Welcome to Carter's Cottage Interiors - A Unique Collection of Treasures for Your Home.

We specialize in home decor - from elegant to French Country, Primitive to Vintage, we've got something for everyone! Our products and expert advice allow you to create your own unique living space without emptying your savings account.

We carry the full line of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by  Annie Sloan, as well as many of Annie's other fine products!  In addition, many beautiful furniture pieces that are painted with this amazing paint, as well as locally made soap by Toft Touch Soaps, jewelry and scarves!  Join us for a Chalk Paint® Class with Owner and Interior Designer Christie Carter!  Click on the classes link for more information.


Girl's Night Out!

Come Downtown DeKalb and sip, shop, & socialize for our 4th Annual Go Red Girl's Night Out Event!

Thursday, September 18th 5-8 pm.


Carter's Cottage will have special SALES on

Dash & Albert Rugs

Waxing Poetic

Farmstead Flannels

and take an additional 10% Off our Clearance Corner!


Sunday 12-4

Monday 10-5

Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday 10-5

Thursday 10-5

Friday 10-5

Saturday 10-5


We look forward to see you!


Have you always wanted to learn from a professional how to use Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan?  New classes have just been added!  Visit our Class Schedule by clicking the link below.



Carter's Cottage

Frequently Asked Questions Part 1

May 22, 2014
This segment will address frequently asked questions we hear often from our customers at the shop. If you have a question, please email it to us at info@carterscottageinteriors.com.

Do I need to sand before painting with Chalk Paint®?

Chalk Paint® decorative paint adheres to almost any surface, indoors and out. There's rarely a need to sand or prime before painting. Most times cleaning and dusting off the surface will do. There may be at times, however, when you'll need to sand to remove loose paint, rust, and other surface debris, or when the surface is very glossy. For example laminates, melamine, and mirror finishes may need light sanding to haze the finish. Don't sand too much! You don't need to sand down to the wood or scratch the laminate surface.

Can I paint my kitchen counter tops and black splash with Chalk Paint®?

It's not advisable to paint counter tops nor a back splash. Chalk Paint® decorative paint, even when sealed with a quality sealer such as Annie Sloan Soft Wax or Annie Sloan Lacquer, will not be 100% non-porous and this can present problems with cross contamination. The surface my appear clean but it may not be deep down.

Are Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax good choices for kitchen and bathroom cabinets?

YES! You can use Chalk Paint® decorative paint on most wood cabinetry. Chalk Paint® is meant to give character and interest to cabinetry rather than a perfectly smooth "factory" finish. Typically there is no need to sand or prime although in areas that receive a lot of use, like the cutlery drawer, it might be wise to lightly sand to remove stubborn grease. Soft Wax makes a good bond to the paint for durability. You can easily maintain your finish by simply wiping the surface with a soft cloth and mild soap and water to clean and refresh every now and again with a light application of wax as needed.

More Q&A will be featured on our Facebook page as well as Part 2 here on the web.
We hope this is helpful and look forward to chatting with you soon!
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Updating the www site

Mar 14, 2014
Spring is in the air finally here in Northern Illinois! With the many changes at the shop I thought, why not update my website. It takes more effort and time but it's worth it in the end. Over the next week or so there will be many changes...at the shop, www, and this new blog. I hope you stay tuned and enjoy the journey with my as we continue grow!
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