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We made a huge amount of progress in the bed and bath over the last week, so much so, that we’re now pulling our favorite hoodies out of a real, live closet. You guys, we have a bedroom closet for the first time in three years! And, and! All of our hair goos, toothbrushes, face potions and dog shampoos are living in the master bathroom! We’ve officially moved out of the first floor guest bath, and we’re finding so much happiness in the rooms that we’ve spent all our time working on for the last several months. Sometimes, in my morning half-sleep, I’ll walk all the way downstairs to grab my toothbrush, only to remember – oh, yeah! – everything is now tucked away, nicely, only a few steps from the bed.

Getting to this point has felt like a long time in the making, but now that we’re nearing the finish line, it has all been worth it. When deciding on room layouts, we aimed to make thoughtful decisions for storage and organization. We sought out that tall and skinny storage nook. We purposely chose four deep drawers for our bath vanity (as opposed to a standard double door). We each picked the best closet configuration that would contain our tees and jeans.

With all the systems in place, the next step was making sure we had the tools to ensure sanity and order for all the things. I measured the depths, widths and heights of every drawer, shelf, unit and even below-the-bed space. With our numbers in hand, we took this list to IKEA and picked up containers to – well, contain. (This is otherwise known as my most favorite thing to do, like, ever.)

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No department was left unseen! (Scott, by the way, is such a champion at IKEA. It is weirdly fun for both of us.) We stocked up on kitchen containers, media bins and, of course, all the nifty organizers that are specially made to IKEA specs to fit only IKEA things.

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The TILLSLUTA food jars were one of our favorite finds for wrangling and stacking smaller like-items such as bandages with ointments and ibuprofen with Dayquil.

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The VARIERA bins work well in the nook, but you can see we used them in our vanity (below), too! Let’s take a peek inside our proverbial medicine cabinet:

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During the renovation, we added a GFCI outlet behind our vanity. Below, you can see that the vanity we chose has an open back, and we used strong tape to adhere a small power strip to one of the slatted drawer backs. We keep the strip powered off unless in use, and it’s a great little hiding spot for charging our toothbrushes and Scott’s razor while keeping the counter clutter-free:

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As we organized, we tossed expired medications (or anything unlabeled, really), and we donated our mis-matched baskets and bins that were no longer a good fit. The empty cubbies make me incredibly happy!

With the bathroom all set, we moved into the bedroom and got working on filling up our PAX closet systemthe KonMarie way! For anyone who has read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you might be nodding along. If you haven’t, the KonMarie method for cleaning out your closet is, by far, my favorite way to purge. (Hi, I’m Kim, and I love purging.) It may seem daunting at first – it’s certainly more time consuming! – but by laying every item of clothing you have on the floor (or in our case, the bed) and only putting back the items that spark joy, you no longer have an excuse to say, I have nothing to wear! It has felt liberating to rid ourselves of items that have been around for far too long for somewhat nostalgic reasons, but also out of guilt – like, if a shirt once belonged to a parent and you maybe wore it twice in high school, for example. Following KonMarie, we thank the item for its time, and we donate so that it can bring joy to someone else. Our closet’s (and home’s) real estate is far too precious. 

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We added LED lights to our PAX system, which have the option to stay on, stay off or turn on and off automatically. We have them set to auto, and it’s always a happy surprise when we open those doors, like icing on a cake:

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You might remember that I chose double wide drawers, which allowed me to fit three by two rows of clothing. The only thing I didn’t think of – as obvious as it may seem – is that I need to have both doors of my closet open to access them. But my goodness, the space! I’ve never had a dresser that allowed for this much room, so consider me thrilled:

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Scott opted for single drawers, and he included an organized space for his ties, too:

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As much as we love our closets’ guts (literally), can we take a moment to talk about the doors? Heart-eyes, rainbows and unicorns all day long!

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Although we originally thought we would trim the doors with decorative trim molding, we hit a road block; because we recessed the closets in an enclosed space, the extra depth the trim added wouldn’t allow for the doors to open properly. Womp. But as the rest of the room has started to come together, we realized we weren’t too upset by this turn, and once we added these 18″ Mission pulls (more rainbows and unicorns!), we couldn’t care less!

We did, however, call in the professional help of our friend Meg to give the doors a new white finish. Wanting them to match our existing trim, Meg’s team at MegMade gave them a fresh coat of Behr’s Ultra Pure White (the same as the trim and ceiling) and finished the look with a satin clear coat. The finish is absolutely perfect! (Side note 1: if you’re in Chicago and looking for one-of-a-kind furniture or need your own piece refinished, Meg is your girl! You’ll be surprised at how affordable it is. Side note 2: As a good friend of ours, I think everyone should know how boss she is. I love her, and you will, too.)

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Phew! Are you still with me? I could talk about organizing all day long, but instead, I’ll say this: The bathroom is officially done! Photos to come.

  • Courtney @ Foxwood Forest - April 8, 2016 - 7:37 AM

    I love Ikea for many reasons, but their organizational products might be my favorite! They make it so easy (and cheap!) to get things organized in such clean, design-friendly ways. Good finds!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - April 8, 2016 - 7:59 AM

    Our closet is a black hole. And this post made me so, so, SO excited to tackle it one day hopefully soon! I just want to copy exactly this.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - April 8, 2016 - 8:50 AM

    Love all the organizing and purging – things that you can do once in a while but that pay off every day!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - April 8, 2016 - 9:09 AM

    Thank you for the reminder that I need to visit IKEA like my life depends on it. My house is so unorganized that it pains me a little..ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - April 8, 2016 - 11:10 AM

    watching your bedroom and bathroom come together has been such a TREAT for the eyes. i devour every picture and word of your posts. it’s always a pleasure to get that boost of inspiration before delving into my daily work.

    i too LOVE purging and organizing. finding that perfect container for a bundle of items just gets me so excited!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2016 - 11:23 AM

      That is so, so sweet, Rachel! Thank you for giving us a little boost today!ReplyCancel

  • Romy @ Argentina - April 8, 2016 - 12:24 PM

    God save KonMarie!!! :)

    I should have married someone who loves organising as much as I do.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - April 8, 2016 - 12:57 PM

    Cincinnatian here– LOL @ Scott’s Foxy Shazam shirt.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - April 8, 2016 - 3:54 PM

    That gif is the bomb! I just got the Ikea vanity too and it’s life changing how organized my stuff is now.ReplyCancel

  • Dani and Danielle and Co. - April 8, 2016 - 7:50 PM

    It looks so good! I’m jealous of those amazingly wide drawers! All the heart eyes!

    http://danielleandco.comReplyCancel

  • Jodi - April 8, 2016 - 8:23 PM

    It looks SO AMAZING!!! You guys are seriously rocking this house. And I kind of can’t believe it’s been three years already since you bought it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 9, 2016 - 4:55 PM

      This June it will be 3 years since closing! We can hardly believe it either.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - April 10, 2016 - 3:59 PM

    Love how this is coming together. the scones are perfect with the dark wall and Ilove how their shape schuss the headboard. I am wondering where you ordered (or did you sew?) the roman blinds? I am looking for the exact thing! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 11, 2016 - 9:13 AM

      Hi Colleen, I wish I could sew pretty roman shades! They’re from Bali Blinds, and we wrote more about them over on the Bali blog: http://blog.baliblinds.com/motorized-tailored-roman-shades/

      As a quick tip, Bali has a collaboration with West Elm, and they have a handful of roman shade options readily available: http://bit.ly/1SZlhovReplyCancel

      • Colleen - April 11, 2016 - 11:19 AM

        Wow! That is fantastic to know. I have so many windows and thinking of sewing them myself is daunting! (not a experienced seamstress!) I will look in both places you suggested! Thanks for the quick response.ReplyCancel

  • Donna at Self Styled - April 11, 2016 - 4:26 PM

    Love a good closet purge! Did my own a few months ago and SHOCKINGLY it has stayed neat and tidy for over two months! I’m kind of floored, to be honest, but the fact that a clean closet makes it so much easier to get dressed in the morning makes the upkeep worth it. http://www.selfstyled.com/blog/2016/1/31/wanted-a-four-bedroom-kondoReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 11, 2016 - 4:40 PM

      It looks GREAT! I love that under bed storage with wheels – maybe we should upgrade our regular ol’ bin?!ReplyCancel

  • John @ HamptonBay Lighting - April 18, 2016 - 8:41 PM

    I need to be more organized. thanks for the article. Getting motivated is my hardest thing.ReplyCancel

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A long, long time ago, we picked up a pair of sconces from a pop-up warehouse sale. We set them aside, even noting in this blog post of yore that they’ll eventually make their way into our bedroom – just a pipe dream in 2014! (As if anyone needed further proof that these renovations don’t happen overnight.) But! The day has come, and these guys have come a long way from this:

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MATERIALS + TOOLS USED
2 x wire and plug sets
2 x dimmable light sockets
Spray paint + tape for masking
Metal polish (we use Eagle One Nevr Dull)
Wire cutter + stripper
Phillips head screwdriver
Electrical tape
Anchors

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STEP ONE. We wanted to rewire these guys with pretty cloth cord, so we started by snipping off the current one and removing it – and the socket – completely.

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STEP TWO. There were a few finishes happening under the hood of these sconces. In addition to a mirrored underside, it had also been painted white somewhere down the line. I scraped off as much flaking paint as I could with a putty knife (and a gentle hand), and I used super fine steel wool to rid the white paint where it had crossed over onto the original metal.

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STEP THREE. I carefully taped off everything but the inside, protecting the rod with aluminum foil (worked like a charm!). We opted for a matte black finish, which I applied with two even coats of spray paint.

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STEP FOUR. Once the paint had dried, I removed the tape and foil, and Scott polished up the outside using Eagle One Nevr Dull. We are almost positive that these sconces are brass plated, so by no means did we expect them to look like a gleaming beacon of gorgeous gold goodness. Once finished, they looked nice and clean, but they were still pocked with visible areas of wear. They’re vintage; it’s part of the charm!

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STEP FIVE. Finally, we ran new wiring using using this same method we did on our guest bedroom pendant. We debated choosing a colorful cord, but in the end, simplicity won out! We’ve been using Snakehead Vintage DIY lighting supplies for years, and the wire + plug sets make the job a snap. We replaced the socket, too, upgrading to this dimmable versionTip: Electrical tape prevents the cloth cord from fraying.

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Much better!

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Because the sconces have a straight bottom that lines up a little too well with the sockets, we picked up these super slim (dimmable!) LED bulbs, which don’t show at all. (When we initially screwed in a regular round bulb, we were able to see the curvature of the bulb itself.) The smooth turning dial on our sockets dim and brighten our bulbs just so – a small luxury.

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We love how the light shines straight down, creating the perfect reading-in-bed environment. Scott goes to bed pretty early, and with my light on and dimmed, his half of the bed stays fairly dark.

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The curvature of the sconces is a not-so-subtle nod to our round headboard, which was a happy accident! This side of the room is shaping out nicely, but we’re debating on whether or not to hang anything above the bed. While we love our headboard for its unique shape, it has us a little stumped, too. A peppering of art and photographs is always nice, but should we go for one large framed piece? Or, maybe, nothing at all!

What do you hang above your bed?

  • Arielle - April 6, 2016 - 7:19 AM

    These turned out so well! I’m always buying vintage brass and afraid to clean them with anything more than soap and water but I may have to try Eagle One. I LOVE your wall color and headboard. Such a great room!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 6, 2016 - 9:52 AM

      Other good polishes to try are Brasso or Barkeeper’s Friend. Sometimes you have to try a few different ones to find the best for the metal you’re working with!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Matthews - April 6, 2016 - 7:36 AM

    Love this! Our one cat loves to destroy lampshades while trying to alert us to the fact that his last meal was 8 hours ago and he will expire if we don’t feed him RIGHT NOW so sconces are a necessity! Love the super slim bulb too!ReplyCancel

  • Antonella - April 6, 2016 - 8:12 AM

    Your bedroom renovation is amazing and eerily similar to the direction I want mine to go!
    Your lamps are stunning and I’m looking for something similar to no avail (apparently in Italy this kind of vintage is either non existent or goes for $$$$). Do you find that the black inside of the lamps doesn’t affect the lighting for your reading? I’m really curious…

    all the best from MilanReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 6, 2016 - 9:51 AM

      Hello to Milan from Chicago! The black doesn’t bother us at all, in fact, we think it’s really perfect for low light bedroom reading! And we got really lucky with these sconces. I think because they aren’t solid brass, we were able to get them for a steal.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - April 6, 2016 - 8:59 AM

    Really pretty! Does the matte black interior keep the light pretty dim?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 6, 2016 - 9:10 AM

      It doesn’t seem to change the brightness one way or another, although I’m sure it soaks up the reflection that would have been there had we left the mirror finish. For the bedroom, it’s perfect. :)ReplyCancel

  • jannike - April 6, 2016 - 9:12 AM

    love the “new” sconces, the curve goes so perfectly with your headboard. I would go for a row of smaller pictures above the bed, starting and ending above the sconces.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 6, 2016 - 9:50 AM

      That could be cool. It would make for nice repetition! I guess this would also depend on what we put on the other side of the room so we don’t have too many things on the walls. Thank you for the suggestion!ReplyCancel

  • Kari - April 6, 2016 - 9:21 AM

    I love this! The room is shaping up so nicely, I can’t wait to see more! As for above the headboard, I say let it go bare. Those beautiful triple half circles point upward without being sharp and balance each other perfectly. A square object (or many) would stop the visual line. It’s hard to know what a room truly looks like through cropped photos, but to me, that wall looks perfect as is.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 6, 2016 - 9:44 AM

      We do like the breathing room above the bed, but we keep feeling torn on if it’s TOO large and bare. I like your point of the triple half circles. Thank you!ReplyCancel

      • Haley - April 19, 2016 - 1:02 PM

        Love the triple half circles. I’m curious to see what something framed would look like above it. This might be a good spot for a wall hanging (and let it go behind the headboard) if that’s the kind of thing you like.ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - April 6, 2016 - 9:25 AM

    The sconces are so fab! The whole room is really starting to come together…bravo! What about something sculptural above the bed like a cool piece of modern art? I have a part of a sun bleached deer skull and antlers that I found on the side of the road in west Texas (it’s just what happens out there) hung above my bed. I like the 3-Dness (?) of it all.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 6, 2016 - 9:45 AM

      That sounds very Texas! :) I bet it looks amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Lucas Goldbach - April 6, 2016 - 9:36 AM

    Have you considered leaving the wall bare above the headboard and handing a small print/painting over each of the side tables?
    Maybe a few euroshams with a stronger pattern will add the interest you’re looking for on the bed?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 6, 2016 - 9:46 AM

      Yes! This is where we’re leaning right now, and I know we’ll be putting photos above each of the side tables no matter what. Maybe once we start with that, we’ll realize that nothing needs to hang above the bed!ReplyCancel

    • Staci - April 8, 2016 - 5:53 PM

      This is the direction I was leaning as well! Something over to each side– small or large, just symmetrical! Or, if you have more wall space on the side of the bed adjacent to the closet, maybe some vertically-spaced art (or a full size mirror) for a little asymmetrical flair.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - April 6, 2016 - 10:09 AM

    Looks great!! I agree with the other comments about small prints over the side tables.ReplyCancel

  • Allison Hasserd - April 6, 2016 - 10:44 AM

    (angels singing)… ahhhhhh! loooove that you guys saved those and now get to use them! how rewarding! the bedroom is looking so cozy! love it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca G. - April 6, 2016 - 11:56 AM

    I agree with Ryan above that something sculptural would look really nice up above. I was thinking of something long and not too high. Think a beautiful piece of driftwood or something along those lines. I think using a natural material would add to the coziness of your bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - April 6, 2016 - 6:40 PM

    Gosh I love them! They are so unique and I love that they mimic the shape of the headboard. Looks so cozy too.ReplyCancel

  • Dani @ Danielle and Co. - April 6, 2016 - 6:40 PM

    These turned out so beautifully! Thanks for the reminder to really look at things at second-hand sales, and not just pass by things that look a little beat-up. Having a lamp shine down from above is my favorite for a bedside light, too – no having a lightbulb blinding you from the side!ReplyCancel

  • Gillianne - April 6, 2016 - 7:42 PM

    Nice work, seeing the potential in those sconces and bringing them back to life and light.

    Have you considered fiber art above that arched headboard? You can find (or commission) interesting colors and shapes, and the texture of something woven would add a dimension visually to what’s already on that wall.ReplyCancel

  • Kris - April 6, 2016 - 10:28 PM

    Check out that penguin!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 7, 2016 - 9:34 AM

      One of my favorite random things, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Bailey - April 7, 2016 - 12:15 AM

    Very nice clean-up of the sconces, I like them. I vote for nothing over the bed, it seems to me that sleeping people are defenseless against falling objects and pictures over the bed most likely won’t, but just might, fall. On either side of the bed is fine.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - April 7, 2016 - 2:19 AM

    Another vote for nothing above the bed. Looks perfect already!ReplyCancel

  • Iz - April 7, 2016 - 3:00 AM

    Fantastic job, they look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - April 7, 2016 - 9:55 AM

    Love the dark color of your walls with those sconces – especially with that headboard. Dreamy bedroom indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - April 7, 2016 - 10:10 AM

    I love those sconces. They are great on their own, but look spectacular with the headboard. I vote nothing above the bed. I think the headboard and lights are amazing on their own. If I did any art, it would be a small cluster near the lamp above a bedside table. I say let that will shine as is and let art shine in a different location. Anyway, looking good!ReplyCancel

  • Tori - April 7, 2016 - 10:37 AM

    That looks so great you guys! I love all your projects!ReplyCancel

  • Vera Sheppard - April 7, 2016 - 1:27 PM

    The sconces are so incredible!ReplyCancel

  • Alex - April 7, 2016 - 4:03 PM

    The sconces are gorgeous. I remember being so jealous of them and actually of all your finds at that pop-up sale. They look to me like Koch and Lowy demilune sconces, and Koch and Lowy can do no wrong.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis Payne - April 7, 2016 - 11:30 PM

    They look gorgeous, what a happy coincidence they pair so well with your headboard!
    Are you loving the dark walls? I love mine so much and am constantly laying in bed or staring into my room so happy with the look.
    Are your nightstands/shelves DIY or purchased?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2016 - 9:06 AM

      We love them SO much! And we do the same as you. :)

      The nightstands are from CB2 and West Elm – links up in the post!ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie - April 22, 2016 - 3:19 PM

    The sconces turned out beautiful! I want to try and either do this and refurbish some vintage sconces or somehow create my own for my bedroom. Thanks for the great tips!ReplyCancel

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Remember the Great Door Hunt of 2013? We learned a lot of lessons that summer when it comes to shopping second-hand, and although our silly story saw us through ups, downs and in-betweens, we came out on top. Hooray! As frustrated as that journey felt at the time, can I admit something? I secretly loved that we spent so much time hopping from here to there, peeking our heads into every salvage warehouse in the city. It’s almost impossible for either of us to drive past an architectural salvage without pulling over (like, we’ve tried, and we just can’t not stop), so when we were introduced to ReUse Depot a few weeks ago, we were all, where have you been our whole life?

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Knowing of our love for all things salvage (and knowing that we are unable to resist a well-earned score with a little digging), the team behind Reuse Depot personally invited us to check out their 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse. It’s located in Maywood, just west of Oak Park in Maywood, which was a 20 minute drive along I-290 from Logan Square. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by Katie (hi, Katie!) and Roxy (world’s cutest shop dog!), and she gave us a tour of their massive home, all while sharing their back story and allowing us to roam around their community garden (below), future event space and eventual workshop.

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Their soon-to-be event space, below, was so beautiful – and huge. Almost all of the windows had been bricked over, but they’ll be uncovering them this year. (Can someone we know please get married here?)

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ReUse Depot’s purpose is well-put, simple and effective:

Our mission is to save quality reusable building materials from being thrown away and forgotten. Every time a home or commercial building is remodeled or rebuilt, there are thousands of pounds of materials that can be restored & reused. We pride ourselves in partnering with our local deconstruction contractor to ensure every inch of a property is considered for reuse […] With a sincere belief of reducing the amount of waste that is taken to our landfills every single day, the obvious idea was to have a vested interest in the entire process of deconstruction.  From removal of materials, to onsite auctions, we realized the missing piece was creating a retail location for all reusable materials that could be sold affordably to the general public.

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We had too much fun digging through the warehouse ourselves, spending the most amount of time in their bath section. Even though we’re in the home stretch of our own bathroom renovation, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the cast iron tubs and colorful sinks. We even found a few of the very same Kohler decorative bath plates we’re using in our tub surround – and for a song!

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Chandeliers and lighting hung from the ceilings above the tubs, and smaller sconces and flush mounts took up an entire aisle:

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Their scrap wood was so reasonably priced, that you often found us doing double takes at the tags. There are so many future projects in all this lumber!

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In the very back of the warehouse, we found entire kitchens. We weaved throughout the rows of stoves, dishwashers and antique ovens, and we were stunned to see that the sink wall boasted brand new, in the box Kohler cast iron sinks for less than $200(!).

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One of our favorite sections hovered around the middle of the store. Everything from vintage chairs to fireplace screens to old mirrors to marble mantels and small bath accessories dotted the aisles. The shop cat was ultra friendly (and pretty!), and it’s only too bad I didn’t come prepared with a larger purse to sneak her home. (Well, okay, that’s probably a good thing, really.)

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ReUse Depot has a serious selection of vintage doors and windows, with an additional back room containing stained glass and the largest double pocket doors we have ever seen! Sadly, I don’t have proof of these doors, because they were so big, I couldn’t stand far enough way to get the whole thing in the frame. Crazy.

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In the front of the warehouse, they curated groups of one-of-a-kind pieces, which was set against the backdrop of an entire staircase from an old Victorian(!). It’s really taking all of my might to not end every sentence with an exclamation point, but you guys! We were in our own adult candy store, truly.

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On our way out, we stopped through their lumber yard – because, yes, they have an entire outdoor lumber yard, too.

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But we didn’t leave empty handed! We brought home this perfectly antiqued mirror, which’ll get nothing more than a quick wipe down. The aged glass is just right. We’ve been debating on where it’ll go, but now I’m thinking… laundry room? The answer changes almost daily.

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Needless to say, we are thrilled to have learned about ReUse Depot, and if you’re in the Chicagoland area, it’s a must go! If you’re not in Chicago, they also have an Etsy shop for small non-breakables. If we cheer loud enough, maybe we can get them to include a few cast iron sinks, too?

Locals, have you been? Also, who do we know that’s getting married so we can party in that event space?

This post is in collaboration with ReUse Depot, where you’ll now find us at the beginning of every new project. You’ll also find cute dogs. And cute cats. ReUse Depot is located in Maywood, IL and open to the public every day from 10AM – 6PM. 

  • Heather - April 1, 2016 - 6:44 AM

    How did I not know about this place!? I walked past it just the other day and didn’t notice it. I’m excited to go and check it out!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 1, 2016 - 7:24 AM

      You gotta! Give yourself plenty of time!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - April 1, 2016 - 10:10 AM

    I can’t believe I didn’t know about this place either. It’s just one town over from us – I think we’ll have to pay them a visit extremely soon. Love to see what you’re going to do with your new-old mirror!ReplyCancel

  • SLG - April 1, 2016 - 11:02 AM

    This place sounds amazing! I don’t live in IL so my main question is: how do you find places like this? What do you google? I want to find all the awesome ones near me.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 1, 2016 - 11:25 AM

      Whenever we travel, we always check in on the Yelp app and search terms like ‘vintage shop’ or ‘architectural salvage’ or even ‘thrift shop’ (which helps to pull up a lot of the straggling categories). Once we find at least one that looks promising, we’ll click on the category they’ve filed themselves under to see what else pops up!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - April 1, 2016 - 1:34 PM

    THAT EVENT SPACE THO! Especially whenever all those windows are uncovered.

    Oh the parties that could be thrown in there, or the amazing studio sessions that could be had.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 1, 2016 - 2:04 PM

      I know, it’s crazy, right?! It’s going to be so beautiful. I think it’s beautiful NOW.ReplyCancel

  • Meg | Hello Farmhouse - April 1, 2016 - 5:20 PM

    I’ve seen this advertised on Craigslist and I want to go SO bad!! Next time I’m near Chicago, I’m definitely going to check it out!ReplyCancel

  • misie - April 1, 2016 - 7:54 PM

    1. that place is the jam! I’m going to start asking around to see if there is something similar in our neck of the world.
    2. crate and barrel blog – thumbs up – duvet cover and insert combo – does it float around or stay snug within the duvet?
    3. where did you find that fantastic army green jacket with leather sleeves?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 2, 2016 - 10:02 AM

      Misie, thank you!

      1. It really is the jam.
      2. The cover has ties, and the duvet has a little loop on all corners, so it stays in place! The nicest combo we’ve ever used.
      3. I found it at Zara a couple years ago! It’s my favorite mid-weight jacket for this in-between weather. :)ReplyCancel

  • Leah - April 1, 2016 - 8:56 PM

    I’m in Montana and we have a place called Restore,it’s run by Habitat for Humanity. I know they have them throughout the US but it’s basically the same thing as this just way smaller scale. Reuse Depot looks insane!!!! I would spend days there,maybe even weeks :) I’m definitely jealous. I was getting excited just looking at the pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Denise @BlueElephantJunkStore - April 2, 2016 - 7:12 PM

    Wow, this would be a place I’d never want to leave! They’d have to kick us out at closing time…and they are only a few hours from us so we will checking them out soon. Nice article!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia G - April 2, 2016 - 8:54 PM

    Love this! I’m in Wicker Park, and I frequent Rebuilding Exchange, but this place is soooo big! I love digging around, even though I am still in a rental, I dream!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 5, 2016 - 3:11 PM

      Our favorite places are the ones that sort of force you to dig. It’s the best feeling when you feel like YOU found something!ReplyCancel

  • Dani @ Danielle and Co. - April 5, 2016 - 3:01 PM

    This looks so amazing! We live far far away, but are from Illinois/East Chicago. If we ever move any closer, this will be a for-sure stop!

    http://danielleandco.comReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 5, 2016 - 3:11 PM

      That’s not too far! It’s worth the trip.ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - April 6, 2016 - 3:21 PM

    OMG – that place looks like my HEAVEN. We moved “home” to Indy about 2 years ago from Chicago, and I never heard of that place. Maybe it didn’t exist then? Whatever the case, next time we visit Chicago we are definitely going to pay this place a visit. I meannnn….give me all those doors and windows, sinks, mirrors…all of it. :)ReplyCancel

  • […] Lets all move to Chicago and go thrifting with Kim.  Seriously. […]ReplyCancel

  • Christin Mueller - April 14, 2016 - 12:28 PM

    This place looks amazing! I think we may need to make a trip out that way!ReplyCancel

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