Go Find Your Own Art

About a month ago while doing some inspiration browsing at Z Gallerie, I feel in love with some paintings.  This one called Limecicles caught my eye first.  You can’t tell on the screen but it’s pure texture.  Each line of color is separated by deep ridges that you can’t help but touch and run your […]

Master Bedroom

so far before Our bedroom had been neglected for far too long.  I was ready for change and my requirements were: neutral colors a pretty bed drapes masculine and feminine feel places to sit an 8 x 10 rug surfaces to place books and tums and snoring medicine and my other old lady paraphernalia better […]

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Making Over a Renter’s Kitchen

the right corner up there with the mixer is where I do half the kitchen work, in the evening it was DARK as night This is the second nicest kitchen I’ve ever had.  But it’s not mine.  It’s not mine because we rent, but it’s also not mine because it is simply not what I […]

How to Paint Furniture Like a Real Pro

This painted hutch and table were featured in Better Homes and Gardens Do It Yourself Magazine. Yee haw! I painted them myself! If you are a regular around here you know I’m always forthcoming with step by step instructions with how I do a project.  Usually that involves some hot glue and a high heeled […]

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A Case Study on Case Goods

The other day we talked about one of the things I learned about myself at the Painted Cottage–I tend to rely too much on my accessories to carry a room.  I went on and on about how the bones of a room can be part of the room itself–molding and paneling and flooring and stuff.  […]

The Two Most Important Tools Needed for Your Next Project

I painted this chair yesterday. I found this chair 9 months ago for $35 at a Salvation Army.  I had big plans to make it all cute but then life got in the way and the idea of taking it apart to paint and or recover was too daunting so I let it sit in […]

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