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UPDATE: The response to our birthday celebration has been outstanding! So much so, that we’ve hit our earliest holiday sell-out to date for custom portraits (aka, the maximum number of paintings I can physically do before December 25th)! We have only a couple of openings left, after which, custom listings will become deactivated. To the moon and back, thank you for the continued support.

While we were out, The Pet Shop celebrated its 4th year of business! Happy birthday, Shop! Every year since you all pushed me to get my little business up and running (a thousand times, thank you!), we’ve taken a time out to simply say: Have we told you lately that we love you?

Our online store unofficially launched in 2008, but our grand, grand opening was announced a year later. Since then, I’ve painted well over 800 portraits (!), began giving back 10% to our furry BFFs, and without a doubt, you all have been the best clients imaginable. Behind the scenes, I’ve had my ups and downs as any shop would (and as a result, Scott too!), but at the end of the day I remember, I’m painting pets. I get to work with people that love their pets so much, they’ve asked me to honor them! And that? That’s pretty cool. My kind of people.

So to celebrate – for 2 days only! -  everything in The Pet Shop is eligible for 15% off when you use the code BDAY15, including art prints, gift certificates, pet prints and of course, custom portraits! There are a few things to mention, such as:

  • Promo runs through midnight CST, Tuesday, September 23rd.
  • Promo cannot be applied towards past or existing orders.
  • Our current turnaround time for a custom portrait is up to 9 weeks, so now is the time to check off your holiday shopping list. ‘Tis the season! (No, seriously, ’tis the season.) And keep in mind that if you have limited access to pet photos, gift certificates are always the best solution.

And, and! Friday, October 24th will be the last day to place custom orders for a timely Christmakuh delivery – but we have sold out sooner in previous years (in which case, we’ll let you know!). Visit The Pet Shop, right here.

  • Laura @ Rather Square - September 22, 2014 - 7:01 AM

    Congrats and happy Pet Shop Day!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 22, 2014 - 9:29 AM

      Thanks, Laura! Is that sort of like Rex Manning Day?!ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - September 22, 2014 - 7:26 AM

    Kim, congrats on 4 amazing years!!! I’ve loved virtually watching your business grow and thrive.

    Also, what timing – I just clicked over to your blog so that I could access the pet shop and order a painting of my pup who left us in December. What a sweet surprise!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 22, 2014 - 9:12 AM

      It’s always great to work with you, Jane!ReplyCancel

  • Serena | Pretty Fluffy - September 22, 2014 - 8:38 PM

    BIG Birthday wishes to the amazing Pet Shop – here’s to many more and lots of cake to celebrate! xxReplyCancel

  • Rachel - September 25, 2014 - 8:59 AM

    Congrats!! I’m still obsessed with the painting you did of our pup Oscar for my bf’s birthday last year :) We have a second little girl pup now (5 months old!) and I’m totally going to order one of her once she’s all grown up!!!ReplyCancel

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There are lots of items still on our look-out-for list. You know, larger items such as lighting, rugs and shelving, but smaller items, too. Like a spoon rest. Or a butter dish. (I can’t make this up.)

One thing that was most definitely not on the list? A dining room table. Remember, we made one last year? Despite that small detail, we recently found ourselves coming home with one – one that looks a lot like the one we made, but just different enough to solve a few (tiny, really) issues in the dining room. Enter, this guy:


During a quick errand that has nothing to do with this house, we parked dangerously close to a Crate & Barrel Outlet, which of course turned into quickly popping in, which turned into oh my god, everything is on sale!, which ultimately turned into this $500 CB2 table being marked down to $75. And so begins the story of the time we accidentally bought a dining room table.

It’s slightly smaller in scale, coming in about 10″ shorter width-wise and 3″ shorter in depth. The wood is so smooth, it’s completely solid (no veneer here!), and it has the added detail of legs that shift in perspective as they round the table. It had been (severely) marked down due to missing its nuts and bolts, and it had the teeniest scuff along one edge. Like, 1/2″, barely there, itty bitty.

We waffled back and forth – but, wait, will it fit our chairs? We have a table! But this one is so smooth; can’t. Stop. Touching. - and during the waffle-fest, an employee informed us that by calling C&B customer service, they would likely send us the nuts and bolts. No questions asked. Sold!


As soon as our bolts arrived, we put everything together and realized that the arms on our chairs (which were staying! They’re a non-negotiable in the entire transaction) barely fit beneath, but by stacking rubber feet under the legs, they’d slide in easily. If you look closely, you’ll see that the table does ‘float’ above the ground, but a dining room rug will help.

The shorter width of this table, however, was a big, big bonus for us. As much as we loved our huge table of yore, this one allows for easier movement on the left! And the right! (We had tried rotating our old table altogether, but it made for an awkward and overly long layout.)


And as our exterior projects have wound down and we excitedly discuss what’s next?, we’ve been spending time tying up loose ends – the studio baseboards (which are done, by the way! Let’s drink!), the stairs (working on it!) and most definitely the guest room. But something that we’ve been noodling on for quite some time is our lighting situation in the dining room – or lack thereof. Our last table needed to scootch a smidge closer to the windows to allow for a larger walkway on the left, leaving our junction box off-centered. Now, we have a perfectly centered space for a fixture (or two?), and we’re actively narrowing down on a few clean and simple choices. (These? Or this?)


But the best part? Our story wrapped up perfectly when, at our yard sale last weekend, a good friend of ours stopped by, swooped in and scooped up our former table. Keeping it in the family; love it when that happens.

As we settle deeper and deeper into our new house groove (can we still call this new when we’ve been here for over a year?), it’s been challenging to find out what works, what doesn’t, and when to trust your gut and just go for something. Like a $75 table.

PS! Next week, Scott and I will be taking our annual week off to recharge these batteries. (Even though our anniversary is in November, we’ve bumped up our down time.) We’ll be back the week of the 22nd, refreshed and ready to dive into the fall season!

  • shauna - September 12, 2014 - 7:02 AM

    If you want to knock a spoon rest off your to-buy list, I have never loved a kitchen accessory more than I have loved this guy:

    Congrats on the crazy bargain for the table!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 12, 2014 - 9:27 AM

      Thanks, Shauna! Sadly, it needs to sit on the top lip of our stove, which gives us about a 3″ width. I never thought I’d have to hunt for a spoon rest, and yet here we are! (Love the one you sent though!)ReplyCancel

  • Cara@theprojectaddict - September 12, 2014 - 7:25 AM

    Love that table and for $75 you couldn’t pass it up! That outlet does have some amazing deals. Can’t wait to see what lighting you choose.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - September 12, 2014 - 9:18 AM

    Looking good, Kim. I would go for two of the West Elm globe pendants over the table…if the decision was mine. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 12, 2014 - 9:26 AM

      Thank you for the input! We just cannot decide. We’ve ordered the WE globe lights, and we’ll have to hold them up and see. We’re thinking that tiny bit of brass will look good with the curtain rods…ReplyCancel

  • ten - September 12, 2014 - 9:49 AM

    Oh my gosh, I’ve been eyeing that same table (but I think the shorter version of it) forever! It won’t fit in my current little apartment. But someday! I liked hearing your opinion about it – it’s easier to make a decision by hearing what real people think about a product. It’s so great that you found it for such a deal!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 12, 2014 - 10:02 AM

      Glad to hear! This actually is the shorter one, and it’s such a great size. Still seats 6!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - September 12, 2014 - 10:22 AM

    Were you in Naperville? Were you buying cookies at the Nabisco outlet? We lived there this summer and that CB outlet was one of my favorite things! The WE pendants are awesome but seem kitchen to me. You need to channel Jenny from LGN for some lighting inspiration! Love the table!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 12, 2014 - 11:21 AM

      Nabisco outlet?! What! That’s amazing.

      We were at the outlet in the city, but we might need to check out the one in the ‘burbs too!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - September 12, 2014 - 10:39 AM

    What a steal on that table! At 75 bucks, I’d strap it to my back to walk it home if necessary. It looks perfect with your chairs and in the room, too.

    As for lights, I love the West Elm ones. If those don’t work, I’d look for a vintage globe. I’ve seen several at ReStore that look identical to the Rejuvination fixture, but a fraction of the price. I bought a 14 inch diameter light for $20. Love it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 12, 2014 - 11:20 AM

      We’ve considered checking out the salvage places as well! The only problem is finding one over 14″ wide – which is where the Rejuvenation one MIGHT come on. We might need to check again though!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - September 12, 2014 - 10:45 AM

    What a steal! Can’t wait to see what lights you put above itReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - September 12, 2014 - 10:53 AM

    What a steal! At original price, it’s a good deal considering it’s all wood. But, WOW! $75! I think we would have tried to talk ourselves into that too! It looks great in the space.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn B. - September 12, 2014 - 10:57 AM

    The west elm ones!ReplyCancel

  • tia - September 12, 2014 - 11:00 AM

    i love the expression on CC’s face in the third photo. it looks like she’s thinking “oh no not another photo”…lolReplyCancel

  • Emily K - September 12, 2014 - 12:36 PM

    I prefer the West Elm pendant, but I’m interested to see which one you go with!ReplyCancel

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog - September 12, 2014 - 12:38 PM

    I know about not being able to find what’s on your list…I’ve had a ‘cute cookie jar’ on my list for YEARS…and still, I have no cookie jar lol. This table is gorgeous, love that you were able to find it for $75, it’s too good a deal NOT to buy, love the pictures too!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - September 12, 2014 - 2:43 PM

    So i tried googling but it didn’t come up. I’m gonna be in Chicago in a few weeks. Where is this CB2 outlet?!

    Love that table and totally jealous of your deal!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 12, 2014 - 3:37 PM

      Oh, sorry to confuse you! It’s a Crate & Barrel outlet, but they also have CB2 items in there as well:

      It’s not huge, but we realized that if you go on a Mon, Tues or Wed, it is PACKED full of stuff! They must re-stock on Mondays, so when we used to go on the weekends, everything was gone.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ My Two Pitties - September 12, 2014 - 3:10 PM

    What a steal! We have several Rejuvenation lights…they ae beautiful! I love Schoolhouse Electric as well:)ReplyCancel

  • Elisa - September 12, 2014 - 3:19 PM

    That’s an amazing deal! You couldn’t even DIY that for less! Plus.. a perfect fit. Way to go, guys.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 12, 2014 - 3:36 PM

      Right?! I think our original table cost us about $90 in supplies, so this was for sure a steal.ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - September 15, 2014 - 12:27 PM

    The best kind of accident is a furniture accident :) My friends have that table too and I love it.ReplyCancel

  • laura irion // avery street design - September 17, 2014 - 1:14 AM

    Oh my goodness!! The second I stumbled here from House of Hipsters and started reading this post, I was like, “yes!” I knew you were going to say the Crate & Barrel outlet. I went to one recently and could. not. believe. the deals on dining room tables. Not a single one was over $200 and they were huge! That place is truly dangerous (or awesome, depending on the reason that brought you there). :) Your find looks amazing & I’m excited to see more of what you do with the “new” house. xo!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - September 17, 2014 - 2:51 PM

    “”which ultimately turned into this $500 CB2 table being marked down to $75″”
    That is one heck of a deal!!! I would accidentally buy things if they were on a crazy sale like that too. Awesome story. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 18, 2014 - 12:33 AM

      Yup, there was no way we could pass it up! It’s such a fun piece, too!ReplyCancel



Yesterday we shared our friends’ entryway makeover as a whole (this photo of Miss M checking out her foyer is too much!), and now we’re going to dive into the most simple paneled wall DIY. I suppose this could also qualify as board and batten, although inspiration photo searches pull up B&B as going mid-way up a wall and not quite this tall. In any case – whatever you’d like to call it! – this decorative detail added so much more to the wall than paint would have done alone. I would be amiss not to mention that this was a complete team effort between us and the homeowners, and color us impressed (pun intended?) with their painting skills! Crisp lines for days, I tell you.

In our case, we were working with two 5′ wide walls, and we chose to bring our molding 6′ high to allow for coats and leashes to hang freely, while still allowing ample room below for bench perching. You’ll also notice that we decided to just go for it – choosing to paint not only our faux panels, but the baseboards, door casing and door itself as well! That little detail felt much more upscale and contemporary, fitting into the overall style of A and E’s home and existing decor.


1 3/8″w x 1/2″d x 8′ lattice strips
1″ x 2″ x 8′ select pine strips
Drywall spackle
Paintable acrylic caulk
Blue Cashmere (Valspar) paint

Circular saw (for cuts)
Measuring tape
Nail gun
Sandpaper / electric sander
Paint brush and roller

WHAT WE DID. After E painted both walls, Scott and I swooped in to begin installation. Now, here is where their house is very, very different from ours. Their home was recently rebuilt from the ground up, so every surface was completely and beautifully straight. 90-degree angles abound! No warped walls! These are the kind of walls that dreams are made of. (Sigh.) With that said, we opted to start with the vertical panels, but please understand: Most drywall is not straight. In that case, it would be best to start with the horizontal cap and measure your vertical panels independent of each other, ensuring the best fit.

After triple-measuring to ensure that their floors were indeed the move level of all the floors!, again, we opted to begin with the vertical panels. We used 1 3/8″w lattice strips with a 1/2″ depth  from Ace, but we decided to make them extra hunky by pairing two side-by-side. The 1/2″ depth allowed them to sit on top of the baseboards below without an overhang – perfect! We cut them down to 6′ in height using a circular saw, then we used our nail gun to put them in place. (Side note: we’ve seen strips of MDF do the job, too!)


We settled on a measurement of approximately 16″ between each of the vertical strips. Not only did we think it looked the best aesthetically, but it allowed the panels to be the most evenly spaced. This will be different for everyone, but it’s best to stick within a range of 12-18″.


As each piece of lattice went up, we obsessively used a level to make sure that everything was pin straight. (It always was. So dreamy.) Using the leftover 2′ from our lattice, we were able to add horizontal molding (about 16″ down from the top of the vertical strips), which was simply personal preference. Each and every horizontal gap was measured, as they were all ever-so-slightly different from one another – even if just by a 1/16″ of an inch.


With all of the lattice in place, we cut down our thicker pine 1x2s to the width of the walls and nailed them into place. We purposely chose something that was a bit more hefty, not only for visual interest, but to balance out the taller baseboards below! Using spackle and caulk (where needed – their walls were ridiculously straight!), we patched over the nail holes and seams and filled in any gaps where our boards met the wall.


A and E finished up the job by sanding everything smooth and painting the faux-panels the same color as the wall, Blue Cashmere by Valspar. We chose an eggshell finish overall for wipeability – especially since it was also applied to the baseboards and door. The sheen is perfect for this heavy use area!


We completed the paneled detail over the course of 1.5-2 hours one evening, and with that minimal effort, the finished product is absolutely worth it! Scott and I are considering areas in our home to do the same; what do you think?

Psst… See the full, finished space right here!

  • Laura @ Rather Square - September 10, 2014 - 8:00 AM

    Really like the look of this, and how relatively easy it is to do! We’ve been considering something like this for our entryway. Of course, our walls are not at all square, so not sure how it would turn out… but it’s a nice way to add a little texture to the walls without overpowering them. Great job!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 10, 2014 - 8:06 AM

      For walls like yours or ours, caulk would be our best friend!ReplyCancel

  • Zandra Zuraw - September 10, 2014 - 8:18 AM

    Sweetest entryway ever! So much character in such a small space. Love the paint color, too.ReplyCancel

  • AlisonG - September 10, 2014 - 9:35 AM

    I am sure you did a great job, but that paint color ruins it for me, and I can’t see the beauty in the wall treatment.ReplyCancel

  • Piper - September 10, 2014 - 11:47 AM

    I would be interested to see how your choice of sheen works out for the homeowners after some use, especially in a high traffic area like an entry. I am always a fan of eggshell on walls, but I’m weary of it on woodwork. I had a landlord paint the walls in flat and all of the woodwork in the entire property in eggshell, and it was a nightmare to keep clean, especially the kitchen cabinets and the baseboards. Then again, perhaps your (gorgeous!) color choice will help hide some of the scuffs and dirt. Have you used Valspar’s eggshell finish on woodwork before? Maybe I’ve just had bad luck!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 10, 2014 - 12:09 PM

      Good call, we were thinking the darker color would be pet friendly in the entryway. I will say that the eggshell sheen in Valspar felt like it would be a good fit – even in that high traffic area, but I’ll check in with A and E in make sure it’s still working! I suppose worst case, we could pick up a quart of the same color in semi-gloss and touch up the baseboards and door. Something to consider, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • allison h - September 11, 2014 - 9:57 AM

    we are in the middle of a kitchen renovation! i could def use an extra $200!!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - September 11, 2014 - 10:57 AM

    I think this entryway looks just gorgeous now! Love that colour so much and the panelling adds just enough interest. How fabulous does that bench look in here too? Great job!ReplyCancel