It’s tough to say what has made the biggest difference in the garden’s bathroom progress. The fresh white paint? The scrubbing and re-grouting of the subway tile? The plumbing swap and rearrangement of the toilet and vanity? The door’s new out-swing? Yes, yes, yes and yes, to all of the above. Each upgrade has been playing an important role to create a bathroom that’s as sweet as it is functional, but the one we’re going to focus on today is getting our bathtub refinished!

Originally, we thought we might replace it. It’s not cast iron, no; we’d say it was more of a 90s special that we’re betting was on clearance, and an unnecessary design detail on the outside made it feel even more dated. That said, we asked our contractor, how big of a deal would it be to replace the tub with something… nicer? After he explained that we’d need to rip out the bottom few layers of subway tile, replace drywall and, likely, rough in new(er) plumbing (and then replace/repair the missing tile), we gave our whole replacing-the-bathtub-thing pause. A bit of internet sleuthing only confirmed our contractor’s thoughts, and suddenly a $300 bathtub replacement was looking closer to $1k.

So! Reglazing the tub won out! And now that it’s done, we can honestly say that we’re super satisfied with the outcome. We called a handful of companies, but the high reviews for Joe at Correa Custom Coatings won us over. (Not to mention, he was only one of two guys to call us back after leaving messages with at least six different people!) He was friendly, on time, and the entire process took three hours and cost us $240.

As you can see, the tub was embedded with stubborn stains, chips in the coating and a whole lot of rust (likely due to those ventilation issues we had to correct!):

Joe and his brother arrived around 9AM, and they were done by noon the same day. I asked him if I could be a fly on the wall to watch the process (we’ve always been so curious about how this works!), and he happily agreed with one caveat – due to the chemicals used in the process, he would call me down to take photos of each step, rather than hanging out in the garden unit with them. Something to note: I’ve found that a lot of contractors are actually excited to meet homeowners who are interested in their work. They love giving advice and sharing their step-by-step, and more often than not, they request my photos to add to their portfolio! Win-win.

The first step was using a potent etching liquid. He simply poured it into the tub, and he used a rag to swish it all around, inside and out:

After the etching liquid was cleaned up, the tub instantly looked better! Almost brand new. I’m not going out on a limb to say that, at this point, it was already the best it’s ever looked:

Next, an epoxy was used to fill any of the chipped paint, and then the subway tile and floor was masked off and covered. He used an intense spray primer to get it ready for the finish coat!

Throughout their process, they ran a duct from the bathroom and out through one of the living room windows. The duct was connected to a powerful fan, and it helped to blow the fumes outside, rather than allowing it to get trapped in the apartment. The smell was intense! If you’re sensitive to spray paint or strong aerosol cleaners, this was that, ten-fold. I’d recommend planning on leaving the home if that doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time.

The last step was spraying the final coat, which was glaringly whiter than the so-called ‘white’ we started with! Joe and his brother left all the masking and paper in place, and he asked us to wait a full 24 hours before disturbing the bathtub. The next day, Scott removed the protective paper, and we were left with a pretty, pristine tub!

We allowed it to sit for the next few days – we were deathly afraid we would ruin it! – but the finish was smooth and hard as a rock. I took 30 minutes and used a tough silicone caulk to go around the tub, up the corners of the tile, where the tile meets the ceiling, and down the sides of the tub where it meets the wall. Lastly, I taped off a straight line along the floor tile and caulked that, too, pulling up the tape after smoothing the bead of caulk:

Finally, we replaced all the fixtures using a combination of new and replacement parts. I mentioned here that we had a hell of a time finding parts that would fit the existing plumbing, but we did our best eliminating every last bit of the yellow brass. The tub drain was especially tricky, and we were worried that pulling the rusty thing out would have the potential to cause a burst pipe. Our options were to either a call a plumber to remove it professionally (in the off chance something did happen), but when I explained our worries to Joe, he recommended one of these handy guys! Essentially, it sits right on top of the existing drain, a solution for old house dwellers like ourselves!

Joe provided us with a 5-year warranty, and I’m betting that if we hadn’t volunteered it ourselves (to save a wee bit of cash), he would have come back to handle the caulking.

You guys, the bathroom is looking pretty cute right now. We still have a few more things we’d like to share before the final reveal, but we are over the moon with the shape of things. It cannot be the same room. It’s adorable! The sweetest little bathroom!

  • Lori - June 26, 2017 - 11:14 AM

    Oh, very nice! I have the same situation in one of my bathrooms, and was wondering about the whole process. Thanks for doing the in-depth step by step!

    Also, do you ever have issues with the caulk you use around wet areas getting moldy? Maybe I’m using the wrong product.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 11:35 AM

      It might be the product, but it very well could be ventilation issues in the bathroom. Does your room feel damp, even with the ventilation fan an hour after a bath/shower? That could be the cause… but when you’re choosing a silicone caulk, many of them have lifetime warranties against mold/leaks! We do replace the caulk every handful of years (just to keep it looking clean and nice), but a good warranty is still nice to have. ReplyCancel

  • Monica - June 26, 2017 - 11:40 AM

    Question – and I’ll bet the answer is “no” but I’ll ask anyway! I have an old cast iron tub that we kept in our reno because it’s lightly stained but still solid and the enamel is not chipped or otherwise damaged. Could I just use an etching liquid to get rid of the stains, or does the tub have to be recoated after you etch? I’ll eventually reglaze but am wondering if there’s an interim solution.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 11:42 AM

      I can’t answer for sure, but I’m thinking “no.” :) The etch leaves the finish pretty dull, and I can only imagine it would be more susceptible to dirt/grime/stains. I think it would be worth it to wait until you can take on the entire job start to finish!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - June 26, 2017 - 11:55 AM

    What a transformation! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step process!

    Our old tub is from the 1950s so likely cast iron and no surprise, it’s in pretty rough shape. We’d love to get it reglazed at some point, but I’ve heard you need to be really gentle with cleaning it afterwards. Did your guys give you any scrubbing tips??ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 12:24 PM

      Hmm, he didn’t say one way or another! It feels really tough, and we’re hoping with the warranty, it will outlast some scrubbing!ReplyCancel

  • Tia - June 26, 2017 - 12:13 PM

    Regarding the smell, was your cat okay during the process? I’m interested in having my tub reglazed and wonder if it’d be best to take the cats away during the process (which is easier said than done with my two guys…lol).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 12:25 PM

      Luckily, the garden apartment is on an entirely different level of our home, so we couldn’t smell it up here. The smell is REALLY strong, and we aired out the apartment for a day or two with all the windows open, so I would suggest doing it in warmer weather so you don’t freeze! Depending on how sensitive your cat is, I think it would be helpful to take your cats away during the process.ReplyCancel

  • katie - June 26, 2017 - 12:21 PM

    We reglazed our blue cast iron tub at our old house – I was so impressed with the entire process! We were also looking at replacing the tub but decided to try the reglazing process first. I think we paid about the same that you did, and we were also changing the color. The tub looked brand new. We had no issues with cleaning, staining, chips, etc. We used it for about a year after before selling our house. Just wanted to add our experience if anyone is looking to change colors :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 12:26 PM

      Thank you for chiming in! We love hearing this feedback.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Wilson - June 26, 2017 - 1:49 PM

    I’m so glad you included a cost! I’m dreaming of a full bathroom remodel with a claw foot tub. If I can’t talk my husband into it, this’ll probably be the budget version. And it is a beautiful option! I can’t believe they were able to fix those chips!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - June 26, 2017 - 7:45 PM

    My in-laws just reglazed the tub at their house! So fun to see how the process actually works!


  • Laura - June 26, 2017 - 8:03 PM

    I put the original cast iron kitchen sink back when I remodeled and wanted to have this done plus, my tub looks pretty blah too. I called several places and not one called me back! Looks great, btw!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - June 26, 2017 - 8:57 PM

    I did that about seven years ago to a perfectly good brown bathtub that I wanted to be white. It was in a bathroom that my boys used and unfortunately attracted the attention of my 8-year-old who was racing his little cars down the wall and into the shiny new tub. I didn’t see him in action and we ended up with tiny chips at the bottom of the run. I was pretty mad when I figured it out. I know that you won’t have that problem with your new renters but I did want to point out that it’s more like a paint than the original bathtub finish. Still it’s a very high level of cleaning and a big improvement.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 9:15 PM

      Ooh, thank you for sharing our experience! I guess it could be toy cars or someone dropping a hair dryer, but you’re right – still a massive improvement from where we started!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - June 26, 2017 - 9:18 PM

    I have to say that the wife and I own a resurfacing company here in spokane, wa and you can’t go wrong with resurfacing your tub. We also have a 5 year warranty with our jobs. It really looks amazing when finished.ReplyCancel


This post is in partnership with Schlage. As the dust has been settling around the garden apartment (like, the literal drywall dust – we’re still far from the finish line!), I’ve been obsessing over the cleanliness of our freshly painted doors and new interior hardware. Every time we pop down to cross off another to-do, it’s…
  • Stacy - June 23, 2017 - 9:38 AM

    Are the hinges black as well? It looks like they might be. If they are, did you buy black hinges or just paint (or…do something else to) the ones already on the doors? I want to change my hardware to black but it bothers me so much – like, way too much – when the hinges don’t match!

    And I love the handle sets you chose!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - June 23, 2017 - 4:22 PM

    Love that handleset. We have the same one but with the Schlage Sence deadbolt lock. Love it!ReplyCancel

    • Pam - June 23, 2017 - 4:28 PM

      Here is a photo of our door with the Schlage Sense and Century.

      • Kim - June 23, 2017 - 4:34 PM

        Pretty! Have you been enjoying the Schlage Sense deadbolt? We just ordered one!ReplyCancel

        • Pam - June 23, 2017 - 5:33 PM

          We really like it Kim. No need for me to ever take keys out of my purse between the Schlage Sense and my Nissan has push button start. Also great that it works easily with my Apple Home app. So on my way home close to my house I turn off alarm AND unlock the front door! Works well with iPad at home. Despite reviews which say we needed Apple TV which we did not need. Go for it. You will love it. I think. Insurer Reports gives the Schlage Sense the best review.ReplyCancel

          • Pam - June 23, 2017 - 5:35 PM

            Oh my. My iPhone autocorrect ruined my comment. I meant to say Consumer Reports not Insurer Reports LOL.

          • Kim - June 23, 2017 - 5:46 PM

            SO happy to hear this! Thank you for the feedback. We couldn’t be more excited to install ours!

  • Monika & Sam - June 24, 2017 - 1:05 PM

    How bright and airy the apartment is…when can I move in? 😁 Love the crispness of the white with the black and with the pop of blue makes everything just perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Molly - June 24, 2017 - 11:05 PM

    Hey Kim and Scott! I read your post about sage burning from a few years ago and was wondering if you still use it? I’ve never tried it but I’m quite curious and I’d love to try it! I just have no idea which kind to get and how exactly to use it. Thank you in advance for the feedback you always provide!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 25, 2017 - 8:50 AM

      We do! We actually saged the garden apartment before we started renovating, and we’ll probably do it again when we’re done. We got our smudge stick at Whole Foods, and I think it was called ‘white sage’. Crazy, but we’re still using the same stick from the time I first wrote that post! We smudge maybe 4 times a year, or when we’re feeling stuck, troubled or just feel like we need to set the reset button.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@ Ashley Uhl Interiors - June 26, 2017 - 11:47 AM

    Good to know that changing out door hardware isn’t the serious undertaking that I thought it was! All of our outdoor door hardware desperately needs the change so we might just have to take this project on this summer. Thanks for the encouragement!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - June 26, 2017 - 10:25 PM

    Love the new look? Definitely need an update to our original 1963.ReplyCancel


We’ve taken you on a virtual garden tour, shared the laundry room and kitchen, and today, we’re officially introducing the bathroom! The room is small, but has the capability to be highly efficient. Unfortunately, the condition in which we received the space had a poor layout, builder grade finishes (of the worst variety) and very poor ventilation. Before…
  • Katrina - June 22, 2017 - 8:26 AM

    We have a bathroom with this same layout. The door opens into the bathroom and it’s a cramped nightmare. I can’t believe it never occurred to me to just have the door swing the other way! Can’t wait to see the vanity you chose. Getting so many great ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 9:35 AM

      Glad to hear! Something to keep in mind, we did have to buy a new door/jamb with the proper swing, remove the trim, install the new door and jamb, and then put the trim back on. So while it’s not as straightforward as, say, reversing the hinges, it is DEFINITELY worth it for the space!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - June 22, 2017 - 9:42 AM

    Man, the previous owners made decisions only with their wallets, it seems. Y’all are pretty amazing for tackling issues and doing it RIGHT!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 9:57 AM

      No truer words. Not just in the garden, in our home, too! Luckily we’ve just about tackled all the bad decisions in our space. Time to do the garden right!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - June 22, 2017 - 9:58 AM

    I can’t say that I’ve ever seen chrome/brass shower fixtures before, and I’d be very happy if I never saw them again. The renovation looks great so far!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 11:20 AM

      Haha, same here!ReplyCancel

    • Lindsey - June 23, 2017 - 12:01 PM

      We’ve got chrome and brass combined fixtures in our master bath and they are awful! We are in the idea stages of a master bath overhaul (ditching the never-used garden tub for a two-person shower!) and it all started because we wanted to get rid of the fixtures.ReplyCancel

  • Reva - June 22, 2017 - 10:07 AM

    Thanks for all your hard work. It’s encouraging to see you power cleaning and repairing some pieces, instead of straight up replacing everything. Gives me hope for some of our stuff! :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie Marquez - June 22, 2017 - 10:15 AM

    I like reading about the dirty details. Not sure the age of the john, but I’m surprised that for $100 you didn’t just get a new toilet.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 10:18 AM

      We almost did! But upon closer inspection, the toilet is a clean-lined and well-functioning Kohler, and all it needed was a good scrubbing. In this case, it felt wasteful to buy new. We swapped out the toilet seat/lid just because it seemed to be a good sanitary solution. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Smelko - June 22, 2017 - 10:17 AM

    How do you like the elongated stacked subway tiles? I’m about to install them ion my own bathroom and would love to know how you find ’em! It was a toss up between those and penny rounds.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 10:21 AM

      Scott and I are torn on this one! I personally like them, and I even like the stacked look. Scott isn’t a big fan. Because we inherited these tiles, we’re happy with how they cleaned up, but if we were to do it from scratch, I think we would have chosen the more traditional style, only because it feels like a better fit to our home’s (130-year-old!) age.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@Ashley Uhl Interiors - June 22, 2017 - 10:33 AM

    Such an amazing improvement already! Can’t wait to see the rest! And we have mistmatched flooring too all throughout our house. Drives me crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - June 22, 2017 - 11:31 AM

    Can’t wait to hear about the tub reglazing! It’s on our to do list.ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - June 22, 2017 - 12:17 PM

    I love the tiles you used! They’re gorgeous!


  • Ashley Wilson - June 22, 2017 - 12:50 PM

    I’m excited to hear about the tub reglazing too! Our bathroom is on my list, but I’m dreading it because we only have one bathroom and being without a toilet and shower doesn’t sound fun. What a difference already in your space!ReplyCancel

  • Guylaine - June 22, 2017 - 5:45 PM

    Looks great so far, can’t wait to see it when it’s done. I am very skeptical about the grout cleaner though… Will have to give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • Val - June 22, 2017 - 6:05 PM

    This bathroom was set up so wrong initially for functionality but you guys are doing a great job! I already love the bare bones in the room, I can’t wait to see the rest! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tori Mistick - June 23, 2017 - 12:50 PM

    You guys are so impressive! I know it’s those little spaces that can be the hardest to makeover. But you have such attention to detail! I think if I got to the point where I realized something wasn’t perfectly level I would just call it a day and leave it like that forever!ReplyCancel

  • Imgoog - June 27, 2017 - 5:57 AM

    I look forward to seeing the result. The setup of this bathroom is so… weird. Why they place the toilet at the door :(


sconce | cabinet | subway tile | drawer pulls | finger pulls This post is in partnership with IKEA. For the last several weeks, we’ve been living, breathing and sleeping all things Garden Apartment, and to say we’re tired would be an understatement. It’s all-consuming for the entirety of our weekends and most weeknights, but…
  • Jordann - June 20, 2017 - 7:13 AM

    I could not be more excited to see how this turns out since the colour scheme you picked is essentially exactly what I’d like to do to my kitchen when the time comes! IKEA Bodbyn cabinets, white subway tile, and butcher block countertops – exactly! I can’t wait to see how this turns out!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - June 20, 2017 - 7:57 AM

    Daniel to the rescue! So glad you followed your gut and kept working at the design until it felt right – I’ll be following along eagerly!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 20, 2017 - 9:48 AM

      Once we finalized the galley, we felt such a rush of relief! We knew there was a gem under there, and Daniel helped to pull it out of us.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - June 20, 2017 - 8:19 AM

    This is so helpful because I’m closing on TWO investment properties tomorrow and one of them needs a full kitchen gut in the next 8 weeks.

    Question about the countertops: I want to go with butcherblock because it’s beautiful and cost effective, but I don’t know how to design it so that water doesn’t damage it near the sink. I have to assume that our tenants won’t be totally fastidious about wiping up any water that may accumulate.

    I’m thinking an ikea farm sink (rather than undermounted or drop in) might distance the water from the counter… And it would allow us to make the most of a slab because it allows for more seams/cuts.


    • Kim - June 20, 2017 - 9:45 AM

      This is SUCH a good point, and one I should have touched on! To be honest, we’re a little worried about that as well, and as a result, we were SO close to going the farmhouse sink route for the same reason you’ve suggested! I can’t remember exactly now (since we bought everything 2 months ago), but the IKEA farmhouse options weren’t a good fit for our kitchen. I’m sure if we had looked at other brands something could have worked, but at this point, we were doing our best to pull everything from IKEA – a one stop shop. That said, I think a farmhouse is a great solution if you’re really worried.

      I will say that although our laundry room sink isn’t used as often as a kitchen sink, we layered on FOUR coats of Waterlox to that butcher block top (see that story here), and it still looks gorgeous. Brand new. Time will tell, but Waterlox isn’t a poly that sits on TOP of the counter, it actually sinks into the butcher block like an oil would, although it leaves a tough as nails coat (with a satin sheen). If we absolutely needed to, we could sand down bad spots and reapply the Waterlox. It would be a little more work, but Waterlox is tough enough to hopefully prevent that from happening!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - June 20, 2017 - 10:38 AM

        I also meant to add: Congrats on your 2 investment properties! How exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Red House West - June 20, 2017 - 10:28 AM

    This post, with the before/progress photos is so helpful! Your planning and decisions make so much sense and it’s really fun to see the process. Love the galley kitchen, and love the thought and effort you put into redoing the furnace closet so it’s way more functional. You guys do such excellent work!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin low - June 20, 2017 - 10:34 AM

    One issue we always had in rentals was microwave placement. I’m not a huge fan of over the range microwaves, but now in two remodels we’ve done, we added an outlet to the pantry for a small microwave. It’s so nice to have it free up counter space! You’ve likely run all the electricity, but just a thought. Such a nice perk!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 20, 2017 - 10:38 AM

      Right! Our friends in rentals were torn on the microwave debate. Some said it was a necessity, others said they stay away no matter what, and would prefer a range hood. We did include a microwave above the range in one draft, but a microwave PLUS a cabinet caused it to be a little too low (since the ceilings in this apartment are lower than most). Then, we talked about adding an outlet to the pantry, but between everything that went on down here in the last couple of months, it honestly slipped our mind. I really wish we would have added one!

      We figure that if a tenant wants a microwave that badly, there are plenty of outlets along the counter, or they can store it in the pantry and pull it out during the times they need it.ReplyCancel

  • Paige - June 20, 2017 - 11:57 AM

    I can’t wait to see the end result! I already know it’s going to be amazing!


  • monica - June 20, 2017 - 1:03 PM

    Am sure it will be a great space! I think having that window is key!!! Only comment is that I might have placed the sink where stove is and vice versa – given how much time you spend in front of the sink in a kitchen (even with a dishwasher, I am always standing at the sink – rinsing things, washing vegetables etc), I would rather be able to look up and glance at the entrances to the kitchen than look at the wall – would just feel a bit more open…but I also see that you had plumbing on that outside wall so that would have been an aded expense to move…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 20, 2017 - 1:29 PM

      Fair point, but you’re right about the expense to move the plumbing. The main thing is that the dishwasher and sink are smaller individually than a stove, so by placing the stove on the same wall as the fridge, we would have to put in smaller base cabinets to flank it. And if we put the sink on the stove wall, we wouldn’t have utilized the length of that wall to its fullest potential! I see where your head is at though, but in this case, we needed to prioritize the amount of storage we could add. Plus, being able to flank the stove with two really wide 36″ base cabs makes my symmetry loving self very happy!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - June 20, 2017 - 4:30 PM

    Nice! One of my friends did something similar with her kitchen, but the opposite way– she opened up the wall to the dining room to make the tiny space feel less cramped. She gained a ton of counter space by making the half wall flush with the top of the cabinets, and then extended the countertop over those last few inches. It makes great prep space, and it’s easy to pull up a stool & hang while she cooks. I wish I’d realized you weren’t planning to do that, because I would have suggested it. Those extra few inches make a huge difference!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 20, 2017 - 4:45 PM

      I love that idea, but we sadly wouldn’t have been able to do it because we needed to have a completely enclosed mudroom! (I think, if I’m understanding you properly!)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Wilson - June 21, 2017 - 12:13 PM

    Hi Kim! I secretly love that you landed on a Galley kitchen because that’s what I have! I’m so excited to see how this all comes together! I also used Ikea cabinets and have been so impressed with them! p.s. I spent SO much time using Ikea’s software and trying out layouts- isn’t it so addicting?!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 21, 2017 - 12:18 PM

      It really is! I liked that we could save each design separately, so we could go back to our favorites and try a few more arrangements if needed!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - June 21, 2017 - 9:27 PM

    Well done Kim and Daniel! And very well done on the shopping. I am just working on a flip with the total kitchen coming in at about $10K. It’s 11 x 14 though so a bit bigger than yours and with a fancier counter. To be honest, I can’t really imagine what it’s going to look like. The next three weeks will let me know if I have done a good job or not.ReplyCancel

  • Régine from The 256 Project - June 22, 2017 - 8:28 AM

    I’m really happy to hear that you’re going full IKEA because we plan to remodel our kitchen in a few years and I’ve been considering IKEA since I love their aesthetic and price point but I wonder about installation. For those of us who are not DIY experts, do you have any ideas how easy/hard, good/bad it is working with IKEA to also install the kitchen? I’m curious how IKEA works when there is a full renovation involved. Any intel you have and can share, I’d appreciate! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 9:37 AM

      Hmm, that’s a good question. I know they offer build/installation services, but we have no first hand experience. I would check in with IKEA and find out WHO is doing the building and install. They might be subcontractors, but they’ll probably give you more information on how they’re chosen, including background checks and insurance.

      Does anyone else have experience with this?ReplyCancel

      • Regine from The 256 Project - June 22, 2017 - 1:02 PM

        Thanks, I appreciate it. I also wanted to say that I think you’re great at blogging. Not just the content but how you treat your readers and actually take the time to respond both online and on social media. It’s really impressive and thoughtful. Happy Friday Eve!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 1:42 PM

          This so kind of you to say. Thank you, Regine! Happy Friday Ever to you as well!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - June 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

    Lucky you to be able to contact Daniel directly. That man is pure magic. He’s the House Whisperer.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 11:17 AM

      We ARE lucky! Love that guy.ReplyCancel


Last week, some of you might have seen on our Instagram Stories that we added beadboard to the garden apartment’s laundry room! Almost immediately, we received a handful of requests and questions about the install, and we’re happy to share that it’s a relatively inexpensive project with a big impact. Ever since we used beadboard…
  • Stacy G. - June 15, 2017 - 5:54 AM

    Sometimes I think caulk and beadboard are the cure-alls for what ails an old house. :) I like what you did in the laundry room. Nice work!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 15, 2017 - 7:56 AM

      No doubt. EVERY time I use caulk, I tell Scott, this is the glue that holds an old house together!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh - June 15, 2017 - 7:17 AM

    Where did you get your sheets of v groove? My HD and Lowes only carry sheets of small and wider beadboard. Love your laundry room! I just did mine with wide beadboard and stacked my W/D, it’s so much better already, even though it’s not quite finished. I love to see all the orogress on your apartment!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 15, 2017 - 7:58 AM

      We actually planned on using the smaller beadboard, but our usual Home Depot, Lowe’s AND Menard’s were all out of stock! We went to a different Home Depot (on North Ave for Chicago locals) and found this, which we like even better.ReplyCancel

  • Romy - June 15, 2017 - 9:34 AM

    I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - June 15, 2017 - 9:38 AM

    This looks so so good! I’ve been wanting to add beadboard to both of my teeny tiny bathrooms but in the one there is a tile trim around the base of the room that is somehow recessed so it’s flush with the plaster if that makes sense. Think we could run the beadboard to the top of that tile and then add baseboard to cover where the tile or should we rip the tile out? This dilemma is pretty much the only think stopping me from beadboarding it up!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 15, 2017 - 10:02 AM

      If the tile is flush to the plaster, I don’t see why you couldn’t cover it up completely! Maybe go a 1/2″ higher and then add the cap moulding to complete the look!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - June 15, 2017 - 9:41 AM

    Dave said, “Ha! I knew she would eventually get me!”ReplyCancel

  • Megan - June 15, 2017 - 11:32 AM

    We used Sea Salt in our bathroom remodel and I love it! It looks fantastic paired with white (and wood in my personal opinion!). Loving your laundry room – and you’re right, your eye won’t go there. We have a few of those spots in our house as we’ve remodeled.ReplyCancel

    • Dave Vargo - June 15, 2017 - 3:41 PM

      Megan, Scott’s Dad here. Thanks for backing me up on “your eye won’t go there”. I am not permitted to utter these words around Kim.ReplyCancel

  • Paige - June 15, 2017 - 12:14 PM

    We want to do this in our kid’s bathroom!


  • Janis - June 15, 2017 - 12:57 PM

    How did you get the beadboard behind the gas line?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 15, 2017 - 1:27 PM

      The gas line is tucked very close to the wall, but not attached to it. We just carefully slid the beadboard behind the line, and the line sits snugly against the beadboard now!ReplyCancel

  • Haley Hepburn - June 15, 2017 - 2:57 PM

    Can you make it a rental requirement that your tenants have great style, and then let you photograph it, so we can see the finished space :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Wilson - June 15, 2017 - 3:52 PM

    It looks so good! I love the detail the beadboard adds to the space! We just did a beadboard ceiling in our kitchen totally inspired by your guy’s kitchen remodel!ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Red House West - June 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

    It’s looking beautiful and so fresh! Does beadboard have some kind of tongue and groove system on the vertical edge to connect the panels? When I lie in bed at night remodeling our bathroom in my head I always get hung up on how the seams between panels are concealed. Can you put my mind at ease?!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 16, 2017 - 8:56 AM

      I’m happy to put a restless mind at ease! There’s no tongue and groove system, but there IS a little V-groove between each plank in the board. Where the board terminates, it’s one half of a V, and when you put a new bed directly up against it, it completes the other side of the groove! The seams in here were closed up with a line of caulk (that was then smoothed over), so it would be impossible to find where they connect. When you go to buy your beadboard, just put two pieces right next to each other, and you’ll see that they match perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Marti - June 17, 2017 - 2:16 PM

    Thank you SO much for sharing these details! This post – and your response to Katie above – answered all of the questions that have been swirling in my brain. And, thanks for the hot tip re: the North Ave Home Depot. My usual HD doesn’t carry the V-groove that I’ve been looking for. You’re the best!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 17, 2017 - 10:47 PM

      Yes! Save yourself the time and head straight to north ave!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - June 17, 2017 - 10:48 PM

    Hello Scott and Kim! Per usual I have a couple random questions! How do you feel about using essential oils in the home (diffusing, using it in cleaning solutions, putting it in wool dryer balls, etc.)? Next question! You guys know that renovations can make an entire house a disaster. Drywall dust gets everywhere, so how do you keep the whole home clean all the time when you have constant renovations? Would you ever consider a blog post about construction cleaning tips and hacks? I apologize if you’ve already done one and I’ve missed it in my searches. I’m just hoping for some tips because I work in cleaning construction houses and I think even a master of trade can learn from others (not that I’m even close to a master of cleaning).. Anyway thanks in advance for your help and response! I also want to briefly let you know that I really appreciate the work you do!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 19, 2017 - 10:14 AM

      Hi Molly! We like to use essential oils in our homemade fabric refresher, but it’s definitely something we could learn more about! As for construction dust, it’s a struggle for us ALL THE TIME. It’s partially why we do our best to work room by room, so we can close it off at the end of the day, and we do our best to clean up any floating dust in the rest of the home throughout the process. We don’t really have a great answer, because it’s a secret we’d love to know as well!ReplyCancel