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


It’s been almost one year since we completed our bathroom renovation. We’ve all but forgotten about the ten days of (backbreaking!) tiling, the endless search for an extra tall shower curtain and our funny little solution for that funny little sliver of space. We enlarged the footprint of this room to make room for a…
  • Anna - March 6, 2017 - 5:51 AM

    Hello! Just wanted to point out that it’s GODMORGON, not Godmorgan. IKEA nerds unite! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 6, 2017 - 8:20 AM

      Oh, man, YESSS! Thank you for catching that! Updated.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G - March 6, 2017 - 6:59 AM

    Holy cow! That veneer is gorgeous.

    Thank you for the update.ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - March 6, 2017 - 11:02 AM

    I definitely love IKEA, but I’ve learned that there’s usually a hack or two involved in keeping them in tip-top shape.ReplyCancel

  • Paige - March 6, 2017 - 2:05 PM

    That vanity is gorgeous! You did an awesome job!


  • Emelia - March 8, 2017 - 11:37 AM

    “Unless you’re a cat or dog, it’s impossible to see.” That line cracked me up for some reason! Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Lindsay - March 13, 2017 - 3:28 PM

    I hate when the pieces you chose so carefully start to fall apart or aren’t doing the part you wanted them to. Thanks so much for sharing the story of how to fix it, I really love the walnut finish. It accentuates the rooms home decor.ReplyCancel

  • AmyLynn - April 22, 2017 - 8:15 AM

    Hello! Me again! :) I’ve been poking around the Semihandmade website and I’m just curious why the color on your flatsawn walnut fronts looks different from the other examples (the others appearing darker). I really like the warmer look of your fronts, especially since our bathroom is pretty teeny tiny.
    Thanks! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 22, 2017 - 8:42 AM

      Hey, Amy! To be honest, our fronts have lightened since we’ve gotten them. I talked with Semihandmade about it, and they can only suggest it’s because our vanity is across from a window that’s causing the finish to yellow/lighten up. It started out a little darker, BUT ours were never as dark as some of the photos online suggest! They do offer samples (I think they’re like $15 for a pack), so you can hold some of the finishes in your own space. That was a HUGE help for us!ReplyCancel


Six years ago, we decided to try our hand at making our own laundry detergent. It started as an experiment in saving some money, but then something happened – we never stopped. It’s cost effective and we like that this mixture leaves our clothes clean without the heavy scent of ‘mountains’ or ‘fields of flowers,’ but most…
  • Rebekah Martin - February 28, 2017 - 7:20 AM

    This is great info to have. I HATE having to grate the soap! It takes so much time!ReplyCancel

    • Moxie - February 28, 2017 - 9:56 AM

      Before we switched to the microwave method, we used the fine grater disc and our food processor. You have to rinse it pretty thoroughly before using it for food, but it’s not that bad.ReplyCancel

    • Kathy - March 1, 2017 - 9:04 AM

      Another great tip for grating soap is to use one of those rotary cheese graters with a handle, or if you’re lucky to find a Salad Shooter (remember those?) at a thrift store, use that!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - February 28, 2017 - 8:30 AM

    Can’t wait to try this. I love that it’s natural and cheap:) My two favorite things!! Thanks for the info.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 28, 2017 - 8:47 AM

    Dying to try this! It looks so simple and bonus of it looking pretty in the glass jar. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 9:23 AM

      So much prettier than a bright orange jug :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 28, 2017 - 9:05 AM

    I double the batch and use one bar of Fels Naptha and one bar of Dr. Bronners Eucalyptus. We don’t have sensitive skin in this house so it makes it smell even better without being to Mountain Fresh. I’ve been cutting the soap into smaller chunks in pulsing in our food processor which works great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 9:21 AM

      Ooh, love that idea! Thanks, Kate!ReplyCancel

      • Kate - February 28, 2017 - 9:24 AM

        I should have proofread my comment. *too mountain fresh *and pulsing.

        So embarrassed 🙄ReplyCancel

        • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 2:34 PM

          The grammar police are going to let this one slide, don’t you worry.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 28, 2017 - 9:29 AM

    In a separate jar, mix a cup of salt (regular salt works, but Epsom does too – if you have hard water, stick to regular) and 20-30 drops of essential oils, toss in the drum of the washer before adding your clothes and you have a natural fabric softener, too!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - February 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM

      Forgot to add – if you try this, you’ll want to add vinegar in the bleach compartment for a rinse.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 12:24 PM

        Great tip! We already use white vinegar in the bleach compartment, but haven’t tried essential oils. Maybe that’s our next experiment!ReplyCancel

    • Laura C - March 3, 2017 - 8:06 AM

      Do you put the entire cup of salt in for each load, or some smaller quantity? Thanks.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - March 3, 2017 - 2:13 PM

        I’m not sure what you mean by salt? This recipe doesn’t call for any salt…ReplyCancel

        • Laura C - March 6, 2017 - 8:19 AM

          Sorry – question was directed at Kate’s comment. Her essential oils idea is to mix them with a cup of salt.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 28, 2017 - 9:34 AM

    I used to make my own laundry detergent… for a year or two. But then my sister sent me this and I ended up switching to a plant based laundry detergent from Young Living.

    • Kate - February 28, 2017 - 10:23 AM

      I second this. Good information. The Think Dirty app is a great tool if you’re looking to reduce unnecessary chemicals in your home.ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - February 28, 2017 - 9:50 AM

    I’m going to save this for later! The idea of making this myself sounds genius, especially for a sensitive skin person like myself.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 28, 2017 - 12:45 PM

    Hi, I live in Florida and spices, etc. get hardened because of the high humidity. Also, I have Oxi Clean powder that is hard as a rock. I have to use an ice pick to get small chunks off for the laundry. I’m guessing this mixture will harden up as well – thoughts?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 12:52 PM

      Huh. I’ve never heard of that, but I can see how that can be the case. Can anyone from humid climates chime in?ReplyCancel

      • Henna - March 1, 2017 - 12:36 PM

        Another Floridian here. As long as you keep the laundry soap in a closed container(same goes for the oxiclean) you shouldn’t have any issues.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah - March 4, 2017 - 6:32 AM

      I’m from deep south GA and I never had problems with mine DIY laundry soap hardening up. If you have a good airtight container it shouldn’t be a problem.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - February 28, 2017 - 1:15 PM

    Yes! I’ve been using this same recipe for a long time too, but was so happy to see your Instastory awhile back with the microwave tip. It has made the process so much better, and I feel like the ingredients mix better too, now I don’t have big sections of my container of just the Felz.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 1:29 PM

      Right?! Microwaving has changed everything.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - February 28, 2017 - 7:32 PM

    It is usually the scent of detergent that bothers me. Is the soap scented. I use dye/scent free detergent, but it is definitely not chemical free. Also, is the vinegar a necessary part of the process or a choice for additional cleaning/softening power?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 1, 2017 - 8:04 AM

      The soap has a very mild scent, although it’s pretty strong once microwaved (which is why I strongly recommend allowing it to cool for an hour). However, the clothes have little to no scent once washed and pulled from the dryer!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - March 1, 2017 - 8:05 AM

        Meant to add: vinegar isn’t a necessary step! It’s an option for a little brightening and softening.ReplyCancel

        • Katie - March 1, 2017 - 10:08 AM

          Hello! I am so excited to try this. Can you please tell me about your vinegar use?, i.e., how much do you use and what do you think the benefits are? Thank you so much! I have never heard of making your own detergent before.ReplyCancel

          • Kim - March 1, 2017 - 10:17 AM

            We use maybe a half cup (or whatever the ‘max’ line is), and we pour it right into the bleach tray. People use it as a softener, although we’ve always thought that it helps to brighten white!

  • Kelly - March 1, 2017 - 2:34 AM

    I noticed that you have wool dryer balls. Do you use dark ones with your dark clothes or have you noted any shedding of “whie fiber” when using the light colored ones in your darker loads?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 1, 2017 - 8:06 AM

      We use these with whites and darks! The dryer balls don’t shed onto dark clothing whatsoever.ReplyCancel

  • Life On Hill Street - March 1, 2017 - 3:29 PM

    OMG whaaaat?! I had no idea that making your own laundry detergent was really a thing. Once we get back to our house (the contractors kicked us out, sad face) I’m TOTALLY doing this! I am so over my clothes smelling like a tropical flower explosion! Thanks for sharing, I’ve bookmarked this post :)

  • Charlotte - March 2, 2017 - 6:34 AM

    It just occurred to me that I’ve been following your wonderful blog for 6 years! The original laundry soap post was the first thing I ever found on pinterest and it led me here to you! It’s hard to fathom all of the changes that have happened during those years but I’ll always be an avid follower, so thank you for letting us be apart of your journey! Much love to you all :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 2, 2017 - 9:16 AM

      Aw, thank you for following along all these years, Charlotte!ReplyCancel

  • Deanna - March 2, 2017 - 11:19 AM

    I LOVE THIS POST! I have used this laundry soap recipe for years and love it so much…. except for the grating of the soap. I need to make a new batch soon, so I will be trying this method!! thank you for rescuing my arm from the tireless grating!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@Ashley Uhl Interiors - March 3, 2017 - 9:33 AM

    So, I’m not sure I have the patience to make my own laundry soap, but, I sure do wish I had your laundry room! Haha, I love the wallpaper! An ostrich with its head in the sand? So cute!ReplyCancel

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Scott said we may need to stop calling The Scary Room, well, scary, because now that it has a floor, it’s looking not-so-scary. Maybe we just call it The Room? In any case, we installed hardwood floors, and it’s starting to lean nice and cozy with that added layer or warmth (despite the lack of trim, but we’ll…
  • Stacy G. - February 23, 2017 - 6:48 AM

    Looks great! Extra points for teamwork. :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol - February 23, 2017 - 7:24 AM

    Looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Carol @ CAD INTERIORS - February 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

    Very informative, thanks. We have similar “floor slope issues” in our fixer…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 23, 2017 - 11:08 AM

      Ugh, these sloping floors! At least we can cheat them!ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - February 23, 2017 - 9:36 AM

    This looks so good! Our house was built in 1940, and I’d say these floors look so similar to our orginial. I’m keeping them bookmarked for when we redo our second story!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Marquez - February 23, 2017 - 6:42 PM

    Thanks for sharing this! I knew you’d come through with an informative post!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Deuce Cities Henhouse - February 24, 2017 - 8:27 AM

    Hey! Your scary room is turning out great, although I would’ve maybe considered keeping that sparkly vinyl ;) Way to go on that threshold and closet transitions, that would’ve kept me up at night.

    We have a similar issue in our porch, the slab underneath the one north side has settled and the floor slants to the side. Our porch table has been shimmed to maintain a level table top for years (don’t tell). I think following your lead, and doing shims and a new subfloor might be the best solution. Can’t wait to see how you tackle the trim!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2017 - 9:07 AM

      Scott’s biggest pet peeve is a table that wobbles, haha! Shimming your table until you can shim the FLOOR is a secret you can keep with us. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - February 24, 2017 - 3:24 PM

    Floors look great, especially that transition! P.S. I’ve been reading your stair posts daily for the past week… going to tackle my own this weekend! Fingers crossed.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2017 - 3:51 PM

      So exciting, good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Esther - February 24, 2017 - 4:20 PM


    I just ” binch read” ( is that a word?) your blog from the start of you getting the key until now for the last 3 weeks or so and I’m a little sad. Sad because from now on I’ll have to wait for a new blog! 😂 Loved every word and I’m so glad I’ve found your blog.

    Until the next one!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2017 - 4:31 PM

      Wow, we are so happy to have you!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - February 27, 2017 - 2:34 PM

    Shims have saved my ass in some many projects around the house! The new floor looks great.ReplyCancel

  • Jenica - March 1, 2017 - 12:40 PM

    New floors look great, but you should probably trim back your outer boards. As the wood expands seasonally, it needs space to push into along the walls. Standard gap is a 1/2 all the way around, although expansion will really happen mostly perpendicular to the direction of the flooring. This gap is then hidden by baseboards. -a carpenterReplyCancel