The Redoux Stars of 2013, a Year in Review

Happy New Year!  It’s a Redoux Year in Review.  As I look back at my blog posts of 2013, I am overwhelmed with all the beautiful and sweet comments, ideas and wisdom you have shared with me.  If you are new here, then welcome!  Here is a look back at the top projects you enjoyed this year.  Hope you are inspired to look at  junk in a new way!  Some of the posts are originals from 2013, some are earlier.  These are consistently my top viewed pages. Enjoy!

Best of blog 2013 collage

#1 Dumped Dresser? Don’t be a Stresser!  I show you how to take a dresser without drawers and turn it into shelving, plus a tutorial on how to blend several colors of CeCe Caldwell’s paints.

French Dresser turned Basket Shelves Redouxinteriors

# Blah Bookshelf to Ballards Knockoff.  I used a cheap, put-together book shelf and made it look like an expensive piece of furniture by adding legs, fabric to the backing and a new paint job.  This project is still pinned many times every day.

Ballard bookshelf after

#2 The Bench Made Entirely of Junque.  My most favorite piece of furniture in my home.  I built a bench using 100% dumpster dove parts.  Headboard, a piece from a side runner of a twin bed, a garage door panel and an old bedspread. You can make one for your own this year!

Whole Bench 1

#3 The Weekend Warrior Sealed the Deal I used a free to me country style Broyhill dresser. Stripped the paint, and did a unique mottled stain look. Added vintage reproduced casters, knobs, and I have an entirely new dresser. This post was so popular, it was even widely viewed and featured on Apartment Therapy!

Before and after collage

#4 Vanity is my Sanity or I am an Island.  I was given  a brand new Melamine Bathroom Vanity.  I added wheels, a back, scrap wood for the top and a really cool, but easy paint job with CeCe Caldwell’s paints. And I didn’t even use primer!!  I finished this entire project, including adding the top and painting in one evening over just a few hours.  You can easily do this is a weekend.

Vanity turned Island Before After Redouxinteriors#5  Redoux your Nightstand With Old Dust I used CeCe Caldwell’s Paints, Glaze and one of my favorite products by them, Aging Dust!  I love the new look this old Nightstand received.

Nighstand with Glaze and Aging Dust Before After Redouxinteriors#6 The Garage Made Entirely of Junque.  If you stick around here, especially on my Trashy Tuesdays (every Tuesday I share what I discovered from Dumpster Diving), you will see my garage and all its horrifying mess.  My friend Emma came over to help me get it under control.  The best part?  We barely spent any money. We were able to use almost all  100% free upcycled items, including a dresser I found sans drawers as the perfect work bench storage.

Entire workspace

#7 Le Comprehensive Guide to Dumpster Diving.  This was technically posted from 2012, but it continues to be one of my most popular posts in a three part series.  Everything you need to know to score big in Dumpster Diving.


#8  Pahtina or Patina.  I show you how to get an aged Copper look using nothing but Modern Masters Metallic effects paints and their aging solution.

Copper Table top patina redouxinteriors

#9 Fake Built In Shelving from Closet Organizers.  I have narrow wall space on either side of my front living room window.  I really wanted built ins, but my budget didn’t cover that cost. I found a solution using Closet Maid Closet Organizers!  With CeCe Caldwell’s paints and filled with books and mementos, you would never know these shelves started life as a closet system.

Closet Organizer turned bookshelves before and after Redouxinteriors#10 No table is an Island, or is it? I took an old but adorable country style table, added a piece of wood to the bottom for shelving and wheels.  Instant rolling kitchen island!  By far this was one of my most favorite projects for  2013.

Table turned rolling island before and after RedouxinteriorsHere are some honorable mentions:

The Hippest Girl around and some CeCe on the Side.  An interview with my very good friend and YouTube Crafting/DIY star Debi Beard of Debi’s Design Diary.  This is one of my all time top 5 hits, every day.


How to Make Anything Look like real wood I show you how to achieve a rich, authentic wood grain on any surface.  This is my highest viewed tutorial and has been featured on countless blogs.

Glaze Table 5

Hanging Garden from a Wood Pallet Planter.  This post is an oldie but a goodie.  This project was a hit of the blog world and even featured in the April issue of  2012 Country Living!  My Wood Pallet Planter is still hanging and looks beautiful.

Pots on Wooden Pallet

I hope you enjoyed taking a look back through 2013 and beyond as much as I did.  Merci to everyone who stops by here.  The wonderful people I have met through blogging continues to be one of my greatest joys and blessings.  May Your New Year be full of Peace, Happiness and tons of Junque DIY’s!


Sharing my highlights of 2013 and beyond with these fabulous parties:

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Home Stories A to Z

House on the Way

 Savvy Southern Style

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Too Much Time On My Hands


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  1. I love all of these projects! I need to write more about my projects and less about Downton Abbey.

  2. I look forward to seeing your new projects in 2014. Happy New Year, Karen.

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

  3. that dresser on casters is my FAVORITE! love.

  4. Love that bench I think that’s my favorite. Thank you for all the ideas you share with us.

  5. I need you to move to KC and be my personal painting mentor! Love all your projects! :)

  6. That bench and the workroom were my faces! Keep up the great work nd can’t wait to see what you create this coming year!

  7. All fabulous picks/posts, Karen. I really love the Bench Made Entirely of Junque ~ perfection!

    Have a Happy New Year filled to the brim with JOY.

    Mary Beth

  8. how did I miss that Modern Masters aged copper table!!? It’s amazing!

  9. Anyone who uses the word sans with such panache – especially when describing something in their garage – is a friend of mine! here’s to a fabulous 2014 – sans homeless people in dumpsters!

  10. Is there a way to pin any of these posts?

  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    What a great roundup of projects Karen! I especially love the bench made from junque (of course)! Happy New Year!

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