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Your Favorite DIY Projects

These DIY projects are some of your favorites and some of mine too. I thought it was time to bring them out again in case you missed them or you happen to be new around here. It’s always good to review past work, and I have to say I think I worked a lot harder in the earlier days of my DIY journey.

I’m kind of impressed with some of them and wonder if I’ve worked on anything as cool since. Some of the projects go back to 2012. While going through the list pick out a favorite or two and let me know what you like about the project or projects please. (Tomorrow is Furniture Fixer Upper Day, so a totally new project!)

10. Antique Beauty Painted Vintage Rose Using MMS Milk Paint

top 10 diy projects Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint project Petticoat Junktion Vintage Rose Bed


Starting with number 10 and working my way up to number 1. Number 10 was the beautiful bed I purchased for $3 at a local thrift store. The price included the headboard, footboard, and rails. The piece was beat up but had gorgeous details. It was a special piece and needed a special look. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and mixed my own custom color.

9. WOWED by my first Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Project

top 10 diy projects Miss Mustard Seed's Tricycle Red project Petticoat Junktion

The number 9 project is also a Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint furniture makeover. The Tricycle Red Cabinet was my first project using the paint. I fell in love with the paint, and the cabinet has made its way around the web.

8. DIY Vases From Plastic Water Bottles-Trashy or Classy?

How to spray paint plastic bottles Petticoat Junktion top 10 diy projects

I thought of not adding this post. It is so different from the others. I like the project, but it only made the top 10 because it was picked up and shared by another website. It got tons of views because of that.

7. Pair of Debutantes decked out in Silver with Mocha highlights.

Silver metallic painted furniture Petticoat Junktion top 10 diy projects

Another popular paint type with you is the silver metallic Martha Stewart Precious Metals paint. Too bad they don’t make it anymore. I painted the pair of nightstands silver, then gave the paint an antiqued look using Caromal Colours Toner.

6. White Pillowcase Curtains Straight From The Package

white pillow case curtains budget friendly project
white pillowcase curtains budget-friendly project

I shared this project three years ago. I put the curtains up and decided to post about the project even though it wasn’t painted furniture…..which was about all I posted about at the time. The window in our small bathroom ….is small! I finally decided that king-size curtains would work perfectly, so I bought a pair at Walmart and hung them with clips. Easy-Peasy.

5. How to Paint your Front Door and Metal Framed Storm Door

how to paint your front door and metal storm door
how to paint your front door and metal storm door

When I painted the front door blue, the white metal framed glass storm door stood out like a sore thumb. I decided to paint it blue too. I wasn’t sure if the paint would hold up on the metal, but it still looks as fresh as the day I painted it in 2012.

4. Tutorial On Martha Stewart Metallic Paint For Furniture

Martha Stewart Silver Metallic furniture paint project Petticoat Junktion top 10 diy

This project features a complete tutorial on the silver paint. Since the Martha Stewart Metallic paint is no longer available, I use metallic paint from Modern Masters.

3. 10 Steps to Prepping and Painting Furniture

10 steps to prepping and painting furntiure Petticoat Junktion top 10 diy projects

This post is rather lengthy but full of good information. I was happy with the two-tone paint finish and I love the furniture style. I wish I could find more pieces like this one. The JTS did have to do a lot of repairs on it before I could start painting.

2. Tutorial-How To Antique Painted Furniture

How to antique painted furniture Petticoat Junktion top 10 diy projects

I used Caromal Colours Toner to age the milk paint finish on this table. This is a complete and detailed tutorial on using the toner to antique or age furniture. And now for the most viewed…

1. Paint Technique for Cherry Red and Turquoise Distressed Cedar Chest

how to distress furntiure using vaseline Petticoat Junktion top 10 diy projects

Did you know you can use Vaseline to distress furniture? You can. The complete tutorial can be found by clicking the photo above. I have to admit that every time I look at this post, I cringe…..the photos are horrible. I guess it doesn’t matter though. It’s the technique and detailed tutorial that counts. I painted this piece in 2013.

Sideboard Makeover

How to antique and distress white painted furniture
How to antique and distress white painted furniture

This beauty is in our master bedroom. You can find it here…How To Distress And Antique White Painted Furniture

New Knock-Off West-Elm Soda Can Vases

How to upcycle aluminum cans into vases
Upcycled Cans Make Cute Vases

It was fun making the aluminum can vases. Crushing the cans, spray painting them, filling them with sand….see the project here…. How To Upcycle Aluminum Cans Into Vases

Favorite Furniture

furniture collage
furniture collage

Which project is your favorite…..or is there another of my projects you like the best? Leave me a note. I love to hear your opinions. Thanks, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Thank you Sandy! I watched Petticoat Junction too. I loved the girls. You will have to share photos of your furniture when you finish it. The pink bed is one of my favorites too.

  2. First off may I say- I LOVE YOUR SITE NAME!!!! I watched that show as a girl, and its so catching! But, I love all your projects! I now have some great ideas on re-doing my bedroom furniture! Im painting the entire room white, wood floors and all, and the color will come from everything else!! But the pink headboard and the wagaon red hope chest -I just adore those colors!!! Thank you so much for all the info and ideas!!

  3. you have such a great touch for perfectly distressing furniture…beautiful projects from a beautiful year. thankful for you friend!

  4. All of your posts are awesome, Kathy. You use color in amazing ways and I always love to see the end results. Have an amazing 2016. xo, mb

  5. Ooh. I need to paint our metal storm door this year, so I am pinning that tutorial for later. Thanks!

  6. My favorite was The Tricycle Red Cabinet!

    I hope to paint my front door AND screen door this spring. I never considered doing that. I like the look! Our door in recessed, so maybe it will look more prominent. I have seen newer houses that don’t include screen doors in front. Are they too sophisticated for that??? If we didn’t have a screen door, how would we air out the house without the kitties getting loose? There’s nothing better than a breeze in warmer weather!

    Pillow case curtains: I have some very old linens where my great grandmother crocheted the edges. The linen was quite a bit heavier than it is today, so I hope it will work out for the spare bedroom. I will use them somehow!

    Best wishes in the new year!

  7. Your projects are all so much fun! Can’t even decide which one I like more… Glad to share another tour with you and hope you have a happy 2016!

  8. Kathy, so many great transformations in 2015…can’t wait to see what 2016 brings! Happy New Year!

  9. My all-time favorite piece of your is the cabinet painted with red tricycle paint! Love the shape of the cabinet, the color, and the quilts displayed inside!!! Just finished noshing on your wonton appetizers while watching the Clemson footfall game. They were delicious! I have enjoyed being on all these parties with you lately. We will have to think up more for 2016! OH! But I’m totally going to steal your idea of using pillowcases as curtains!

  10. Awesome projects Kathy! I’m so happy to be on this tour with you. Happy New Year! xoxo

  11. Your pieces always turn out so beautifully, Kathy! And it’s awesome that you share your tips and tricks with your readers! I know we’ll be seeing many more beauties in the year ahead! Happy New Year!!

  12. Wow so many inspiring pieces. I know where to go next time I need some painting inspiration. We are thinking about painting our built-in 1980’s bar this year…. so now I have a place for some good advice. Thanks and have a great 2016!

  13. OHHH I would love to follow some of these tutorials. That is one of my 2016 goals. Paint some of the furniture I have collected and that needs a new look. Glad to be doing the tour with you!

  14. Love your work, Kathy! It’s a treat for the eyes and inspiration for the soul. Looking so forward to seeing more in 2016. Happy New Year!!!

  15. I always enjoy your chippy furniture pieces Kathy and look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2016. Happy New Year!

  16. I love your projects, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite when they are all my favorite Kathy. LOL, Happy New Year’s.

  17. Loved all of your painting projects….I am so attracted to the red ones!….Happy New Year Kathy….May it be a most happy and healthy one!!!

  18. All of your projects have been absolutely AMAZING!!!! #9 and #3 are my ALL TIME FAVS…but so are all the others! Can’t wait to see what you will be bringing us in the New Year! Wishing you and yours the most joyous New Year Ever!!! Hugs… from TheCottageMarket : )

  19. All of your projects have been absolutely AMAZING!!!! #9 and #3 are my ALL TIME FAVS…but so are all the others! Can’t wait to see what you will be bringing us in the New Year! Wishing you and yours the most joyous New Year Ever!!! Hugs…