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Linda @ it all started with paint

Wife, mother, homeowner, and blogger living in Chicago updating and redesigning our 100+ year old home one room at a time ...

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diy, seasonal

Easy DIY: A Batty Pumpkin

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Oct 14, 2013

While driving in the car to get supplies to try and salvage my pumpkin Pin-Fail, I was listening to the morning show on the radio. Eric and Kathy here in Chicago. They were talking about... Continue reading

remodeling, living spaces, decor

Makeovers: Navy & White Living Room Reveal

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Sep 17, 2013

I had a tough decision to make last night … words … or pictures? And would it be okay to post the pictures without the words? The whole photographing and editing pictures of my navy... Continue reading


Easy DIY: Acorn Mason Jar Votives

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Sep 30, 2013

Have you heard of Pinterest? Wait. Stop. I take that question back. To amend it … to ask if you’ve ever been on Pinterest? If you have, you know that it can suck you in... Continue reading

diy, seasonal

Easy DIY: Dryer Vent Pumpkins

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Sep 25, 2013

This post is a repeat … Okay, not the post. Just the project. Last year I made pumpkins from dryer vents. And hot glue. And some spray paint … and they were very cute. So... Continue reading


Easy DIY: Dinosaur-Topped Mason Jars

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Jul 24, 2013

Chicago’s ban on selling spray paint has reached epic proportions. In fact, it’s become downright dangerous … Well, not dangerous to me. Or you. Unless, of course, you happen to work at Hobby Lobby in... Continue reading

diy, repurposing

Make Your Own Wine Cork Magnet Planters

By Linda @ it all started with paint on May 28, 2013

My less-than-stellar track record with plants has been well documented here. On the blog. I’ve even resorted to making paper flowers. But now that area nurseries are stocked with annuals … and those mini nurseries... Continue reading

diy, storage

DIY Mason Jar Storage

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Mar 27, 2013

In the fantasy world in my head, I’m an organizational queen. Everything in my home has a place and everything stays in—or is put back in—its place... Oh, wouldn’t that be lovely... * sigh *... Continue reading

diy, windows, decor

DIY Faux Leaded Glass Window

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Mar 04, 2013

There’s a serious misnomer about 100-plus-year-old homes. Most people immediately assume they come with all those coveted old-home architectural details and are filled with handcrafted loveliness... Rich crown moulding... Beefy baseboards... Sigh-inducing wainscoting... ... and... Continue reading

diy, paint, lighting

Striking DIY Sconce Spruce-Up

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Jan 13, 2013

Have you ever been flipping through a magazine or a catalogue—or reading a blog—and come across an idea that strikes you right away. And not just because it’s striking. But because you can envision it... Continue reading

decor, seasonal

White or Colored Lights?

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Dec 13, 2012

Every year at this time of the year my family would engage in the same conversation. It may not be the exact same word-for-word conversation. But, nonetheless, the underlying theme is the same. When the... Continue reading