things when I’m not actually doing anything. But to me that’s still counts as being lazy. lol. Happy New Year Florence!

  4. I love everything about your kitchen…however, are you planning any changes for the floor? Just curious.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Lisa! I just pulled up a vinyl plank floor with brown tones to get to the blue and white vinyl tile that I put down years ago. It matches my new kitchen much better, and I’m happy living with it until the budget allows for new flooring. No idea when that will be, but it will be happening some day.