Welcome, So glad you stopped by!
My name is Jessica, let me tell you a bit about myself and how this all came about…
Perfectly Painted Designs Blog came to life after receiving questions from other DIY’er about my projects. I had no idea just how big a task creating a blog can be, all the amazing blogs make it look so easy! I instaltly felt overwhelmed after purchasing my domain and platform. After working on the lay out, understanding widgets, and appearance for a LONG time I finally decided it was time to just press “publish” and learn as I go. I hope you can be patient with me through this process & please let me know if you discover any errors or glitches as I welcome any advice and help.
My hope is to keep the blog situated snuggly in this niche of DIY projects and knowledge on my favorite subjects but I’m sure there will be some branching out since conforming to rules has never been one of my strong suits.
Interior design consumes my life and brain on a daily bases, anytime I head into a restaurant I’m sure to comment on the light fixtures or wall finishes before drink orders are taken. I also LOVE anything antique or vintage! My heart has a soft spot for chippy, old, stained, beaten up, or discarded wood. The charm is never lost on me, I’ve been known to dig through friends dump piles and pull out old wood, metal pieces, and paintings–load them into my 4runner (nicknamed Pickabee) to take home and “make something new out of” and don’t even get me started on roadside furniture!!
You will find that I’m obsessive about research and learning new things, no matter how far I’ve come I believe there is always something more to learn and I’ll try and share as much of it as I can!
I started my creative journey at a young age encouraged by the MANY creative women in my family to express myself through art forms. When I was only 7 years old my mom was completing her masters degree in Art History at the University of Chicago. While she taught undergrads, I would sit back in the slide room and build children’s books, using paper bags, handmade paper, and string as the binding. This won me the children’s art award that year for the city and I was featured in a gallery opening!
It wasn’t until my late 20’s that my creative niche started to form that I realized my love for interior design was actually based around the colors and texture, more specifically wall finishes.
My first apartment (and many others) got complete makeovers since the thought of living with white walls was more difficult than knowing I had to paint them back before moving out. The first wall finish I ever completed was stripes using the same color paint in flat & high gloss (before the days of Pinterest), and slowly migrated to more difficult wall & furniture finishes to fit my taste on a college budget.
About 5 years ago when I moved in to Mr. Bug’s house in sunny San Diego I knew that I could finally spread my wings and do whatever I wanted to make it our home. I received only 1 simple request from the Mr. –“As long as that doesn’t entail pink or flowers” which I am more than happy to oblige. I really feel like the luckiest gal alive to have such an amazing man who also allows me to have free reign over the interior of our house without ever muttering a peep!
I must admit he was probably slightly overwhelmed when I moved in becuase I took the house over and made it into what I wanted without really asking him if it was ok. In my defense; if you had seen the ‘before’ I’m sure ya’ll would understand! He had an old green sheet nailed across the picture window and the entire house (baseboards and all) was painted a shade of white that more closely resembled smokers teeth. We are currently in the middle of doing a complete DIY house remodel, it’s moving at a snails pace but I hope that ya’ll will join me and be patient as I post about the journey!
Mr. Bug owns a termite company (hence the name) and knows a lot about carpentry and repair so many of my projects wouldn’t be possible without him! I also depend on him to tell me when some of my ideas are a bit too much (or “crazy” as he calls them). Often I have a vision but bringing it to life can be painful for all those involved, he always does his best to try and make it work though and the happy dance that ensues when it comes to life is worth all the headache!
In 2015 we took on a full interior & exterior remodel of a vacation rental house. The amazing part of that adventure was having a blank canvas to create whatever I wanted. The toughest part for me was choosing a neutral base palette that appealed to the general public. Neutral’s aren’t my strong suite (I LOVE color) so choosing beige family paint was almost painful and surprisingly hard. We had a good laugh when the paint I choose for one room was so similar to the current wall color you almost couldn’t tell a difference (the prior owner was an artist so of course she knew what she was doing)!
We are now booking up for the summer season and getting ready to start saving to get back to work on our own house again…
My goal is to make each space I have a hand in creating (wall finish, furniture restoration, color selection, or a complete design) a space that makes people feel completely at home when they sit down at the end of the day. Ultimately I feel that our homes should speak to US & not some possible-future-homebuyer. So while my style is ever evolving and changes occur in our house on a daily basis I hope that you will enjoy watching and maybe even get some ideas of your own!
Many amazing bloggers across the internet are sharing their DIY journey and the projects and talent constantly blow me away! This blog is just another place that hopes ignite a creative spark, share some of the lessons learned, and ultimately is a space to introduce myself in hopes of being a small part of this wonderful community of DIY enthusiasts (and of course I hope to build friendships with all of you along the way)!
Please, grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back and relax, explore the blog and say hello–I’d love to meet you!
What will you find here?
So, here are some of the things I will be sharing on the blog:
#1) More information on products & interior design than a single human should consume. My
obsessive knowledge-thirsty brain cannot stop pining for more information on the most current way to do everything!
#2) DIY projects, paint finishes, design ideas, inspirational loves, budget shopping tips and finds, and I eventually hope to add a shop for a few finished pieces.
#3) The never ending house remodel that the Mr. & I are doing all by ourselves.
#4) A lot of exclamation points! I love inflection!
Have you ever really looked at the term “do it yourself” and thought about what it can mean for your life?
DO= An action. To move forward with a purpose. Hint: You’ll never be ready, no one ever is! Don’t let fear get in the way. Don’t sacrifice opportunities at the potential of looking foolish. Mistakes happen to everyone-learn from them & keep moving forward! Feeling the result of something you completed simply because you wanted it is magical mistakes are the sounding board for learning.
IT= Anything. Without giving thought to if it matters or if you have the time, knowledge, or skill to complete it. Picking anything (or multiple things) that ignite that spark and see where it leads. Go with your gut it can lead you to the most wonderful places!
YOURSELF= Your inner self. The self empowerment brought on by relying on yourself for final decisions. Its great to seek advice from those you trust but in the end, going with what YOU know to be true is were real self-empowerment comes from!