Category Archives: cottage makeovers

chippy, shabby, chippy, shabby blue paint trunk

Hola Cottage Fix friends! I hope your summer is truck, truckin’ along good. We’re quite busy here with just the regular day-to-day kind of stuff. I always try to wrangle together a beach day when we can fit one in, usually on the weekend. Along with much of the East Coast, we’re in the midst of a nightmare heatwave and I’m about done with it. The afternoons are almost unbearable as the temperatures soar and the air gets thick and […]

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architectural salvage and fluffy white bedding

Salutations! I’m blogging in today to share with you what I’ve been getting together in our bedroom, something I’ve had up my sleeve for some time. Nothing says fresh to me like a cloud of fluffy white bedding floating atop crisp white sheets. This shenanigan of mine all started with a Simply Shabby Chic duvet cover and shams I found at Target for 75% off. What could I do? I really had no choice! That bad boy was in my […]

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paint it white and look for Spring

Good morning Cottage Fix friends! I’m blogging in today under beautiful blue skies and the promise of mild sunny days for the remainder of this week. Yes, Spring is in the air and it’s time to get things going—or bust. I had a bit of a cheat in the hallway here with this light and airy white paint. I hired my dear professional painting friend to paint it for me, you know with the super high ceilings in the stairwell […]

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blush painted dresser in Annie Sloan Antoinette chalk paint

Salutations! I’m blogging in today under sunny skies and crisp fall air. After two full days of showers and steady rain, the change is so welcome. This was my grandma’s dresser that she used in her sewing room to store fabrics and threads, buttons and such. I spent many hours plopped down on her sewing room floor watching her sew and flipping through her encyclopedia Britannica collection. Do you remember those? Now I wish I would’ve payed closer attention to […]

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shabby door with Parisian Gray chalk paint

Well hello there Cottage Fix friends! It’s been busy for me here this week, partly because Mr. Manly is away on business so I’m doing his chores too. He really helps out more than I thought around here. I hope he doesn’t see that I said that! And partly because whenever he goes out of town, I like to keep myself busy with shenanigans of the painting and shopping variety. Some of my best online purchases were made when Mr. […]

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barely blue wall color and warm white drapes

Salutations! Well it’s hot here on the east coast to say the least. When I headed out for my morning walk with Paisley it didn’t seem that bad. But, I’m just back now from errands and it’s thick and muggy! So glad to be here in the AC with my freshly painted barely blue walls. I’m here in the family room today with a new barely blue wall color and creamy white drapes on our back slider. Actually the blue […]

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shabby chic reading corner

Hola! All is well here on the home front. Yesterday I was feeling like a bit of a shuffle-around. It’s been in the back of my brain for a while now and I couldn’t put it off much longer. So I coerced my strong teenage son to help move things around, having teenagers isn’t all bad. Grin. Plus there’s something in it for him, and of course you know that always helps. The daybed and end table from our guest […]

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the perfect shade of gray

Salutations Cottage Fix friends and fine people of the world wide web. Gray is all the buzz this year, that’s for sure. For more reasons than just being one of the hottest color trends of the year so I hear (haven’t read the book or seen the movie still, but I’m planning on it … ahem). Anyways, back to the color of the year, that tid bit is according to my mom who read that one of this year’s winner […]

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