The Wood Grain Cottage Website… It’s READY!

Hello All!

I can’t thank you enough for following along on Brightly Inspired. It’s now time to make the switch to

You’ll still find all the same great projects- but it’s much more organized! And pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not sure how many of you lovely readers are reading through’s reader, but I just wanted to encourage you to visit the new site and to follow along there! To all my e-mail subscribers, you shouldn’t even notice a difference… I hope! ๐Ÿ™‚

Please join me on!



Favorite Projects of 2012

As we get ready to head into 2013, I thought I would take today to highlight my favorite projects from 2012.

We’ve had a very busy year, especially once our house was finished and we could start moving in.

In no particular order, below is a recap of my very favorite projects from 2012.

We love our painted stripes. They totally transformed our entryway!

Entry Stripes

Our painted secretary– such a great transformation!

Painted Secretary

I also did my first big sewing project with our Breakfast Nook Curtains.ย  Although, they’re about to make an appearance in a different room.

curtains 4

And I loved the outcome of my painted sewing machine table.

Paintec Sewing Machine Table

One of my favorite free projects was easily the burlap and stick welcome banner. It’s still hanging up! ๐Ÿ™‚

Burlap & Stick Welcome Banner

Possibly the most exciting “big” project we accomplished this year was the breakfast nook bench. It’s amazing how much it has changed the space and I absolutely can’t wait to finish the room in 2013!

Breakfast Nook Bench

The living room sign was also an awesome project.

There's No Place Like Home

You all know how excited I was for our kitchen shelves!

Kitchen Shelves

Our breakfast nook also received another update when I transformed the current dresser into a two toned beauty. See how I did it here.

Two Toned Dresser

And finally, I loved showing you our Christmas house tour, which has links to all my favorite Christmas projects from 2012.

Christmas House Tour

Well, there you have it, all of my favorites from 2012. I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring. We already have a whole list of projects waiting to be completed throughout the year. I’ll show you the list soon.

To all my readers, old and new, I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am to have you as followers. Your comments mean more than you will ever know!

Don’t forget- starting January 1st, my new site will go live and The Wood Grain Cottage will come to life! I’ll see you there!

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