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My Kitchen Story….finally my own!

Four years ago we bought this house.  The minute I walked into the house I felt like it could be our home.  Situated on 3 acres overlooking a mini farm with a red barn, goats and donkey’s and to top it off a huge heated and air conditioned workshop for me! Although the oak cabinets and laminate counter tops were not my first choice for my dream kitchen, I knew the kitchen was large and inviting and had HUGE potential.  Here is what the kitchen looked like the day we moved in.

We knew we wanted to gut the master bath immediately and had plans to do the kitchen soon after.  After the bathroom remodel we quickly realized that we lacked the funds to tackle the kitchen anytime soon.  At that point I settled on a new back splash and painted the cabinets gray and got new hardware.

It is always amazing how much paint can change a surface and the feeling in the room.  But, I still had that dream kitchen in my mind.  I knew when I first walked into this space that is was big and inviting and I had a dream in my mind of what I truly wanted it to be, and how I wanted it to function.  In this space I felt like I was using the stove so far away from where we were eating.  We rarely used the kitchen table.  Although, it is an amazing table…the functionality of it is not conducive to a quick wipe up after a spill.  The large cracks and gaps trap food and yuck…so we pretty much only used the table to collect clutter and fold laundry.

I had Dustin Marsh at Omega Creations Kitchens and Bath design me a kitchen design and then I dreamed that it could one day happen.  I kept that plan in the back of my mind for almost 4 years.  I started a Dream Kitchen Pinterest Board, and Dream Kitchen Houzz board and helped countless clients pick out counter tops, back splashes and painted lots of cabinets and furniture, all while dreaming that one day I would get to have my own wishes come true!

On October 4th 2017 this happened!!!

It is just about done and I will share the entire process with you! So many people do not know where to start with a project this big.  It is daunting and difficult and I’ve learned a lot! I learned so much before I started!  I’m glad I waited and did not rush into the process.  As a result, this project was literally FLAWLESS and completed in record time!  I owe a HUGE thanks to all the people that made this happen for me!

I’m excited to show you the final result and give credit to all who played a part!

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I forgot I had a website!

It seems I have forgotten I even have a website! It’s been so long since I’ve updated here I don’t even remember how to use Word Press!

IMG_1015so lets see here…a few updates in the last few years of having this site….I’ve grown my hair out.  But I can’t figure out how to change my photo on the site LOL! I’m still madly in love with paint and super busy painting tons of kitchens and furniture for the most amazing clients!  I’m so blessed to work for such great people.

I LOVE a good kitchen makeover and still dreaming of my own! I’ve got my fingers crossed that I will be able to completely gut my kitchen this fall and get new cabinets, counters and appliances.

I mostly post all my projects and random snippets of my life on Instagram. Follow my Instagram Account @hueology_studio so stay updated.

I’m also working for some builders here in Greensboro, NC developing a new neighborhood called The Farm at Cedar Hollow located in Northern Guilford County.  I’m really enjoying helping clients make their dream homes a reality! Its a fun world of brick, cabinets, tile counter tops, lighting and flooring!  I love seeing it all come together!

Trying to upload you all kinds of eye candy and prettiness…its not working and the workshop is calling! Starting to think this website/blog thing is just too much work these days!

Do people even stop in and check anymore??? I think we are now living in the world off Instagram … so go check me out there!!!

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Hueology Kitchens – Before and After

Burkitt kitchen - 4 of 19How about this stunning photo of a kitchen my gals and I completed this past year?!? I’m super behind on posting on the blog all the kitchens I’ve been doing this past year! This by far was on of my favorite makeover….and the scariest ones too!

Why? Because this kitchen was a stunner before we arrived! Yes, it was dark, but still a pretty kitchen.  My client was tired of the dark cabinetry, busy granite and outdated back splash.  Here are a few before pictures.

Burkitt kitchen - 17 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 16 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 18 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 15 of 19The first thing my client did was get a new subway tile back splash and a very pretty granite…getting rid of some of the browns and adding in gray and cream tones.

Burkitt kitchen - 12 of 19This really helped lighten things up! We decided to leave he island and some of the cabinetry dark to give this kitchen a little bit more of a custom look and she had a barn door built for one of the entry ways into the kitchen. The rest we painted with a slightly creamy white (Sherwin Williams Navajo White) and added a gray glaze! Check out the afters!

Burkitt kitchen - 10 of 19Burkitt kitchen - 7 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 3 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 2 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 6 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 8 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 9 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 5 of 19We also did her back hallway drop zone!!

Burkitt kitchen - 19 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 1 of 19Another Yummy Makeover!!

2016 is HERE!!!

imageHappy New Year from my home to yours!  Check out my squeaky clean kitchen floors? I started the new year out by giving them a super good clean….I might not even clean them that good for the rest of the year!

2015 was SUPER awesome!  I was overly blessed with tons of painting for clients….mostly kitchens!  I’ll try to get some photos up soon of some of the wonderfully transformations that took place.

I’m super excited for 2016!  I’ve got a few projects planned in my house and lots of work for upcoming clients, so don’t give up on checking the website!!  I’m going to try to be better at keeping the website updated.

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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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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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One Year In Our New House!


I can’t believe its been exactly a year since we moved into this house!

It has been an amazing year!  We don’t regret moving for one second.  It is still a bit surreal that moving just 4 miles down the road can change your life so much.  It has brought us immeasurable peace and joy!

The first few weeks here  was a bit apprehensive.  The house was so unfamiliar and didn’t feel like it really belonged to us.  We were not yet “friends”.  There were squeaks and scratches and lots more other strangeness that I did not understand, or feel a connection to.  I’m kind of quirky…I want to know everything about the history of a house that I can.  Our last 2 houses were brand new, and we were the first to live in them…so we got to know each other together.  This particular house had 20 years with others before we arrived.

IMG_7900Thankfully, the people that we bought the house from, invited us over before we moved in to meet us.  I LOVED that!!!  They told us about their time in the house and what they knew about the other previous owner.  My children (ages 10 and 12 now!) are the first children to ever live in this house.  The first owners were 70 when they built the house, and the husband used the basement workshop to refurbish old canoes…fascinating…that would explain the excessive varnish on the floors in the workshop…which I have added several layers of paint too!  The second owners got married in the living room! And what a lovely couple they are!


This was Day 1 in our new house last October!  We wasted no time putting our own fingerprint on the house.  The first thing that went was all that popcorn!!!


I used boxes to try to figure out dimensions for new couches, etc.  Once I figured out what I wanted, it took FOREVER for them to come!

livingroomChristmas 2013 came….fast…and I was totally unprepared!  I feel like I just stuck this tree up in a corner and threw a few things up on the mantel.  That is about it.  An empty living room with a tree.  I’m going to have to say it was one of the worst Christmases ever.  Sad to say…but it was.  The house still did not feel like home.  To top it off my husband got the stomach flu Christmas Eve, and I started with it 9:00 am Christmas morning.  The morning was a blur and the next 2 days were spent on the only couch we had in the basement.

The New Year came and we began to really fall in love with our house and it became our home!  We had a few lovely snows too!

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The walls are filling up with comfortable memories…the surroundings feel warm and inviting…and now we have a true HOME!

We are embracing our first full Fall Season and excited to share our home over the holidays with lots of friends and family!



I’ve also got some big plans for the basement studio in the new year too!!!

Before Paint….there was “The Cookie”.



There are two things that remind me of my childhood….watching my dad paint and do home projects, and my mom taking the time to let me bake in the kitchen.  She was incredibly patient with me, and I quickly developed a love for making cookies at a young age.

Did you know that before I really started painting furniture I was baking and selling cookies?

Yep, I dabbled in cookies for a few years.


This is “the cookie”.  My cookie.  The one that took years to perfect.  It is the perfect cookie.

I sold frozen dough scoops of this delectable cookie icon.  The Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I had quite a following built up…and I still get orders and requests.  I mostly turn them down…..

But, lately I have been haunted by this cookie.  And its other companion flavors….Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and the Pretzel Crunch and Swedish Ginger.

Should they make a come back?  Maybe a limited release?

I’m hopeful to get my home studio up and running this summer for classes and a place to gather for fun projects….and maybe eating cookies while we paint???


Can you almost taste it? I CAN!

Speaking of paint…


This week I transformed a boring brown mirror with some French Linen Chalk Paint® and then added some Silver Foil from Artisan Enhancements.  Sealed with Clear Finish! Super Yum! The picture does not doit justice, my camera was acting up and the designer needed to grab it and go!

Have a great weekend!!

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