Pleated Drop Cloth Pillows

Friday, December 25, 2015

It's finally here, it's Christmas day!

Did you know you can use your home printer to print on drop cloth? That's how I made these pleated drop cloth pillows! See more at diy beautify!

Whether you've already torn into your stockings and gifts or will do that later, whether you've stuffed yourself on a sumptuous meal, or

Christmas Treats for Giving (Candy Cane Bark)

Friday, December 18, 2015

The countdown is on - only 7 days until Christmas! Eeek!

If you're looking for a simple, yummy, last-minute treat for gifting, you need to try my Candy Cane Bark. It's just 3 ingredients and ready in minutes! Candy Cane Bark is a festive treat that satisfies, and one that won't leave you slaving in the kitchen. Here's what you'll need.

Simple 3-ingredient Candy Cane Bark is a perfect holiday treat for sharing! Find more at diy beautify!

How to Make a Burlap Petal Wreath

Monday, December 14, 2015

This budget-friendly burlap petal wreath is so easy to make and is just stunning! Follow this tutorial to make your own!
 easy burlap petal wreath

Decorating a Festive Christmas Mantle

Friday, December 11, 2015

Do you feel it yet?

the Magic of Christmas?

the Anticipation...and excitement?

I'm sharing some tips for decorating a festive Christmas mantle sure to get you in the holiday spirit! See more at diy beautify!

This week I got serious about Christmas! 

I played Christmas music, lit the cinnamon scented candles, and (in between all the other stuff), I managed to squeeze in some time to decorate my mantle.

DIY Sweater Snowmen

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Craft a family of adorable snowmen using recycled sweaters and socks! Perfect for gifting and for adding a little cozy to your home at Christmas!
a trio of snowmen crafted from sweaters

Secrets for a Budget Handmade Christmas Home (and a Blog Hop)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Today I'm spilling the beans....sharing some of my secrets for getting the look of a designer home on a teeny tiny little budget, decorated for the holidays!

You might be surprised, dare I say shocked, at some of these secrets! No, I do not rob rich little old ladies, tee hee. Stick with me and I'll let you in on some of my favorite secrets! And I'm super excited to share my decorated home with you today too!

Find my secrets for achieving a designer handmade Christmas home on a budget right here at diy beautify!

Washi Tape Snowflakes and a Giveaway!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Monday friends! Can you even believe that tomorrow is December 1? Before we know it we'll be welcoming a new year!

I'm so excited to bring you another giveaway! Raise your hand if you've heard of washi tape. I'm giving you a chance to win this book, filled with washi tape crafts. 

These washi tape snowflakes are so easy to put together and make a colorful statement! Get the tutorial at diy beautify!

Christmas Link Up - Christmas Trees

Friday, November 27, 2015

This past week has been a whirlwind! Welcoming out of town family, baking, cooking, shopping and spending time together are all things I'm thankful for. I trust you had a blessed Thanksgiving too!

I've joined a group of over 30 bloggers for the next four weeks, to celebrate and share all things Christmas!

Favorite Christmas trees from diy beautify!

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WOW! It's so easy to create fabulous and affordable painted ornaments in any color you want! You'll find the complete tutorial at diy beautify!

Traditions are an important part of our holiday celebrations. A sure thing around our home each Christmas are homemade gingerbread houses, almond bark and handmade decorations.

When the kids were little, they loved making paper cutouts with glue and glitter. Now that they're older, they'd much rather admire the decorations while munching on Christmas treats.

So this year I enlisted Mr DIY to help me! Together we shopped for supplies and then created painted ornaments for the Coca Cola themed Christmas tree that we decorated last week. Each ornament was topped with a glittered monogram, made with our extended family in mind.

Christmas Countdown Advent from an old Shutter

Monday, November 23, 2015

Don't roll your eyes at me, but I'm going to wait to share the winner of the $100 Farmhouse Light Giveaway until the end of this post!

I'm curious, when you were growing up, were you an eye-roller?

I was an eye-roller to beat all eye-rollers, especially during my teen years!

My brown orbs were rolled often (usually at my mother and mostly behind her back), expressing my teenage disgust at practically anything and everything.

Turn an old shutter into a functional Christmas countdown advent calendar! Your kids will love it and it will add farmhouse charm to your home all season long. For instructions please visit

Decorating with Plaid

Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy Friday friends! It's no secret that plaid is where it's at this year! Just look around you when you're out shopping. And in case you missed it, I shared some wonderful ideas for gifts in the Ultimate Frugal Shopper's Guide to Plaid a week or so ago.

plaid shopping guide

Today, I thought I'd bring it full circle and show you how I'm using plaid in my own home. Maybe some of these ideas will be new to you and inspire you to add a little plaid to your home.

Discount Lighting for Farmhouse Style (and a Giveaway)

Monday, November 16, 2015

If you're reading diy beautify, chances are you love farmhouse style as much as I do. Channel your inner Joanna Gaines for a minute, and think about the lights you currently have in your home.

Wow! Take a look at these amazing (and surprisingly affordable) lighting options for the farmhouse home! Enter the giveaway at diy beautify!

Do you love them? Do they suit the style you are trying to embrace?

If not, how would you love to win a fabulous new light?!

Keep reading for more details about the giveaway!

Coca Cola Christmas Tree

Friday, November 13, 2015

What is cuter than a polar bear cub? How about a family of plush polar bears adding their snowy sweetness to a Coca Cola themed Christmas tree. Why Coca Cola? Well, let me share a little story with you...

Transform a tabletop Christmas tree with a Coca Cola theme. You can find out how I decorated this adorable tree at diy beautify!

Make a Coffee Filter Wreath for $5!

Friday, November 6, 2015

An hour or two is all it takes to make this stunning wreath from coffee filters! The finished wreath is full and lush and resembles rose petals!
Christmas mantle

Holiday Gift Guide to Shopping for Plaid

Monday, November 2, 2015

Woo-wee, it's November friends!! While I love Thanksgiving and keep many of my fall decorations up, I've already started a little bit of Christmas decorating and shopping. It's definitely putting me into the holiday spirit!

Frugal shoppers will appreciate this shopping guide featuring plaid! Find the guide at diy beautify!

If you're new here, Welcome! You may have already guessed that diy beautify is a place to find affordable inspiration to beautify pretty much everything! I tend to focus on home decor and DIY/crafts, but with the holidays around the corner I wanted to give you a fabulous and frugal shopping guide to help you cross off some of those names on your Christmas list!

Why frugal? 

Because around here, we like to keep it real. We are a real family on a budget, paying off our bills and living within our means. When you read my posts, and that includes my shopping guides, you will find items that I myself would buy...that means they have to be affordable (nay, frugal!).

I'm guessing that you're here because you're someone who likes a deal too!

How to Update a Deck with Paint

Friday, October 30, 2015

I'm sharing the steps for how we gave our "EW" deck a fabulous new makeover, rather than replacing it!

Halloween Snack Mix

Monday, October 26, 2015

I'll be the first to admit that I'm one of those parents who raids their kids candy stash every year. Yep, coming clean here!

I've got a sweet tooth...and a salty tooth (is that a thing?). It's always a toss up whether I'd prefer something sweet or something salty. The truth of it is, I'd really prefer to have both!

This Halloween snack mix satisfies those cravings for sweet and salty.

How to make a Leather and Lace Bracelet

Friday, October 23, 2015

leather and lace bracelet

(This post first appeared on Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body)

If you're a 'DIY-er', I'm sure you've spotted something in a store before and thought, "I can do that!".

That happened to me this past spring when I was at the Country Living Fair. I found this amazing leather and lace bracelet that was so cute. I loved it but it was too expensive, so I set out to recreate it even though I'd never worked with leather before!

Easy Thanksgiving Garland with Chalkboard Tags

Sunday, October 18, 2015

We are back from Florida and had a relaxing, wonderful, sun-filled fall break! It's going to be a little difficult to get back to 'real life'!

However, Thanksgiving is around the corner and (gulp), I am hosting this year!

My home is decorated for fall, and I kept it fairly stress-free. I love to create and I enjoy decorating...but I felt my home just needed one thing easy Thanksgiving garland to hang across my mantle!

Thanksgiving garland with chalkboard tags

9 Fabulously Spooky DIY Halloween Ideas

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hey y'all...I'm spending the week in sunny Florida for fall break! It's our first time to Destin and we are enjoying the weather, the beach, and the time to simply unwind and relax...together!

fabulously spooky DIY ideas

So I relied on a little help from some of my blogger friends for today's post. And they did not let me down! Below, you'll find some fabulous DIY Halloween inspiration, and you are going to love what these talented gals have come up with!

Printed Burlap Pumpkin

Friday, October 9, 2015

Today it's all about pumpkins and I have two fabulous new projects to share. I'm over at Ella Claire Inspired today, sharing a tutorial for my painted pumpkin pillows.

painted pumpkin pillow

You've no doubt seen beautiful painted pumpkin pillows on Etsy and craft fairs. Well guess what, here is your chance to learn how to make one! I encourage you to head to Ella Claire for that tutorial (click here)...but then come right back here because I've got a simple yet stunning project that I'm excited to share with you! I'll be waiting, I promise ☺

Oh hey there, welcome back!

I like to think outside the box and get creative when it comes to decorating my home, because I like things that are unique and different. This certainly applies to seasonal decorating, when items will be on display for such a short time. I'm including affiliate links for your convenience. My full disclosure policy is available here. 

printed burlap pumpkin

Pie Crust Cinnamon Pinwheel Cookies

Monday, October 5, 2015

Happy Monday!

I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood for something sweet, delicious and easy!

pie crust cinnamon cookies

Easy as pie...Pie Crust Cinnamon Pinwheels, that is!

Affordable and Stylish Desks

Friday, October 2, 2015

If you're a blogger or someone who loves crafts, you may already have a fabulous desk to work at. Many of you likely work at your dining room table. That's what I did for many years too!

WOW! 14 stylish and affordable desks for your home! Get the sources at diy beautify blog!

10 Fabulous Burlap Projects

Monday, September 28, 2015

If your home doesn't have a burlap item or two, I feel sorry for you. Why? Because burlap is earthy and full of texture and so inexpensive it's almost sinful! It adds such appeal and warmth to a space! Plus it's so easy to craft with burlap and make fabulous accessories for your home!

I wonder what our great-grandmothers would think about our obsession with burlap...I can hear them scoffing, "Decorating with burlap? Why on earth would you want to do that dearie?"

Because...dear grannies...the possibilities are endless...and in this post I'm setting out to prove that. I pulled together a few of my favorite projects that use burlap. It's wonderful for seasonal decorating, as well as everyday projects.

burlap projects

Easy Burlap Pillow plus a Free Printable

Friday, September 25, 2015

How to make a printed burlap pillow using your home printer!

burlap pillow

If you're a just might be the first day of the rest of your life! Okay so that was a major exaggeration, but I am going to share a trick that I'm sure you'll like and want to use over and can print on burlap right at home using your inkjet printer!

Stress-free Simple Fall Decorating

Monday, September 21, 2015

My home was filled with the smells of Fall this weekend! Even though it was 90 degrees outside, I made my White Bean Chicken Chili and Gingerbread (Pumpkin) Muffins. Comfort food! It was so good and the smells infused our home in much the same way that decorating makes a big impact.

I used to spend days decorating for every holiday.

I'd have Mr DIY haul all the related boxes down from the attic, and while the kids were at school, I'd sort and purge and dust and decorate to my heart's content...until the whole house was transformed.

But that has all changed.

simple fall decor | diy beautify

DIY Sweater Pumpkins

Friday, September 18, 2015

Have you made sweater pumpkins yet?

They're one of my favorite items to bring down from the attic every fall.

They're soft, squishy and just plain adorable!

Create these FABULOUS sweater pumpkins for great Fall texture! Get the tutorial at diy beautify!

And believe it or not, they're not that difficult to make!

How to Make DIY Chalk Paint Using Store Samples

Monday, September 14, 2015

I can't wait to share with you how EASY it is to save money by making your own DIY chalk paint in store sample pots! Read on for the step by step tutorial!

How to Make a Modern Rustic Sign

Friday, September 11, 2015

Well hi there. I'm so happy you are choosing to spend a few minutes of your day with me!

In a world of mass-produced home decor items, handmade is so refreshing, isn't it?! I'm going to show you how to paint a sign that you won't find in a store! You can customize it to say whatever you like.

WOW! This awesome sign was created from a plain board! Get the tutorial and materials list at diy beautify!

Create a Canvas Poster Wall Hanging

Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day! I hope you're enjoying the long weekend with your family, however you choose to spend it. We are planning to have some friends over and grill. I was really hoping we could have a cookout on our outdoor fire pit, but it has been too hot and humid here! Please fall...hurry up!

Learn how to turn a favorite image into a watercolor and then create a fabulous Canvas Poster Wall Hanging! | diy beautify

I wasn't really sure what to call today's post.

It's not really a's not really a poster.

It is a wall hanging.

Fall Decorating

Friday, September 4, 2015

It's Friday! The beginning of a long weekend! Lots to be thankful for!!

I hope you don't mind, but today on the blog it's 'leftover' day.

Fall decorating | diy beautify

Remember when you were little and it was leftover night? Your mom would pull out all the leftovers from the fridge and make a meal with it. You might have a little meatloaf with a piece of pizza and some chicken noodle soup. It didn't really go together, but it satisfied.

Today I'm sharing a few leftovers with you,

DIY Photo Clip Frame Gift Idea

Monday, August 31, 2015

Giveaway Winner

I am happy to announce the winner of the Brit+Co wood burning tool and cheese board kit.  Congratulations to...Susan Ryan, you are the winner! Please email me your contact info.

Today's project is a bright and cheerful diy, and would make a great gift for any occasion.  

Create this fabulous, personalized Photo Clip Frame using basic items. Tutorial at diy beautify!

Create an Activity Table Set for Kids with Mismatched Furniture

Friday, August 28, 2015

Do you love a good matchmaking story? Oh good, me too! In fact, my very favorite kind is when...

children's activity set using mismatched pieces

...two people from completely different worlds fall in love, scorn society's preconceived notions and make it work....just like Poldark (if you haven't seen this Masterpiece Classic yet, you are missing out!!)

Before we get to today's furniture redo, which is a classic love story of opposites uniting, I just want to take a minute to say Welcome to all my new followers! It is so exciting every time I get an email informing me that someone else has chosen to follow diy beautify!

Without you guys, this blog would probably be pretty lame! But because you are enjoying what I have to share, I am inspired to keep creating and to push the boundaries of DIY. My goal is to inspire you and get you excited about bringing beauty to your ordinary!! 

Now, let's get to the makeover, aka opposites attract!

My kids are well past the age where they would enjoy an activity table (and I don't think my teenage boys would be able to sit down at this one)...but when I found this side table at a thrift store, I thought it would work well with two kid-sized chairs I had sitting in my garage. Different colors, different eras, different styles. 

Would the magic happen? Could these pieces from different backgrounds....different sides of the tracks... fall in love?

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As you can obviously see, they were a perfect match! These three unloved, yucky pieces of furniture became a darling little activity set that any child, boy or girl, is sure to love.

I want you to see how these pieces looked when I started.

table and chairs before

Can you see why they were unlucky in love and no one wanted them anymore? They'd been well loved and well used in another life...but they were showing signs of wear and tear (and gum on the seat!)

I could see beyond the ugly, damaged surfaces to the potential of what they could become! I cleaned them up with my favorite degreaser and sanded down any splinters or rough areas with my handy palm sander.

The table was painted with my favorite diy chalk paint recipe in a creamy white (I used Behr's Swan Wing from Home Depot). 

The next step was the top. I taped off about a 2-inch border all the way around. Frog tape is my go-to tool for this because it leaves crisp lines with no bleed through.

tape off border

Next I painted the surface of the table with 2 coats of black chalkboard paint. I chose to use a small high density foam roller for this part of the application.

paint with chalkboard paint

A light sanding and that's it...table done! 

painted table and chairs for child

The chairs were painted with Blackberry House Paint in Spring Rain, This was my first time using this paint, and I was surprised at how little was needed...they only required one coat! Blackberry House Paint is not technically chalk paint; it's a water-based paint with custom pigments and additives (but it grips like a chalk paint).

child's vintage chair

I flew through these chairs so fast I completely forgot to take pictures of the progress...oops!

You can see that I added a white stripe on each chair to tie the three pieces together, as well a little accent of the Spring Rain color along the edge of the table.

And just like that it's like they were always meant to be together....overcoming all odds, obstacles and preconceived notions!

child's activity set with chalkboard painted table

I think that's why I love to do this!

When you restore a piece of furniture, whether by staining or painting, you're bringing back charm that the years have stolen. That's what 'beautify' means!

child's activity table and chairs

This trio is available for purchase for some lucky little girl or boy. I know someone will enjoy hours of fun doodling or creating roads for their cars or a million other kid-friendly activities!

chalkboard top

If you've never picked up a paintbrush and transformed a piece of furniture...maybe it's time to start! I hope I've inspired you to look at discarded furniture with new eyes and see what it might become.  There's a story waiting to be told!

child's activity table and chairs from mismatched pieces

And it just might be a love story!

bringing beauty to the ordinary,

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DIY Inspiration for Wood Burning Tool and Giveaway

Monday, August 24, 2015

Did you catch all the changes at diy beautify? There's a new logo, new blog design, a new image of yours truly! To celebrate all these awesome changes, I teemed up with Brit + Co. to bring you a fabulous Giveaway.

It's a diy kit (valued at over $50) that will make someone very happy!

One lucky winner will receive this Design*Sponge Cheese Board Kit.

New Branding and a Giveaway!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Happy Friday!

If you came by looking for a great furniture makeover...I promise I'll share it soon.

But I wanted to tell you about all the changes that have been happening over here at diy beautify. Have you noticed?

I've got this gorgeous new logo, courtesy of my friend Karisa from Petite Modern Life. I've been wanting to re-brand for awhile and this new logo is so much more me than what I've had before.

Back to School Ideas for Dorm Living

Monday, August 17, 2015

Inspiration and ideas for back to school College living in the dorm!

Back to school is here!

Our two youngest have already been in school for a week, and our oldest heads off to College for his Sophomore year in just a few days.

For all you mamas out there who are sending a child to College for the first will survive this! Trust me, it's much harder on you than on your child! My son loves his independence while he's at College and not having us there to hover! Don't be that parent!

Last year went by in a blink.

We've started packing up our son's room and shopping for all the essentials

Homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe

Friday, August 14, 2015

Easy and fresh Pico de Gallo is amazing with tortilla chips or as a garnish! Get the recipe at DIY beautify!

It's Friday! Our kids survived their first week back to school and I know they're going to be doing some serious chillin' this weekend! Video games, tv, and food.

Speaking of food...we are Mexican-food-aholics in our home...yeah, I may have just invented a new term...but it's true! We love Mexican. And while I love going out to eat, it's not something we do often because it's so pricey. When we can stay home, save money and have an amazing home cooked meal, it's a triple-win!