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 not surprising for Scott to find me buffing the dust and debris off the shiny new door knobs and wiping down dirty fingerprints. The battle is long and the struggle is real, but it’s so satisfying to start seeing things get checked off our list.

Something else we crossed off? The exterior door hardware! With the addition of our back mudroom, we’ve added two new exterior doors to the garden. Including the front door, this brings our total to three doors that were in need of updated, secure (and pretty!) handlesets, and we’re happy to share that it’s a quick and incredibly impactful way to up the curb appeal – in the front and back! Simply put, it’s a small, affordable detail that makes us happy every time we look at it.

A long, long time ago, we inherited this front door to the garden unit, which was perfectly fine. Just like our own, we painted it Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, a deep yet vibrant blue. The hardware was okay – definitely not our first choice, but over the years, the lock had become finicky and much too loose to be considered safe.

We nixed it once and for all, in favor of a Schlage Century handleset with a matte black finish, and just as we knew it would, this small swap has made a world of a difference! In-between the more time consuming renovation jobs, these easy tasks are so, so welcome. I touched up the blue paint while we were at it, and the entryway is well on its way to being much more inviting.

Schlage’s door hardware makes installation a snap with an included template, and Scott was able to check off every door in less than 15 minutes each. The Century style we chose required that an additional hole be drilled to accommodate the handleset, which needed no math on our end thanks to the easy paper template! With the template lined up, we could make our mark, and Scott used his impact driver to quickly drill out the necessary hole:

Above, Scott’s working on the back door, the one that leads into the new mudroom! If you’re trying to make sense of where it’s located in relation to the rest of our home, it’s just underneath the back staircase, off of our patio:

Both mudroom doors received the same Century handleset as the front, and after quite a bit of debate, we decided to paint them bright white – but for different reasons. Our goal is to paint the concrete foundation a fresh white at some point this year, and although we were this close to painting the back door black (how pretty would that be with the brass Century handleset?), we opted for a white door to allow it to blend into its surroundings. (More on the interior exterior door in a second!)

During the construction phase of the garden renovation, we also had our contractor add a junction box for an outdoor light. We landed on the same cute cobalt sconce that we have above our patio bench, which helps to add some color against all the white:

When you enter through this back door, you’ll come right into the mudroom, which we’ll only access when we need to get into the utility room. If you’re our future tenants, there’s an additional exterior door that we’ve added for their safety and privacy!

From inside the apartment, we like that it looks like it could be any other door in the home! Here, we tossed around the idea of a black door, a minty door, a grey, blue or pink door. We were half joking about the pink, but for a long while, we did think we’d go with black. Ultimately, we realized that we like how this exterior door looks just like the bedroom, bath and furnace doors, and so to keep it feeling seamless, we decided to keep it white. Both of the mudroom doors are painted in Valspar’s Ultra White, and the Schlage Plymouth knobs on all three resemble closely the Bowery interior hardware throughout the rest of the unit. Soon, that single lite will get a frosted film that will still allow light to pass through while giving our tenants’ their personal space.

Little by little, step by step, we’re making waves down there! And don’t mind me if I’m following closely behind with a damp cloth to keep dusty fingerprints at bay.

  • 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


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


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


This post is in collaboration with National Gypsum PURPLE XP®. #askforpurple Last week, we shared our experience with National Gypsum PURPLE XP drywall products, and today, we’re so excited to share the results in our garden apartment! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there’s nothing quite like making it through the dirty, grimy renovation…
  • Lisa Brown - June 13, 2017 - 6:16 AM

    I could us a little PURPLE in the garage
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  • Rebecca A - June 13, 2017 - 6:19 AM

    We are also working on our garden unit right now! We own a 3 flat in Bridgeport (Chicago). After some pretty massive plumbing fixes Nod some old termite damage, we could def use this! Can’t wait to see you’re finished unit!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Richards - June 13, 2017 - 6:32 AM

    We’re looking at framing in our basement, which included my husband’s office and a play space for our two super active boys. I feel like Purple would be a great investment down there!ReplyCancel

  • Nate - June 13, 2017 - 6:57 AM

    The noise blocking drywall would be awesome in the living room!ReplyCancel

  • Vid - June 13, 2017 - 6:58 AM

    I’d drywall some of the crumbling plaster in our old house!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - June 13, 2017 - 7:37 AM

    This garden unit is going to be amazing. If only all landlords put this much thought / consideration / planning into their decisions!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 13, 2017 - 8:29 AM

      Thank you, Elaine, we sure hope so. There’s still quite a bit of work ahead for us!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - June 13, 2017 - 11:38 PM

      Amen, Elaine. I totally understand not wanting to sink a lot of money into a rental, but as someone who has lived in rentals almost her whole life, it’s disheartening how many landlords will do the cheapest, ugliest, most half-assed fixes they can get away with (like some of the things Kim and Scott encountered in renovating courtesy of the prior owner). I really believe our interiors matter to our sense of wellbeing and peace of mind. A rental apartment may be primarily an investment to the owner, but it’s a home to the tenant/s. I’ve had to wonder over the years how some of these landlords can look themselves in the mirror every day. (And to be fair, I feel just as much disdain for tenants who do not treat their rentals with care just because they do not own them.)ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey G - June 13, 2017 - 7:45 AM

    In my new laundry room addition that I am about to build!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura C - June 13, 2017 - 8:27 AM

    Have you published a floor plan of this space? Apologies if I missed it. I’d love to see one – it would help visualize all the different spaces you’re describing. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 13, 2017 - 8:29 AM

      We did a walk through of the space right here, which should help a bunch! We’ll also be sharing more on the kitchen, bath and laundry rooms as we get to them – all very soon!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - June 13, 2017 - 8:39 AM

    This is looking great so far! You have some lucky tenants. I would use the PURPLE in our garage. I’m dreaming of turning the space into a studio.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle A - June 13, 2017 - 8:40 AM

    I never thought drywall could be so exciting, but since buying my home last August, it’s definitely become something I love thinking about! I would use the Purple XP to redo my dingy garage!ReplyCancel

  • Paige - June 13, 2017 - 8:47 AM

    Your walls look amazing!


  • Stephanie B - June 13, 2017 - 8:57 AM

    I’m hoping to reconfigure my closet and bathroom layout!ReplyCancel

  • Mara Smith - June 13, 2017 - 9:03 AM

    This would be perfect to finish my husband’s gym in our basement! We laid floors down, but still no walls.ReplyCancel

  • Grace - June 13, 2017 - 9:03 AM

    I love what you have done so far! We are in desperate need of some drywall to finish my son’s room. The town we live in used to have gas meters inside the home. They decided to move them all to outside of the home, came and tore out his bedroom wall, but gave us no money or assistance in repairing the wall. To top it off, they left pipes that stick out slightly, so we will have to build a bump out to cover them! It is an entirely unexpected project and expense, so we could definitely use the help to restore his room!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 13, 2017 - 9:24 AM

      Wow, that sounds horrible! I can’t imagine that falls in line with their protocol. I’m sure you have, but could you try reaching out to them again, or even going to a city representative?ReplyCancel

  • Alleira - June 13, 2017 - 9:43 AM

    I could use a little of the Soundbreak PURPLE in our master/guest bathrooms for, uh, the obvious reasons. They are directly adjacent to one another and you can hear EVERYTHING.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - June 13, 2017 - 9:56 AM

    If I won this, I would use the purple in my parents’ place – they recently had to tear out a bunch of floor and drywall, and redo their crawl space due to a mold problem. The mold is cleared up, but the room is a mess!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Stoner - June 13, 2017 - 10:01 AM

    We’re about to embark​ on finishing our bathroom with the help of your favorite contractor!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee - June 13, 2017 - 10:04 AM

    Maybe I could use purple in our garage… just studs right now!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - June 13, 2017 - 10:23 AM

    I could use PURPLE in our bathroom. Does it ever need a little work.ReplyCancel

  • Jason - June 13, 2017 - 10:42 AM

    We could definitely use Purple throughout our basement. It’s a dungeon right now!ReplyCancel

  • Alex - June 13, 2017 - 10:51 AM

    We are closing in our carport and would LOVE some Purple for that big project!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - June 13, 2017 - 11:01 AM

    Wow how exciting, it’s coming along so quickly!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - June 13, 2017 - 11:06 AM

    Looking good!!! Can’t wait to see all the finishes.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - June 13, 2017 - 11:11 AM

    I would love to use the Soundbreak in our master bedroom and laundry room. We’re currently sharing a bedroom with two little boys while we wait for funds to finish the rest of the house, and the idea of a private space sounds wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - June 13, 2017 - 11:41 AM

    What a cool product! I’d love to use it in our master bedroom and bathroom renovation.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly D - June 13, 2017 - 11:50 AM

    I could use this when we finish our basement.ReplyCancel

  • Bianca Munoz - June 13, 2017 - 12:01 PM

    I could use some purple in a bedroom we are remodeling. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - June 13, 2017 - 12:40 PM

    I could use the sound proofing Purple our basement we need to finish as sometimes my husband sleeps there during the day sometimes from working all night.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Hollands - June 13, 2017 - 12:47 PM

    I need some purple love on the hall walls. Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Olson - June 13, 2017 - 12:56 PM

    How fun! I could use a little purple in our bathroom and our kitchen, and maybe even the dining room (where I want to install a pocket door). The rental is looking awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - June 13, 2017 - 1:33 PM

    I purchased a new to me home 3 years ago and have remodeled a ton. The majority of the flooring and almost every light fixture in the house house been replaced. The master bathroom was gutted and remodeled. Every room but one was painted. All sinks were updated. I had a new TREX front porch with railings installed. But I have a few more projects to finish. Would love to win the giveaway. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - June 13, 2017 - 1:40 PM

    This is so fascinating and helpful for new DIYers! I’d use PURPLE in my basement. Trying to finish it out ourselves! GULP!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Wilson - June 13, 2017 - 1:48 PM

    I’m so excited for this project- it’s really coming together nicely!ReplyCancel

  • Gayle Parrish - June 13, 2017 - 1:58 PM

    Thanks for the info. I’m getting ready to tear out and replace some walls and these new products will be jut the ticket!ReplyCancel

  • Katy - June 13, 2017 - 2:05 PM

    This is so timely for me – I record audiobooks as a side job/hobby, and this summer the biggest project on my to-do list is to build an actual studio area in my basement instead of converting the guest bedroom every time I need to record. The soundbreak drywall sounds like the most perfect thing to help block outside noises (and to keep some noise in, haha!) Thanks so much for posting.ReplyCancel

  • Chris - June 13, 2017 - 2:12 PM

    Could use it in one of our bedrooms.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene - June 13, 2017 - 2:14 PM

    I could use some for my parent’s new home!ReplyCancel

  • alicia szemon - June 13, 2017 - 2:44 PM

    i think it would be cool to have purple in the bathroom or the front door!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie - June 13, 2017 - 3:05 PM

    I’m looking for a fixer upper, and not sure where I’ll want to use it. We once took down plaster wall, the plaster dust in your hair and face, etc., what a mess!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Grant - June 13, 2017 - 3:52 PM

    I would use a little PURPLE for our master bedroom where we are currently remodeling in a more updated style.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - June 13, 2017 - 3:52 PM

    Looking forward to seeing the final project. It is looking good. Btw, I have loved the wood tile in all of the rental properties I have renovated. I am looking forward to putting it into our basement as well! It looks beautiful in your space.ReplyCancel

  • Eunice - June 13, 2017 - 4:06 PM

    I could use some purple in the bathroom I want to remodel!ReplyCancel

  • Katie C - June 13, 2017 - 4:09 PM

    My bathroom could use some Purple!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - June 13, 2017 - 4:21 PM

    This is looking great! The hi-impact drywall sounds perfect for our garage…though we use it as a workshop much of the time so it’s never in any state to get fixed-up itself.ReplyCancel

  • carol clark - June 13, 2017 - 4:26 PM

    id use this for our garage be perfect for itReplyCancel

  • Allison H - June 13, 2017 - 4:30 PM

    The place is really shaping up!! hooray! i would love to use some of that purple on the plumbing wall that back up to our dining room.. you can hear when the showers is on, when the toilet is flushed.. and i’ll leave the rest to your imagination! :)ReplyCancel

  • Dee Johnson - June 13, 2017 - 4:37 PM

    I could use a little Purple in my basement.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Free - June 13, 2017 - 5:04 PM

    We need to (eventually) make a laundry room and bathroom out of extra storage space in the basement!ReplyCancel

  • Crissie Woolard - June 13, 2017 - 5:08 PM

    I would use Purple in My Bathroom and my Living room. This is very exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - June 13, 2017 - 5:22 PM

    Drywall that can solve all the apartment dwellers problems! I love the idea of redoing all my walls in sound proofing drywall.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Bedard - June 13, 2017 - 5:50 PM

    Between my husband’s music and loud business calls early in the morning, (he works at home) and the loud pipes in the bathrooms, I would really like to put in sound blocking Purple. Life would be more pleasant!ReplyCancel

  • Casey - June 13, 2017 - 5:55 PM

    Love this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Gina M - June 13, 2017 - 6:17 PM

    I could use some purple around the walls in the apartment over our garage. My brother lives in there, and it could use some extra sound-proofing.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • Rana Durham - June 13, 2017 - 6:32 PM

    i could use it in my bathroom and kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Mcfarlin - June 13, 2017 - 7:02 PM

    I could use the purple in the Garage & playroom!ReplyCancel

  • Emma P - June 13, 2017 - 8:23 PM

    Sound reducing drywall… this will perfect for our bathroom redo in our 100+ year old house!ReplyCancel

  • Trenda T - June 13, 2017 - 8:54 PM

    We could use a little in out playroom!ReplyCancel

  • HS - June 13, 2017 - 8:55 PM

    I could us a little PURPLE in bedrooms.ReplyCancel

  • jan - June 13, 2017 - 11:39 PM

    I would use purple in our laundry room.ReplyCancel

  • Mandolin L - June 14, 2017 - 12:45 AM

    I would love to win this for my sister. She just bought a new house in the country that she and her husband are renovating on a budget. They can use all the help they can get!ReplyCancel

  • kesha - June 14, 2017 - 4:42 AM

    We are refinishing our Master Bath! This would be great for that project!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - June 14, 2017 - 4:51 AM

    It’s great to know more about the different kinds of wallboard so I can pick the best kind for each job! I’d use some purple in the bathroom & pantry, for impact AND mold resistance!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - June 14, 2017 - 8:32 AM

    We are about to undertake a kitchen renovation and like the garden appt ours is also at the front of the house and gets a LOT of traffic. The high impact would be perfect in this room!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - June 14, 2017 - 10:10 AM

    I would love to use the SoundBreak Drywall in our office because my husband works from home.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - June 14, 2017 - 1:11 PM

    What a great product! Could use this in garage Reno!ReplyCancel

  • Jan - June 14, 2017 - 2:03 PM

    I would use in a bathroom reno.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn H - June 14, 2017 - 2:52 PM

    We could definitely use it for finishing off our storage room!ReplyCancel

  • alex c - June 14, 2017 - 3:06 PM

    our garage is unfinished and we would love to finish it make a dual purpose space!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - June 14, 2017 - 3:35 PM

    I could use some PURPLE in my home!ReplyCancel

  • Niki - June 14, 2017 - 3:35 PM

    We are just buying a home now, as I type this, and I have realized any little help you can get makes such a huge difference, this would be a great boost in our upcoming renovation projects.ReplyCancel

  • Jon - June 14, 2017 - 5:15 PM

    I am going to refinish my detached garage this summer. I can use purple for this job!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Stewart - June 14, 2017 - 5:22 PM

    We have s few projects we need to tackle. Our unfinished basement, Chicago back porch and our garage.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - June 14, 2017 - 6:33 PM

    I could use some purple in my basement bathroom reno.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten - June 14, 2017 - 7:33 PM

    My wife and I just bought our first home! We are so excited to do some of our very own DIY as soon as we get a little settled. Your blog has been such a source of inspiration for us!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - June 15, 2017 - 9:44 AM

    I could use some “purple” in my basement :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Roberson - June 15, 2017 - 3:12 PM

    I could use a little Purple in our guest bathroom. It needs some refreshing and new color.ReplyCancel

  • Tracie Cooper - June 15, 2017 - 7:26 PM

    My kitchen and master bathroom could use a lot of purple!ReplyCancel

  • tisa - June 16, 2017 - 10:18 AM

    We need to update the tile in our master bath. Purple would be perfect to use as part of the update. Great job by the way. I can’t wait to see this completed.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - June 16, 2017 - 3:58 PM

    I could use it in a basement renovation!ReplyCancel

  • DealinDiva - June 16, 2017 - 4:31 PM

    I could use some purple in my kitchen, I just ordered a eggplant colored mixer so it would be perfect.ReplyCancel