Newly renovated kitchen featuring open shelving, blue and white tile backsplash, blue cabinets and tiled floor.

Year in review-Our favorite DIY’s, Renovations and Home Projects from 2021

On this first week of the New Year, I thought I’d round up and share some of your favorite DIYs and Renovations from the blog in 2021.

Renovations and Home Projects

2021 was a year filled with projects, big and small.

We kicked off Spring 2021 with a big outdoor project at our first Airbnb.

The deck, porch, and outdoor spaces were the last renovations we needed to complete at this house, and I decided to participate in the One Room Challenge to force me to get it done on time. 🙂

We love how cozy it turned out, and our guests have had the nicest things to say about it in our reviews!

We added cedar to the front porch.

I felt the space needed an Instagram moment, so I decided to DIY a giant letter board and living wall.

It turned out to be a big hit with our guests, and they leave the nicest comments about it in their reviews.

You can find the tutorial here.

Living plant wall and giant letter board at Ludington, Mi Airbnb.
Small outdoor patio space featuring Anja Outdoor furniture and living wall.
Outdoor space at the Airbnb

In September, we closed on our second Short Term Rental property and immediately began demoing the kitchen for the Jeffery Court Challenge- cause that’s how we roll!

Before kitchen renovation pics with dark brown cabinets.
Before Picture of Kitchen Renovation
Kitchen renovation featuring navy cabinets, open shelving, white concrete countertops and tile backsplash.
Kitchen Renovation 2021

We had a very short six-week timeframe to complete the challenge and so much to do.

Once the renovation began, we took out the upper cabinets, painted the lowers, painted the walls, added trim, added a concrete countertop- which we poured ourselves, added open shelving, tiled a backsplash, and finally tiled the kitchen floor!


It was a wild ride, and some tears were shed, but definitely worth it.

You can find all the details here.

This is my favorite space we’ve renovated to date.

Maybe it’s that adorable Smeg fridge or that blue and white striped tile from Jeffery Court, but whatever it is, I love it!

Recap of 2021 DIYs and Renovations featuring kitchen and dining area.
After Pic of Kitchen Renovation

We continued renovating the newest Airbnb well into the Fall, starting with this STATEMENT wall mural.

Wall Mural featuring large scale florals in living area.

The Living room/Dining area is now completed – we installed new LVP flooring, paint, and the mural.

Living area featuring floral wall mural and cottage style furniture.
Living Room at the Ellery Airbnb.

Next up in this house are the bathrooms, but we are waiting on the new furnace, which is being installed the first week of January because it is so cold in the house!

Smaller DIY Projects in

I also worked on a lot of smaller DIYs this year.

Here are a few of the readers’ favorite DIYs.

First up, I made a checkerboard table from an old table base I had.

Checkerboard table DIY
Checkerboard outdoor table

Next, my vintage chicken crate turned into a coffee table.

Vintage Chicken Crate DIY on covered porch.
Chicken crate coffee table

Lastly, the accent wall I designed with cedar ceiling shakes we had leftover from the porch project.

Accent wall featuring white washed cedar shake shingles.
Accent Wall with Cedar Shake, a 2021 DIY project

What’s next for us??

We will finish the Ellery Street short-term rental renovation in the next two months and then move on to our next project, a very old duplex we plan on ultimately offering as a long-term rental property.

All of these reno’s will definitely keep us busy through the summer months and then hopefully a breather!

Thank you all for following along on this crazy journey, and I can’t wait to see what 2022 brings!

Until next time,


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  1. Sara says:

    Wow, you certainly had a productive year Libbie; all great projects! Can’t believe the kitchen came together so quickly; looks fabulous.

  2. Kate Rodgers says:

    Fantastic makeovers! I especially love the wall mural and that chicken coop coffee table. And the new sign at the air bnb is so fun…I love your style!!

  3. Kippi Ohern says:

    Oh my, your home is gorgeous! Everything you do is magazine-worthy!
    Happy New Year,

  4. maria says:

    Fantastic projects, love seeing you in them. That wall mural is one of my favorites.

  5. Love all of your projects. The cedar shingles are a statement piece for sure. Happy New Year!

  6. Yvonne says:

    Libbie you did some major renovations this year!! I can’t even pick my fave! They are all soooo good!!!

  7. Wow! It was a busy year, and you have so much accomplished. You have done a fantastic job! I especially love the living room wallpaper and the rolling coffee table.


  8. Nancy Weiss says:

    You are very ambitious! I remember reading your blog post about the living and dining renovation. Very impressive enjoy your newly decorated home.

    Happy New Year to you!

  9. CinDiLo says:

    So inspiring. I want to re-do EVERYTHING now! I love how you repurpose. My nephew has an Airbnb in the Poconos, PA and I’m sure this will spark some great ideas.

  10. Rachael says:

    Wow! You were BUSY! I think my favorite project is that gorgeous navy kitchen. Hopefully 2022 has some fun projects lined up, too!

  11. Wow, this is outstandingly awesome. Love that chicken crate. Thank you so much for sharing your post at #SeniorSalonPitStop. Hope to see more of you at each weekly Linky. I will share this on my SM

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  13. Melanie says:

    Love the idea for the sign at your Airbnb. That fridge is adorable! Cheers to just as productive 2022!

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  15. Barbara says:

    Libbie, what a great year for all the projects you guys undertook!!! I hope your bnb’s are full and keeping the bills PIF! 🙂 On a side note… Can you recommend any good Airbnb’s in Paris or around there? I’ve never been and am looking for next July. A niece is getting married and this will be a fun trip for my daughter and I to their wedding plus just seeing Paris!!!

    So happy to feature your post this week at Share Your Style #332 for you. Hope your 2022 is going great so far!!!

    Barb 🙂

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