This post is in partnership with Bali Blinds. Over the years, slowly but surely, we’ve been adding and updating the window shades throughout our home. At this point, almost every window has a shade, and in our mostly open concept living spaces, we’ve found a good mix-n-match balance by sticking to two styles – Romans and solars.…
  • Kristine - March 28, 2017 - 9:34 AM

    The only thing I’ve done so far is a wireless thermostat in our lower level and LOVE IT. I took the jump because of a rebate offer received from our utility company. I purchased the Honeywell Lyric. I intend to get another one for our main living area also. The old thermostat (is 12 years really that old?) I hated. The temp seems more consistent and I know we are not heating our LL when we are not using it. Often items I’d put the heat on manual and forget to put it back to program so the heat would kick on during the night. Total waste. I do want to make the switch with our lighting but just haven’t had the time to research yet. Oh and the garage door I definitely want to go wireless. Husband forgets to close it a lot :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 28, 2017 - 9:46 AM

      We’re thinking the thermostat is the next item on our list. Ours are decent, and we have them programmed, but we’d love to be able to control them a little easier without having to go into the full blown program mode EVERY time. Glad to hear it has been so worth it for you!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - March 28, 2017 - 9:45 AM

    So exciting!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisl Sukachevin - March 28, 2017 - 9:48 AM

    Yes! We have automated our home! We did it with the WeMo systen which does not require a hub. We just use an app on our phone or the Alexa system to control it. My husband purchased either smart light switches or plugs for our lamps. The smart light switches were switched out for the old (after turning electricity off), while the plugs allow anything to be plugged into them. We also have several short cuts (scenes) set up. In addition my husband can turn the alarm system off with the app, and also control the furnace/AC. Every room has a “name” so we just tell Alexa to “turn on bedroom lights”. Works great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 28, 2017 - 10:46 AM

      We’re considering outlets/plugs for our lamps, but there’s also the option for a smart bulb, too. Is there a reason why you chose the plug over the bulb for your lamps? Decisions, decisions.ReplyCancel

      • Brittany - March 29, 2017 - 4:27 PM

        We chose smart bulbs for a few lamps and they are cool and work fine. The only catch is that you can’t use the regular (on lamp) switch with them anymore! It seems like it wouldn’t matter, but sometimes it’s more of a pain to pull up the app and find the particular lamp you want to turn it on. This is where Alexa is great, because you can just say “Alexa, turn on the lamp.”ReplyCancel

        • Kim - March 29, 2017 - 4:41 PM

          That’s such a great point, and something we’ve thought about as well!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - March 28, 2017 - 11:31 AM

    We’re starting to dabble in home automation and it’s so fun! We have a simple on-off coffeemaker that is plugged into a smart-plug. We have a dot (mini-Alexa) in the bedroom and I can turn on the coffeemaker from bed with a simple voice command. We also plugged all our Christmas decorations into a smart-plug. “Alexa, turn on Christmas” turned everything on, it was awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 28, 2017 - 11:33 AM

      Aw, I love the idea of a ‘smart’ Christmas! :DReplyCancel

  • Michelle - March 29, 2017 - 8:06 AM

    Is that a space heater under your office desks?!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - March 29, 2017 - 9:52 AM

    All I could pay attention to were your dogs snuggled up on one another. That is just the sweetest! Melts my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Lindsay - March 29, 2017 - 1:51 PM

    What a fantastic evening ritual! I love the idea of having automated blinds- I absolutely hate the strings on blinds. They are difficult to hide and my child always plays with them. It is amazing how a simple touch such as lowering your blinds can transform a space and brings a different feel to all of your home decor.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten - March 29, 2017 - 8:32 PM

    I don’t have any kind of home automation system, but one thing I have been curious about is how well they work if you lose power. For example, if the blinds were up and the power went out, would there be a way to close them manually in the evening? I’m not super technological, so I might be missing something really obvious!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 30, 2017 - 7:59 AM

      Great question! In our case, the blinds run on batteries, and there’s a small button on the header of each one to raise and lower the blinds without a remote or via the app.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - March 30, 2017 - 8:00 AM

        Quick update to add: our light switches work on their own like any regular switch as well, so if we don’t want to fumble for our phones, we can simply click them on or off or dim.ReplyCancel

  • Seng - April 19, 2017 - 12:28 PM

    We have only done our thermostat! We’re getting one step closer to being a smart home!ReplyCancel


We’ve been blogging for almost 8 years(!), and in all that time, we’ve yet to take you on a video tour of our current home! Yikes. In an effort to show you the flow of our home and how the rooms connect, we’re walking through every space in this house – yup, even The Scary…
  • Stacy G - March 22, 2017 - 5:57 AM

    That was fun! It looks almost done, but keep in mind this comment comes from someone who doesn’t live there. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Carol - March 22, 2017 - 7:06 AM

    I had NO IDEA there was a bathroom off the dining room!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 7:40 AM

      Haha, we don’t like to talk about it!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - March 22, 2017 - 8:39 AM

    Great tour you two! It looks like you’ve added an additional flat aluminum bar at the top of your kraft paper roll since the original DIY. I am considering a similar project – did you find that needed to keep the paper from slipping or some other reason? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 9:13 AM

      Oh, great catch! I had to really think back about that… but yes, we added it to keep the paper to lay nice and flat while we write. That project has come in SO handy to organize our projects in this house!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - March 22, 2017 - 9:11 AM

    Wow – everything looks fantastic! I vote you KEEP the shower since that would be super handy for your guests as opposed to them having to go upstairs to bath/shower. Such a lovely home and so well done, Kim and Scott!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 9:16 AM

      That’s Scott’s argument, 100%. But man, it would be so much sweeter as a little half bath. And a shower off the dining room has always felt funny! We may compromise by pushing the wall back a bit (it shares with the back wall of the workshop), so things won’t feel as tight. Maybe. Time will tell!ReplyCancel

      • Joy - March 22, 2017 - 10:23 AM

        Would you ever consider putting the entrance to the bathroom via the workshop, so the bathroom is not right next to the dining room?ReplyCancel

        • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

          We have, but then walking through the kitchen and THEN through the workshop (which would eliminate our workbench completely) seems pretty awkward, too.ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - March 22, 2017 - 9:39 AM

    Love this tour! House looks amazing! I’d personally keep the first floor shower for your guests easy access. Although that bathroom needs some work on being as polished as the rest of your lovely home. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - March 22, 2017 - 10:52 AM

    Thanks for your house tour! it was quite lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Nia - March 22, 2017 - 11:00 AM

    Love the house tour- so nice to see how the rooms all flow together and how the colors all work together. Also, had to comment, my 100 lb pit LOVES his donut also. He carries it around everywhere in a similar fashion. It is his most prized possession and we are so glad we found them online!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 11:11 AM

      OMG. CC and her “ball.” They each have one, but they fight over the SAME one as only siblings do. The smell of rubber permeates this home, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - March 22, 2017 - 11:26 AM

    I’m in camp ‘lose the shower’ simply because that room is quite small and looks like it would feel cramped to get dressed in. I would definitely feel a bit weird showering off the dining room when people could just be chilling in the living room. Your guests would have a nice large bathroom with privacy upstairs where they could relax and there’s ample room to get dressed. Plus they’re not walking through the main part of your house. And since the master bath isn’t an ensuite, it wouldn’t feel like I’m barging into someone’s personal space to shower.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 12:25 PM

      IF we kept the shower, I’m pushing to steal some room from the shared workshop wall. But I totally agree with you about sharing the prettier bathroom upstairs!ReplyCancel

      • lsaspacey - March 24, 2017 - 10:29 AM

        However, if the scary room becomes another bedroom, there is potential for a lot guests staying at one time with only one shower.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Jones - March 22, 2017 - 11:55 AM

    I saw that cute planter by you kitchen door!!! Details if you know where it is from.
    Thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 12:26 PM

      The stand is vintage, and the hex shaped bowl was picked up Sprout Home, a really cute Chicago nursery. :DReplyCancel

  • Karen Smith - March 22, 2017 - 1:12 PM

    Oh! Totally in for keeping the 3/4 bath of the dining room! Is it weird? Sure! Is it awesome to have a guest bathroom? Definitely!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 1:48 PM

      I’d like to meet an old house that wasn’t weird! Haha.ReplyCancel

      • Karen Smith - March 24, 2017 - 9:06 PM

        So true, we have so much to work out with the quirks in ours! Wouldn’t have it any other way though :)ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - March 22, 2017 - 3:19 PM

    Your house is just so well done. BRAVO!

    Definitely keep the 3/4 bath downstairs. It’s in a totally awkward spot, yes, but not having it at all would be worse. Two showers FTW!

    Also, I just put a 3/4 bath that looks to be the same size (just shy of 6×6) in my little backyard guest house and it works a lot better than I thought it would. I used a curved corner shower pan/door (takes up less visual space than the one you have does), the smallest Godmorgon vanity Ikea sells and a regular sized toilet (you could go smaller/shallower if you wanted, but I was trying to keep costs down as much as possible). The room has 9-foot ceilings and light and bright walls and that helps a ton. You can see a couple of (admittedly terrible…they’re temporary until my photographer is free) photos on my Airbnb listing at Good luck!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 3:28 PM

      Cutest Airbnb award goes to you, Ryan! Thank you for the inspiration – I think the bathrooms are a pretty similar size. Yours gives me hope.ReplyCancel

      • Ryan Malone - March 22, 2017 - 7:02 PM

        Thanks so much, Kim! It was a labor of love for sure. The whole thing is 165 square feet, so it’s a lot jammed into a TINY space. If you ever find yourself in Austin and need a comfy place to stay, look me up! You can meet my little pittie Edie you painted last year too. :)ReplyCancel

        • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 7:15 PM

          Aw, Edie! She’s such a babe!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Lindsay - March 22, 2017 - 3:40 PM

    Your home is so cute! I love that you guys kept the home decor fairly neutral yet every piece is so unique and makes such a statement. My two favorite spaces are both your work room and the little nook. Both spaces hold so much character despite their small size.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - March 22, 2017 - 3:51 PM

    Nice video tour and what beautiful work you have done thus far!
    Having a full bath with a shower on the first floor is valuable even if the location is not perfect. I wouldn’t get rid of it. My last place had 2 full baths upstairs but only a powder room on the first floor and my mother hated to visit because her knees bothered her so much on the stairs. It’s not pleasant to think about but if you have a friend or loved one in that situation or if either of you are temporarily incapacitated, it would be useful to have that option. When I was house hunting for my current place, a first floor bath was a must-have and my realtor said it was a common request.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 3:54 PM

      This is such a great point and something we didn’t even think of. Thank you, Sheila!ReplyCancel

  • AlisonG - March 22, 2017 - 6:06 PM

    Thank you for the tour. I vote keep the downstairs shower. For guests and resale value. Love that your ^..^ talked to us, so cute!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2017 - 7:15 PM

      She talks to us ALL day long, I didn’t even have to TRY for that sound clip!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - March 22, 2017 - 11:02 PM

    I didn’t think I could be any more obsessed with the amazing job you guys have done but I guess this video proved me wrong 😅 Still in love with your master headboard so much! And Libs in the beginning? Heart. Melt. 😻ReplyCancel

  • soozey - March 23, 2017 - 8:55 AM

    WOW! Cutest house of all time, and I loved your tour and narration! Please reconfigure and keep the shower–(instead of the awkward parallelogram shape or whatever!! Look to Europe for inspo!) what a fun challenge to make it small and nondescript but cute–you can do this! Your friends and fam seem important to you, and having a place to shower for their comfort and convenience seems like that would take precedence (so yeah I’m projecting since I dont know you!) :) keep it up!! love it love itReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 23, 2017 - 8:59 AM

      Thank you for the feedback, Soozey! I already know I’m going to lose the shower battle, so we’ll have to find a way to make it work… great tip about looking for European inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - March 23, 2017 - 11:55 AM

    Echoing what others said about a first floor shower being a great asset, but most importantly:
    1. What is the plant in the studio by the window? Looks like some kind of palm, but haven’t seen it before and wasn’t on your favorite plants post (my plant bible basically)
    2. The art above the bedroom vanity isn’t on shop your house, it looks like some sort of star chart, which is something I’m obsessed with. Can you share?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 23, 2017 - 1:22 PM

      Hi Haley! The constellation print was found at a thrift store, and we had it framed through framebridge. And that plant was picked up after the big plant post! It’s an anthurium, and so far, she’s doing great!ReplyCancel

  • Malissa - March 23, 2017 - 12:13 PM

    Such a dream – you guys should be very proud of your hard work, the turn out is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - March 23, 2017 - 3:09 PM

    I vote to keep the shower. I know it’s odd to have a shower off the dining room, but since you’ve got the plumbing there, keep it. It will be better for guests – better to have it there than all the way upstairs. I love the video tour, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Allie - March 23, 2017 - 3:20 PM

    Started looking for tiny full bathrooms just out of curiosity to see if I could help you keep it. This one speaks to me but you would obviously have to do something to contain the water!

    • Kim - March 23, 2017 - 5:09 PM

      That is so cute, and I think it may even be smaller than our room! Thank you so much for that link.ReplyCancel

  • Sam - March 23, 2017 - 8:42 PM

    Why not incorporate the bathroom into the bedroom so it’s not right off the dining room that way, the doorway not in the dining room! I’d also leave the shower just perhaps a glass one to give it the illusion of space. Also, Roxul insulation is your best friend to shield from the noise of the bathroom! Just my two cents having had something similar :) it’s a lovely house!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 27, 2017 - 10:02 AM

      Sadly, I don’t think there’s room off of the guest bedroom for a bath, but I wish!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Jensen - March 25, 2017 - 6:41 PM

    Another one here for keeping the shower. It’s hard to tell the footprint of your bathroom, and you’d have to reroute some plumbing, but I bet you could fit a full size shower across the back wall where the shower and sink are now. Move the toilet closer to the shower and put in one of those super skinny sinks on the wall with the door (or even on the wall with the window if it’s skinny enough!). You can do it! And your guests will thank you :) Skinny sink like this one maybe:
    Or combine the toilet and sink like this!:

    • Kim - March 27, 2017 - 9:55 AM

      You’re so right – I’d actually love to push that back wall back a bit (borrowing room from the workshop) so that we can put a full length bath across that wall, and we can add a tiny sink to the right of the toilet. Scott doesn’t seem on board with this idea (why?!), but I think it’s a good compromise for the both of us!ReplyCancel

  • Tanja - March 25, 2017 - 10:04 PM

    That was so fun, thank you for walking us through your home.

    On the bathroom debate…Leave the shower downstairs in my opinion. You want your guests to have a place to shower vs having to trek upstairs. We only have one shower in our house (despite three toilets) and when we have guests (mostly my parents) it gets very busy in that one bathroom.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - March 26, 2017 - 8:51 AM

    Just wow. Your home makes me feel so inadequate in my tiny Chicago condo. Just in love with all the details and design elements. I think you keep the shower – maybe keep it open without a door?? VERY beneficial for guests. I’d have no problem using it!ReplyCancel


For years, I’ve been keeping little digital sticky notes on my computer desktop. If something pops into my mind that I need to do later, tomorrow or next month, I’ll type it into my sticky. I keep track of ideas for posts, upcoming projects and appointment reminders. It’s become so habitual, and I’ve become so used…
  • Oksana | - March 17, 2017 - 8:04 AM

    This was such a fun post to read! My husband and I are renovating a 1930 bungalow that was previously abandoned for 20 years, and sadly if I was to make a similar list, I would have far more “no” than “yes.”ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 17, 2017 - 8:08 AM

      This list is not to say we haven’t had to redo several paint colors or swap furniture pieces from room to room over the years. That’s all part of finding out what works best for you!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - March 17, 2017 - 10:18 AM

    I’m going to follow your lead and start using stickies on my Mac more – I’m the worst at having an idea come into my head and then it leaving just as quickly! Still so jealous of your laundry in the bedroom situation, would make life so much easier.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 17, 2017 - 10:24 AM

      Ugh, I’m so addicted to my stickies. My whole brain is on them! I’ll even email myself a reminder to ADD something to a sticky if I’m not near my computer. It’s so backwards and antiquated, but it works.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - March 17, 2017 - 11:56 AM

    Awesome! I love these kind of re-caps, especially when they include posts I haven’t read yet (I think I found your blog a year ago). Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - March 17, 2017 - 6:58 PM

    I love this follow up post, very informative! I’ve always wanted a laundry room in my bedroom, it makes complete sense to me! Imagine every large walk in closet with a stack washer and dryer! Design genius. And your Pax is pretty cool option for not having much of a closet.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

      Oh yeah, a walk in closet with stacked units would also be dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • Marie Vendettuoli - March 18, 2017 - 11:03 AM

    fyi for anyone thinking about the poly’d stairs. There is a water-based Bona Traffic Anti-Slip product that has a much better coefficient of friction which is specifically suited for this purpose. I’ve used it in two homes now. Worth every penny.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - March 18, 2017 - 11:45 AM

    You two are really amazing. The attention to detail of every project is inspiring. Can’t wait to see the new room you are working on completed!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 18, 2017 - 1:46 PM

      This is so kind, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim B. - March 18, 2017 - 12:47 PM

    Loved this post. Perfect for taking me down the rabbit hole on a gray cold Saturday to enjoy your wonderful wonderful style. Love everything you do — what vision and talent you have, accompanied with hard work to accomplish it! Wow!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 18, 2017 - 1:47 PM

      Almost 4 years later, and it’s finally looking like the home we imagined! Thank you, Kim. :)ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - March 20, 2017 - 1:18 PM

    I love this. Thank you so much for following up for those of use who let this kind of apprehension keep us from doing projects. It’s reassuring that things have held up and that you still like the way they turned out.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Lindsay - March 20, 2017 - 3:29 PM

    Thanks for sharing, it is always nice to hear how products honestly wear and tear. I am in love with that porch swing. I feel as though they add so much to your patios home decor and they are comfortable, so who could complain?ReplyCancel

  • Tyler Murphy - March 21, 2017 - 8:57 AM

    For the stairs, did you consider putting an wall texture additive (sand) in the poly or paint to cut down on the slickness?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 21, 2017 - 9:24 AM

      We did for a second… and then for some reason didn’t pursue it much further. We’d be curious in anyone’s first hand experience doing so!ReplyCancel

  • sooze - March 25, 2017 - 8:07 PM

    late post! Went to Sherwin Williams today to look into the stair paint! :) Did you choose Woodscapes over SuperDeck for a reason? The guy said Woodscapes is for vertical surfaces like siding and trim and SuperDeck is for flat horizontal–maybe it was thicker?? I want to stick with what you recommended but just curious.

    And regarding sand to a previous comment–dont do it–it makes surfaces impossible to clean! Our porch was painted by someone else with gloss oil paint with sand added. The stains you recommend are better IMO because they are kind of matte and not slick. (the stain permeates as opposed to sitting on top of the surface etc)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 27, 2017 - 9:53 AM

      Hi, Sooze! For our exterior stairs, Woodscapes was recommended the first time around, and it has held up so well (with minimal scuffs on the stair treads), that we were happy to use it again on our back porch stairs. I can’t remember why SuperDeck was out of the question – maybe it was only oil based? Or perhaps there wasn’t an option for an opaque stain? We wanted water based stain for easy clean up, and we prefer the look of opaque stain, so I think those factors swayed our decision.

      And great tip about the exterior stains! They DO dry matte, and they aren’t slick at all. The opaque stain looks like paint, but instead of sitting on the surface, it actually permeates into the wood.ReplyCancel

  • Ross - April 12, 2017 - 5:14 PM

    Love the floating shelves! So often shelving is just made basic and boring but yours adds some style. Great way to make a storage area pop.


This post is in partnership with If you’re about to embark on any organized-dream-space renovation, we’re offering a YBH promotion below! Over the course of the last few weekends, we’ve been devoting our time to realizing our Scary Room closet plans – and it’s getting there! The upper cabinets are in place, the bi-folds are trimmed,…
  • Brynne | The Gathered Home - March 14, 2017 - 8:47 AM

    This project is SO inspiring! I’m learning my way around my table and miter saw right now… Hopefully one day I’ll be able to tackle these kinds of projects, but for now I’ll just sit here in awe of everything you guys are able to accomplish! The closet looks amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 14, 2017 - 9:50 AM

      You can do it, Brynne! I’ve seen everything else you can do! Once you get a handle on your table saw, you won’t believe you were ever able to live without it. :DReplyCancel

  • MEL-MEL - March 14, 2017 - 10:00 AM

    Very cool! So impressive! I hope I can get around to doing things like this in my home. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - March 14, 2017 - 10:32 AM

    We know, first hand, how much time all that trim took. But, oh so worth it! This looks gorgeous and grand!ReplyCancel

  • susan - March 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

    are you planning a post on how you trimmed out the plain slab bifold doors? what a difference; they look great! i’m looking forward to seeing them all painted up.
    thank you for the promocode as well…ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - March 14, 2017 - 10:37 AM

    My friends Mo and Scott added similar storage above their cabinet in the kitchen, and in their older house it was a god-send!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - March 14, 2017 - 11:11 AM

    That trim… I have never seen a closet I wanted to call “majestic” before… but this one certainly warrants it!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - March 14, 2017 - 5:40 PM

    This looks awesome! Are you going to write about installing bi-fold doors? I’d love to know if you did anything to recess the top track. I have 4 old doors that I want to make into bi-fold doors and I make stumped on what to do with the 1″ tall track for these heavy doors.

    I love reading your blog and I can’t wait to see this room all done!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 15, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Yup, we’ll be writing about those doors!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy - March 15, 2017 - 9:47 AM

    this looks so awesome!! I love the trim and new doors. I can’t wait to see the final product!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - March 15, 2017 - 1:11 PM

    Looks great! Pull out bins might be nice to make the most of the deep cabinets. I’m sure you have something planned 😀ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - March 15, 2017 - 8:21 PM

    WOW! Looks great! Love the new trim and the doors look fantastic :)ReplyCancel

  • Life On Hill Street - March 15, 2017 - 8:42 PM

    Not only are you going to have great storage with these, but it’s going to look awesome too! High five to you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - March 16, 2017 - 9:11 AM

    I love this. I have been trying to figure out how to finish out a hole above our cost closet. This is perfect. I am wondering how the opening was finished out to create such a clean space between the drywall face and the cabinet. Was drywall wrapped around the opening for the upper cabinet or was the face of the drywall just cut super cleanly or was it framed out in some other magical way? I am clearly missing something in my process. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 16, 2017 - 9:20 AM

      Great question – we asked our contractor to cleanly drywall the opening for this very reason. This way, once we slipped in the cabinets, the edges were nice and neat and reading for caulking.ReplyCancel

  • Susie - March 16, 2017 - 11:47 AM

    My father used to say I had an obsession with putting closets in our home. When you have an older home, closet space is at a premium! Seriously this is fantastic, and I’m so glad you used the room’s height for extra storage. Looks rad.

    -Susie @ http://www.tinyhousegiantlife.comReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Lindsay - March 16, 2017 - 6:19 PM

    These cupboards are going to provide such great storage. That would be a great place to stuff all of your off season clothing! I also love hearing about good companies with better warranty plans. I don’t know about you but I tend to live in my home so my home decor, including cabinets, are often beat up.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - April 13, 2017 - 11:06 AM

    Did you re-paint the cabinets to match the doors and trim or did they provide a color-match? We’re (hopefully) getting ready to install a bunch of out of the box storage and this part worries me…ReplyCancel


One of the first things we tackled in The Scary Room was the removal of the existing trimwork, in an effort to properly repair the drywall before reinstalling. It was in sad shape (well, it still is), and from the beginning, I told Scott that I would spend days – weeks, if I had to!…
  • Rebecca - March 8, 2017 - 6:34 AM

    My husband is almost finished restoring all the trim in our 1925 3-flat in Bridgeport and has been to Owl many times! It’s a cool place!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - March 8, 2017 - 7:28 AM

    I am so happy that you are committed to keeping as much of the original trim as possible. I feel confident that you will feel a lot of pride in a job well done when the scary room is complete.

    When we gutted the kitchen last summer, we switched out the “updated” 1960s trim and moulding to more closely match the rest of the original woodwork from our house which was built in the early 1880s. We ended up doing our baseboards the same way that you are doing yours. We cobbled the rosettes, plinth blocks, moulding and baseboards together with products from Home Depot and a custom millwork shop.

    We need a length of crown moulding for the exterior of our house. I found a woodworker who will replicate the piece on a small scale. (12-foot length) If you ever need something really specialized like this, I recommend a woodworker. The custom millwork shop charged a hefty per run fee to set up the blades in addition to the actual work. The woodworker I found only charges per piece. YMMV, but it may be an idea worth keeping in your back pocket.

    Sorry! I am rambling. I really get into this sort of thing. :) Don’t even get me started on repairing original windows. Ha!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 9, 2017 - 8:00 AM

      Rambling is my favorite. Keep it coming! :)ReplyCancel

  • Steph M - March 8, 2017 - 9:13 AM

    Such a puzzle! It’s going to look so good. I’m actually strangely excited to see your bifold door. We are currently turning a back entry closet into a mudroom and it has a bifold door. I’ve thought about replacing it with a full door, but the bifold does make the entry stay open. Yours definitely look so much better!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 9, 2017 - 8:01 AM

      We can’t wait to share! The first door was a bit of a puzzle, but the second set took no time at all.ReplyCancel

      • Jennifer M - March 10, 2017 - 8:44 PM

        Yes, please give step by steps for us amateur diy-ers. This is a project I’m eager to try.ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - March 8, 2017 - 11:30 AM

    You can do it! Can’t wait to see the progress you guys make during the weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - March 8, 2017 - 1:12 PM

    Those millwork shops look so dreamy! Way to go for trying to save/replicate original trim. Can’t wait to see it all come together.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - March 8, 2017 - 11:19 PM

    Love your commitment to staying as true to original as possible. Option 3 is a true winner – it’s going to look so slick once it’s painted.
    Maher looks like a place where dreams are made. I was hunting for replacement picture rail molding and settled on a profile that didn’t totally match. It isn’t installed yet, so I can change my mind. Perhaps a visit to Maher is in order. What better an excuse for a vacation to Chicago than millwork?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 9, 2017 - 8:02 AM

      Shopping for millwork is a perfect excuse to visit any city… but you gotta come to Chicago no matter what. The best.ReplyCancel

  • Life On Hill Street - March 9, 2017 - 8:16 AM

    First of all, I wish we had a place like that in our city (jealous!). Second, I commend you guys on working so hard to match the trim. We had to do that on our last project and it’s no easy task. Lost of people would have just ripped it out and started new. So, high five! I can’t wait to see how this room turns out!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 9, 2017 - 10:00 AM

      I’m sure you do! We started by calling Owl Lumber (because Scott had passed it a few times), and then we just asked them for recommendations on other Chicago area millwork shops. As we called each of them, we asked THEM for more suggestions, and we finally landed on Owl and Maher, mostly because they had Saturday hours. :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison Palmer - March 9, 2017 - 8:47 AM

    I give you props for being so focused on restoring this room. The final space will be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - March 10, 2017 - 7:57 AM

    I have two potential post requests:

    1. Could you do a big picture post of what is left for you on your project list (I think the downstairs bath may be one, etc…)

    2. How do you juggle all these projects happening all the time with the regular care of your house (ie cleaning the bathroom)? My husband and I are just working on a handful of things in our tiny apartment, but it takes all of our after work time and other stuff slides.

    Aside, I saw a dark painted house the other day, almost a navy/black and I thought of you guys immediately, I know you mentioned that at one point as a down the road possibility. It was absolutely stunning.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 10, 2017 - 10:06 AM

      Hi, Haley! We get these questions quite a bit… thanks for the suggestions! I’d be happy to put these into a post, so stay tuned.

      And you’re right about the house! We’re currently obsessed with dark houses, as our phones are quickly filling up with inspirational homes that we pass by. Can’t wait for the day we can make that transformation!ReplyCancel

  • Régine from The 256 Project - March 11, 2017 - 9:30 AM

    I have no doubt that you will succeed in your mission with this trim work! Question: why must the plinth be so much taller than the baseboard in that combo picture above? Is that how such a design would normally look?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 11, 2017 - 10:44 AM

      We chose this plinth because it’s the same width of our door and closet trim, which was tricky to find so wide (5.5″)! We could always cut down the plinth to be the same height as the baseboards, but we prefer this look. Just a personal preference!ReplyCancel

  • Mark Stone - March 14, 2017 - 8:16 AM

    It will really help me to decorate my 103 years old home in London.ReplyCancel