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Best of Maison de Pax for 2020

Find out the top 10 DIY projects and decorating tips of 2020: the best of Maison de Pax. Get a head start on popular trends for 2021!

best of Maison de Pax 2020

There’s no doubt that 2020 was a year like no other… so I was particularly fascinated to see what captured my followers’ attention this year.

As you might expect, it’s a lot of DIY projects with a sprinkle of decorating and design thrown in. I love seeing how this highlights where things are headed in the upcoming year!

So without further ado, a little top 10 countdown…

Best of Maison de Pax 2020

10. My Marble Master Bathroom Reveal

After months of sneaking into my kids’ bathroom while they slept to shower (and/or washing my hair in our hot tub!), the master bath remodel was a game changer for us. About a year later, I still love it just as much!

marble master bathroom with freestanding tub | Maison de Pax

9. DIY Abstract Landscape Art

Speaking of our master bath, I finished it off mid year with this beautiful piece of abstract art. I’m NOT a painter, but I absolutely love how it turned out. And I’ve got a full tutorial to help you make your own for less than $20!

acrylic painting in gold frame hung above tub in master bathroom | Maison de Pax

8. Getting a raw-wood look on Furniture

Quarantine gave me some extra time to spend working on furniture projects, and apparently I wasn’t alone. Lol. Basically tied in 8th place for 2020’s most popular posts were two companion posts: how to strip wood and how to get a raw-wood look on a dining table.

how to strip wood | Maison de Pax
how to create a natural yet durable finish table top | Maison de Pax

7. How to Make an Antique Full Bed into a Queen

One of the joys of interior design for me is using pieces of furniture or artwork that have history. That tell a story. And the antique full-sized bed from my husband’s family fit that bill perfectly. Unfortunately, the full-sized mattress didn’t fit us very well. 😉 So I converted it! And showed you all how to make an antique full bed into a queen without damaging the original bed.

6. How to Hang Things in Tile

2020, for all its challenges, allowed me to do a few things I’d been putting off for some time – like finally hanging hooks in our attic bathroom at the ranch. So I wrote a post all about how to drill into tile to hang hooks or shelves… and it came in at #6!

chrome towel hook on white subway tile wall

5. DIY Furniture Painting

Roughly tied in 7th place were actually two DIY furniture projects: one for my boys and one for my girls. For the boys, I rescued an antique dresser with a black and wood finish. And for the girls, I painted some wooden bunk beds with storage. Both so functional and beautiful!

four drawer tall black dresser with warm brown wood drawers
white wood bunk bed in girls' room | Maison de Pax

4. How to Mix Metals in your Bathroom

Following up my master bath reveal was a design post that took Pinterest by storm: how to mix metals in your bathroom. I’m excited to add more fuel to the fire this upcoming year with more mixed metal design!

3. How to Hang Outdoor String Lights

Part of being home more meant working with our outdoor spaces to extend our living space. And adding string lights to an outdoor patio, yard, or porch is a perfect way to do that! My tutorial for hanging outdoor string lights came in at #3.

picnic table with globe string lights hanging above | Maison de Pax

2. How to Paint Wood Paneling and Trim

Again, I’m cheating a little by letting two sister posts share a spot. When I finally created a bedroom for my daughters at the ranch (which, incidentally, came in at #11… just barely missing the top 10!), I had some major painting to do. I detailed it all with two separate tutorials which basically tied at #2: how to paint wood paneling and how to paint wood trim.

use a small angled brush to paint the grooves on wood paneling | Maison de Pax
woman painting trim

1. Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) in Real Life Spaces

And I couldn’t be more thrilled to find that everyone else is just as obsessed with Agreeable Gray as I am! No really, I know how tricky paint colors (and their undertones, light values, etc.) can be, so I’m thrilled that SO MANY of you have found this post helpful. If you’re wondering about the perfect warm gray (or “greige” if you will) paint color, take a look at Agreeable Gray in Real Spaces.

entry way with stairs painted SW Agreeable Gray | Maison de Pax

And a few runners up…

This past year was funny, with many posts being within just a few hundred views of one another. Here are a few of those that just barely missed the top 10!

The Best is Yet to Come

Lord willing, 2021 will be even better (surely it couldn’t be worse?!?!)… and I hope to continue to bring you all do-able DIY projects, inspiring design, and beautiful yet family-friendly decorating.

In the meantime, please leave a comment below if you had a favorite from 2020 that wasn’t included OR if you have a request for 2021! I’m so thankful for you all and your support… thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet in 2020 and beyond.

best of Maison de Pax 2020

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  1. Your master bathroom is gorgeous! You can never go wrong with carrera marble, it’s so classic. I thoroughly enjoy your posts. Happy new year!

  2. Your posts are always filled with such incredible design inspiration! Have you ever posted about your floors? They are beautiful! What kind of wood are they and what stain?

    Thank you!

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