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Farmhouse Stool Makeover with L'Essential Botanics Organic Chalk Paint

I have a sweet little farmhouse stool makeover to share with you today.

I gave my kitchen stool a farmhouse makeover using all-natural chalky paint from L'Essentiel Botanics Furniture Paint! Find out more and get the graphic tutorial at diy beautify!

This little stool has been in our family for many years and holds a tender place in my heart. Our kids used to stand on it to brush their teeth when they were tiny...those were the old days; now that they're taller than me, they don't require a stool any more!

Guess who uses it, mostly in the kitchen to reach those items on the top shelves (when my boys aren't handy to help!)

There was absolutely nothing wrong with the stool, except that I'd gotten tired of the faded pink and I wanted to give it a little more farmhouse charm.

I was recently introduced to a new player to the chalk paint game. An all-natural chalky paint.

Office and Craft Space Reveal

You know that sigh of relief when a difficult task is complete? That feeling of accomplishment that makes you sit up a little straighter...and brings a big 'ole smile to your face?

I'm feeling happy today because my office/craft space is finally finished! Here's a little peek at the transformation...

Wow, I turned my tiny dining room into a dedicated office and craft space full of farmhouse charm and clever storage! Come by diy beautify to see all the details!

Favorite Decor Books That Inspire

Do you love your home or do you feel stuck, unable to decorate it the way you want (because of budget or time restrictions...or simply a lack of ideas) or frustrated because your home doesn't look like your best friend's?

What to do when you are stuck with decorating challenges, or just hate your home? I turn to my favorite decor books for inspiration and motivation to make changes in my home. You can find my favorite decor books at diy beautify!
Even DIY and home decor bloggers get stuck and have times when they can't stand their spaces, and are frustrated by their home or their design choices.

The question is what to do when you're stuck?

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Under $25

If you struggle to find something unique for Mother's Day, and keep it affordable, I'm here to help! I've put together 15 great gift ideas, many of them customizable. All are $25 or less!!

As a mom, I would love to receive any of these as gifts (hint hint Mr Diy!) Enjoy browsing this collection!

Affiliate links are provided below. You can find my full disclosure policy here.

Find awesome Mother's Day gift ideas for under $25! Head to diy beautify for the details and shopping links!

Wood Crate Update for Craft Storage

Creating a craft space that is my own, a place where I can blog, or read or create...brings me great joy!

Thankfully I have a hubs who appreciates my gifts and is happy when I am!

When I shared my tips for organizing craft supplies by color, I told you that most of the items in my room were repurposed. Today's project, an updated wood crate, is just one example.

Don't throw out baskets and bins, even if they're no longer your style! Repurpose them using paint! That's what I did with these wood crates; now they match my office decor! See more at diy beautify!

New Artwork Plus a Giveaway

Disclosure: this post was sponsored by the Darren Gygi Home Collection and I received a painting of my choice. All opinions on mothers and paintings and blue and white dishes are my own!

While I learned how to cook and make amazing apple pie from my mom, it was my mom-in-law Joan who really inspired me to create a home that is filled with warmth and treasures. A home that is a reflection of us.

Wondering what to give your mom this Mother's Day? How about a beautiful piece of artwork! Enter to win a canvas print of your choice from the Darren Gygi Home Collection at diy beautify!

Perfect Apple Pie Recipe

If you asked me how I felt about my mom when I was 14, I'm sure I would have been full of less-than-positive-comments.

But the truth is that my mom ROCKED! She's been gone now for over 10 years, and I still miss her tremendously! The older I get, the more I find myself reflecting on the way that my mom lived her life.

I'm sharing my mom's 40-year recipe for the perfect apple pie! It's tried and true and everyone loves it. You can find the recipe and instructions at diy beautify!

How to Keep Your Area Rugs From Buckling

Last week I shared the first of several peeks into my home office reveal. I showed you how I organize by color, and how I utilized a china hutch for my chalk paint supplies. I also shared a tutorial for creating a giant dry-erase, magnetic memo board from an old picture.

Today I want to share a simple tip with you. Have you ever tried to use an area rug over carpet, and been frustrated because it bunches up and buckles where heavy items sit?

I found an inexpensive solution to the common problem of a buckling area rug and it's worked like magic in my home! To find out more, please visit diy beautify!

How to Make a Wood Slice Clock

Turning nothing into something is what I do best! I love seeing the transformation occur, especially when I can create something functional that adds value to my life!

I teamed up with a fantastic group of DIY bloggers for this Create and Share monthly challenge sponsored by Walnut Hollow. I was sent a basswood round, a wood burning tool and clockworks.

This was my first DIY clock, and first time using a wood-burning tool. I was pleasantly surprised that it was easier than I was expecting to turn a wood slice into a functional piece of home decor and I can't wait to show you how I did it!

In this tutorial, I show you how to turn a plain wood slice into a unique and functional clock, adding details with a wood burning tool. Find the full tutorial at diy beautify!

Organizing Craft Supplies by Color

My office space has been a work in progress and I was hoping to share the final reveal with you by now. However, I decided to break what would have been one massive post down into manageable chunks.

So today I want to share with you how I am organizing craft supplies in my tiny office space. I'm a very visual person and organizing supplies by color not only brings me joy because it's pretty, it helps me to find things quicker...which can be an all-day task when you have as much stuff as I do!

Struggle with organizing craft supplies? Do what I did and sort, organize and display it by color! Organizing by color adds a decorative element while keeping the function. To see how I've done this in my office space, please visit diy beautify!
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