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  1. Cindy I have just found your website through French country cottage blog. I have followed Courtney for a while. What fun to find you too! I love your style it’s beautiful! My husband and I used to live in Edinburgh but have bought a country Croft out near the coast. A far cry from our modern apartment in the city. We are adjusting to country life and although I am a school teacher interiors is my passion. I found your site yesterday after what was a day of ‘oh my god what have we done taking on this big project of bringing this 1860 Croft back to life’ I found you at the right time as realised come on Trish you can do this!!! I woke up this morning with enthusiasm and gusto and as so many of your readers say you really are an inspiration to many. Sharing your ideas advice and beautiful pictures. Thank you for the inspiration and it’s been a real positive day here at the Croft. My head is brimming with ideas!!!

    Love Trish from Scotland

    • You absolutely can do it, Trish! I’ve tackled renovation projects that I didn’t think I could do and it is possible! I’ve found that there isn’t much you can’t do with the right tools and a youtube video!! Your home sounds amazing! Thank you so much for following along!

  2. Love your ceiling idea ,. I have a home from 1902 and the ceiling is pretty much done ,. So I am 100% using your plank ceiling idea ,,. thank you so much

  3. I can not get enough of your photos! What lovely things you have collected! And this home is amazing! Keep the pics coming!!!

  4. I love the transformation of the fireplace and hope to something similar to ours. Did you paint the mortar as well? It appears darker than the brick and really pops. It makes for a VERY clean look. Thanks!

  5. Hi Cindy,

    Just came upon your site through Pinterest. Fabulous!! Your home is beautiful! Also, after reading some of your responses to various inquiries you seem so generous with your wealth of information. I have a French style 72″ buffet and a dining room table that I want to update by painting both pieces. Can you tell me about your dining table and the gray/white trimmed hutch. Were they professionally done? If not, can you share what colors you used and your process for painting them. I love DIY projects but have yet to tackle chalk paint projects. Thank you for your time.

    • Thank you Rosemary! The dining table was painted in two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in color Old White. I lightly distressed it with a sanding sponge and then gave it one coat of clear wall. The hutch is painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen (two coats), and the trim is painted in ASCP Old White, lightly distressed and clear waxed. Chalk paint is very easy to use so don’t be afraid to try it!

      • Hi Cindy, I really appreciate your response. Thank you! Can you tell me what clear wall is and did you use a wax on the table as well?

      • Hi Rosemary! I always use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint clear wax, and I use the clear wax on all of the painted furniture that I do, including the dining table. After the last coat of paint is dry, I cover the entire piece with a coat of clear wax. I use a soft cloth {like an old t-shirt} and gently “massage” the wax into the wood. Then I let it cure for a minimum of 24 hours. Once cured, I take a clean soft cloth and buff the entire piece to a soft sheen. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  6. I’ve never known anyone to give out the information you share about your projects. That is so kind and gracious of you. Blessings!

      • I have just finished planking my kitchen ceiling with inspiration from you! I would like to know how you applied the white wash stain brush or rag did you wipe it off right away? I to did not stain before I put it up because I was not sure of the finish I wanted, so a little hesitant abt how to put it on, Please let me know how you applied it. Thanks so much for your help and inspiration and DIY ness!! Haha Jackie Goodman

      • Hi Jackie! I applied the pickling stain with a brush. I worked a section at a time, brushed on a coat of stain, and then immediately wiped it back with cloth. I didn’t want lots of white, more of a pickled look, seeing the wood through it, so I wiped the stain back immediately after applying it. If you want a bit more white, then let it sit just a bit longer before you wipe it back. If you have some extra wood left over, you can experiment with it to see what you like the best…..hope this helps!

  7. halleluia! I have stumbled upon you!!! YOU are an inspiration to us all..do it your selfers(me)…junkers(me)..am always searching and looking for that elusive french piece.your home is beautiful and a guide to all of us! I find that I cannot seem to tear myself away from your pins and site!
    Ijust love you and yours!!

  8. Plank pickled ceiling beautiful! What type of tongue / groove wood did y use for the planking? In process of remodeling have cathedral LR ceilings, would like to do the same. Thank you, in advance

    • Thank you Jenny! No, I didn’t fill in the nail holes. Using the nail gun, it counter sinks the nails into the wood, and they are so tiny that you can’t see them when standing on the floor, so I didn’t bother with filling them!

  9. Hi Cindy have been a fan for sometime now and love everything about your home.I have seen your DIY about the ceiling but do not recall how you finished them. They look like a white wash please share the paint that was used. Thank you!

    • Thank you so much Brigida! Yes, I painted the blue buffet, using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I layered several colors, starting with Aubusson Blue, and then Provence, Duck Egg, and Paris Gray.

  10. Lovely! Designs after my own heart. Love all the changes you have done, and how consistent you have stayed to the French country design. I am wondering how you completed the seam between the wood floor and the brick circular floor under the breakfast table. Also, was tiling the back-splash and moving the switch boxes on the wall forward (so switch plates fit over the tiles) a difficult task? Thanks for sharing.It gives me such an inspiration.

    • For the seam where the wood joins the brick, we filled in with cement grout. Hubby moved all the switch boxes forward so they would be flush with the plate, and it wasn’t difficult at all.

  11. You are doing a wonderful job so Beatiful excited to see the rest when you have it done An thank you for inviting me to join your page I love it

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  13. Hi – What color did you use to antique your cabinets – I saw on pinterest it say the valspar antiquing glaze – we are halfway through our cabinets – painted them SW antique white and wanted the glaze but we had trouble finding the right one – found the Valspar and we are trying that with our contractor today – fingers crossed :\

  14. Love, love, your beautiful kitchen and home….found you yesterday, and subscribed…that planked ceiling has me itching to copy it( but too old to do it ourselves) Wow…colors and design , just yummy..looking forward to the finished bedroom. Thank you for sharing such inspiration!

  15. Your home is truly lovely and it is the feel & style I am slowly trying to incorporate into my own home. Could you please tell me where you have purchased the sisal area rug, it adds such great texture to the space?

  16. Cindy – I am new to your site (thank you, Pinterest!). Your home is lovely and so welcoming. Perhaps you have answered this previously, but can you tell me something about your white slipcovered sofas in your family room.

    • Thank you Bree! The white cabinets are painted in Sherwin Williams Snowbound, the gray cabinets are painted in Sherwin Williams Pussywillow.

    • Thanks Gwen! The wood floors are wide plank, hand scraped oak floors. We purchased these floors from a local manufacturer, Versailles Hardwoods.

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