We asked Kristine from The Painted Hive 16 quirky questions! This Australian DIY blogger and self-taught interior decorator dishes on everything from her strangest collection, to her biggest DIY fail. Head on over to Kristine’s blog for some incredible furniture makeovers, and easy projects that you can tackle on a budget!

What’s your DIY weapon of choice? I know it’s cliche, though paint, paint, paint! Oh, and a good screwdriver – preferably pink.

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Abstract Art Tutorial

What are three words to describe your blog? Real, inspiring, empowering.


Tell us about a time when you had a DIY fail (we’ve all had them!) Haven’t we ever! Not long after buying our first home I decided to make a coffee table from reclaimed fence palings. Easy right? Ummm, not so much. Turns out, IMPATIENCE + FURNITURE CONSTRUCTION – SKILL = A COFFEE TABLE UNQUALIFIED FOR ‘TABLING’ COFFEE. Ha, ha.

Words of wisdom for someone remodeling on a budget? Hunt second-hand stores and keep an open mind. Sometimes it’s hard to compromise when you have your heart set on something. Remember, there are a gazillion different ways to create a beautiful space (Pinterest is evidence enough of that!).


Distressed Coffee Table

How did you become interested in blogging? I started refurbishing and on-selling furniture years ago. I think I must have been hunting down some inspiration when I first stumbled across the awesome land of DIY blogs. I could scarcely believe all these real people were actually doing what I was already doing – hooked!

Strangest decoration in your house? Hmmm, not that strange though a few weeks ago I picked up a battered old ten pin bowling pin. Was so surprised by just how BIG these things are up close (seems I now have little excuse for my dismal lack of strikes).

Hardest part about blogging? Time. As a stay-at-home mum with two little kiddies balancing blogging and family usually results in lots of late nights. Hopefully when the kids are a little more independent I’ll have more daylight hours to dedicate to blogging.

Best part about blogging? ‘Everything’ is the first word that comes to mind! I guess it’s just exciting having my own little platform to share and connect from.

If your life were a song, what would it be? That’s so hard. I honestly have no idea.

Pinterest or Facebook? I really like them both. Pinterest for the endless eye candy, Facebook for the social engagement.

If your walls could only be painted one color for the rest of your life, what would they be and why? Warm white. Nothing too yellow or anything, just something with a subtle toasty hint.

What are you exceptionally good at? (Permission to brag) I don’t know about “exceptionally” though I am good at seeing the potential in things. Oh, and avoiding ten pin bowling strikes.


Before & After Piece

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve collected? Not that weird though I went through a stage when any vintage castor wheel I stumbled upon had to come home with me.

Show us your best project for a DIY beginner! This is a super easy yet effective one:


 Quick and Easy Robe Door Revamp

What’s a home trend you hope doesn’t exist in 100 years? That’s tricky. I like to keep and open mind and strongly believe in the “to each their own” adage. I’ve never been a big fan of the starkness of minimalism, so let’s go with that.

Favorite words to live by? “Do what makes you happy”. Oh, and the “To each their own” thing.

Top image via The Painted Hive 

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Want to see more from The Painted Hive? Check out her blog, and be sure to follow her on twitter @thepaintedhive!

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