Best of 2015 (Artsy Chicks Rule Top Ten)

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Happy (almost!) New Year my wonderful friends! :)

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season so far. It’s just amazing to me how fast times pass these days.
I think it’s just the nature of our lifestyles at this point. Everyone is just go, go, go it seems.
Some days I just want to move out to the country, on a farm, get a bunch of animals and …. breathe.
That sounds more and more wonderful to me each and every day!

Sorry, got off on a bit of a tangent! ;)

So as the year wraps up, I always like to do a post featuring the best of 2015 (aka the top ten posts).
These are posts that readers and others out in internet land have deemed at my top posts.
They are the most visited for 2015, etc.

Artsy Chicks Rule Top Ten Posts 2015 -

It’s fun to see which ones they are each year!

I will start at the bottom and work my way to number 1.



Our kitchen remodel done over a span of 10 years.
You can read all about it and how we did it on a MAJOR budget here.


Thrifty Coastal Lamp Makeover - $10 for the PAIR - HUGE Savings !! -artsychicksrule

These thrift store lamps that were a bargain with a capitol B!
Visit here to see what I did to make them look like brand new.


Secretary Desk Makeover (Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan) - Before & After - #MadeItMyOwn #sp #chalkpaint artsychicksrule

My beloved secretary desk. I just could not part with this one!!
No way. 
She is still in my home and will remain so. Click here to see all the details on this special paint job I gave her.


French Paris Box Makeover with Chalk Paint 1 - Coastal Cottage - #chalkpaint #coastal #anniesloan #paris #french #frenchcountry

I just love these little flatware boxes that are in abundance at the thrift stores.
They can be made over and used for so many things. You can see the details here.
Here’s two more I’ve done here and here.


Decor Challenge - Shop Your Home - Part 2 - Full Shot - #homedecor #thriftydecor

One of our decorating challenges. We do these every month and even have a Facebook group (come join!) dedicated to it.
You can see more about this challenge here.


Shop Your Home - Decorating Challenge - First of Three #makeover #decor #decorating (2)

And the first post in that decorating series here.


Old Tray Turned Chalkboard Menu - thrifty finds made over with Chalk Paint! - Metal tray to Menu Chalkboard

Thrift store metal tray made into a MENU chalkboard. So easy!
See it here.


Sideboard Makeover with Java Gel and Chalk Paint - French Country Coastal - #javagel #chalkpaint #frenchcountry #anniesloan #makeover

Loved this sideboard. It’s even got a pretty Aubusson Blue interior.
See the inside and the before here.


Thrifty Find Makeovers - artsychicksrule

A round up of thrifty finds I created makeovers for. Budget friendly decor ideas!
See them all here.

And here is the NUMBER 1, most viewed post of 2015.

Family Room French Doors Before and After

The family room makeover. AKA…. THE CAVE. Ugh!
So, so, so very happy it no longer looks like one!
To see everything we’ve done, and more before and after photos in there, click here.

I hope you enjoyed revisiting the top ten for the year. It’s fun to see which posts/projects were the most interesting.
I’ll see you guys in the new year with all kinds of info and tutorials on the things I’ve recently completed and shared with you.
I wish all of you a blessed and safe New Year’s Eve….and a blessed and wonderful, brand new 2016!! :)


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Now here’s some other great Top Ten Posts of 2015 from some blogging friends for you to check out…


Domestically Speaking | Cupcakes and Crinoline |Our Southern Home

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Yesterday on Tuesday | Mad in Crafts

Petticoat Junktion | Roots North and South | DIY180

Inspiration for Moms | Restoration Redoux | Create & Babble

2 Bees in a Pod | Garden Matter | Artsy Chicks Rule

Cottage at the Crossroads | Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer | Sweet Pea

Plum Doodles | What Meegan Makes | Clean and Scentsible

Hunt & Host | Brandywine Cottage | Day to Day Adventures

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  1. Good morning Nancy hope your Christmas was relaxed :)) I know sometimes the country sounds good to me, lol. These are great top 10 posts, especially your family room with the dark paneling wow! I love makeovers and yours are always fun to get to look at ! Happy New year to you Nancy, look forward to what you have coming!!

    1. Hi Sandra!
      Thank you so much!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too. :)
      Happy New Year, my friend! xoxo

  2. Nancy, I always enjoy your posts, you have so much talent. The room makeovers are like night and day – you have such design sense and talent. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2016. Oh, and I so hear you about wanting to move away to the country to breath. Mr. Frugalista and I were just talking about that very subject on the drive home the other night. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you so much, my friend!:)
      Maybe that country home will come along soon!! Not sure if I could actually go through with it but the thought of it is wonderful!
      Looking forward to the New Year and all of the amazing things you will share with us too!! xoxo

  3. Your secretary and your sideboard were two of my favorites this year, and those room makeovers were so night and day! Good thing you had the foresight to take all those lovely before photos! Can’t wait to see what we get up to in 2016. Looking forward to supporting and inspiring each other for another amazing year! XOXOXO

    1. Thanks Christy!! :)
      I am SO glad I took those photos…who knew??!! lol
      Looking forward to the new year and can’t wait to see all the fun and wonderful challenges it brings!
      Wonder what we’ll get into this year??!! haha

  4. You had a great blogging year, Nancy, and posted so many great projects. I enjoyed your recap to remind me of a few that I’d forgotten. I look forward to seeing what you share in 2016.

  5. Nancy,
    You KNOW how much I like your talent and crafts. You are truly an “artsy chick”. I have learned so much from you this past year. Thanks for sharing your Top Ten.
    Happy New Year.

  6. Great line up of posts! The kitchen transformation was probably my favorite. Well done! The Robins egg blue paint on the desk with the dark interior is so lovely. Would love that in my house! Have a happy new year!!

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