Hi there! I’m Kristi…


and I’ve been blogging here at Addicted 2 Decorating for over a decade now with one singular vision.

By sharing my own DIY journey in remodeling and decorating our 1948 fixer upper, I hope…

To inspire YOU to put aside fear and self-doubt, pick up those power tools, and dive into your home-related DIY projects so that you can turn your house into the home of your dreams.

So I’m here to cheer you on, and I LOVE hearing about your DIY victories!

But since you clicked on my “about” page, I’m guessing you want to know a bit about me. Here are a few factoids:

  • I graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology — a useless degree that I never used. I could kick myself for choosing that over interior design!
  • I traveled all over the world, and even lived in Turkey for a year-and-a-half. Istanbul is my favorite city in the world, and I’d love the opportunity to live there again.
  • I married my amazing husband, Matt, in 2002. He’s my biggest cheerleader, but since he’s wheelchair-bound due to multiple sclerosis (with which he was diagnosed two years after we got married), he’s not able to help me with any of the projects on our home.
  • When we moved from Oregon to Texas (my home state) in 2005, I started my own interior decorating business, and I worked with clients for seven years. I quit because my passion was DIY, and I longed to get way more involved in projects than an interior decorator does.
  • I started this blog in 2007, just after I started my interior decorating business, as an outlet to share my projects. Little did I know that Addicted 2 Decorating would eventually become my full-time job, which was a blessing, as I became Matt’s full-time caretaker as his mobility and abilities declined.
  • These days, I’m remodeling and decorating our home — a 1948 fixer upper that we bought in 2013 — one room, one project at a time. I do about 95% of the work myself, from building cabinets to sewing draperies and everything in between. But at times, I do have to call in reinforcements.

And that’s me in a nutshell! 🙂

I’m so glad you’re here! I hope you’ll take a look around, and I hope you’ll find something helpful or inspiring. And please let me know if there’s any way I can help you reach your DIY goals! I’m always eager to share suggestions, opinions, helpful tips, product recommendations, and more.

Wondering where to go from here? Here are a few ideas…

You can take the tour of our current home — the aforementioned 1948 fixer upper that I’ve been remodeling. You can see all of the before and afters of the rooms I’ve remodeled so far, and see my progress and plans for other rooms. Take the full tour here…

Happy DIYing! 🙂

179 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura Harrison
    January 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Hi Kristi-
    Just checking back in to see what you thought about my previous email.
    I need someone to help me with a few issues on my blog as well as evaluate what’s missing or what I can do to help it grow.
    In addition, I am interested in moving to WordPress.
    All for a fee- of course.

    Would you be interested and can you let me know your fee?

    Thank you,
    Laura

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      Nicki
      December 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Kristi, I recently discovered your site and I,m now hooked! I love your ideas and the fact that you are renovating a small condo. I am planning on buying my first condo and you are inspiring me to find one that I can renovate as well. I especially like the butcher block counters that you use mineral oil on. Were they originally a light wood? And is there any problems with the wood over time around the sink area where it would be wet most of the time?
      I can’t wait to see your future projects. Please keep them coming! Thanks!
      Nicki

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      Kandy
      September 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      I have searched and searched for a place to submit a question. I have clicked on ask a question over and over. I have read many things on site already. Are we required to read every word before we can ask a question? Will someone please tell me what I’m missing?

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        Patricia
        May 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm

        Kandy, did you go to Contact Kristi at the top of her page? And a lot of questions she answers right here on the discussion site.

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    Jennifer Loy
    January 8, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Hi Kristi,
    Was wondering if you would share the colors you used in your Kitchen Make over? Love the colors but just not sure the computer does them justice…Thanks, love love love your page.

    Jenn

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    Dianne Quan
    January 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Hi!
    Just wanted to say that I have never seen such an AMAZING blog for decorating and inventive creative fabulous ideas!
    WOW!!!
    I am just blown away!
    Dianne

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    Karen
    January 13, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Dear Kristi,
    I just discovered your blog and can totally relate to the sense of fulfillment by doing things by yourself. I bought my house last year and it’s far from done, but every little project my partner and I finish leaves us with this special glow! I’m really grateful for your sharing so many amazing ideas which I might adapt and change into things that fit my home. Many thanks and keep on – it’s great fun to read!
    Love
    Karen

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    MaryEllen
    January 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I am Addicted 2 UR Decorating and I am going to take on some of my projects! I too feel more alive during projects especially this time of year and my winter blues. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    susan
    February 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Kristi, I am so happy I found you. I am a textile/surface designer who has the same perspective as you, except I live to paint in the classical form. I also have been to the middle east . Look forward to getting to know you through your designs. 🙂

    Yours is the first profile I read completely and wanted more. Well I will close for now and look for

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    vicki stokes
    February 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Hello,

    I live in australia and am very interested in converting from Drapes to Shutters and have read your views on the subject.

    For sure there must be a place for Shutters ???? could I send you some photos ???

    Kind regards vicki

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    emma
    February 10, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Hi Kristi,

    I just stumbled upon your blog and so glad that I did –
    you’re an inspiration!
    Really interesting – looking forward to reading more
    thanks, Emma.

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    Julie
    February 10, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog and WOW you are amazing. I don’t know if you’re still taking jobs but I’d be willing to fly you out to my house and work your magic!

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    Sabina claus
    February 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Kristi –

    I came across your blog from Oh So ShAbBy By Debbie Reynolds, you are what I have been looking for…i’m in love with your little condo, as my own home has small spaces, i have the want to be creative and get my hands dirty, but i don’t have the vision you have.

    Maybe following you I can get that look I’ve been dreaming of!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Dianne Trudell
    February 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Kristi————– Came on your blog also by Oh So Shabby by Debbie Reynolds. Your makeover of your condo kitchen is amazing. It is done to perfection. You should be very proud of it. Look forward to seeing all the things you do!!!! Wish I had the talent you have!!!

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    Rachel Neeley
    February 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I just found your site tonight and I can’t take my eyes off the screen. I love all of it. I too love to find treasures at thrift stores to change and decorate with.
    I’m wondering if you could do a virtual guide for me if I sent you a picture of a room that needs serious help? And how much you would charge for that?
    Truly addicted FAN – Rachel

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    Marina
    February 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Kristi,
    I found your blog as I was searching on “how to hang a picture on a tiled wall”…and I not only found the answer (it just happened that I have those Command…) but I discovered a treasure! I am also addicted to decor but you are on a class way over what I have accomplished. I have not even finished to look around your blog and I felt the need to put a comment.
    Your work and creativity are exquisite!
    God bless you.

    Marina S.

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    [email protected]
    February 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    This is such a great blog! Thank you for sharing all of your tips and projects with us!

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    Theresa M.
    February 28, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I am so very glad to have found your blog site!

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    Sandra
    March 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Kristi: do you not respond to the posts or you just respond by email?
    Sandra

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      Kristi Linauer
      March 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Sandra~
      I don’t respond to every comment I receive. Unfortunately, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do that. I do try to respond if someone has a question, and whether I respond on the blog or via email depends on whether or not the answer to that question would be beneficial to other readers. If others would benefit from the info, I’ll answer on the blog (which also automatically sends an email to the original commenter letting them know I’ve responded). If the info isn’t beneficial to other readers, I’ll respond via email.

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        Hunny
        December 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        Then you should turn off the comments

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          Kristi Linauer
          December 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm

          I’m not looking for advice on how to run my blog, either, Hunny. So far, you’ve been quite eager to hand out advice to me on how to spend my money, my time, and now how to run my blog. I’m not in the market right now, but if I ever do find myself in the market for a smart-alec, know-it-all life and business coach with a foul attitude, you’ll be my first contact. I promise. Until then, no thanks.

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            Suzi
            March 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

            Good for you Kristi
            There are always a few that can do it bigger, better, & have that motto of “Do it my way or do it the wrong way”-wonder why she has so much time to spare/share? Could it be that she’ll never be as successful as you–w/ that attitude!? & after a while u just have to tell them NO THANKS for your own mental health!
            I also had a business-painting, DIY,supplies, flowers,-& grew to hate it!”The store chores” took away frm my love-DIY. I enjoy teaching others also-love people. GREAT SITE, stumbled on frm Pintrest. Eager to see more. Now retired my newest projects are my brothers new 3000 sq foot home, currently all 1970-80’s, & an…

            antique (love them!) bedroom suite for my granddaughter.Dbl bed, vanity/triple mirror/stool, linen press,&2 nite tables currently painted all black. Would so APPRECIATE IDEAS EVERYONE! She is 13 w/ great, classy taste.

            I am very blessed; my brother does estate sales & besides buying much older sis all kinds of fabulous things he also gives me 1st pick….well, AFTER HIM! He knows all things antique, glassware, jewelry etc.
            Thanks sooo much for your generous sharing!(would love any IDEAS, any skill level in your spare time (ha!).
            suzi/ TX

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    lisa
    March 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    What can a I expect for a $2500 design service fee. Uncredential talented person who can help me pull it all together.

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    Laura
    March 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I am just blowin’ away with your talent. I have tried getting some help from many different designers but haven’t come across anyone who really understands what I want. I stumble across your site on facebook then came to your blog. We have identical taste in decorating I just don’t know how to do it. If I was to send you some pictures of my home would you be able to help me with it. I have a country ranch style home and I am hoping to redecorate all of it. You are now my inspiration.

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    Laura
    March 15, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I am just blowin’ away with your talent. I have tried getting some help from many different designers but haven’t come across anyone who really understands what I want. I stumble across your site on facebook then came to your blog. We have identical taste in decorating I just don’t know how to do it. If I was to send you some pictures of my home would you be able to help me with it. I don’t expect it for free of course. I have a country ranch style home and I am hoping to redecorate all of it. You are now my inspiration.

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    Steffanie Huffstatler
    March 19, 2013 at 5:57 am

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple of months now and this morning was the first time I read your “about me”. I was pleasantly surprised to read that you are located in Waco. I lived in Woodway myself for some time and Portland, OR before that. I’m now living in Austin (Barton Creek area) and am having a ton of fun decorating! Any way… just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog and the projects you talk about. Keep up the good work!

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    Lydia
    April 2, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I just found you a few days ago…I nearly had a heart attack when I read your April Fool’s post. I thought “great, just my luck. I find someone who inspires me and she’s going” I love your creative spirit. I have visited a few(hundred) blogs looking for inspiration and a creative spirited woman…you are by far the best I have come across, thus far.
    I have a small, and new business (very small, and actually it’s a ministry) I call it USE IT OR LOSE IT. I offer to redecorate a room in someone’s home (for free). The catch is this…they have to be willing to give up one piece of furniture, one piece, or more if they want to, that they have had hidden away, no longer like, or just have no use for any longer. I leave with that piece. I take that piece home and “play” with it, use it myself or (usually) use it in someone else’s home. Mostly it is women I work with, who, for whatever reason are going thru a difficult time in their lives. I came up with the idea when I was ill and had congested heart failure. I became very depressed and so did my home. I can remember wishing that someone would come and save me from the black and gray of my life…save the rooms of my home from their colorless life. I thought …. “If I live thru this and make it thru my heart surgery I am going to do something to help someone else living a gray,dull life.” Fast forward 2 years later…I started, Use It Or Lose It. I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from doing this. It also has helped me to Get My Feet Wet and get back into the real world. I firmly believe your home is the outer expression of what’s going on inside.
    I have always loved decorating. When I was about 4 years old my family owned a large, old victorian home on Long Island, NY. I had a closet the size of N.H. I turned it into a TEA Room and decorated with all types of scarfs, lights, and table cloths. My only customers were my dolls…lol…but it was the begining of my creative self. Any way…all this to say; I appreciate you, your art and hard work. What a great mind you have. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do to inspire and encourage others. It’s a great gift you have and I believe very much, Holy Spirit inspired….but that’s just my opinion. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me to push thru another layer of my life.
    ~Lydia O’Lydia.

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    TAYLOR
    April 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I NEVER POST ON BLOGS BUT WHEN I SAW YOURS……..WOW!
    I TOO LIKE SHOPPING THRIFT AND ANTIQUE STORES. IM HOPING TO FIND
    AN OLD 50’S HOME SOON AND RECREATE SOME OF YOUR IDEALS INTO
    MY NEW HOME. YOU ARE AMAZING.

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    Jacqui L.
    April 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Kristi, I stumbled onto your website looking for help on how to build a banquette…OMG I have fallen in love!!!…with your blogging, your creativity, your style….YOU!!!!!! I can’t wait to begin my own banquette, your instructions are fantastic and I, like you, have a great husband but do it all myself because I love creating, painting, diy-ing. Can’t wait to share your site with my friends and family…you are my hero girl!!

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    Norma
    April 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you Kristi for being so helpful to us newbies. I just watched your video on not being intimidated by WordPress, I decided to try it, and set up a site. Your video shows that you can just click on plug ins from your dashboard, and I can’t access them at all. Your blog is absolutely beautiful. God bless you girl!

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      Kristi Linauer
      April 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Hi Norma~
      You might not be able to access and use plugins because it looks like you’re on a WordPress.com site. Most of the info that I give is for self-hosted WordPress sites (i.e., the kind of blogs that are set up on website hosts like HostGator, or BlueHost, or GoDaddy). You will be able to gain general knowledge of WordPress by using the free site, but there are man things that you can’t do on a free WordPRess.com site that you can do on a self-hosted site.

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    Ellie
    April 18, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Hi, I’m a newbie to your blog and now I’m addicted! By the way I LOVE that green “chandelier”, it caught my eye immediately! Your whole condo is great and someone will snap that up as soon as it’s on the market!

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    Brooklyn
    April 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Kristi,

    You are so inspiring. 🙂 I’d like to inquire about your blog design services…
    I’ll shoot you an email. 🙂

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    Steph
    April 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Just found your blog and LOVE it! I briefly lived in Waco, met my husband there and then we moved back to Nebraska. Planning on using your chandelier ideas for our daughters’ room. So happy I stumbled upon you.

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    Kari
    May 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I just want to know when you move to Chicago, so that I can be your first “case”. My poorly decorated home needs your intervention! Not for the lack of trying, just lack of vision.

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    Tabitha Waters
    May 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Hi! I too, have just stumbled on your page from trying my own hand at this. It started a few months ago, when I had a little money to use for decorating… then the combination of looking for a bargain and downright DIYing, came into play. I really am only weeks into doing different things and the website is a bit embarassing compared to yours- (bowing with hands raised to you) But I ultimately wanted to try to make money doing this, while my daughters and I are all in school. I quickly realized that juggling a household, my own decoration trials, and a website was a bit too much, so I haven’t done anything with it. Also, this is our first summer in our new place and with the nicer weather, I have been spending all of my time trying to fix the yard up and making it cute. Anyway, I love your projects and am trying one out tonight. The paint chip artwork! Seemed very simple and was going to the hardware store anyway..(as I am sure most of us on here spend a lot of time there) It was funny trying to gather up a few of the samples while the men in the paint department kept asking me if I needed any help. I don’t know why, but I felt like I was doing something illegal. Anyway, I can’t wait to see more of your projects!

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    Angela Chestnut
    May 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Ms. Kristi,
    I just found your blog, well I actually stumbled onto it the other night. I had a little extra time today and here I am leaving a shout out! Wow! Kristi, its not common or even the norm for me to leave comments on website or blogs etc., but girl your design style rocks! Love it, I love everything about your style! I have a very critical eye and I could not find one thing that I did not like on your blog! You are so talented and gosh, I wish like you don’t even know, that you were closer to me. Waco really! Bummer! I would love for you to choose me to design for. I love my stuff, but I just need to bring it all together, to make it go, POW, you know, like your stuff! You have a gift, its warm, its creative, it lively, its good Kristi! Have a great holiday and happy designing!

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    Peggy Wetmore
    May 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Hi …..Kristi , from one addict to another…your make-over’s in your condo…how do I say
    it ….are perfect. The colors, the wood, the balance of materials, the originality..wow..very impressed. !!! Don’t stop, I want more…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tammi
    June 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I Sooooo wish you lived around the Columbus Ohio area so I could beg you to take on my home as a design project. I love DIY ideas and have pinterest boards full of them but they never quite turn out like I planned or like the photos. LOVE your blog and came across it actually while looking up information on SBI…which has my head spinning because I agree with you and feel so stuck 🙁

    Can you be my mentor for home and business?! 🙂 Keep up the great work Kristi. Seems like you’ve worked long and hard for this and hopefully you are being blessed a hundred times over for it.

    Tammi

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    Noorain
    June 18, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Dear Kristi,

    You are truly doing a great job, and you are so inspiring I have started blogging recently on my blog its such a pleasure to do what you love…God bless you !

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    sara willis
    July 5, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Kristi,
    I am new to your blog and am thrilled to find you are a Waco resident. I’m sure you have lots of people who contact you from our little old town, but I just wanted to say hello and love the idea of the weekend retreats! My dream home is still a work in progress (aren’t they always).
    I’m thinking we may even live in the same zip code. Kudos on all your wonderful work and I am eager to see your new home and what magic you will work. And no, you are not alone in wanting an older home instead of a newly constructed one. They are by far the most wonderful to live in. So great to know others in town who think like me! Pop some tags!

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      Kristi Linauer
      July 5, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Well, hello neighbor! 🙂 I’m always so excited when someone local finds my blog! And yep, I’ll take an old house any day over a new one. When we move into our “new” house, the first thing I’m going to do is rip up all of the yucky carpet and reveal the original hardwood flooring hidden underneath. I can’t wait!! 🙂

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    Debra B Chavous
    July 6, 2013 at 12:41 am

    You are exactly where I would love to be. Fortunately I have and Unfortunately, I must work a regular 8-5 job. I love your creative use of materials for your designs. I too use anything and everything I find in Home Depot, junk shops, trashed furniture, and hand me down “stuff”.
    I usually don’t use these materials as the manufacturer intended or suggested their use.
    I can’t tell you the number of times the sales person has asked “well, what are you going to do with _________? (fill in the blank) At first I tried to explain my current project, only to hear,….. “Lady, you can’t do that and it won’t work if you do!” I then would explain I knew that was not the proper use for the material in question. Also the person telling me my idea wouldn’t work usually had never heard of the said material. After awhile I told them what they want to hear…. I’m buying the ______ for my _________ project. (fill in with the proper use) Finally I realized I didn’t owe anyone an explanation. Now, I just ask where “it” can be found and don’t tell them what I am doing.
    I love the bathroom counter top made from cedar planks. One question, why use the planks over the plywood? Why not a solid piece of plywood & a piece of furniture grade plywood? I’m thinking the cedar planks are cheaper and it resists the water damage. OR Does it just look better than a solid sheet?
    Please keep the projects, pictures and great work coming. I can’t wait to see each and every post.
    Any ideas for wood floors? Not finishing existing floors. Installing wood floor that don’t cost $$$$.$$.

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    Kristi
    August 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Kristi – funny we have the same name and spell it the same way too. Unusual! I stumbled across your blog while recuperating from surgery and I have never seen a site with more DIY- creativity than yours! You really are an insipration and I now have about 4 projects that I am going to tackle on my own! Thanks so much for sharing all of your great ideas!

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      Hunny
      December 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Unusual? Its a common name…….

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        Kristi Linauer
        December 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm

        Common name, unusual SPELLING. And after living with the name for 40 years, I can assure you that the spelling is quite uncommon.

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    Cindy
    August 23, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Hi Kristi, Wow! I have to say this is the very 1st time I have commented on a blog site. I love your house. I read your Bio; love it. You have really lived your dream/your passion and I commend you. That’s courageous! I too love designing – building – painting – restoring – creating. It’s my passion also. I always say I missed my calling. Even before I was 2o years, I worked in construction -building about 20 houses from the ground up. But that was extremely hard work for this then barely 100 lb(er). I thought I wanted to be a contractor! Imagine that? Or a building inspector. I raised my children in an 100 yr. Victorian house and just recently bought a mid-century house to restore – somewhat like yours. I got one room done and tore out a lot of things & painted but love came calling. I let it go eventually, but have some regrets about what it could of been. I have loved every house that I lived in because I make it a home & I make it who I am. I have lived in large houses & small houses & currently live in a very large 3400 sq. ft. English Tudor. I continue to restore – build – paint – CREATE! My ideas are like a rocket soaring in my head, I’ve had this affliction for years! Kidding aside, truly not many people would understand. But I know you do! Sometimes in the morning when my husband & I arise being up about 15 minutes or so. He’ll say do you have plans for today? I usually say, you will not believe of all the things I have thought of in just 15 minutes! Then I explain & tell all the details of my 100 decorating crazybrain ideas & he just smiles his big wide mouthy smile at me! I can’t help myself!
    I think you are great. Keep doing what you love, you have truly found your PASSION & that is a wonderful thing. Your new house, new to you, has a lot of work to be done, let me say that again -it has a lot of work to be done. And you asked if this house appeared too big a project, I say go for it! I know you can do it & you will love the process. You just cannot help yourself -it’s your Passion!
    Take care – happy remodeling!
    Cindy

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    Riham
    August 25, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Hi Kristi,
    My name is Riham, i’m from Cairo, EGYPT. I found ur blog few months ago and since then i’ve been hooked like an ADDICT :), Every single day i have to open ur blog first thing in the morning, it helps me start my day with a smile :).
    i learned from ur bio that you have visited and worked in Egypt !!, Maybe someday when you have the time (which i’m pretty sure u don’t have with ur successful blog and ur new home and all) you can share ur experience in EGYPT and what u did there.
    I LOVE LOVE ur condo, if i were living in the states, i’d probably traveled across states to see it in REAL 🙂 Also i LOVE pretty much all ur DIY projects and would really like to try and do all of them, my main problem is i don’t have the experience to substitute the materials and the tools u use in the states with the things we have locally. I certainly would hope that we could communicate so maybe you could help me figure out things related to materials.
    Finally, i felt obliged to write to you as i thought u probably would like to know that you inspire women across the GLOBE and that you have fans in other continents not just the United States of America 🙂 GOD BLESS YOU .. LOOKING FORWARD TO KNOW ALL ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR YOUR NEW HOME 🙂

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    Kruti Patel
    September 13, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I just love you ideas to decor home, I like to decor my home, I get some cute and brilliant ideas from your site. I am a working women thats why can not spend time in all this thing but I am surely try to use this ideas…. Thanks Kristi

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    Pat Hawkins
    September 14, 2013 at 12:09 am

    You have done a lot in a short period of time. You really “busted a gut” doing those floors yourself but I can appreciate how satisfying that job has become. I have lived in several homes that I had No choice on where the bed goes and three of them were in front of a window. I got used to it after a while.

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    Jaybird
    October 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Step out the front of your new home…look to your left…there behind the huge magnolia tree…I’m waving to you!!!
    Welcome to the neighborhood. It is a great place to live!

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      Kristi Linauer
      October 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Well hello, neighbor!! 😀 Hopefully I can meet you in person someday soon. We hope to move in sometime next week (before October 18th) but if you see my silver car in the drive before then, feel free to come on over and introduce yourself! I discovered that our house doesn’t have a doorbell, though. So depending on where I am in the house, you might have to knock quite loudly for me to hear you. 😉

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    Linda Webb
    November 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    hi Kristi,
    I stumbled on to your site looking for DIY info on placing an oval decorative mirror in the center of my big square mirror in my small bathroom. I can not figure out how to make it stay up in the center of the mirror-yes mirror on mirror- any suggestions. I noticed on your blog the bathroom looks like it has one of those puddle type mirrors in the center of your big one -is that so- or am I just trying so hard to find one I think it is there??
    If you could help in any way I would appreciate it, I am not giving up on this idea I saw on one of the do it yourself shows , can’t remember if it was DIY or TLC or HGTV but it was gorgeous!!
    thanks
    Linda Webb

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    karen
    November 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    just wanted to comment on what your plans were for the living room with the trim inbetween i am not a professonal but i always thought the dark color looked better on the bottom & light color on the top.

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      Kristi Linauer
      November 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Wainscoting is traditionally painted white, with the color above it.

      http://www.houzz.com/white-wainscoting

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        Hunny
        December 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

        Wainscoting was TRADITIONALLY a solid wood, stained and rubbed to a rich finish.

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        Marilyn May
        February 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        Even if 1 wall is an accent color, other walls a different color, should I keep wainscoating white on all walls? Stumped!

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          Suzi Farquhar
          March 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm

          Kirsti,
          I also had a business-painting, DIY,supplies, flowers,-& grew to hate it!”The store chores” took away frm my love-DIY. I enjoy teaching others also-love people. GREAT SITE, stumbled on frm Pintrest. Eager to see more. Now retired my newest projects are my brothers new 3000 sq foot home, currently all 1970-80’s, & an…

          antique (love them!) bedroom suite for my granddaughter.Dbl bed, vanity/triple mirror/stool, linen press,&2 nite tables currently painted all black. Would so APPRECIATE IDEAS EVERYONE! She is 13 w/ great, classy taste.

          I am very blessed; my brother does estate sales & besides buying much older sis all kinds of fabulous things he also gives me 1st pick….well, AFTER HIM! He knows all things antique, glassware, jewelry etc.
          Thanks sooo much for your generous sharing!(would love any IDEAS, any skill level in your spare time (ha!).
          suzi/ TX

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    Jenny
    December 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Stumbled upon your website and blog by accident while looking for pictures of how to hang curtains/drapes with window clips! Great site. Thank you for sharing. May God Bless!!

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    Sharon
    January 1, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I recently came across some of your designs. I was wondering if you could tell me how you keep the screw eyes in the corks without the weight of keys pulling them out? I would like to make some as gifts. Your designs are wonderful. thank you ever so much.

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    Karen
    January 12, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I just found your blog recently. I love what you do. I too enjoy finding those diamonds in the rough and turning them into something that makes me proud.

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    SMonroe
    January 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I love your blog. I dabble in the same type of thing but only for myself or my family at this time. I was wondering if you give advise- ie if I were to send a pic of a piece I want to redo but not sure what it needs. Thanks!

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    Pattie
    January 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    You are truly an inspiration to me!!!

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    Rhonda
    January 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I just recently discovered “addicted2decorating” and I love it! I also like to do things myself and it is so therapeutic!! I have pounded out many a frustration on a project and love the feeling of accomplishment when I complete one. It is nice to have someone (especially a “pro”) compliment something I have done and seem truly impressed. Thanks for sharing your projects, ideas, thoughts, frustrations…. Your blog today mirrored exactly how I feel when I work on something and how much I enjoy and love doing things to my home. I look forward to more stories and ideas!

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    Angie
    February 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I am absolutely in LOVE with the roman shades. I have looked all over for some that will fit all 5 of my odd sized windows and have failed at every attempt that doesn’t cost a fortune. I am planning on making my own but I am completely in love with the cloth you used. I was just wondering if you could tell me where you ordered or possibly what company or brand it is?? I have been looking for days and just can NOT find anything even similar. Thank you for your help and tutorial!!!

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      Kristi Linauer
      February 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Angie~
      The fabric is from P. Kauffman, and it’s called Florabunda Sea Glass. I found mine at onlinefabricstore.net.

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    Cathy mulroy
    February 28, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Hi Kirsti, have just seen your 5 tips for painting. I am a novice at the moment and just embarking on my painting career !!!!!!!so don’t really have anything to share yet but will do soon hopefully. Thanks again. Kathy x

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    Jan
    March 20, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Unable to access instructions and products I go on the bath fixture painting.
    Could you please share?
    Am at wits end with 40 yr old condo in Mililani Hawaii where plumbers (multiple) advise unable to change out fixtures without tearing into tiled walls at huge expense. Was all set to attempt using oild rubbed. Ronde rustoleum spray but unsure of prep. Many thanks.

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    Jan
    March 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Ipad is certainly artificially intelligent.. Last remark should have read:
    Oil rubbed bronze

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    Vickie
    April 2, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Kristi, I need some advice. I want to build shelves to go around my son’s room and I am not sure how to hang them. I don’t want to use metal brackets. I want to use wood blocks or something like that. The shelves need to be sturdy. I was thinking screws and liquid nail. What is your opinion?

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      Kristi Linauer
      April 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      If you’re talking about using Liquid Nails to attach the bracket to the wall, I would try to avoid that. If you change your mind later, you won’t be able to remove them without some serious damage to your walls.

      However, if you’re talking about adhering the brackets to the shelves using Liquid Nails, then yes, go for it!

      There are all kinds of wood brackets you can make using either lumber and a miter saw, or lumber and a jigsaw. Just depends on the style you want. Or you can buy very inexpensive wood brackets at Home Depot. I used some very cheap ones in my hallway bathroom makeover at the condo on the shelves above the toilet. I mean, they were super cheap, but once they were sanded and painted, they looked great! They could be stained, too.

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    Vickie
    April 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks! Do I need to put supports under a 2×6 or will the brackets be enough?

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    suzie
    April 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hey Kristy..after four years of being down..one thing was a bad surgery..then momma stroked and it paralyzed and can’t speak..and kids grew up and out..I got so depressed..stayed in bed mostly..I did that so long I forgot who I was..saw you on fb..follow your blog..and yes..I’m up..headed to lowes..to do what I remember is and always was my nitch..my Passion ..Decorating! You helped me! Thank you for bringing my passiin for decorating alive again..much love

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    Janet
    April 30, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Kristi, I love your website. I found it about 8 months ago looking on ideas on remodeling my master bathroom. You helped me see the potential of decorating “outside the box”. What I need help on now is how do you paint all of the wood oak cabinets. Do you do it ALL by brush or do you spray the doors? Thanks for your beautiful ideas!

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    Tammy
    May 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Kristi, this is from a older post that you had but I found it in my “old” mail. I’m not getting any of my bloggers post. Not sure what’s going on…. but I want to still follow yours.

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    kristina gamberini garland
    June 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    How much material do you need to do the coffee table tufting? My table is 3 x 3.
    Thank you for your help.

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    Christine
    June 28, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Hi Kristi, I just discovered your blog. Very cool. I need advice on planking some walls and especially trim! My brain can’t look at that much stuff at once. I’d like to send you a couple pics with 2 or 3 questions. How do I do that? Thanks!

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    Jacqueline
    July 1, 2014 at 4:01 am

    YOU are amazing! Love everything!

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    Luanne
    July 31, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Consider this a fan letter. I have probably 15 decorating blogs bookmarked. Yours is the only one that I cannot wait to see every day if you have posted something new.

    I believe it’s because you are so open to share your plans, your thought process, the problems you encounter and your solutions. Even your mistakes! How can I go forward with my DIY before I learn from you the issues at hand?

    I find that other blogs just smooth over many of the steps to a remodeled kitchen, bedroom etc. I mean, how can we learn from a single posting “here’s my remodeled kitchen”? I can see this on Houzz. Your issue with paint shine in the kitchen had me entranced.

    Just saying, thanks and look forward to each stage of your remodeling.

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      Kristi Linauer
      July 31, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Thank you so much, Luanne! I’m so glad you’re enjoying following along on my journey and feel like you can learn from it. 🙂

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    Holly Mathis
    August 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I just discovered your blog when searching about counters and waterlox. …. so glad I found you and i love that you have a Waco connection, we went to grad school there and got married at baylor and i grew up near waco..i went to a small bapist school like DBU too (called Howard Payne in brownwood) so i feel like we would have a lot in common.

    I would love to ask you a few questions about waterloo..i put one coat on THEN found your blog..i wish i had not done it..my counters are just so rough and i want them smoother..i wish i had done more mineral oil to get there..should i sand the one layer of water lox off of just continue on with mineral oil???

    i know you get a ton of emails and may not be able to respond but thanks if you can!

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    peggy pasicznyk
    September 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Hi Kristi! Love checking your blog everyday!! So much new and exciting things happening. Love the idea of the rolling doors but, not a fan of either way with the glass – have you considered doing some stained glass in the large cutout? Nothing dark -so that light would still come through and still give you privacy. A free flowing design that would encompass both doors. Just a thought.

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    Michelle Fitzgerald
    September 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Hi Kristi. I love your blog. I love how you share the highs and lows and how practical you seem to be. There are other blogs that are fantastic in their own right, but do not seem to realize that not everyone can change their room every other month with a new $1000 rug. I digress. I have a specific question for you and could not locate a “contact” option anywhere on your site. I just got a critter sprayer to spray on furniture. I would like advice on what paint to use in it and if that paint needs to be diluted.

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      Kristi Linauer
      September 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Ha! I just came inside to take a break from spraying my doors outside with my Critter sprayer. 🙂 So far, I’ve used latex paint (Benjamin Moore Advance, Behr, and Kelly Moore), oil-based primer (Zinsser oil-based Cover Stain), and water-based polyurethane. So far, I haven’t watered down any of the latex paint, and it sprays beautifully. And of course, I don’t water down the polyurethane. The only thing that I thin is the oil-based primer. Zinsser is kind of thick, so I do add just a bit (maybe a few tablespoons per pint jar) of mineral spirits to the primer and mix it well before spraying it. It really helps to keep it moving through the sprayer.

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    Brenda Snyder
    October 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Kristi – I have ivory tile around my fireplace in my family room. My fireplace is oak & takes up one whole wall because it has storage and shelves around it in a special walnut stain. (I have never cared for white tile-I feel ivory is a softer color). I really love the black, gray, white and red color scheme and would love to paint my family room walls a medium gray but I don’t think that would go well with the ivory tile ( I don’t want to paint the tile either.) What do you think? Also, my sunroom is painted “nutmeg” which is a taupey brown. Depending on where you are standing in my family room you can see into the sunroom. Is it wrong to paint the family room gray since it isn’t in the same color palate and you can see into that room?

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      Kristi Linauer
      October 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      It’s pretty hard to tell without seeing it. I think that the gray would go fine with the ivory, but I’m not sure about gray with taupey brown.

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    Brenda Snyder
    October 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Kristi – I forgot to tell you my couch, loveseat and chairs are black leather in the family room.

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    Debra
    October 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Hmm. If your chairs are skirted, perhaps you wouldn’t notice the base of your table? In any event, it’s nice to hear your enthusiasm!

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    Megan
    November 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Kristi could you please let me know what colors you used to paint the dresser turned into TV stand? I really love them and want to use similar colors. Thank you 🙂

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    Kristy Lackey
    January 18, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Hi Kristi

    I would love to discuss your passion further as I’m very interested in interior design/decorating and would like to start something similar to where you started in my home town within Australia. I would love to find out more regarding how u started , whether you did courses and where did u begin etc. Thanks Kristy -ur blog is amazing

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    sher
    January 21, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Wow! So glad I stumbled in.
    You are my diy-hero!
    I was looking for answers on how to make my ugly sliding glass doors look more like traditional swinging patio doors. With what you did to wind up with those amazing Palazzo doors … you’ve inspired me!
    Can’t wait to browse around and see your other ideas.
    Thank you so very much for your amazing info.

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    Carey
    February 4, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Hi Kristi! I am curious about the HCG Diet you began earlier. I haven’t seen any updates ( or did I miss them?) recently and I am also struggling with weight loss. Despite watching what I eat, sticking to weight watcher points and exercising… I am having no success this time around at 55 and am wondering about this option. Please let us know if you are still on the plan and any updates/ insights you can share. Thanks so much

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    Janet
    February 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I’m liking your site! You have very good ideas. I’m going back to the age-old question of mixing metals. I have a unique dilemma. One of our builder grade brass knobs broke, so I’ve decided to go ahead and switch out. I’ve chosen a venetian bronze (similar to ORB, they look black in the darker hallway) knob. Our front door knob is a gorgeous solid brass Baldwin that I love and will keep as it matches the brass trim around the glass panels in the door. The problem is the interior door hinges. They are brass but not shiny anymore. They are sentimental because my dad wrote the name of each room the doors would go in on the hinges when we built the house. He is no longer with us, so it’s very special to my kids and I to see his writing. Is it wrong to keep the hinges and use the new bronze knobs? I’d appreciate any help you can offer.

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    Dianne
    February 14, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Kristi,
    First off I would like to compliment you on your beautiful work and style. I’ve been doing Interior Decorating for several years. I decided I wanted to learn more about the all the professional aspects of design so I went back to College (35 years after I graduated from college the 1s time). Let me just say, WOW, it’s the most amazing experience and fun thing I’ve done in a long time.. I was reading one of your posts and well, I was a bit disappointed by your comments about Interior Designers having high priced budgets and painters, etc. I am the most frugal designer you’ll probably find. I love to take something I see and make it my own. So off to the thrift stores I go. It’s not a glamorous job like everyone thinks, but I love it. We don’t walk around in high heals pointing out items we want our clients to have. We have budgets to stick to and a TON of work, which is sometimes done in sweats and sneakers. As for school, it’s not easy, with having to know what period furniture is from, the history of each piece, several computer programs, etc. I just felt bad that you made it sound like Interior Designers doesn’t work, ha. Their is a big difference between designer and decorator. You have a beautiful eye and talent, and i love to look at your creations. But its a big miss conception that you imply about an Interior Designer. It’s hard work. Please don’t take this wrong, it is just a message that as much as i love my job, I don’t run around in beautiful shops all day and boss around high priced painters. That would be fun though. Keep up the great work.
    Much Respect,
    Dianne

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    Becky Williams
    February 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    How do you do so much without physical help? Cement board/drywall for example. I’ve tried to hang it alone and I’m either not strong enough or coordinated enough (or a combination if both) to do it alone. I wish I could “train” under you! That would be amazing!!

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      Kristi Linauer
      February 16, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Well, I can tell you it’s not always pretty. 🙂 Putting up the second (middle) full piece of cement board on the long wall of the tub just about did me in. It was heavy, and I had a heck of a time lifting it up high enough to clear the bottom piece. I almost dropped it a couple of times, and I was making all kinds of noises (like weight lifters make), yelling at the board telling it what to do, and making all kinds of noises. Matt didn’t know exactly what to do — whether to leave me alone or call someone to come help me! Anyway, I manage to get most of it done by myself just from sheer determination and stubbornness. 😀

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    Peggy R
    February 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Kristi: I saw this and once again thought of you. This could be an interesting treatment for your bathroom. If you scroll halfway down the page, you will see that a lady did a herringbone pattern on her wall with a gold sharpie . http://www.4men1lady.com/page/9/

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    Nancy
    March 20, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Kristi, do you remember where you purchased that 7″ round framed mirror you used for the multi-colored wood sunburst mirror made from wood shims? I can’t find anything comparable.

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    Carla R. E. Maurer
    June 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Hello Miss Kristi! I discovered your site while searching ‘how to hang lined curtains/drapes’. Your techniques helped me immensely…. I LOVE decorating and creating items for my friends’ homes, families’ homes and my own home. BUT, I must say…YOU ARE AN ABSOLUTE GENIUS!!! Your ideas are amazing…and I love the way you take so many risks! Thank you for creating this blog and sharing all of your ideas and projects. I hope to learn from you and put to use some of your ideas, maybe even with my own twist! THANK YOU, KRISTI! ♥

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    Lori Pratt
    June 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Kristi! I found your site while looking for some decorating blogs, and I absolutely love it! I started my own interior decorating and event planning business last year, and your story definitely hit home. I love your ideas and would someday love to be where you’re at. Thanks for sharing your ideas and know you have a new reader!

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    CANDY
    June 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Kristi I am redoing my whole house from painting kitchen and bathroom cabinets to painting lover laminate counters. I am using a rustolium oil paint for laminate counters. I recently found out about penetrol for oil paint. I have used it and it does eliminate some of the brush strokes. I read about the foam roller.
    What I thought might work is if I used very little paint and maybe 1 1/2 times penetrol. To really get that smooth look evenly distributed. Can you give me your thoughts on this or maybe other suggestions.
    Thank you so much Candy

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      Kristi Linauer
      June 25, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      I wouldn’t recommend using more Penetrol than is recommended on the label. On the occasions that I’ve used more Penetrol or Floetrol than the label calls for, I’ve found that the paint flows smoothly for a while, but then gets sticky and the paint brush drags. It almost has the opposite effect than what it’s supposed to.

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        CANDY
        June 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm

        Thank you Candy.

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    CANDY
    June 25, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Kristi I am using a rustolium oil paint for laminate counters. I recently found out about penetrol for oil paint. I have used it and it does eliminate some of the brush strokes. I read that you have used a foam roller. should I use less paint that penetrol in order to get a smooth even look or does it make a difference. Thank you Candy

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      CANDY
      June 25, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      You have already answered my question Kristi. Thank you

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    stephanie
    June 28, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    What a beautiful kitchen you have! I was in Hancock fabrics this morning buying felt; you were looking at fabric swatches and you mentioned blogging and having a green kitchen. I was curious about your kitchen and googled ‘Waco decor blog’ and here you are! Love the green and gold. I’m excited to look through all your other projects – it’s fun to read a local blogger!

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    Susan
    July 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    How do you ask a design question. the Q&A seems to not go anywhere. How do you access the archives for mor Q&A dilemmas. Do people ever send pics when they take you advice and if they do how do you find those?
    Love your blog!

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    Kathy
    August 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I am so excited I found your site. I recently purchased an old oak clawfoot table and had an idea in my mind of how I wanted to efinish it. Your blog gave me the exact info needed.

    Thanks so much!!!!!

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    cheryl
    October 29, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Wow, Kristi! I am blown away with your creativity, DIY skills, and thriftiness. And then you find time to share. Many thanks!

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    Tammy
    November 19, 2015 at 5:15 am

    My living room/dining room ceiling has many imperfectins and so due to costs I have decided to re-do with texturized paint. What are your thoughts? Would this lessen my chances of selling?

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      Kristi Linauer
      November 19, 2015 at 7:38 am

      A little bit of texture on a ceiling is just fine, like an orange peel texture or subtle knockdown texture. You just want to avoid anything heavily textured like the acoustic texture (i.e., popcorn ceiling). Homeowners look at acoustic/popcorn ceilings as a negative, for sure.

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    Devra
    November 25, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Kristi, you are such an inspiration to us DIYers. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Matt and your beautiful cat!!! Hope all is well.

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    Kate
    December 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    So happy to find this site. Re-doing the gold bathroom and replacing most fixtures…. BUT, the old jet tub faucet cannot be replaced… Just read your great step by step instructions for PAINTING it! Thank you!

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    Jamie
    January 1, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Hi I’m Jamie and I really like your ides I recently started blog. It started of with us buying a handyman special house in hopes of giving our family a home. The work that needed to be done was more than we thought and since we didn’t really have the kind of money needed to have it renovated we started fixing it up on our own. We are new to both blogging and home improvement so any tips you might have would be really helpful and if your could share my website that would be great!

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      Jamie
      January 1, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Sorry that was supposed to say ideas and started a blog, but my two year old was being nosey with my tablet while I was typing 😃

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    Elizabeth
    January 2, 2016 at 1:45 am

    I love your blog! It’s so great to see another woman building quality furniture, and altering other objects to purpose. Yay for doing things with our hands!

    I have just gotten married and moved into n apartment in Paris. It’s my first ‘serious’ long-term home, so I’m finally decorating everything to perfection. There is such satisfaction in looking around and knowing that I built so many of the things we need. My nature-loving husband likes that I repurpose and upcycle old things, saving them from the landfill.

    There’s so much about your blog that I relate to. Thank you so much for the inspiration – and information.

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    Donna
    January 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am so completely impressed with all of your work! I am a decorating blog fanatic, and I just found your blog today. I think it is my favorite ever! I just can’t get over your vision and skill! And, I love your use of color, I use a ton of color in my house. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

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    Diane Sarber
    January 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    You are a lady after my own heart. At age 63, my husband was away at work, and the house we moved into had an old fireplace with cracked and broken mortar and bricks falling out in the L.R. My husband had left a bag of mortar and tools. I was so nervous, but I went online to YouTube, DIY, etc. and learned the process of re-mortaring the brick. Wow, I was so proud – scared to death, but proud, at how it turned out. Love your blog site!
    QUESTION if I can – I have an old pink tile bathroom. Instead of taking all the tile off the walls, can I paint them with a high-gloss paint?

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      Kristi
      January 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      I would advise using a paint that’s specifically made for use on tiles and in bathrooms. Rust-Oleum makes a tub and tile paint that is very good. I used it to paint my fiberglass tub in our last home, and it held up great for the eight months that we were there after I painted it. It stinks to high heaven, though, so be prepared to use one of those heavy duty masks to protect yourself from the fumes.

      Here’s the tub I painted: https://www.addicted2decorating.com/bathroom-makeover-day-11-how-to-paint-a-bathtub.html

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    Annie
    February 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I LOVE the painted glass backsplash. Someone else asked this question, I know, but how do you deal with the electric socket openings? Would one be able to use mirror instead of glass? Thanks.

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      Kristi
      February 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      I would personally use one of those new glass ones where you can create your own backing for it, and then I’d paint the back just like the backsplash.

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    maria pontes
    February 21, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I love your decorating and would like if you can help me with my own decorating our one bed luxury apartment. I am having problems finding the right long curtains for all the windows in the bedroom
    and living room and would like your help. I love white and I have a big white leather sofa and an
    ottoman and would like to find an accent chair to go with it so I can put by the window and also an
    end table and also the big long window and would like your suggestions what would look so modern
    and luxury. I read your blog and would like also to do my own windows with your help. Thanks again
    and good luck with you.

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      Kristi
      February 22, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Hi Maria~
      Unfortunately, I’m not actually able to help people with decorating their homes, but I do have some tutorials on my blog (click DIY Projects at the top and scroll through) for making your own draperies. Extra long draperies generally have to be custom made, and you can save a ton of money by making them yourself. I walk you through the process in those tutorials.

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    JoAnn
    March 16, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Beautiful French doors

    Can you tell me what kind of door you used? Was it an interior hollow core door? That is what I have and wondering if I can do this and how.

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      Kristi
      March 17, 2016 at 10:08 am

      It was an old solid core 6-panel wood door.

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    Jennifer
    March 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Kristi, you did a project of a small buffet that you painted mystical forest with Behr paint. I went and looked up mystical forest and there is no listing for that in the Behr Paint registry. By chance do you still happen to have the can paint with the recipe on the top? Thank you kindly

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      Kristi
      March 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Hi Jennifer~
      I’ve used a color called Mythic Forest several times. It’s a dark teal. But I don’t remember one called Mystical Forest. Do you have the link to the project where I used the color you want?

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      Jennifer
      March 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Oops sorry, mythical Forest not mystical.

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    Dale Allaire
    April 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Kristi,

    I love the interaction that you have with so many DIYers! I’ve learned a lot from you blog on various projects that I will use in my own home.

    Dale Allaire | for Adhesive Technologies, ProTouch

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    Michelle
    May 10, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Kristi,

    I stumbled across your website today. I thoroughly enjoyed how your organized both of your homes into before and after and then each room had specific DIY posts – very organized. I love before and afters, so that part was great. I am blown away by your ability to build, nail, saw, etc! I then turned to your bio and that was neat to read. I love that you followed your call to blog and work on your own home and that you are so happy doing it. I had a design business and now I am a realtor. I love being creative and decorating too. I have been slowly working on my blog and website, but to do it full time must be thrilling! I too love the thrill of the hunt for good deals and decorating on that infamous shoe string! Keep creating and inspiring!

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    Stacy
    May 10, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Your wainscoting is all I needed to see to know that you are a woman after my “decorating” heart LOL…love your site and while I’ll be more toward Corpus Christi way in a couple of years, your inspiration is helping me put in all those design details into the house we will be building.

    Looking forward to reading more about your decorating journey!

    Kind regards,
    Stacy
    California (for the moment)

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    T. Kucinski
    May 15, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Ran across your blog after searching redoing butcher blocks. Very helpful. Like your bio.
    After a divorce from a marriage of 40 years I moved back to Ohio from New Orleans. From my settlement(which he didn’t give me much) I purchased a home for $14,000 dollars and am using the rest to fix it up, and I do mean a lot of fixing up. It is now livable but still needs tender touches.. I’m sure I’ll be visiting your site a lot in the future.
    Thanks for the tip on the butcher block.
    Teri

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    Alison Royal
    June 3, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Hi Kristi,
    Can you tell me how you finished the tops of the tufted “buttons” in this blog https://www.addicted2decorating.com/diy-ottoman-coffee-table-part-1-how-to-do-diamond-tufting.html
    i see that you say “the finishing touch with this method of tufting is to cover your buttons with fabric (be sure to remove any metal loop from the backs so that they’re flat on back), and use an adhesive to glue the buttons to the screws.” How exactly is this done? Are there button tops i’m missing? How do you glue the fabric cleanly without fraying to the screw tops?
    Alison

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      Kristi
      June 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      I think I used hot glue to glue the fabric around the googly eyes, and then glued that on top of the screw.

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    Rebecca Pappas
    June 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Kristi,

    So happy to find your blog! Now that I have, I’m so excited to get focused on really decorating my house. There are times I feel like I am going in circles trying to decorate my house, so many ideas jumping around in my head, and I can’t seem to pull it all together, like a lot of people I am budget minded always looking to get a great deal when shopping. I moved into my current house a few years ago, the price was right and I like the house but I am dealing with some decorating issues. I am struggling to figure out ways to make my house look well put together yet comfortable. I am so happy to find your blog, hopefully I can get some great ideas to use on my house.

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    CAROL J LITTS
    July 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I was looking for a way to lighten up some furniture that was given to me and TaDa when you look for distressing a piece of furniture yours is number 1 on Google. I am glad it was because the dresser you did is exactly what I was looking for.

    Thank you for being a blogger !!!

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    Janelle
    August 24, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Hi. I left you a comment/question on your post about concrete counters but then read your “about” page. I just had to comment because i feel we are kindred spirits on the level of being satisfied more so with doing things yourself. Building, sewing, creating it all with your own hands and getting complete satisfaction from it. I’m the type if I don’t do something creative I start to go insane. I feel like I’m losing myself if I don’t have a project.
    Anywho. Love your blog and will visit frequently, I’m sure.

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    Jena Paiva
    August 31, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    HI Krsity,

    I am about to sand adn paint an old dresser. I read your “how-to” ubt I was wondering about the handles. I do not liek the brass drawer ahndle and would liek to know how to change the color. Is it the same as when you painted the faucet fixtures?

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      Kristi
      August 31, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Yes, that method should work well. Sand, prime, and paint. You might not need to use a clear coat, though. I rarely use a clear coat on dresser hardware.

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        Jena Paiva
        August 31, 2016 at 2:17 pm

        I was just looking online for the Rust-Oleum Automobile Primer and it has been discontinued and no longer sold in our area. What other kind of primer can I use on the brass handles?

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          Kristi
          August 31, 2016 at 2:34 pm

          Any Rust-Oleum spray primer should work.

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            Jena
            August 31, 2016 at 5:04 pm

            Ok, thank you. I also need to ask, how do I tell if a dresser is real wood or veneer? Do I have to sand then primer and sand again before painting no matter if its real wood or veneer?

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    Janet Fisher
    September 23, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Hi Kristi,

    My current partner recently asked me what it is I would really like to be spending my time doing and I said something artistic … but then I came upon your blog last night and WOW you are inspiring. In the past I was married to an interior designer and together re-worked and flipped 5 houses in 15 years. (I wish I had kept pictures).

    I have since moved to CA and have been renting. After staying up to 1am last night reading your blog – I know I have to have my own house again and start decorating. I can’t believe how much I miss all the painting, ripping up of old carpet, tearing out of kitchens – all of it!!! Thank you for opening up my eyes to my true passion. I will keep you posted 🙂

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    Sanjana Nanda
    October 10, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Hello Kristi,

    I really want to make a mural on my wall – I currently use permanent markers on canvas for my art as it is extremely detailed. I would like to do the same on the wall but I’m not sure whether permanent markers would last. I’ve been doing a lot of research and also came across water-based paint markers & oil-based paint markers but I am very confused.

    Could you please advise me on whether permanent markers/paint markers are ok to use on my indoor wall?

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      Kristi
      November 15, 2016 at 10:14 am

      I’m so sorry, but I somehow missed your comment! If you haven’t done the project yet, I can tell you that I had success with permanent markers from Office Depot (their store brand). Sharpies didn’t work on my wall. I also had a professional muralist tell me that Marks-a-Lot brand markers were the best for walls because it won’t fade over time, but I couldn’t find that brand locally. I wouldn’t use water-based markers.

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    Bob Goode
    November 6, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Hi Kristi – I just googled, “are plantation shutters ‘out’?” and found your blog and was great to read your thoughts on plantation shutters. Thanks for adding visuals to illustrate what should and should not be done. The thing that struck me the most, and perhaps the thing I needed to see/read, is that “you felt alive” when doing your decorating. I desperately need to feel alive again. You have helped inspire me to work on some artwork. Thanks.

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    Vickie Roidt
    November 15, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Hi Kristi!

    I just moved into a ranch style home built in the late 40’s. The kitchen is very dated and I love your condo kitchen makeover. I’m inspired by it but don’t know where to start as far as painting the cabinets. Did you use a sprayer or paint them by hand?

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    Chyree Linddey
    January 17, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Hello
    I have a question about the table and chairs
    You said you used AS Olive Chalk Paint
    Did you use Dark wax or Black wax or both when you did them?

    Thank you so much for your time

    Chyree

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      Kristi
      January 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      I don’t know what table and chairs you’re talking about, but I’ve never used AS Olive Chalk Paint. I’ve only tried Chalk Paint twice, hated it, and never used it again.

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    Nancy Miret
    March 28, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Hi Kristi,
    I love the built-in bookcase and daybed with trundle that you previously made for your niece. Would you happen to have a template of the headboard design and sides of the bed or “bookshelf extensions” that were also the sides of the bed? I would like to attempt something like this for my 3 yr old granddaughter with storage drawers instead of the trundle (space is limited so this is more practical for her) but the curved sides have proven to be a bit tricky for me.
    Thanks!

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      Kristi
      March 28, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Unfortunately, I don’t have a template for either of those things. I just kind of eyeball it and draw it freehand.

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    Moira
    June 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Hello Kristi,

    I am delighted to find your Blog. I’d like to paint a couple of pieces of furniture and read your ‘words of wisdom’…may you share your favourite brand of paint (painting chairs/ wooden candle holder).

    Thanks!

    Moira

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      Kristi
      June 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      I like two different options for painting furniture. The first option is to use Benjamin Moore Advance paint. It’s amazing quality and dries very hard and durable. The drawback to Advance is that the lowest sheen it comes in is Satin, and in darker colors, it looks semi-gloss to me. I don’t like high sheen finishes. So the other option I really like, and which does allow me to get a matte or true satin finish, is to use a paint like Behr (from Home Depot) to paint the furniture, and then topcoat with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in a matte or satin finish. (I prefer the matte.) It’s a very high quality topcoat and works beautifully whether it’s sprayed or brushed on. I buy mine on Amazon.

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        Moira
        June 22, 2017 at 7:03 pm

        Thank you!

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    Elaine
    July 12, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I would like to know if Cornices are out dated. Someone told me they are a rage right now, but I haven’t personally seen them in any homes.
    I was thinking about putting 2 in my new home.
    What do you think?

    Thank you,

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      Kristi
      July 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      I think cornices can be very pretty as long as they’re used right. Whether or not they look outdated depends on several things, like the shape, the height, the fabric you cover them with, etc. If you use an outdated fabric, or make your cornice 4 inches high, or use shirred fabric on them, then yes, they will look like Goodwill finds from the 80s. But if you use current fabric, perhaps make the cornice in a more modern shape, make them a substantial height (I would suggest no less than 12 inches), and possibly even use them with drapery panels, they can be very current.

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    Elaine Farmer
    July 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you Kristi I appreciate your help.
    I was planning on using them without panels and they would be about 18 to 19 inches.
    I have remote control roll shades on the triple wide sliders that I want to put them on and I am going to paint a color on the wall around the sliders that is why I thought of not using panels. What do you think?

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    Liv
    July 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Hi Kristi,

    I just ran across your blog as I was searching for pony wall ideas on Pinterest. Immediately, I was drawn to your simplicity, yet finesse! Thank you for sharing your work, I’ll begin replicating the pony wall this Saturday- Wish me luck!

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    Serge
    July 19, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Lady, you are a genius! Really inspiring work you do. Thank you.

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    Kathy
    November 28, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Kristi I am wondering if I got unsubscribed as I no longer get your updates. When I tried to subscribe again, I got a note saying mailing list not active. Can you add me back?
    Many thanks!

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      Kristi
      November 28, 2017 at 7:24 am

      Looks like there was a technical issue with my newsletter service. I’m so glad you commented about it, or I may not have ever noticed! Looks like it’s fixed now, so you should get the updates again.

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    Diane
    May 9, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Just love your blog! I was just wondering if you knew of any online design sites where I can upload a photo and play with different ideas, both interior and exterior? Hopefully free but would consider sites where you have to pay to join. Just would love being able to try out different ideas before taking the leap and going forward and then not being happy with the result!

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      Kristi
      May 9, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      I really don’t. I just use a photo editing program to do mock ups when I want to try out ideas. But if you find one, I’d love to know about it!

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    Sally
    May 17, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Hi Kristi,

    I came across your blog site 2 days ago and looked some of your work. Blew my mind. I just don’t know how you did it, but they are all amazing. Thank you for sharing the journey with the rest of us. There is one thing, if you don’t mind, that I’m super interested in. The color of your interior doors. You mentioned it’s custom color. I’m in love with that and appreciate your pointer. Thanks and all the very best!

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    Ro
    June 18, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Came across your video by accident….to me there is great style and love those doors you have chosen for entry and within your home leading you from room to room. I see lots of annabelles, snowballs, lavender and lilacs and yews to frame your home and stepping stones leading up to your home. Think of a stone patio in lieu of concrete. Concrete is flat and you are not a visually “flat” person. This home is a great find with great bones.

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    Joy von Glueck
    June 19, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Just found your Kristi! Wow! You are me (only Younger,Prettier, and Much More Talented!).
    You are the First person/blogger/even family member, that has NOT made me feel like I have a problem-lol. I am Constantly moving furniture-Repainting (for the 21st time like someone I know) a room which all think is just “fine”–Thank you hon for that…and your grace to Share your knowledge is truly a blessing to me and so many others.. Thank you Kristi.
    I found you by searching “Teal Velvet Sofa”! I just bought a used custom made Dark Teal French Chesterfield that I am soon picking up. SOOOO excited!! My ‘style” is victorian gothic. I’m redoing my all my paint colors-again-lol- and that piece will be the jewel in the room!
    Thank you again. will study all your ideas for encouragement that this 60 year old broad can do even more DIY’s! God Bless!!

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    Tess Balan
    July 11, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Oh my goodness what a talented and creative person you are!!! Love, love, love all your DIYs!!

    I have been searching online for at least 6 years to find solution to update the covering of my bathroom shower curtain ceiling track, and the distinctive 80’s style brass light fixture in the 12′ ceiling height entry way.

    Then I came upon your blog and just love the classy style in your finish projects. I love the hanging basket light and I am going to see how to use this on my light fixture. I also like how you dressed up your fireplace too, which was something in the back of my mind that I might do. Then your hallway cabinet is soooooo great to have a place for your kitty litter box. This may just the be the solution for me to have a dog!!

    Thank you for having this blog and looking forward to more fabulous ideas from you.

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    RON HEWLETT
    November 12, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Kristi,

    Your response came up when I googled “difference between particle board and MDF”. I realize it’s somewhat atypical for a male to be responding on this blog, but I did it anyway to let you know there are probably more men out there than care to admit it who read your blog. In my case, I learned that your journey in life was similar to mine in that you spent many years being less than completely fulfilled with your life’s work and found more happiness getting your hands dirty with DIY projects. My dad was in the business of refinishing and upholstering furniture; and selling and installing drapes and carpeting; he worked as a consultant to his clients on all of these projects; and later in life he opened an antique store. I don’t know if you could call him a bona fide interior designer, but his work did exist in that orbit, and both my sister and I inherited his interest in and passion for decorative arts and took it a step further, although I now realize what a talented upholsterer he really was after trying to upholster furniture of my own!

    I, too, have been a writer all my life and I enjoy your style of writing. It’s fun to read. Conversational. iNow that I know you’re out there, I will certainly consult your blog again about other projects I undertake. Thank you!

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      Kristi
      November 12, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      I’m so glad you commented, Ron! I do have a handful of men who follow my blog and comment regularly, and I imagine there are a few more who follow and read regularly but don’t comment. Glad you found me!

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    Carol F
    January 29, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I have think about painting my kitchen cabinets. They are a very orange color stain, which I hate. My question is how do I go about it and has your painted cabinets stood up well? Chipping?

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    deborah Souther
    February 7, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Kristy. I agree with you. I do not like chalk paint. I can’t stand the feel of it. UGH! I do not like the farm house look at all. In addition, it breaks my heart to see all the antiques that people are painting instead of restoring. I would rather have an antique in it’s natural state,( good or bad), than to see it covered in chalk paint. I will be glad when people get over the chalk paint fad. When it is over, they will be sad they painted their antiques.

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    Jen M.
    February 13, 2019 at 2:23 am

    You’re unbelievably talented.

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    JoHanna
    February 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I absolutely love your kitchen! Where did you get your appliances? I am in love with them.

    • Reply
      Kristi
      February 15, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      They are the GE artistry appliances, but I don’t think they make them anymore. 🙁

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