Favorite Projects of 2013

Collage-2013 group (edited)

As the year 2013 swings to a close, it seems appropriate to reminisce.

To view the favorites and most popular.

Projects, that is.

This past year at Charming Zebra has seemed to just speed on by.  A savage onslaught of the flu hit our family hard and basically took over most of the month of December.  Christmas was more of a subdued and sober affair with me spending a good portion of the time in bed.

All blogging and holiday projects came to a complete stop.  (In fact, this is the first time I’ve posted since my Christmas Home Tour at the beginning of the month.)

So, on to the highlights!


collage-white walls and drapes

1) My Favorite Room 

I absolutely loved when I painted the wall of my fireplace mantel black a couple of years ago.

This year, though, I repainted the wall white and I love it even more.

I’ve become slightly obsessed with white paint, in fact, and have been generously introducing it to many walls in my home.


collage-clothing rack

2) The Project Which Needed the Most Muscle 

This fashionista clothing rack out of plumber’s pipe was one of my favorite projects.

My daughter needed more storage for her fashions and prompted me into creating this industrial solution.


collage-bubble gum machine

3) Most Favorite Thrifty Find 

All this gumball machine needed was a simple coat of bright, yellow paint.

But since I had been searching for the better part of a year for one, I was delighted to find it in the dusty attic of an antique store while on vacation.

Definitely, one of my favorite finds.


collage-String Art Deer

4) The Project I Fell In Love With

I had been planning this project for a while.  Just a simple string art deer.

And when I finally got around to doing it, I absolutely fell in love with the result.

I had to curb the sudden impulse of incorporating deer heads into every subsequent project.


collage-door edge

5) The Favorite Project Done On a Whim

I was right in the middle of writing a post, earlier in the year, when I happened to glance up at my front door.  I immediately knew that I simply HAD to add stripes to the door edge.

I stopped what I was doing and promptly started painting stripes.

And I simply adore it.


collage-soap dispenser

6) The Quickest, Most Popular Project

Turning this reproduction Mason jar into a soap dispenser literally just took a few minutes.

Even though it has gained a dose of popularity on Pinterest, I still put it to work daily, at the side of my kitchen sink.


collage-tulip wreath

7) The Most Surprising Finished Project.

I was surprised and quite pleased with the way my tulip wreath turned out.

Who knew that dollar store flowers could be so pretty?



8) The Most Linked Project

Last Summer, I filled a vintage soda crate with real and not so real succulents to create a fun, summery planter.

It soon became one of my most-linked projects.


collage-no sew blind

9) The Most Popular Project Ever

Blogging is interesting in the way that you can never fully predict which projects will be a hit and which will end up echoing crickets.

My Ridiculously Easy No Sew Blind was one of those very simple ideas that didn’t seem to merit any fanfare.

I posted it almost as an afterthought and it has surprisingly become the most popular of all my posts.  EVER.

(Who knew the amazing power of magnets and fabric glue?)


And as a blog would be nothing without its readers, I want to give many thanks to those who have diligently followed Charming Zebra this year, to the brand new readers and to those who just happened to stumble across a post.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

Happy New Year!

~Miss Charming

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  1. You had such a great year with lots of awesome projects! Happy New Year!
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  2. what a great year- i love the succulent crate!
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  3. I continue to thoroughly enjoy following your blog and your amazing projects,stripes…pompoms and string art. Happy new year!
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  4. I am totally in love with white walls, too! All the best in 2014, Gina!

  5. So many great projects – looks like you had a fantastic year! I’ll have to try your tulip wreath. Its a perfect Valentines project.
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  6. Well I just met you – I don’t know which party it was because I opened this post 2 days ago and am just now reading it – but I think we could be friends. I”m going to be looking over your white wall posts because I’m getting ready to paint my first white walls in like 20 years. I need the encouragement. Happy New Year!

  7. Love all your projects chica!! That striped door detail is PERFECTION!!! It was such a great year for you and Im super excited to see whats in store in 2014:) Here’s to new adventures my friend.
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  8. What a slew of great posts!! The fashionista storage rack is amazing!
    Jessica @ Dear Emmeline recently posted..2013: A Year In ReviewMy Profile