Top DIY Projects of the Year

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Reader's Favorite Projects from 2017top projects of the year

It's that time of year when I like to take a look back at what projects YOU favored from DIY beautify the past year.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A very Merry Christmas to you!


Merry Christmas

The Best Tools for Every DIYer's Toolbox

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

My TOP 5 favorite DIY tools, why I find them essential, and projects I've made with them


Cast Iron Skillet Apple Crisp

Friday, December 15, 2017

This post is sponsored by Southern Kitchen. All opinions are my own.

Classic apple crisp is baked to perfection in a cast iron skillet and is the perfect comfort dessert for cold winter evenings!

Thrifty Farmhouse Sign Ornaments

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Leftover wood pieces become charming farmhouse signs to hang on your tree!


Friends, welcome back! Today is the monthly Thrifty Style Team post, where each member of the team shares something thrifty and inspiring with you! There is so much talent in this group, it's fun to see what everyone comes up with each month!

Christmas in the Kitchen

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Updates to the kitchen and some Christmas touches

mini gingerbread house

Farmhouse Christmas Tree

Friday, December 8, 2017

A farmhouse Christmas tree filled with handmade ornaments

farmhouse Christmas tree

Welcome to the 3rd annual My Home Style Blog Hop - Christmas Tree Edition, hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living. If you're visiting from Houseful of Handmade, welcome! I'm the last stop on the tour, so you'll definitely want to start at Stephanie's bohemian tree and work your way through all the homes. You'll find links at the end of this post to all the other bloggers who are sharing their Christmas tree style. It's truly amazing how many different looks a Christmas tree can have, and each participating blogger matched their tree with their home decor! I'm pretty sure you'll be inspired.

Peppermint Iced Scones

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DelightfulMoments #CBias

A tasty scone recipe with a peppermint mocha twist, perfect for the holidays or anytime!

peppermint iced scones

Dollar Store Shiplap Ornaments - Cozy at Christmas

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How to Make Inexpensive Shiplap Ornaments from the Dollar Store

dollar store shiplap ornaments

Welcome back!

It's all things Christmas over here and today I'm sharing a tutorial for these inexpensive shiplap ornaments!

These jumbo ornaments started off life as Dollar Tree finds...so they were just a buck each!


I was drawn to the corrugated metal ornament tops and decided to give them a diy beautify dose of farmhouse charm!

I'm sharing the tutorial today as part of the Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour. It's a week-long tour filled with lots of great ideas for you to replicate at home! You'll find all the links and participating bloggers at the end of my tutorial.

Affiliate links are included for your convenience; my full disclosure policy can be found here.

SUPPLIES FOR SHIPLAP ORNAMENTS

  • jumbo cardboard ornaments from Dollar Tree (I'm not sure if you can find these at other dollar stores or not) 
* Note: if you're unable to find these ornaments, you could use these large rounds or even these

HOW TO MAKE SHIPLAP ORNAMENTS

These jumbo DIY ornaments started life as cute decorations from the dollar store. The shiplap marks are just painted on and it's hard to see, but there's quite a lot of glitter.  I decided to give them a whole new look.

dollar store Christmas decor

I used pliers to carefully remove the metal tops because I planned to reuse them.

remove metal tops

Then I took a sanding sponge to knock back the shine and the glitter. Here's a before and after.

sand

Next I gave the pieces 2 coats of white chalk paint. I used Dixie Belle Paint Company Chalk Finish Furniture paint in Cotton and it went on like a dream! This paint has very little odor which is nice when you're painting indoors!

paint

The next step was to recreate the shiplap lines. Remember, this ornament is just thick cardboard, so I couldn't actually cut through it.

I marked lines with a straight edge and used my Dremel tool to create the look of shiplap planks by just moving the Dremel along my straight edge at each marked spot. I'm not sure what the tip is called that I used...it looks like a piece of pointed sandpaper! Anyone know?

I didn't press hard enough to cut, just enough to remove the paint and make visible lines.

mark lines

score lines

Now that my base was done, I created some designs in PicMonkey and uploaded them to my Silhouette cutting machine.

I cut each design out of matte black vinyl and used transfer tape to perfectly center them on my large ornaments.

DIY shiplap ornaments

I carefully reattached the tops, and now they're ready to hang on my tree!

Here's a closer look.

close up

They have a real chippy farmhouse feel and best of all, they add the look of shiplap!

better not pout ornament

Fixer Upper style ornament

They're absolutely perfect on my farmhouse styled Christmas tree, which I'll be sharing later this week.

shiplap ornaments

Go ahead and PIN THIS IMAGE so you can refer to it!


DIY shiplap ornaments
It's time to take a look at what the other ladies have created for Cozy at Christmas. The links are below, I hope you visit them all!


Cozy at Christmas holiday tour




I hope you find lots of inspiration and creative ideas here; there's only 20 days until Christmas!

If you missed it, I shared a Farmhouse Guest Basket on Monday that includes a 20% discount to diy beautify readers. Be on the lookout for a yummy recipe tomorrow, and my farmhouse tree later this week.


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Disclosure: I received products from Dixie Belle Paint Company that I used in this post, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

The Perfect Guest Basket for the Holidays

Monday, December 4, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerrySpritzmas #CollectiveBias

Put guests at ease and keep the bathroom smelling fresh all season long with a pretty guest basket!

holiday guest basket

Friends, we're going to get real here today and talk about an embarrassing topic, a topic that nice girls usually don't discuss in public!

The subject today is poo y'all and you're going to need your sense of humor. So if it's still sleeping, go pour yourself another cup of coffee and come on back. 

I'll wait 😊

Christmas in the Dining Room - Come Home For Christmas

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ideas and inspiration for simple Christmas dining room decor

Christmas dining room

I hope your Thanksgiving was blessed! I tried to get out of cooking "the meal", but the middle DIY revolted and said because I didn't make stuffing last year, I had to make the whole shebang. Nothing like being guilted into cooking by your 20-year old son 😏

So I did what any good mama would do

The Ultimate Home Decor Gift Guide

Monday, November 27, 2017

Home Decor Shopping Guide for Any Style


shopping guide

Easy Holiday Recipe with Bacon - Warm and Cheesy Phyllis Sandwiches

Friday, November 24, 2017

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc.. All opinions are entirely my own.

cheesy bacon sandwiches served warm

Creative Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Easy and Festive Gift Wrap Ideas

gift wrap ideas

I know it's the week of Thanksgiving, and many of you don't decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving is over and done.

I'm joining with a group of bloggers today to bring you creative gift wrap ideas so that you can plan ahead! These ideas range from easy to impressive and everything in between! You'll find all the links below. Thanks to Nancy from Slightly Coastal for organizing this Wrap It Up Christmas gift wrap hop!

How to Make a $3 Farmhouse Tree Topper

Saturday, November 18, 2017


An easy tutorial to make an inexpensive Christmas tree topper with farmhouse style. This project only cost $3 to make!
farmhouse tree topper

Marbled Metallic Ornaments - 2017 Ornament Exchange

Thursday, November 16, 2017

An easy tutorial to make marbled metallic ornaments! These sparkly, shimmery ornaments are a stunning Christmas gift idea!


Thanksgiving Silhouettes Using Craft Vinyl

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Removable vinyl fall silhouettes 

fall silhouettes

Sunroom Reveal - Light and Bright

Monday, November 6, 2017

A clutter-free Sun Room with Reclaimed Wood Walls


Hi friends, I'm thrilled to finally be able to share this space with you! Our sunroom was a messy, unorganized catchall space with no real purpose. Not anymore! Let me know you the changes we made.

Rae Dunn Inspired Christmas Ornaments

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Make your own look-alike Rae Dunn ornaments for a lot less than the real thing! I'm sharing my tips and tricks for working with vinyl and round ornaments!
Rae Dunn DIY ornaments


Vintage Inspired Mini Wood Barn Quilts

Friday, October 27, 2017

Follow this easy tutorial to create mini barn quilts to display on the wall!

DIY wood barn quilts

Hanging quilts on the wall is certainly nothing new! These wood stenciled quilts are a fun addition to this large wall in my sunroom.

Using Chalk Paint to Update a Brick Fireplace

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I'm sharing an easy way to lighten and brighten a dark and drab fireplace using chalk paint! My technique is simple, fast and mess-free!

Living Room Updates

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sharing some changes and updates in the living room

living room updates | diy beautify

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Hi there friends. Have you been wondering what happened to me? I took a week off from blogging to get over strep throat and rest. These seasonal allergies have been killing me! Combine that with a throat infection and I needed to just lay low for a few days!

It's not in my nature to do nothing however, and this past week I've painted furniture, made several signs, worked on projects in my sunroom (the reveal will be posted shortly, I promise!) and even started on some Christmas projects!

Painted Buffalo Plaid Mason Jars

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This tutorial will walk you through the steps to create a painted buffalo check pattern on mason jars! So fun and trendy!
buffalo plaid mason jars painted by hand

Reclaimed Wood Wall Installation

Thursday, October 5, 2017

How to install a peel-and-stick wood wall that will add character and texture to your room!

Timberchic reclaimed wood walls | diy beautify

How to Make Pumpkins From Sweater Sleeves

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's easy to make soft DIY pumpkins from sweater sleeves!

sweater pumpkins

Built in Bookshelves - New Hardware

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Adding hardware to built-in bookcases for a rustic modern finishing touch!

drawer pulls | diy beautify