The Best of Joyfully Growing Blog 2017

by Ashley

The Best of Joyfully Growing Blog 2017 - Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2017

I can hardly believe in just a few short days we will be in the year 2018!! As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the last 12 months. 2017 was a big year for us as I launched this blog and dove in head first to this crazy world of blogging! It has been so much fun sharing our projects and DIYs with you guys and I can’t thank you enough for following along! Every single comment, email, like, and reshare truly brings me SO much joy. You guys are just the best!

I have tons of ideas going into 2018 and am so excited to share them with you! But before we move on to that, let’s take a look back at the posts people loved most in 2017. In true Top 10 fashion, I’ll start with #10 and work our way to the #1 most popular post of the year! You can click on the link above each photo to take you to the individual posts.

Alright, here we go with the best of Joyfully Growing Blog 2017!

10. Affordable Decor Finds on Amazon

This post has some of my all-time favorite decor finds from Amazon and I’m so glad to see it here in the Top 10. You guys might love Amazon as much as I do πŸ˜‰ P.S. – Did I mention thatΒ all of the items in this post are under $35?!

Affordable Decor Finds on Amazon for Under $35 | Budget-friendly decor that will look good with any style | The best decor on Amazon

9. DIY Blanket Ladder

This blanket ladder was really simple to make and adds so much character to a space! I included a complete step-by-step guide that’s printer-friendly so you can see exactly how we did it! Right now I have it styled for Christmas, but I can’t wait to style it in our living room. Such an easy and unique way to store those extra blankets!

DIY Blanket Ladder + How to Decorate It for the Holidays

8. DIY Cabinet Lighting in 30 Minutes

Adding over/under cabinet lighting to our kitchen space was a total game changer! NotΒ only does the extra lighting make preparing meals so much easier, but since they are LED we leave them on 24/7 for accent lighting in the evening. Perfect for those nights when one of us is craving a midnight snack πŸ˜‰

DIY Cabinet Lighting in 30 Minutes - How to Guide

7. Best White Paint Colors + How to Choose the Right One

In this post I rounded up my very favorite white paint colors and showed you examples of each one. I also created a downloadable guide to help you determine which white paint color is the best option for your space!

Best White Paint Colors6. 10 Tips to Save Money on Amazon

If you shop on Amazon, you need to read this post! All of my top tricks and tips to saving money while shopping on Amazon are in this post, and there are some good ones! #3 is one that we use ALL the time, but most people don’t even know about it!

10 Tips to Save Money on Amazon

5. Modern Farmhouse Guest Bedroom

This room is a fan favorite over on Instagram. Every time I post a photo of it, people go crazy! So it’s no surprise that it’s in the top 5 on this list. I designed this room to be warm and welcoming to help our guests feel right at home! So far, it’s been a fan favorite in person too πŸ˜‰ (Lookin’ at you, Mom!)

Modern Farmhouse Guest Bedroom - When farmhouse and modern collide to make a warm and welcoming guest bedroom.

4. The Tale of an Ugly Fireplace

If you love a good before and after, then you will LOVE this post! Our fireplace was the very first DIY project we did in our home, and to this day it is still the most dramatic one. A lot of blood, sweat, and maybe even a few tears went into this project, but in the end it was so worth it!

The Tale of an Ugly Fireplace - Makeover Edition

3. DIY Sugar Scrub

I made this super simple sugar scrub recipe as party favors at my sister’s bridal shower and they were a huge hit! It only takes a few ingredients and 5 minutes! If you’re needing to relax after the holiday craziness, whip up a batch of this sugar scrub and take a long hot bath! You deserve it!

DIY Sugar Scrub

2. DIY Distressed Wood Beam Mantle

I’m sensing a theme here… I’m so glad you guys love DIYs as much as I do! When Mike and I couldn’t find the perfectly distressed and weathered wood beam to hang above our fireplace, we had to get creative! We took a brand new piece of wood from the local lumber store and turned it into the mantle of our my dreams. And I am obsessed with how it turned out!

DIY Distressed Wood Beam Mantle - How to perfectly distress wood to make it look old.

1. DIY Wood Plank Accent Wall

Here it is! My #1 most popular post (at least according to my analytics)! This post is all about how we installed a wood plank accent wall in our bedroom. I love the warm rich tones it adds to our otherwise very white bedroom. This DIY project instantly transformed the space and brings new visitors to my site daily (thanks Pinterest!).

DIY Wood Plank Accent Wall - How to DIY a Wood Wall, Complete Tutorial

Whew! I hope you enjoyed looking back at the top posts of 2017 with me! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store! If you have any requests for blog post topics, I’d love to hear them – feel free to leave a comment below! Thanks again for following along with our crazy journey! It truly means the world to us! Happy New Year, friends!

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