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Sue Mertl

Hello, my name is Sue (nickname Susie)

Welcome to The Chelsea Project

Contact me:   thechelseaproject@icloud.com


The blog started in January 2015 as The Chelsea Project Blog (CPB) and was hosted on another server. In plain speak, it was like the blog lived in a house at a different address.  But by January 2016, CPB had outgrown its little “house” and needed to move to a roomier space at a new address.  During the move, the name was updated to The Chelsea Project (CP).


 I hope to inspire others to tackle projects that would give their home its own unique signature and style.  And although I much prefer redos that are kept simple and fun, I will do whatever it takes to get a space pulled together.

Answers to FAQs

Blog name:  The blog got its name because we live on a street named Chelsea.  And since creating a happy home is a life long project, The Chelsea Project seemed like a natural.

Nickname:  I have very dark brown eyes and because of this, my dad called me Black-eyed Susan…..after the flower.  The nickname….Susie….just kind of stuck.

Vices:  I have a sad addiction to the internet (I’m never unplugged), Southern-style sweet tea, and good, good, good coffee.

One of my mottos:  Don’t throw anything away.  Just about anything can be repurposed into something wonderful.

True Confessions:  I like lace and china as much as power tools and paint brushes.


One of my favorite quotes:  “Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”  Albert Einstein

You should know this about me: IMG_1518

You might be surprised:

I hold a BMEd in Instrumental Music from the University of Louisville, a Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, a clinical residency in infectious diseases and pharmacokinetics from Emory University Hospital, and a Masters Degree from the School of Hard Knocks.  

And after allllllll of that, my absolute favorite thing in the whole wide world is to wear paint covered clothes, crack open a new can of color, and see where the color takes me.

Huuuum, yea.  Go figure.


Have a question?

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I’d love to hear from you.

And thanks so much for stopping by,



  • Reply Phoebe January 16, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    You are truly an amazing woman, Susie!

  • Reply Mia January 16, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Aunt Sissy, Seeing your face makes me miss you even more. I can’t wait for you to come see us again this spring!

  • Reply Madison January 16, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Aunt Sissy, I love your sweet tea!!! I make it all the time and think of you.

  • Reply Esther January 17, 2015 at 12:12 am

    You sound like a true “Southern Belle”.

  • Reply Dave January 17, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I wish my wife “re-purposed” stuff instead of buying MORE stuff. Good job helping inspire other women to rethink recycle!

  • Reply Seth January 17, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Ms. Susie, You forgot to mention your a labradoodle lover!

  • Reply Nancy January 21, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I learned a lot today about you my friend! Thank you for sharing! It makes looking at the blog even more fun! I can truly see you in and through it! So much fun!

  • Reply Jen the Artist January 28, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Hi Sue,
    I’ve been perusing your lovely blog and wanted to say congratulations, I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is a fun way to recognize some of the awesome posts fellow bloggers (like you) are publishing. The Award comes with a tradition of sharing a few things about yourself and spreading the love to other bloggers. You can check out what was passed onto me here: https://seekopenskies.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/time-to-share-the-liebe/

    Happy Blogging,

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog January 28, 2015 at 2:34 am

      Oh my stars! Thank you so very, very much! I’m speechless..,and as you can see from my long-winded blogs….this doesn’t happen very often. I spent the first three weeks working hard on content and photographs. You have helped me appreciate that the time was well spent.
      First, I am going to see your blog. Second, I am going to pay it forward. Third, I’m going to up my game.
      Thanks again.
      Wishing you every success.

      • Reply Jen the Artist January 28, 2015 at 2:54 am

        Lol, I am very happy to help you with that well earned pat on the back! It can be a lot of work pouring ourselves into these happy little slices of the big blogosphere. I really like your conversational tone by the way, it makes me smile while I’m reading your posts–like talking to a cheerful friend.

        • Reply thechelseaprojectblog January 28, 2015 at 10:51 am

          I have a very good post on my list for around March…about renewable energy. I know..sounds strange..but my son did this amazing paper for an engineering technology business class….I will make sure you get a head’s up…Would love your feedback..

          • Jen the Artist January 28, 2015 at 1:51 pm

            Ooo, sounds fascinating–we absolutely love renewable energy. Kent and I will be looking forward to reading it and more than happy to provide any feedback.

          • thechelseaprojectblog January 28, 2015 at 2:23 pm

            OK. Thx….he had to reengineer a product and its manufacturing process to make it as green as possible.

          • Jen the Artist January 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

            How exciting!

  • Reply Jeanette @ Snazzy Little Things March 29, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Sue! Great to meet you, and thank you for signing up for the #30DayFlip! I’m excited to see what you do with your dining area for this challenge! I’m not having success contacting you at the email listed, so if you could reach out to me, I can ensure you get your introductory welcome email! Thanks so much!

  • Reply Rosemary Zummak May 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Hi, Susie, I found your blog on the 31 day challenge. I just want to tell you that I loved your tv cabinet make-over. Being the internet sleuth that I am, I followed all your links to see lots of other awesome things you have done…most likely, my diy days are over-but I still love looking and definitely admire your skill and CREATIViTY. You are truly gifted! From Rosemary in St. Louis

  • Reply An Extraordinary Day (@DianeMillerAED) December 7, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Susie! I finally took time to read your about page. I couldn’t figure out why your blog was named the Chelsea Project. LOL 🙂 Now I know
    I’m assuming you were married in ’76… Yes? Me too! Love your spirit and your can-do creativity.

  • Reply Linda May 26, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Just found your blog and am signing up! You’ve got talent!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 26, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Thanks so much!! I’m thrilled we can work on our projects together.

  • Reply Jennifer Hingsbergen June 7, 2019 at 10:29 am

    It was so nice to meet you yesterday. You got me all excited to finish my dining room table project. 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 13, 2019 at 8:22 am

      Hi Jennifer,
      So nice to meet you, too! And I’m excited to hear about your dining room table makeover. It always feels so good to get the house refreshed.
      Good luck!

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