Kathy Owen | Author | Petticoat Junktion

We founded Petticoat Junktion, a home decor blog, in 2011 to share tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds. Over the years, our interests have evolved to include home improvement projects, home decorating ideas, cooking and recipe development, and travel adventures. 

Kathy Owen, Let’s Get Personal….

My name is Kathy, and I’ve been creating, painting, and reinventing old stuff for as long as I can remember. I enjoy decorating my home with the things I paint and create. I also decorate with stuff I find on junking trips. My favorite shopping spots are junk stores, flea markets, and salvage yards, 

I freely admit to being a junk addict. My passions are architectural objects, rusty junk, rhinestone jewelry, vintage hardware, and old wood furniture.

Kathy Owen, Petticoat Junktion
Kathy Owen, Petticoat Junktion

I was born and raised on a farm in Arkansas. I’m famous for catching a greased pig at the local county fair. I also searched high and low and beat the bushes until I found a man with the same last name as me. I didn’t have to change my name when we got married!

I grew up in the ’60s and am a closet hippy. I love disco, Margaritas, Elvis……the Twist….and vintage turquoise decor.

Other likes:
Fiction novels (murder or detective mysteries), Chuck e Cheese, the beach, Taylor Swift, 60s Motown Music, embarrassing my grandchildren, T.J.Maxx, Yellowstone, Mayor of Kingstown, The Voice, Blake Shelton…..

My leap into painting furniture for resell began in Pensacola, Florida. I rented a booth at Alyssa’s Antique Depot in Pace, Fl, and  I continued on this journey when we returned to Tennessee.

In 2011, my friend Kendall taught me the basics of blogging, and I went from there. My husband once told Kendall she created a monster. Blogging is a full-time job, and I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love sharing pictures of my projects and posting tutorials, but I hate to write. Weird huh!

I worked for 35 years in the medical profession. When the laboratory I worked at closed in 2013, I finished my college degree at the age of 62—double major with a 3.6 grade average. As you can probably tell, I didn’t major in English or writing.

My loving husband is a 26-year Army veteran. We have two children and four wonderful grandchildren.

Author Bio

Kathy Owen founded the home decor blog PetticoatJunktion.com in 2011. Her specialty is painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home decor. She shares complete tutorials on her furniture painting projects and repurposed finds.

Kathy loves to travel and share her experiences. She can whip up good stuff in the kitchen, and you can find her favorite recipes on the blog. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and numerous magazines. As a freelance journalist, Kathy writes articles for the AP and has bylines @wealthofgeeks @mediadecision  


I love hearing from my readers. When I started the site, I had no idea how many people loved to DIY and how many questions I would get. I read every email and website comment and respond to as many as time allows. Email: Kathy@petticoatjunktion.com

Work With Kathy

Petticoat Junktion is not the typical DIY website. Since the founding of Petticoat Junktion in 2011, the number of readers has grown astronomically. Our readers are loyal and engaged. They look forward to reading in-depth tutorials on projects they can relate to. 

We offer sponsored DIY project articles, product reviews, Brand announcements, and any requests that sound like fun.

Interested in working with Petticoat Junktion? Email: Kathy@petticoatjunktion.com