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Kristine of The Painted Hive takes us through her cozy cottage

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

DIY cottage style

Chipped tables, an upcycled library card cabinet, tea towel lumbar pillows — The Painted Hive's Kristine Franklin has lovingly updated her Australian cottage home by turning trash into treasure. Her philosophy? Make the most of what you've got!

Charlotte's bedroom

DIY cottage style

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To maximize space in her daughter's bedroom, Franklin used the space behind the closet door to mount slim bookshelves that display the overlapped faces of books. Use the easy DIY narrow floating bookshelf tutorial.



DIY cottage style

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A secondhand vintage table, floral wallpaper and a small jute rug grace The Painted Hive's entryway. Original art from thrift-store frames was swapped with cut-to-order mirrors for just $5 each.


Number plates

DIY cottage style

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Decal paper, clear acrylic sealer, a printer and a plate are all you need to create embellished number plates like those seen in Franklin's kitchen.


Chalky painted armoire

DIY cottage style

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A plain pine cabinet washed with black and gray paint adds a French-inspired touch to the master bedroom. Want to try your hand at achieving a similar look? Get the details on this chalky washed armoire.


Painted ceramic drum stool

DIY cottage style

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When Franklin found ceramic drum stools at an unbelievable price, she wasn't deterred by their black color. Sanding, cleaning and spray paint gave the ceramic pieces an entirely new look that fits perfectly with her cottage style.


Visit The Painted Hive for more home projects, before and after photos, clever crafts and free printables.

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