Inspiring Blogger Interview: Linda from It All Started With Paint

It’s back!  My Inspiring Blogger series resumes today with one of my favorite new bloggy friends, Linda from It All Started With Paint.  Sometimes you get connected with someone online and you just know you’d be friends IRL.  That’s how I feel about Linda!  She’s funny, enormously talented with a paint brush and drop cloths, but she’s also REAL.

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See for yourself!!  Here’s Linda…
How did you get started blogging?

Let’s just say I’m way more than fashionably late to this blogging party.  As in I had to sweet talk the bouncer and then slip him a Benjamin to let me in …

Up until about a year-and-a-half ago, I had no idea there was this whole diy blogging community.  I think I first learned of it while watching Nate Berkus.  And when I found those diy blogs, I was hooked.  Soaking up their words.  Copying their tutorials.  Adding some of my own twists and turns.  I felt such a sense of empowerment.  And it felt good to take all those stay-at-home-mom hours when the kids were in school and fill them with real, tangible work.  And it dawned on me … “hey, I should blog about this as I go along” …

I love to create and be creative.  And I love to write.  And my home is in some serious need of updating … and that’s how it all came together.  And I launched on October 29, 2011 with this very first post …
Tell us a little bit about your current house – how you found it, how long you’ve been there, any interesting tidbits.

Our 2,500 square foot “charming” home sits on a standard (and over-priced and over-taxed) Chicago city lot.  The foundation is over 100 years old … but much of any old charm that it may have had was torn out before we became its owners.  The mouldings were all painted over with outdoor paint … and I suspect it was an attempt to cover lead-based paint.  We fell in love immediately and declared this house our starter home.  Our 5-to-7-year plan home.  Seventeen years later and we’re still here …
How would you describe your home décor style?

This is the question that makes me break out in a cold sweat …

I’m not sure what my style is … does just winging it count?  Or I see it in a store or on a blog or a magazine or Pottery Barn catalogue and I just like it and try to copy it and then it doesn’t turn out the way it started but I like it in the end work?  Right now my main goal is to banish any and all signs of my early 2000 Pottery Barn reds and greens and burgundies style …
What inspires your style and projects around the home?

Does eradicating all signs of hunter green count as inspiration?  That’s when and where it all started.  In the builder-grade kitchen.  But I have to say the biggest influencers and inspiration are blogs and bloggers.  Because it’s one thing to see a beautiful room in a magazine or catalogue … and quite another when a blogger gives you step-by-step instructions on how to create that beautiful room.
Do you have a favorite diy?

I think I would have to say the board and batten projects.  Well, faux board and batten.  And it’s not just because I get to use a nail gun … and using the nail gun is super cool … but it makes such a huge dramatic impact for so very little money.
A secret diy weapon?

Caulk.  It hides a multitude of sins.  Turns me into a rock star carpenter.  And painter …
Any diy fails?

Where to start.  Where to start?  I’ve had a bunch of little fails, like when my sunburst mirror came crashing down because I tried to attach the picture hanger using liquid nails.  I’m terrible at cutting in along the ceilings (and I blame that on my house not being level or square).


And when I tore out the wallpaper in my powder room I took the lazy way out and didn’t remove the moulding … not a good idea.
What is your go-to shopping source for home décor?

I’m a huge on-line shopper.  I’ll Google what I want and then search around until I find a price I like.  Oh, and I just started to experience the joys of Salvation Army.  And Etsy.  Etsy is awesome.  And I took my first trip to IKEA a few months back …and I will be returning …
What is your favorite space in your home?

I’m going to have to pick my entry.  It was an amazing transformation.  My first major diy.  And I’m so proud to show it off.  I tease that if I could fit a Queen size bed in there I would claim it as my master bedroom …


What is one piece of advice you’d offer to those on the journey to making a house a home?

I’m going to give you two.  Fill it with love.  And always remember …

We can do hard things sign


See what I mean??  How cool is she?  And humble… She neglected to tell you about her fabulous Etsy shop, Drop Cloth Designs, where she showcases her masterpieces!  Here’s a sneak peek at one my favorites…

21 x 21 Union Jack Drop Cloth Pillow COVER ONLY

Yes, Linda, I hijacked that image right off your Etsy shop page!   Don’t you just love it?

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our burning questions, Linda!

Monday, it’s the Blogging Without Borders big reveal of the Ugly Duckling Dining Room — eeekkk!

Blogging Without Borders

You have no idea how happy I am with this project… and to be DONE with this project. 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!


  1. Yay for Linda! Thanks for featuring her, Heidi.

  2. What great questions Heidi. I’ll have to click on over and check her out.

  3. Linda is real, and she’s a real friend to others. Some time in hopefully the not too distant future I hope to be doing a tandem beadboard project with her (hint Linda).


  4. Linda is an incredible friend. Really. She is the kind of friend you want to see a beadboard project from 🙂 Bliss…..I was trying to help you out!


  5. Thank you so much Heidi! You are too too sweet and I can’t wait to meet you in person … are you going to Southern Bloggers Conference in October?

    And thanks for the Etsy shout out and link too! And now I must FB and tweet and Google + … and sorry so late to this party. I’m still trying to shake vacation out of my head this week!



  6. Thanks for the bead board wallpaper pressure Bliss & Thistle …


  7. I adore Linda. The ease in which she gets her message or tutorials across, along with the humor she infuses in her posts, make her a real blogging star. She is one of those bloggers, you hope will be as cool as she seems in her blog…and then you meet her and are so happy to find, she is exactly what you would expect. Wonderful feature for a very deserving blogger.

  8. Love love love Linda! She is an inspiration to all of us. I love her style and her kind heart 🙂
    Thanks or sharing a great interview with us!!

  9. Yay! I LOVED this. Obviously I’m a huge Linda fan already ANYWAY, but I got to learn some of the back story which is cool. Plus she gets huge bonus points for birthing her blog on my birthday!! 🙂

  10. Such a great person to feature/interview….Linda is so incredibly talented in so many ways..from her unbelievable home DIY projects, her gorgeous pillows and sewing projects and her wonderful writing that keeps you laughing all the way through the post…If I had to pick on project that I love, it’s her front porch floor stencil…it’s fabulous.! I cannot wait to meet Linda at the Southern Bloggers Conference!!…she’s the greatest!

  11. Linda is a blog, DIY, caulk and board and batten and pillow making rockstar! From the moment I saw her colorful foyer, I was hooked!

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