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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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decor, diy

Make Your Own "Exit" Sign

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Aug 29, 2012

I can still hear my mom asking that …  ... and not in a sing-songy voice. It was more like ... In. Or. Out.!? In her clenched-teeth frustrated you better make a decision now and... Continue reading

lighting, diy

Off the Grid: DIY LED Light Fixture

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Jul 17, 2012

I’m always amazed when I cross paths with stories about families who are living off the grid. … and I’m not talking about the crazies hiding out in cabins in the middle of Montana conjuring... Continue reading


Jumping the Shark: Paint 101

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Jul 05, 2012

... with the alternate title, "why i blame my father" I had been toying with a paint 101 post idea for a while  … ...and even shared a version at Hating Martha last week. I... Continue reading


Potting Bench Dreams

By Linda @ it all started with paint on Jun 05, 2012

I have potting benches on the brain. Never mind that I don’t have a space for a potting bench in my postage-stamp-size back yard. Never mind that I cannot seem to keep alive the plants... Continue reading


An Open Letter to My Kitchen Countertops

By Linda @ it all started with paint on May 02, 2012

To my kitchen countertops, You may be thinking the love is waning … It’s been a little over a year-and-a-half and you may be wondering if the luster of our new relationship has begun to... Continue reading