Top 10 Posts of 2013

I cannot believe that 2013 is almost over!  Am I the only one?!?!  I hope you had an amazing holiday with your family, and I hope you find some inspiration from the most popular posts at Maison de Pax this year.  Good luck with choosing and making New Year’s Resolutions!

Top 10 posts of 2013 at

Just for fun, let’s count down…

#10: Vintage File Cabinet Makeover

Be sure to see the tutorial if you’d like to turn an old, outdated file cabinet into a gorgeous, vintage piece.  And, for a slightly different look, don’t miss the industrial, brushed-steel finish tutorial.

give an old, beat-up file cabinet a rich, vintage patina

#9: DIY Roman Shade Tutorial

Use any old mini blind to create a functional, custom roman shade.

diy mini blinds turned roman shade

#8: 10 Tips for Designing a Small Bathroom

We gutted and remodeled our master bath this past year.  I love the result.  You can see a complete source list for our remodel as well as a full tour for more details.

10 tips for designing small bathrooms

#7: Entryway Tour

Since we only moved into Maison de Pax about a year and a half ago (and, consequently, it was a mere week before my second child was born), it has been a gradual process to make our house the home we desire.  One of the first steps, though, was to create a welcoming entryway.  And though it’s still a work in progress (what isn’t?!), here is our current entryway (and a bonus – the Christmas version).

maison de pax entry tour

christmas entry at

#6: DIY Built-In Bookshelves

Mr. Pax showed off his amazing skills last summer by leveling his very wonky office flooring, laying new floors, and building some beautiful built-in bookshelves.  Someday, maybe I’ll finish decorating the room and give you a full tour. 😉

office bookshelves sign

#5: Curb Appeal

Our very first step in our 1940 colonial (after rewiring the whole place and patching the walls before we moved in!) was to give the place a facelift.  I LOVE the change, and apparently others did, too, because this was the #5 topped viewed post.

makeover a colonial facade

#4: DIY Smocked Drop Cloth Curtains

You can’t beat the cost of drop cloth for a textured, neutral, sturdy fabric.  But in an effort to bring some grace to these simple curtains, I added some basic honeycombed smocking to the top.

diy smocked drop cloth curtains

#3: DIY Vintage Paris Map 

After living in Paris for two years, I couldn’t resist the urge to incorporate a taste of our wonderful life there into our home.  This tutorial includes step-by-step instructions to create your own Restoration Hardware decoupaged map knock off for a fraction of the price.

DIY restoration hardware inspired vintage map

#2: DIY Ruffled Curtains

This may have been a time-consuming project for me with my very primitive sewing skills, but the result was well worth the effort.  These curtains are one of my favorite items in my home, and most of my visitors complement them, as well.  The muslin is so affordable and light, while the ruffles add the perfect amount of interest.

diy ruffled curtains

#1……………………….: American Flag Mason Jars

Isn’t public opinion a funny thing??  I had so much making making these with the help of my three-year-old, but I never imagined that they would be the top viewed post!  For a quick, easy, and patriotic project, though, take a look. :) american flag mason jars

So how about you?  Which was your favorite?

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  1. An awesome year Rachel! You never know what public opinion will be but those jars are fabulous! I look forward to your posts and to seeing what you have in store for us in 2014:)

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