Feature Friday: The Old Painted Cottage

If you haven’t met Jennifer yet, with The Old Painted Cottage, you are going to love her home and style. I met Jennifer pretty early on blogging and have always admired her distinct style and the way she renovated and put her home together.  From Southern California, she and her hubby bought a fixer upper house about 3 years ago and put their signature stamp on it, making it over from top to bottom, installing an Ikea kitchen (yay!) as well.  It’s been fun to watch her journey online too and see how her home has evolved.  She’s an antiques dealer and definitely has an experienced eye for it.

You’re going to love the tour!


She calls her home Cottage 8, since they bid on and lost the previous 7 houses they were going for.  Number 8 was the winner and I love what Jennifer has done to it.


With her vintage and European style, Jennifer has transformed her home into a peaceful oasis for her family, using lots of 2nd hand finds and repurposing.


Her industrial coffee table is a rustic cart with weathered and worn wood.


A cloche holds some memorable mementos.


Jennifer’s dining room wall is one that I’ve swooned over many times.  With beadboard to the ceiling and those free standing white shelves, this was one of the earliest open shelving features that I saw and loved in blogland.


Subway art and ladders for display.


Jennifer’s kitchen was a true DIY project and she and her hubby tackled it with no prior experience.  They bought cabinets (just like I did) at Ikea and installed them and really made this a beautiful kitchen.


I love the Bakery sign and how open and airy her kitchen is now.  Isn’t it beautiful.


The fridge was a DIY project she did several years ago (adding beadboard and hinges to the front) and she says it is holding up just fine.  Of course, I love their subway tile backsplash.


The Bakery sign up close.  Jennifer answers all the questions about her home renovation over at her blog too, so check it out if you want to know more, like sources and particulars.  Here is more on the kitchen reno.


Her use of burlap and natural elements is so soothing.


Don’t you just love the mantel for a headboard?  With Jennifer’s flair for finding treasures, she has made over her home on a budget, just the way we like to see it done.


Beautiful linens.


Jennifer’s home, The Old Painted Cottage is truly a delight for the eyes, so go on over and say hello if you haven’t met her already.  Since 2006, Jennifer features cottage blogs every single month on her blog, with a beautiful feature, so if you love cottage homes, you’ll love her features of Cottage of the Month.  In fact, she is going to feature my new home this August!  Can’t wait!

- Rhoda


  1. Love,love, love this blog! My favorite things are the furniture cart coffee table, the mantel headboard, and the bakery sign and industrial stools in the kitchen.

  2. I love her blog- such inspiration 🙂

  3. Laura @ the shorehouse says

    I love cottage #8. I’ve admired (and saved pics of!) her kitchen…they did such a great job!! Proves you take ‘off the rack’ pieces as your basis and customize it to make it your own.

    The furniture piece inside the front door is almost exactly (maybe even exactly!) like the wardrobe from my nursery when I was a wee one — minus the so-in-vogue-at-the-time mustard yellow paint. 🙂 Behind the door was a rack to hang the tiny clothes. Now I kind of hope it’s still in my mom’s basement!

  4. One of the neatest make overs ever! I love all the vintage items and redo’s they use. Everything is beautiful!

  5. Love this home the cabinet by the front door is beautiful as well as their bed. Love her kitchen too. Thanks for sharing her cottage.


  6. Charming as usual, but with a unique creative twist. You got it right at serene. Love the fridge best. CTD

  7. Adding this post to my favorites (and I’ll be heading over to her blog)! We just bought a house in Alabama and will be doing some renovations so I am gathering inspiration! I’m loving what I’m seeing. 🙂

  8. Rhoda – Thanks for the tour of this beautiful home. I love her blog.


  9. What a lovely warm country feel her home has. I love the little touches of styling such as the cloche and the lamp placed on top of the old books by her bedside.

    Thank you for sharing her lovely home.

    Lee 🙂

  10. Love Jennifer’s blog and her Cottage of the Month feature..Her home is so beautifully decorated with so much creativity….congrats Rhoda on your feature in August!…

  11. I love her monochromatic color scheme – beautiful! also I JUST went on a little getaway (post just went live) and in the foyer they had that same amazing vintage cart table – LOVE it.

  12. Yes, she does have a great eye – the linens and colors with the mix of old and new. Just fabulous! I see french farmhouse inspiration here.

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