Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

Top Projects of 2018

It’s always fun to go back and at the end of the year and see all the projects that were completed. It’s like looking at a to-do list that has been all crossed off. 

I have gone through my posts from 2018 and found the posts with the most traffic and engagement. I am always happy when my personal favorites make the list.


#1 The New Patio

As soon as the snow melted, we were mucking out in the mud to prep for adding a new patio. Actually, it snowed on us a couple of times during the process. You’ve got to love Utah weather! I love the gray pavers and that we have a place to relax outside.


#2 Under Sink Dishwasher

“How is it you have a dishwasher under your sink?” is one of the most asked question I get so I wrote a whole post about the details of my under sink dishwasher


#3 Hiding Electrical Boxes

When we added a patio to the back of the house I knew I was going to need hide the ugly electrical boxes on the back of the house. I didn’t want them distracting from the pretty patio. This sliding planter wall easily glides out of the way so you can access the electrical panels.


#4 Storage Crate

I was going to use this toy box crate as added storage for one of the boys’ rooms but when my niece said she needed some toy storage for her 2 year old, I added slow close hinges and gave it to her. It is an easy wood working project that can be used to store just about anything. Maybe that is why it is one of my top pins from 2018.


#5 Mountain Bedroom

We moved out 4 boys into two room instead of them all being in this 21 foot long room. Two of them moved to our old bedroom and two of them stayed in here. We put their beds at one end and the other end of this long space is a playroom.  You really need to see the whole space! It is one of my all time favorites.


#6 Modern Music Bedroom

The other two boys love music and wanted a more modern feel so I added a brick wall to hang their guitars on, built custom beds, painted their dresser, and added a table for their keyboard. It is such a fun space! Head over to see the full room full of DIY projects.


#7 Planters!

If you are frequent blog reader then you know I love plants. I also love coming up with different ideas for planters. Here are 15 of my favorite DIY planters!


#8 Dated Oak Dresser Makeover

I guess I need to do more furniture makeovers because you guys really loved this one! It helps that the before was pretty, well, ugly. A lot of prep and a little paint was all this dresser needed to get a new life!



#9 New Roof and Curb Appeal Update

It was a big expense but it desperately needed to be done. And as soon as we got the new gorgeous roof, I noticed how shabby everything else looked. It took all summer and there are still a few things we need to do, but we upped our curb appeal game! 


#10 New Tub and Shower

It took years (literally) but we found someone willing to tile our arched shower nook. It took him two weeks and it turned out great! It completed our bathroom makeover I worked on last year. 


Now please take a minute to check out my DIY and Home blogger friends top posts in 2018! This is the very best the web has to offer!


TIDBITS | Miss Mustard Seed | Farmhouse on Boone | Maison De Pax | A Burst of Beautiful

Simply Designing | Bless’er House | Taryn Whiteaker Designs | Designthusiasm | Unskinny Boppy

Live Laugh Rowe | Kendra John Designs | House by Hoff | So Much Better With Age | Life On Virginia Street

ZDesign At Home | Town and Country Living | Shabbyfufu | Happy Happy Nester | Liza Greis

Cherished bliss | Clean and Scentsible | anderson + grant | The Happy Housie | Summer Adams

Decor Gold Designs | Maison de Cinq | Seeking Lavender Lane

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  1. Danita says

    All amazing projects that make your home creative, comfortable and colorful! I especially love your new roof and curb appeal! It really finishes all your hard work inside with a beautiful wrapping of professional WOW! What a fun year! I look forward to what’s in store for 2019!

  2. Lisa Smith says

    Hi Liza, I really enjoy reading your blog and these have been some of my favorites this year as well. I am fairly new to DIY projects in general … We recently bought a house and are slowly repainting interior. I have done a couple furniture makeovers and I’m currently working on two dressers for my kids rooms. I noticed that you highly recommend the Home Rite paint sprayer. I’m wondering if it might be worth it for me to invest in that for furniture, the six panel interior doors that we have on each of our rooms and closets. I’ve also thought of refinishing the wood cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen. Will the sprayer that you use and have recommended be good for these purposes? Do you feel that it is easy to use and easy to clean? Do you clean it in between each used or can you save it for the next coat paint?

    Thanks for your blog! We also have four boys ages 13 to 5, I am inspired by reading your posts. I’ve been praying for your city and for your family in the midst of the grief and sorrow of recent wildfires period I appreciated your response to my comment on that post.

    I love the balance that you have on your blog of DIY, kids related things, nature and plants, and the fact that you also share occasionally about your personal life.

    • Liza says

      Hi Lisa!

      Congrats on buying a house!!! The sprayer is worth it for the doors alone! I will never paint doors with a brush again. Doors and trim are my least favorite to paint without a sprayer. It is also amazing for furniture. If you have a lot of painting projects, it is worth the money. It isn’t really meant for walls since you would have to refill it often but it is wonderful for inside of closets! No more awkwardly reaching in with a roller and brush. I painted all the closets in my brothers house when he moved in and all his trim and doors. I was done in 2 afternoons.

      It is easy to clean. I do not clean it out in between coats. I even leave it over night if I need to finish the next day. Just make sure to shake it the next day to remix the paint and water if you thinned the paint down. Shhh! Don’t tell, but I have left it for up to three days before without cleaning. Just pick off the dried pain off the tip.

      Thanks for your comment about my blog and for your prayers about our community and the fire. We still have not been allowed up past the scout camp at the lower part of the canyon and are anxious to see the damage up close in the spring. I think it will be okay. Nature (and people) are pretty resilient.

      Thanks again for your comment. It made my night :)