5 Ways to Transform Your Kitchen Cabinets With Paint

With help from our sponsor Behr—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we’re sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you’re a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we’re highlighting bright ideas for giving your kitc…

With help from our sponsor Behr—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we're sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you're a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we're highlighting bright ideas for giving your kitchen cabinets a makeover with BEHR PREMIUM® Interior Cabinet & Trim Enamel.


Kitchen renovations can be a completely daunting task—often requiring the help of a professional, and plenty of time living in a construction site. Think: totally changing up the floor plan, ripping out the old floors and replacing them with shiny new hardwood, you get the idea.

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How to Preserve & Press Fall Leaves

Fall weather is fleeting. Peak foliage is even more ephemeral. That’s why I love preserving precious foraged leaves so they retain their red, yellow, and orange, and can be admired all year long. Leaves (sadly) tend to dry out, curl up, and break apart…

Fall weather is fleeting. Peak foliage is even more ephemeral. That’s why I love preserving precious foraged leaves so they retain their red, yellow, and orange, and can be admired all year long. Leaves (sadly) tend to dry out, curl up, and break apart after a few days in human hands—but by preserving them you'll be able to ensure they keep their color and seal in moisture to avoid cracking.

Preserving leaves works best if you start with already tidy specimens—leaves that are relatively flat (fewer bumps) and "healthy" (without tears or insect damage) or recently harvested to begin with—and is most effective if undertaken before the leaves are pressed flat. But if you've already pressed leaves in the past, or choose to press them before preserving, it's not too late! Preserving can also be done once they're pressed.

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A DIY Patio Upgrade That’s Perfect for Cooler Weather

A monthly DIY column by Stacie Abdallah—design blogger, avid DIYer, and busy mom of three. Armed with her trusty pliers and paint, Stacie shares her favorite home projects for creating spaces that work for you (and look incredible!)—whether big or smal…

A monthly DIY column by Stacie Abdallah—design blogger, avid DIYer, and busy mom of three. Armed with her trusty pliers and paint, Stacie shares her favorite home projects for creating spaces that work for you (and look incredible!)—whether big or small, rented or owned.


As a mom of three young boys, I basically live outdoors. When they’re not digging holes in search of worms, they’re playing their version of soccer, or climbing everything in sight—they’d sleep in the backyard if we let them. As a result, we spend the majority of our days in the summer, fall, and spring outside.

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The Secret to These Chic Wall Hooks? This Children’s Toy

When we moved into our house three years ago, we put our bedroom together with the hand-me-down, thrifted, and broken bargains that we moved from our apartment. We made it as comfortable as possible but our dressers had huge footprints without much act…

When we moved into our house three years ago, we put our bedroom together with the hand-me-down, thrifted, and broken bargains that we moved from our apartment. We made it as comfortable as possible but our dressers had huge footprints without much actual storage, our bed frame was about to snap and because it felt a little hodge-podge, it wasn’t a space I cared to keep as clean as the rest of the house.

Then, earlier this year, we decided to replace our lead-painted windows. Because of health and safety regulations associated with lead dust, our family was asked to move out of the home for three weeks—along with every single piece of furniture, rug, and accessory. Moving out of our home at the beginning of quarantine in March was one of the most surreal things I've had to do, but what it did give us was the opportunity to reimagine our spaces. We decided to give our bedroom a fresh start.

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A Reusable Food Wrap You Can DIY in 5 Minutes

I try my hardest to reduce my single-use waste. Some switches are easier than others: I always carry shopping totes while running errands; I have an impressive stockpile of reusable straws; and I bring a water bottle or travel cup with me whenever I ca…

I try my hardest to reduce my single-use waste. Some switches are easier than others: I always carry shopping totes while running errands; I have an impressive stockpile of reusable straws; and I bring a water bottle or travel cup with me whenever I can. I’m not perfect by any means, though, and when it comes to being environmentally conscious, there are a lot of areas I still need to work on.

One of these was food storage. I grew up in a household where plastic baggies and cling wrap reigned supreme. Lunchtime snacks, baked goods, and dinner leftovers all found themselves enrobed in some manner of single-use plastic, but for my family and lots of others, this was totally par for the course. In 2020, we’re more educated consumers; plus, living on my own has allowed me to adopt more thoughtful habits. While I once readily reached for a roll of plastic wrap, now I haven’t bought a new one in months.

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How to Upcycle Old Vases With This DIY Terracotta Paint Hack

If you asked me six months ago where my DIY project inspiration came from, the answer would be pretty obvious: Pinterest, YouTube, and DIYers I follow on Instagram. Now, with the uncertainty of a global pandemic, an unexpected chunk of time at home, an…

If you asked me six months ago where my DIY project inspiration came from, the answer would be pretty obvious: Pinterest, YouTube, and DIYers I follow on Instagram. Now, with the uncertainty of a global pandemic, an unexpected chunk of time at home, and a desire for escapism, I’m big into TikTok. Like, really big.

I’ve found a ton of inventive ideas on the app. While my roommate or teenage brother likely have a completely different looking feed, mine is loaded with home decor tips, cleaning hacks, and all things organization. It is, of course, also how I found the magical little appliance that is the Bissell Little Green Upholstery Cleaner.

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A Perfectly Patterned Wall—No Wallpaper Necessary

With help from our sponsor BEHR® Paint—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we’re sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you’re a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we’re showing you how to turn any blank wall …

With help from our sponsor BEHR® Paint—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we're sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you're a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we're showing you how to turn any blank wall into a stenciled wonder.


I’m always looking for ways to liven up the lackluster white walls in my apartment, so I’ve tried a little bit of everything when it comes to covering them—some have been more successful than others.

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The DIY Surface Cleaner You Can Make in 60 Seconds

When we first moved into our new apartment, I complained a lot about our black granite kitchen countertops. “They’re boring,” I’d tell anyone who’d listen. “Too safe,” I’d add. Funny how things change, because five months and a pandemic later, I am inc…

When we first moved into our new apartment, I complained a lot about our black granite kitchen countertops. "They’re boring," I’d tell anyone who’d listen. "Too safe," I’d add. Funny how things change, because five months and a pandemic later, I am incredibly thankful for them and their “safe” (read: stain-repelling) practicality.

Our kitchens have never worked this hard, and this means a lot of dirty surfaces. And dirty surfaces need efficient cleaners.

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How to Make Soap at Home (Even if You Failed Chemistry)

My experimentations with homemade soap began when I started to get enamored with making things at home the long way: making and maintaining my own sourdough starter, painting my own kitchen cabinets, and repairing my own clothes. Even if time-cons…

My experimentations with homemade soap began when I started to get enamored with making things at home the long way: making and maintaining my own sourdough starter, painting my own kitchen cabinets, and repairing my own clothes. Even if time-consuming, I found that doing things myself, from start to finish, was immensely rewarding. It gave me a far greater appreciation for the goods that came my way, and made me a lot more conscious (in a good way) of the quality of ingredients. 

As time went by and my life got busier, my hobbies started taking up less of it. However, somehow, soapmaking stuck around. Although it can seem very complicated at first, and therefore off-putting to some, I’ve actually found it has one of the best effort-to-reward ratios of all the “pioneer crafts” I’ve tried. Much like knitting, it’s a meditative activity and a creative outlet—but unlike knitting, just a few evenings or weekends of work reap great rewards, as well as furnish me with loads of readymade gifts for the people I love.

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A Weekend-Friendly Project for Your Plain, Old Wood Furniture

With help from our sponsor Behr—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we’re sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you’re a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. To make your upgrades even easier, check out the BEHR® Exp…

With help from our sponsor Behr—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we're sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you're a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. To make your upgrades even easier, check out the BEHR® Express kit, which has all the tools you'll need, plus an expertly curated color palette.


I once found a small dresser in the alleyway outside of my apartment building in near-perfect condition. Three drawers, no scratches or stains, and the perfect height for it to be a nightstand.

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