Dining Table Transformation – Q & A’s

Thanks for leaving me such sweet comments about my dining table re-do!A few folks asked some questions about it, so I thought I’d answer those here today. ————————————————————————————- What type of sander did you use to sand the original finish off?I used a Ryobi hand sander I bought a couple of years ago from Home […]

Dining Room Table Transformation – Part Two

Well, the snow stuck around for an extra day (yay!) so I was able to enjoy it for a full 48 hours this weekend. But today, the only snow left for me to admire was this guy… Poor thing. I am psyched to report that, according to the weatherman, we are supposed to get some […]

Dining Room Table Transformation – Part One

“Puffery”. That’s the first word I heard this morning. Kevin said it to me before he even opened his eyes. “What?” I replied. “I just had a dream that you were creating a new design style called Puffery”. He answered, with his eyes still closed. A giggle immediately shot up from my tummy and out […]

Dining Room Dreamin’

Ever since we hung the bell up in our dining room, I’ve been on a “let’s fix up the room some more” kick. But since there’s not really any room in the budget to go crazy and do any major changes right now, I’ve had to really put my thinking cap on this time. Here’s […]

A Delightful Dining Room Detail

Have you ever had to sell your husband on a piece of home decor that you absolutely love, but that he wasn’t quite sure about? I recently had this happen at TJ Maxx.Our conversation went something like this: “Oh my gosh! This is soooo awesome!” (Layla) “Really?” (Kevin) “You don’t think so?” (Layla) “Yeah, I […]

Dining Details

It was Halloween of 2007, and we had just acquired walls the same color as the pumpkins on our new neighbors front steps… Our house had been on the market (and vacant- p.u!) for eight months before we made our offer on it- so something told me that the cobwebs draping from the ceiling were […]

Foggy Day becomes Attitude Gray

“Honey?” (Layla)“Yes dear?” (Kevin)“I think the dining chairs look a little too blue” (Layla)“Really?” (Kevin)“Yeah, look at them next to this paint chip of Attitude Gray” (Layla) “I guess they do, but you’re not suggesting that we re-paint them, are you?” (Kevin) “I’ll be your best friend!” (Layla) “Okay, but you’re buying the new paint” […]

Foggy Day with Mr. LC

Mr. Lettered Cottage here! I wanted to take a minute to show you a project I worked on today while Layla designed the day away in her office. A while back, while visiting our favorite local local flea market, we picked up three chairs and an antique table to use in our Dining Room. It […]

The Lettered Cottage = TLC

When I named our house, I didn’t even pay attention to the fact that the first letters of the words “The Lettered Cottage”, are “T, L and C”. Someone brought it to my attention the other day, and I just had to smile because of how completely fitting it is. This house was SO badly […]


“Decorating with drop cloth drapes”Examiner.comApril 27, 9:13 PM Photo: The Lettered Cottage Drop cloths may be the new decorating rage.The price of curtains ranges dramatically, and depending on how many windows you have to cover, it can be a big expense.A thrifty solution is using painter’s canvas drop cloths as curtains. That is what Layla […]

Drop Cloth Drape Update & a trip to TJ Maxx

I fiiiiinally got around to purchasing some ring clips for the curtain rod in our Dining Room.Now I need to order the shell trim I’m going to edge the drapes with. Don’t you just wish everything could just be done with a simple snap of your fingers?I’m having one of those kind of days.Not to […]

Dropcloth Drapes

I finally figured out how to get 96″ tall curtains, that look like the ones from Pottery Barn in the photo above, for less than $10.00 a panel. Use canvas painters dropcloths! I got mine at Lowes, and I LOVE them.They were $9.99 per dropcloth, and they each measure 6 feet wide by 9 feet […]

My Ta Dah! List

You can look at the experience of living in a “fixer-upper” from two different perspectives:1.) An ever changing adventure that cultivates creativity through an array of home improvement projects.OR2.) An exhausting and expensive undertaking , that causes stress because of the looming, never-ending “to do” list.I try to be a “glass-half-full-number-1” kinda gal, but sometimes […]

Kitchen/Dining Update – March 2009

The Kitchen has really started to come to life lately! Up until last week, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with the space at the end of my kitchen cabinets. I had tried a few different things, but nothing ever fully satisfied my decor-based O.C.D. I knew I really wanted to use […]