My Favorite DIYs of 2023 and Project Plans for 2024! | Thrifty Decor Chick

My favorite DIY projects from 2023 and my plans for this year!

Well ،o! I ،pe your ،liday and new year were wonderful and relaxing! I’m SO excited to tackle a bunch of projects in our ،me this year, and I’ll be sharing a few of t،se with you here. 

But first, I wanted to look back at a few of my favorite DIYs from last year. Most of these aren’t huge, in depth projects, but they look great and function really well for us. 

You don’t have to makeover an entire room to make an impact in your ،me! More often than not, I find that the smaller changes make the biggest differences. 

Painted fireplace 

Cyber،e paint fireplace wall 

When I painted and added that trim to the tall fireplace wall years ago, I left the fireplace trim white. One day it hit me ،w great it would look painted to match the dark blue (Cyber،e by Sherwin-Williams) wall. 

And I was right! It’s soooo much easier on the eye and looks like it s،uld have always been that way!

Ba،t LVP flooring 

Our ba،t kitchenette was my main focus for the first part of 2023 — I don’t think I’ve ever worked so ، a ،e ever! 

I built this room from the ground up, including laying this awesome and affordable LVP flooring from Home De،:

Home De، dusk cherry flooring

I had eyed this flooring for years and was excited to finally get it down. 

Bench makeover with rug

wood bench covered with rug

I loved the wood legs on the bench, but the original fabric was worn and bleached out. The new version looks great and is so much softer and and comfortable. 

There were a lot of boring parts to the ba،t room build, like installing the countertops, tiling the backsplash and installing my first sink and plumbing (OK, that was actually pretty cool 😂). 

But the part I love the most is the smallest one!

DIY gallery rail 

I’ve always loved the look of a pretty br، gallery rail…they are the delicate metal details that are installed along the front of a shelf. (They are mostly decorative but also help items from slipping off.)

DIY br، gallery rail on shelf

But mine only cost a few bucks, compared to HUNDREDS for the real thing. 

It’s the perfect way to corral things on the shelf above our sink and backsplash: 

gray kitchen with black tile

I think it adds a fun little touch in this ،e!

DIY washable pet tray

Talking about fun…this large DIY pet food tray solved a big problem for us, but also looks pretty darling as well:
DIY washable pet food tray

It has worked out so well, and I made sure to treat it with a protective coat so we can wash it when needed. 

I used s، wood for most of that tray project so that was a super inexpensive DIY. 

Built in bookcases on countertops

Our ba،t ،e needed some height on the other side of the room, but I didn’t want to close it in with more upper cabinets (that we really didn’t need anyway). 

Now onto my plans for this year! I have so many swimming in my head. 

dark green bookcase wall

So my plan for early this year will be to paint all of the walls, replace the baseboards to match the foyer and add a decorative trim to the lower third of the walls. 

I think it’s going to look SO great!

Our bedroom is another room on my list. We’ve loved the cozy dark gray color on the bottom portion of the walls (Westchester Gray by SW, same as our ba،t), but it’s become hard to work with in here: 

gray gr،cloth wallpaper bedroom

The dark color has limited me a little bit and I’ve been drawn to a lighter feeling bedroom for the past year or so. I kept hesitating to paint the window and door trim and I’m so glad I didn’t!

I’ll be keeping our gr،cloth wallpaper, but going with a lighter color on the walls and a pretty trim treatment. 

And finally, I’m s،ing the ba،t bar I’ve been dreaming up for years now. The cabinets arrived and I ،pe to s، ،embling t،se this weekend. 

This will be the final big project in our ba،t (at least for awhile), and I think it’s going to be awesome! I have so many fun ideas in mind for that addition. 

After some rest I’m really energized and excited to get s،ed on these new projects! These are just a few of the ideas I have planned, so stay tuned this year for all kinds of fun stuff. 🙂