7 Reasons Why You Should Hire an ARTIST to Paint Your Cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets has become a huge trend in the design industry. You can see pages upon pages of photos of painted cabinetry on Pinterest and Houzz. Many with tutorials for painting your own cabinets. If you are not a DIY'er and you want your cabinets painted, I recommend that you hire a faux finish painter or decorative artist to paint your cabinets.  Why you should hire an ARTIST to paint your cabinets: Artists know the right products to use. There is a right way and a wrong way … [Read more...]

Tour Our Home

What an exciting summer! We have been busy with lots of kitchen cabinet painting and decorative painting, but we also have played host to some pretty amazing company. In July we partnered with Forest Home Media to host a group of Nashville Influencers at our home. This is a fun group of Home and Lifestyle Bloggers, Social Media Influencers and members of the Nashville Media. The group is organized to network, share expertise, and use our social media influence to help promote each … [Read more...]

Crowdsourcing and a Front Porch Update

Last week I shared with you the before and after photos of our freshly painted exterior. We are still relishing in the newness of living in a house that you can actually see from the road. It still surprises me when I drive up and makes me grin like a goofball when I turn into the driveway. The brick is not the only thing that received a makeover. We also just finished a front porch update. I knew I wanted something bold for the front door. I narrowed it down to two choice from Modern Masters … [Read more...]

White Painted Brick-Exterior Before and After

White Painted Brick If you are following us on Instagram and Facebook you've probably seen sneak-peeks of our latest project. We have painted the exterior of our home. And this time when I say "we" I DON'T mean Brooks and I. That's the best part of this project. It was completed without either of us raising so much as a paint brush. Funny story; I was contacted by a guy several months ago who owned a painting company. He needed some marketing advice and a new website. I initially told him I was … [Read more...]

Before and After Photos- A Cheat Sheet

Let's face it. Who doesn't love a good before and after photo? As business owners, artists, parents, and livers of life,  it can be hard to remember to snap a photo before starting a new project. In our business, Brooks is the "on-site" person. He is actually on the job every day and the person who should be photographing along the way. But somehow it seems to take lots of reminders and lots of direction to get a decent and useable photo. So, here are a few tips and tricks that I have come up … [Read more...]

Decorative Painting is Alive and Well at the HGTV Smart Home 2014

I almost can't contain my enthusiasm for the HGTV Smart Home 2014 and their vibrant use of color and pattern. I was honored to be a part of the PR team that worked with builder, Carbine & Associates and was part of a VIP sneak peek of the house for Media and Home Bloggers. The HGTV Smart Home is an English cottage-style residence located in Nashville's Duncanwood Reserve neighborhood. The home is packed with technology to connect the home's appliances and devices, giving the homeowner … [Read more...]

Pretty in Pink- A Stencil Story

Are you looking for a quick way to update a room and add a graphic punch? A stencil might be just the thing. When planning our daughter's room makeover we wanted to keep the furniture and big ticket items she already had like the headboard, the vanity table, zebra hide chair and dresser. After all, we had literally JUST finished making over her old room when we sold our house two years ago. That was the hardest thing about selling that house. Brooks had hand trowelled three layers of venetian … [Read more...]

Have you considered Grey Kitchen Cabinets?

A few years ago I noticed a trend in the shelter magazines and the design blogs I was reading. Golds, beiges and tans were being replaced with whites, shades of grey, soft blues and greens. Around the same time we started to see a huge surge in requests for painted kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. When we painted our own kitchen cabinets, we chose a soft glazed grey. I get a couple of requests a week from people wanting information on how we painted our cabinets. You can read about that … [Read more...]

Year End Projects Recap

This has been the biggest and best year in the history of Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes and we want to say THANK YOU. We've got to give credit to our wonderful clients, loyal friends and SOCIAL MEDIA. Hundreds of you have shared our blog posts and photos and a couple of our projects have even gone viral AND one was featured in a national magazine. Social media is a crazy cool and wonderful thing. It has certainly changed the way that people find us and contact us about booking projects. Here … [Read more...]

9 Reasons to go to the IDAL Convention

Brooks and I returned yesterday from 5 days at the International Decorative Artisans League's (IDAL) annual convention. We had such a fabulous time seeing old friends, making new friends, and learning new painting techniques and tips that we think every decorative artist should make this a "must attend" event. Here are my Top 9 Reasons to go the IDAL Convention. 1.  It's an inexpensive way to take classes from the top Artists in our profession. Where else in the world can you pay travel … [Read more...]