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September 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm
I see we are fellow Chicago bloggers. I have want to ask you if you would like to participate in my Spotlight Feature that I run on my blog on Saturdays. It is unique and different in that it is about you on a more personal level. Let’s new bloggers find you and also the bloggers that know you already get to know about you on a more personal level. It is fun and easy. If this is something you would like to do you can let me know and I will give you all the details on how to do it. It is easy peasy.
If you have not seen Spotlight you can go to my blog and on the header is past spotlight features so you can see how some of them have been done.
I am booked out until December for spotlight features and we take a break for the month of December with Spotlight because of the holidays and all the busy time for everyone but resume in January. If this is something you would like to do I will be booking for January. I hope you will say yes it would be fun to feature you. You would have lots of time and it would be after the busy holiday season before your feature.
Have a great Sunday.
September 22, 2014 at 7:06 am
Kris – thank you so much for the invite! I’m honored – and the January timing works best for me too. The next few months are going to be a bit busy around here with some work on the house, some client work, and college applications! I think I may get to breath again sometime around then New Year! Let’s keep in touch and just tell me what I need to do! 🙂 Linda
Janie schmitt says
March 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm
Hi linda, Can you use regular chalk paint on the Mason Jars?
March 18, 2016 at 7:16 am
Absolutely!!!! I use chalk paint on mason jars all the time. It gives it a really nice solid coat of paint and is great for distressing. It may be my favorite paint medium to use on mason jars! 🙂
Kathleen Schwartze says
November 9, 2014 at 11:17 am
Hello Linda…was wondering if you could help me…I am wanting to paint chalkboard paint on mason jars, then write on that with bistro paint. The jars I bought have so much writing on it, I can’t figure how to find a smooth area to paint on…making sense? Is there a certain size/type mason jar that I could use? I would appreciate any suggestions.
April 19, 2015 at 12:20 am
Can you tell me where you found the bedspread for the teen room – I’m in the process of doing my son’s and I would love something like that.
May 5, 2015 at 9:39 am
Ok… Sorry I didn’t tell u wish project I was talking about…. In regards to the colored mason jars. It was the recipe for the blue jars that u combine modge podge w/ food coloring then go in oven.
Thanks for taking time to respond to me.
October 2, 2015 at 10:33 am
I love your site and have subscribed to make sure I don’t miss anything BUT there are so many advertisements in your posts that today I was redirected FOUR times to sites I have no interest in.
It’s very aggravating. I know you need to make money but there has to be a better way. More than likely I will be unsubscribing from your blog. ?
October 4, 2015 at 12:41 am
I was wondering if you know where you got the terracotta pumpkin with the terracotta hat that you have on your numbered steps. I’ve been looking for one and can’t find them anywhere so far.
Thanks so much!
October 4, 2015 at 9:14 am
Gigi – I purchased that pumpkin about 18 years ago at a small nursery that used to do business around the corner from my home here in Chicago. Unfortunately, that nursery is now a condo building. Plus it was a mom & pop shop. I did a quick search on ebay and found this listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Jack-O-Lantern-Pumpkin-Terra-Cotta-Stove-Pipe-Hat-Halloween-RARE-FIND-/111786740582?hash=item1a07024b66 I suggest you do a search and see if there are more there.
December 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm
How do you make those stencils? Not a crafter but would like to try something..
December 3, 2015 at 6:56 am
I actually bought the stencil. Here’s the link: http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/shop
JUDY MARRYATT says
February 1, 2016 at 5:06 pm
LINDA MY NAME IS JUDY I LIVE IN CANADA COULD YOU PLEASE SEND ME THE RECIPE FOR SALAD IN A JAR
THANK YOU SO MUCH JUDY
February 3, 2016 at 7:27 am
Judy – you can find the recipe details on this blog post: http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/salad-in-a-jar/
February 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm
I just read How To Paint a Bathroom Basin. Am wondering if I can do the same with a plastic basin?
February 28, 2016 at 10:53 am
I sent you an email about this. I’m just not sure. I’d check the product label and with the folks at the hardware/home improvement store in the paint department. Sorry I couldn’t be more help! 🙂 Linda
March 24, 2016 at 6:11 am
Hi there Linda 🙂
Absolutely love your blog, especially the bedroom makeover and I love love love what you did with the “Teen Girl Room” !
I actually came across your blog through Google, searching for how to spray paint a metal bed after coming across a similar image of a gold bed on Tumblr. I was just wondering however, if the bed would require sanding (it would be brand new). I’ve come across a couple of other youtube videos/blog posts where sanding is a step, but they have disclosed that they’re furniture was old/used. Therefore as a diy newbie, I’ve sort of come to the conclusion that sanding is only necessary for old furniture?? It would be great to hear about the steps you took to achieve that look 🙂
Thank you so much, and I hope to hear from you soon !
March 24, 2016 at 5:26 pm
I didn’t sand it. I suppose the sanding would be recommended if there was some chipping paint to smooth things out. My recommendation would be to start with primer first, though.
Hope that helps!
July 26, 2016 at 9:24 am
Okay so, I need help!!!
I am making some thin blue line mason jars for our local police and our county police. I found this cute design on Pinterest and it has a distressed thin blue line flag (it’s white and blue), and the jar is black.
My problem is- I have already got the base down. Thanks to your step-by-step tutorial. BUT… How do I distress a flag, on an already painted jar, without taking the background paint off?
I’m in desperate need of some help. I’ve got 159 jars with two coats of black chalkboard paint and I really need to finish them but don’t want to start until I know I won’t mess them up.
July 26, 2016 at 9:37 am
I’m not really sure what you’re talking about – can you send me a link to the inspiration jar?
July 26, 2016 at 9:59 am
July 26, 2016 at 10:01 am
So, do you have any idea how I could create the distressed look of the flag while maintaining the black background?
July 26, 2016 at 10:15 am
It doesn’t look like they used sandpaper to distress it, but instead it’s how the paint was applied. More of a “dry brush” approach where you don’t put too much paint on the brush and then blot some away on a piece of cardboard and then paint on the stripe so it looks distressed.
July 26, 2016 at 10:16 am
You could also very lightly use a fine grain small piece of sandpaper or even a nail file to distress is very lightly too.
Barbara Worthington says
November 23, 2016 at 8:57 am
Hi Linda, I found your post as I was strolling through Pinterest this morning looking for a gluten-free dessert for Thanksgiving tomorrow. the funny thing is i’m helping my mother fix an apartment to rent to supplement her income after the loss of my father. We have a vanity the same size as this one in your post. The sink is all cracked inside the bowl, I guess from age. I was wondering if paining the sink would still be doable and if so what would you suggest to smooth the bowl out . I was going to go look at a reclaim store to see if I can find a new sink top. But I’m thinking this might be a quicker and cheaper fix. Could you please let me know what you think . Barb
February 20, 2018 at 10:09 pm
I tried to subscribe with my email and got message that subscription has been suspended.
March 1, 2018 at 8:03 am
I just subscribed using your email address. You should receive an email this morning with a link to confirm the subscription. Let me know if that works.
Martha J Rodriguez-Armstrong says
March 12, 2018 at 9:19 am
Do you have a print out of your jar projects. My memory is not the best and sharing my computer with husband is a chore.
April 1, 2018 at 2:08 pm
I don’t have print outs. But they can all be found at this link: http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/category/mason-jar-projects/
It’s a project gallery of my mason projects. Hope that helps!
September 26, 2018 at 1:31 am
Linda just read your bathroom painted sink. Off hand can you tell me how many colors are available and how long did it take you to paint the one sink.
I have the ugliest of 70’s gold countertop with 2 sinks all as a one piece unit.. really would love to update without having to replace whole counter…..
Great ideas thanks for sharing!
October 5, 2018 at 1:46 pm
Sorry for the late response! I think that there are other color options from a Rustoleum product. Check with the paint department at Home Depot, Lowes or Ace. I think it only took a day for me to do the sink. Hope that helps! 🙂 Linda
July 28, 2019 at 6:04 pm
If I’m wanting to paint mason jars but not distress them is it best to spray paint or acrylic paint with a brush?
July 31, 2019 at 9:31 am
If you won’t be distressing then I would recommend spray painting. It’s a cleaner look. The acrylic paint can leave brush marks (which I don’t mind once distressed; I think it adds to the whole rustic-not-perfect look & feel). 🙂
Nicole D says
August 2, 2019 at 2:16 am
What do I do if I want to paint my bathroom sinks a metallic copper color? I’m so lost 😭
I want something with color on a budget and to cut down on waste. I mean my sinks are perfectly fine but they’re a faded nasty off-white color that just looks awful. I’d really appreciate any advice, thank you for your time.
August 2, 2019 at 10:35 am
I don’t know of any products that let you paint a sink a metallic color. I wouldn’t recommend spray paint because that won’t hold up. The only DIY product I know of to refinish a sink or tub is Homax Tub & Tile. Hope that helps! 🙂 Linda
Ruby Hackman says
August 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm
I love your dining room chairs! They are exactly what I need for my table. If you could tell me who you purchased them from, I would really appreciate it 🙂
August 13, 2019 at 11:39 am
I purchased them 25 years ago from a store called Room & Board: https://www.roomandboard.com/
I don’t know if they still stock this chair, but you can visit their website and see.