Shiplap Wall….so easy!

shiplap6Several months ago I completed a shiplap feature wall in my Master Bedroom.  I’ve been meaning to do a blog post about it…but…well…I got really busy….and quit frankly I really don’t have very good pictures. The perfect pictures are never going to happen… so, I grabbed the few I have off my phone.  The wall was SUPER easy and really made a huge difference in the room!

Here is my room before.  It is painted Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue.  I love the color, but it is just so blue!  I wanted to break up the blue with some white.

shiplap5I splurged and bought the Ryobi Air Strike Brad Nailer from Home Depot.  I had been wanting one for awhile and this seemed like a good time to go for it.  Next, I purchased 4 sheets of 1/4″ plywood at Home Depot for $13.97 each and had them cut it into 6 inch wide planks.  Some of the edges were a little splintery so I sanded them down slightly with my power sander.

shiplap4I did not plan out some perfect pattern.  I just randomly staggered the boards, making cuts as I went along.  The boards were so lightweight and easy to hang!  I even let my 11 year old get in on the nailing action.  I did not paint the wall white first.  I debated on that.  I was wondering if you would see the blue through the cracks.  I’m glad I did not waste my time doing that! I can’t see any blue peeking through.

shiplap3I had LOTS going on in my life when I was trying to get this done…so, I will admit that it took about 2 weeks to get all the boards up.  Some days I would just nail about 3 boards at a time.  You could easily get this project done in a day or two if you had the time.

I then hand brushed 3 coats of white paint I already had, Sherwin Williams Snowbound in Satin.  I’m sure rolling would have worked too.  I didn’t have any rollers and I prefer hand brushing because I could push the paint down into the seams.

IMG_3291shiplapwall2The mirror over the bed was free from a friend who was done with it.  It was painted in gold craft paint when it arrived at my house.

goldmirrorI painted it with a few coats of Annie Sloan Graphite and then washed some Pearl Plaster from Artisan Enhancements over it.

graphitecanmirrorshiplapwallI also added some white curtains from Wayfair (a terrible picture!) and they really made a huge difference.  Now I”m shopping for a chair for the corner and getting stuff hung back on the walls! It seems everything takes me a long time to finish these days!

curtainsThe shiplap was super easy and super cheap!  I would definitely do it again….maybe I will some where else in the house!

July Studio Nights – Featured Finish – Weathered Zinc Look

IMG_3479One of the finishes I teach in my Chalk Paint® 101 Class is the popular Weathered Zinc look.  Everyone loves it! It is one of my most requested finishes I do in my custom work as well!

So…that being said….Let’s do it in my July Studio Nights Class!

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I recently completed this fireplace makeover for a client using this technique.  They had a basic builder white fireplace with TV cabinet.


Using Annie Sloan’s Graphite and Paris Grey Chalk Paint® and some Clear Soft Wax….

IMG_3456 IMG_3477Another makeover I recently did using the fun technique on this “Factory Faux” fake chippy clock.  It was a great piece…but even better with the Weathered Zinc makeover…

IMG_3490Doesn’t she look better?


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Special May Studio Nights

traySpecial Studio Nights in May!

I’ve been having a blast hosting Studio Nights in my Hueology Studio!  Everyone who has attended seems to have enjoyed it too!  One thing people have also enjoyed is taking a sneak peak into my home to see how I have incorporated my flea market finds and painted furniture into my decor.

So….that being said…I’m offering up quite a deal on the next Studio Nights….I will provide you with a wooden tray and all the paint and supplies needed to create a fun home decor piece….PLUS…a tour of the first floor of my home….which includes my master bedroom with my recent planked accent wall!

Sign up for May 29th @6:30 here!


Here is a sneak peak at my Master Bedroom….Yes, I painted that mirror!

What’s going on in my home?

IMG_2879Poor little Asher is always standing around wondering “what the heck is going on now?”.

If you recall I signed up for Nester’s Cozy Minimalist online decorating class! I’m focusing on my Master Bedroom!

I cannot reveal all the going’s on in the class out of total respect to Myquillyn, aka Nester…but I will say it has been FABULOUS….and I stripped down my Master Bedroom of ALL decor to start!

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My walls are Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue….so here we go….I will give you a sneak peak at something that is going to happen on the wall behind the bed….


Hueology Kitchens…Before and After

cottkitchencollageHere is a look at our latest kitchen makeover!

Our client had previously had her builder grade oak cabinets painted and glazed very dark quite a few years ago.  The island was also painted black.


cottkitchenbefore2cottkitchenbefore1cottkitchenbefore3We used Old White Chalk Paint® on the perimeter cabinets and added some dark brown glaze.  The island was done with Chateau Grey Chalk Paint® with Old White highlights and dark brown glaze.  The silver brush nickel knobs were replaced with oil rubbed bronze handles and pulls! It is amazing how lighter and brighter the kitchen became!


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I’m a Cozy Minimalist….and you can be too!


Anyone recognize this Decorating Diva?

She is Myquillyn Smith, mostly known as The Nester!  I’m going to be honest here peeps…she has had a ginormous impact on how I decorate for quite a long time…and I’m sure many of you too!  I’d like to tell you little bit of the how and why…because it is a pretty good story…

It was about 2008 ish, and I had a friend of mine make me some drapes for my dining room.  She was over at my house and asked me if I knew about “The Nester”?.  I was like, “Who? The What? What is a Nester?”.  Well she told me to go read this girls blog from our town (Greensboro, NC) called Nesting Place.  I was hooked on this chick immediately!!!  She was so real and was doing such amazing home transformations on a zero budget!  I was a stay at home mom too and loved decorating.  I checked her blog everyday, and hung on every super cool word she typed!  At that time I was making some extra money on the side making and selling cookie dough.  At that time Myquillyn was creating and selling these amazing tassels, as well as her fabulous blog.  Long story short we got to meet through cookie dough and tassels….and our paths have crossed a few time through the years.

Her tagline “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” has been so freeing!!!  It have given me and so many others the courage to try so many things we may not have ever done because the fear of perfectionism.  My mother kept a perfect house.  I do not. I never will, or do I desire too.  It is such a freeing revelation! Go with it! Own it! Rock it!

Nester bought her house that she lives in now just about the same time we bought this one…end of 2013…so I have been closely following her journey to turn her home into her dream home…but a cozy dream home.  Just as I am doing to this one.  So, when I heard she was doing an online coaching class called the Cozy Minimalist, which concludes at her very own home’s barn…I WAS IN!!

cozy-min-headerWho wants to join me in the venture?  It starts March 26!

Check out the Cozy Minimalist website to find out more about Nester and this great opportunity to join me in that includes the following:

  • Four live weekly coaching webinars featuring photos selected from Cozy Minimalist class attendees
  • Access to a private Facebook group where we can encourage each other
  • Weekly challenges to post and share about the progress of your room
  • That happy feeling you get when a space in your home starts to look more like what you’ve always imagined

I’m still trying to decide which room I am going to focus on….but I hope you follow along with me and the others joining in this venture.  You can mostly follow me on Instagram.  I tend to post the most there.

Please comment and let me know if you decide to partake in this journey so we can stay super connected through it!!!


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The Studio is OPEN!

studioafter4Come on in and take a look!  The studio is open and has already hosted 2 events!!!

studioafter2Welcome to the entry…and the “wash up” station!

I found this triple bar sink at an Antique Mall and paid $195 for it…I contemplated trying to do the plumbing myself.  I even watched a few You Tube videos, etc.  Something did not feel right about it and I ended up calling a plumber…pretty glad I did…it ended up actually being a complicated install, and the most expensive part of the studio.  If you look closely you can see that I had to raise the sink height to accommodate the new trap.  I bought some decorative wooden legs for $5.00 each at Home Depot and painted them to match the stainless steel!  I also purchased from Home Depot some faux tin panels to fashion the sink back splash. Just glued them right to the wall…super easy!  Now I have the perfect station for washing brushes, stencils and hands!!

studioafterI love my office nook!

studioafter3I spray painted an old brass chandelier with oil rubbed bronze spray paint, hung it, and then stapled draped burlap for the “ceiling”.  I painted the floor with Graphite Chalk Paint®, stenciled it using the Large Moorish Trellis Stencil from Royal Design Studio, and Old White Chalk Paint®.  I sealed the floor with Annie Sloan Lacquer.

I scored the rusty base of the desk from one of my favorite places, Shoppes on Patterson, in Greensboro, NC, and the perfect barn door from Simply Janelle Designs in Summerfield, NC.

This space is perfect for meeting with clients, and looking over sample boards!

studionightschalkboardI made a chalk board wall here….

wine + furniture+paint= Studio Nights

The next Studio Nights is February 27th from 6:30-8:30…or later….because who wants to go home that early after a night of FUN?!?!

studioafter6I’ve got a great food and beverage station and a fab refrigerator I painted with Provence Chalk Paint® and stenciled with the French Menu Lettering Stencil from Royal Design Studio using Old White Chalk Paint® and sealed with a Clear Finish from Artisan Enhancements.

studionightsHere are some photos from last months Studio Nights!

studionights2If you want in for the next one sign up ASAP!

It is designed for anyone who wants to have fun!  It is incredibly therapeutic!  Come learn, be inspired and find your inner creativity!

Calligrahpy Y’all….Workshop in the Studio!

calligraphy2Do you love the look of all the latest handwritten fonts?

I do…and I’m super excited to get the chance to learn how and you can too with me!!

blackandwhiteCalligraphy Artist Maghon Walker, of All She Wrote Notes, will be coming to my in home studio February 12th from 6:30-8:30pm to hold a 2 hour Calligraphy Workshop for my guests! I’ve only got room for 10 so hurry and sign up NOW at the All She Wrote Notes Square Store!

Workshop includes:

- 2 hours of hands on instruction from calligrapher maghon walker
- calligraphy pen holder
- 1 calligraphy nib
- ink
- tracing paper
- practice guides
- surprises

and of course a change to hang out in the new Hueology Studio!!



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DIY Coat Rack

coatrackOne thing that we don’t have in this house is a coat closet and a very small entryway.  I was looking for a solution for hanging coats and dog leashes by the front door.  Of course the first place I looked was Pinterest!

I fell in love with this idea!


It didn’t exactly happen overnight.  I did not just have a fabulous chippy column just laying around and an affordable one did not just land in my lap overnight.  I put the word out “on the street” that I was looking for one.  About 6 months or so went by.  I kinda forgot about my column quest.  Until….one of my picking friends {Trish from The Shooters Wife} was picking and came across one.  I scooped it up from her before anyone else could!

I then passed it off to another friend {Janelle from Simply Janelle Designs} who added the base stand made from an old barn floor.

What did I do?  I carried into my house and I attached the hooks! I’m thinking I need a fabulous mirror like the the Pinterest picture has too!

Do you think I should paint the base??  Maybe Duck Egg Blue?




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