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Kristine of The Painted Hive takes us through her cozy cottage


Charlotte’s bedroom

The Painted Hive -- Children's bookshelf

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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.



The Painted Hive -- Entryway

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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

The Painted Hive -- Number plates

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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

The Painted Hive -- Chalky painted armoire

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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

The Painted Hive -- Drum stool

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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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