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Monday night, Scott and I shared a bottle of wine that we’d been saving for 8 months. It was a gift from our friends (thanks, Joe and Kara!), given to us last December as we embarked on our kitchen journey. They told us it was one of their favorites (La Crema Pinot Noir, if you’re curious), and they asked us to enjoy it when we had a reason to celebrate. We promised, and we said we’d save it for the completion of our kitchen – which we estimated to be around March. March!

Oh, how silly and naive we were.

Well, after the door debacle that held us up for almost half a year, we opened that bottle, toasted, celebrated and, as you do when you’re celebrating, polished it off in the same evening. We cooked a big meal to go with our full glasses, and we did it in the comfort of our kitchen that we couldn’t be more excited about! We talked about the tile we installed, the endless Ebay searching for the rug, and we agreed that hanging art makes all the difference. Remember when there used to be a window there?, we said. It felt so long ago; now we really have All the Light! It feels good.


Our kitchen is right off of the dining and living rooms, with a load bearing wall separating it from that larger great room. At almost 130-years-old, our house is a stubborn little lady, stuck in her own way, and we knew from the beginning that it didn’t feel right blowing down walls and drastically changing the floor plan. We like that the kitchen is in the back of the home, but you can easily see into the dining room and even hold a conversation with anyone sitting on the couch. At the same time, we still had our obstacles – I’m looking at you, furnace! – but with a hefty price tag to get it moved and without a good option of where it could go, we worked around it and made peace with our decision.

Do you remember where we started? It’s funny, because aside from our floating appliances, it doesn’t feel like much of a kitchen at all! There’s a large amount of space being under utilized, but there were also oddly placed low windows, making it impossible to install a proper a countertop. The upside? The space was generous, but we often joked it would be better suited for a dance party than prepping a meal. Before + after:

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Here’s a similar view facing slightly to the left, standing in the doorway from the dining room. I’m laughing as I look at our half-hearted attempts at spackle and paint swatches – we turned a blind eye to those, um, improvements for at least a year!

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Rotating to the left completely, you can see where the only other window in the room is. Again, it’s much too low to allow for a counter, so we ultimately nixed it altogether, adding a new gas line to accommodate our stove. A wall of cabinetry was installed, including a refrigerator surround, pull out pantry and spice rack. The base cabinets in our kitchen were built with sliders to prevent items from getting hidden in the back, a perk we’ve been loving as we grab for pots, pans and lids! Before + after:

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To the left of the stove and turning towards the living and dining rooms is our furnace (behind the louvered doors), which stayed put (boo). But! By shifting the stove to the now defunct window wall and replacing it with a small, slim vintage hutch, the kitchen feels less like a hallway upon entering. Our DIY island is accompanied by glossy blue stools, acting as the kitchen command center while storing everything from food containers, puppy medicine, dish towels and foil. I picture a lot of great conversation, veggie chopping and catalog flipping happening around this hub! Before + after:

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The wet wall was upgraded with a longer working surface by moving the existing door (which leads to the workshop) closer to the back wall and swapping in a pocket door to save space – plus, pocket doors are cute! To save money, we refaced the cabinets we could salvage, needing to add only one additional upper. The base cabinets were a different story, as they began to fall apart as soon as we wriggled them free from the wall! We took that as an opportunity to reconfigure the drawers, add pull out waste and recycling and include a tip out tray for the sink. Before + after:

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Below, we found this solid brass sign at a yard sale for a buck, and we snagged it knowing it’d eventually make an appearance in the kitchen! Scott cleaned it with a dab of Brasso, and it shined right up.


When we made the decision to opt for a 6′ wide sliding patio door, it meant that we’d have to rethink the dog food area, which, big deal, right? If we had stuck with our initial intention to go with a 5′ door, we would have had enough space to stash their station, and I have a pretty marble shelf that was waiting – so patiently, mind you! – to float in that bare wall space, too. Being the crazy dog mom that I am, I stayed awake at night reconfiguring how our two meatballs would dine in style, and finally (finally!), we landed on a sweet little corner station that took us a few hours to complete. See it? (Sadly, the marble shelf will continue waiting for her perfect spot. The bathroom remodel, perhaps?)

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Over the course of 8 months (8! Although to be fair, there were a few months of waiting), we’ve had a good amount of time to break the space in, learn our kitchen habits and re-work the guts of the cabinets to create optimal work flow. We have our lighting scenario down to a science (under cabinet lights in the evening, with a low dim overhead), and Jack and CC have already learned that the low hum of our patio door blinds equates to breakfast or dinner. We made choices in this room with the idea that large purchases would feel classic, timeless – and so, I’d like to share some of the decisions that we consider our favorites.

THE COUNTERS. Remember when we couldn’t be more on the fence between black or white? The white macaubas quartzite counters were our biggest splurge in an area where we thought we might be able save, but they really do make us smile every time we enter the room. Worth it.


TOUCHLESS FAUCET + ALL WHITE EVERYTHING. We paired our Kohler Sensate touchless faucet with a large white enamel sink, and we couldn’t love it more. The hands-free model keeps the chrome spot (and hassle!) free, and because it runs on electricity, there are no batteries to fuss with. Wanting to keep a completely seamless feel throughout the kitchen, we opted for all-white appliances, and we haven’t regretted that decision for a second. White appliances have come a long way!


OUR DOORS. Between the cute-y pocket and the mammoth slider, we are in door heaven! I painted the patio door and transom last weekend, and although it was the most difficult door I’ve ever had to paint, she is a stunner. Scott suggested we use the same black paint as the island (Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine by Clark+Kensington in an exterior satin finish), and although it matches, it doesn’t feel overtly matchy-matchy. We are already itching for next summer so we can tackle that back deck now!

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THE MIX & MATCH HARDWARE. Between the shiny brass pulls on the island, the burnished brass on the hutch and the oil rubbed bronze on the cabinets, we’ve got it covered! Toss in our chrome faucet, and we’re repping all (well, most of!) the metals.


THE FINAL TOUCH. We waited until the very, very end to hang a single thing on the wall; we treat it like a reward, the final touch. From the small (personalized photo booth magnets!) to the not-no-small (that rug!), it was all this that turned our grayscale blank slate into a place that feels so much like Kim and Scott.

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Below, you’ll find all the past posts that have documented our kitchen journey (just click on any thumbnail to take you there). We’re happy to answer any questions we may have missed, and in the meantime, we’ll be in the kitchen. With a glass of wine (me) and gin (him), of course! Hip, hip HOORAY!

KITCHEN SOURCES: Wall color: Intense White by Benjamin Moore // Cabinet color: Distant Gray by Benjamin Moore // Baseboard + Door Trim color: Ultra Pure White by Behr // Counters: White Macaubas Quartzite  // Backsplash: Rittenhouse Square matte Arctic White, Whisper Grey grout // Appliances: Samsung // Patio Sliding Door: Pella Windows & Doors, painted Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine by Clark+Kensington // Pocket Door: vintage from Rebuilding Exchange, painted Swept Away by Ben Moore // Island: DIY // Counter height stools: Aurora industrial stool, Rejuvenation // Hutch: thrifted, Mission pulls with backplate, Rejuvenation // Rug: Vintage, Ebay // Faucet: Sensate by Kohler // Sink: Cape Dory by Kohler // Cabinet hardware: Mission pulls, Rejuvenation // Overhead light: Eastmoreland pendant (6″), Rejuvenation // Sink light: Hannah small semi-flush mount, Rejuvenation // Corner dog food station: DIY // Dog paintings: The Pet Shop (by yours truly!) // Fridge Magnets: DIY // Decanters (all glass!): Ebay // Decanter tags: DIY // Purple carafe: Kulture Bomb // Terrarium: DIY using Heritage Hill Jar // Chicken planter: West Elm // Utensil holder: CB2 // Chicago hot dog art print: Frangomint // Mirror frame (family photo): West Elm // Donut art print: The Donut Shop // Skull on pink art print: Laura Berger, framed by Framebridge // Cake Part art print: Baba Souk

  • Ilse - September 2, 2015 - 6:45 AM

    It took a lot of work and time (been rooting for you guys all along the way) but the result is just absolutely stunning. Great job!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 7:56 AM

      Your encouragement is soooo appreciated! I bet you could tell we were getting pretty flustered at the halfway point…ReplyCancel

  • Kimm at Reinvented - September 2, 2015 - 6:47 AM

    Yay, I get to be the first commentor to congratulate you on your GORGEOUS kitchen! I love all of the light, the doors, the hardware, and the puppies, of course! (while I watch my two labs wrestle their way around the kitchen ;))ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 7:56 AM

      Nothing like two pups under foot to make a good sized kitchen feel cramped! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Beks - September 2, 2015 - 7:16 AM

    It looks so great! You made some great function decisions with the stove and the window. And all that white just sucks the light into the room, which is awesome! Love the hutch best. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Anni - September 2, 2015 - 7:21 AM

    This is beautiful, awesome, everything! I love all the details. You guys did a great job. I also wanted to thank you for the great backsplash posts you wrote a while ago. I was studying them a couple of days ago, as we are getting ready to do ours, and they were super helpful. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 10:54 AM

      You can do it, Anni! It was a weekend job for two people, but it makes all the difference, for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Phillips - September 2, 2015 - 7:27 AM

    Before I got and pin ALL OF THE PICTURES to my kitchen inspiration board (next summer, woot!), I have to ask how the La Crema was? I’m hosting a blind tasting later this month and the hostess has to have a less common wine choice, no?

    I absolutely love your kitchen. It truly is timeless! I am excited to show it to my husband and convince him of so many elements (the BRIGHTNESS and the white and those counters!). Congratulations on a beautiful space.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 7:58 AM

      SO GOOD. So smooth. Dangerously so. A go to for sure! It didn’t take long to polish off!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - September 2, 2015 - 8:08 AM

    This is functional and bright without feeling cold and sterile. I rent but, I think I would make similar decisions in a house.ReplyCancel

  • katy - September 2, 2015 - 8:42 AM

    That is so ridiculously good. A feast for my eyes!!!! What a dream kitchen. Those doors are to die for, that SUNLIGHT!!! So good.ReplyCancel

  • Loryn - September 2, 2015 - 8:46 AM

    I’ll admit I was skeptical about getting rid of the second window. But it totally paid off. The kitchen is so full of light! It looks like a beautiful place to cook.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 8:51 AM

      Thank you! There’s way more light with the door than there ever was two windows, so the move paid off. (Not to mention, the other window faced our neighbor’s house, and in Chicago, houses are like 2′ apart!)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - September 2, 2015 - 8:50 AM

    Round of applause from this Mommy of 2 in Michigan! Your kitchen looks wonderful. The furnace corner is my favorite. I also love your food bowl shelf, so cute! I think everyone needs a donut pic in their kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - September 2, 2015 - 8:51 AM

    My jaw has officially dropped! Job well done Kim & Scott!! The kitchen looks amazing! Having just completed our own DIY kitchen renovation, I understand all the struggles; but isn’t so 100% worth it!? I still walk in to ours and just smile ear to ear! and our furries love it too! Enjoy it!


    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 10:27 AM

      The struggles feel like a million years ago! It was all worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - September 2, 2015 - 8:54 AM

    OMG, it looks absolutely incredible!!! Worth the wait for sure! The before and afters are just magical. And I love the pup portraits over their bowls… ahh! :)ReplyCancel

  • Elissa - September 2, 2015 - 8:55 AM

    The kitchen is gorgeous! I particularly appreciate your choices for where to hang the artwork – I’m struggling with that myself currently, and it’s neat to see some non-traditional choices for inspiration. The whole space is just so good.

    Also – I remember when I picked up my Milo chair last winter that you’d mentioned painting the pups in a new style, and I’ve been wondering what you were going to come up with. I *love* the new paintings – they’re hysterical!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 10:34 AM

      Haha, oh man, that feels like ages ago! I think I’ve had these paintings done since February, because we thought we’d be done with the kitchen by March. It’s been killing me to keep them tucked away!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - September 2, 2015 - 8:57 AM

    This exceeded all my expectations and my expectations were high for you two. Every detail feels so intentional and so you, yet it’s a kitchen I wouldn’t mind spending my own life in! It’s perfect. While our kitchen is turning out to be exactly how you described it, the moody older sister to yours, I’m so glad you finished first. Because as always, you remind me that great design is personal and has some quirk. (note: must add quirk!) I love it. I love it. And I couldn’t be happier for you guys to be on the other end, enjoying a glass, errr celebratory bottle of wine in your fabulous finished kitchen.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 10:27 AM

      Thank you, woman! You are a constant inspiration to me (and Scott!), and I am loving – LOVING – watching the moody sister unfold. XOXOReplyCancel

  • Jessica Anderson - September 2, 2015 - 9:04 AM

    I love everything about this kitchen! Worth the wait! We are currently deciding on tile for our kitchen, and I am wondering your opinion on the matte tile. I love the look but wondering how it is to clean vs glossy tile. Thanks for any info!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 10:33 AM

      It’s no more difficult to keep clean! It’s not completely matte… more of like an eggshell. So while not glossy, it’s still super wipeable. We love it so so much.ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - September 2, 2015 - 9:05 AM

    I think this may just be my favorite kitchen reno, yet! While I do like it when walls are blown out and you get this completely new space, I’m a huge sucker for leaving an old home with it’s more original floor plan. Great job!

    Also, did you paint those portraits over their food station? The flowers add the most hilarious touch, and I really really want some of Lou and Spanky now! :)ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - September 2, 2015 - 9:21 AM

    HOLY MOLY! This looks so incredible and has me rethinking my own kitchen (with 96-inch windows that go nearly to the floor, I get the counter space issue). I’m so impressed with this, you guys. Well worth the wait.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley - September 2, 2015 - 9:52 AM

    What a fabulous transformation! The dog station is genius.ReplyCancel

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome - September 2, 2015 - 9:53 AM

    Bravo!!! What a payoff! I’m sure those months of waiting don’t seem so bad now that you have such a gorgeous finished space! I LOVE the choices you made and the way it all came together!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - September 2, 2015 - 10:09 AM

    Two VERY important questions:

    1. Does your wooden spoon have a smiley face on it?

    2. Does the storage jar keep your coffee fresh? I need a better (read: prettier) solution to the bags coffee is sold in!

    Kitchen looks amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 10:31 AM

      Yes, very important indeed!

      1. It does! For the life of me, I can’t remember the website/vendor where we got it, but we picked it up locally at the Randolph Flea Market where they had a booth set up. Does anyone local know?!

      2. It does not have a rubber gasket around the lid, so I think that if you’re a sow coffee drinker, it has the potential to go stale. We love the jar though (Heritage Hill jar from Crate & Barrel), and we drink coffee very fast. Apparently we love our vices. (wine, anyone?) We’ve had it for a few months now, and even when we grind up a whole bag of nice beans and pour it in, it’s good to the last drop!ReplyCancel

      • Kate - September 2, 2015 - 5:14 PM

        One more question: which La Crema Pinot Noir was it? I looked on their site and there are a lot!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 5:28 PM

          Ah, just checked – it was the Monterey 2012!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - September 2, 2015 - 10:34 AM

    OK – the kitchen is absolutely gorgeous (love the colors and the flow!) but I literally laughed out loud with glee when I got to the food station for the puppies. Those paintings are absolutely fantastic and just MAKE that corner. :)


  • Katrina @ hurricane sandwich and the casita - September 2, 2015 - 10:37 AM

    This is absolutely incredible, Kim and Scott!! Those 8 months were worth it for this payoff! It gives me such encouragement as we are starting our kitchen remodel!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - September 2, 2015 - 10:41 AM

    The kitchen looks amazing! Quick question for you on CC’s stylish collar – where did you guys find it?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 10:52 AM

      Dublin Dog! Jack used to have one in blue/green, and it held up for YEARS before it was munched on at doggy day care by another pup. You can find it here:

      They’re on sale! Highly recommend.ReplyCancel

      • Gretchen - September 2, 2015 - 11:01 AM

        Thanks so much!!! Ours (Penny) has one but it’s changed colors from light pink to brown – she needs something more girly. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jesse Doogan - September 2, 2015 - 10:46 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. So pretty and clean and bright. I am so glad white appliances are back. I’m getting pretty bored with stainless everything.

    Okay, I know you’re done, but wouldn’t stained glass in that transom look amazing? Just bring some color and warmth to that wall, and the sun would shine it right on to your island? I can’t stop picturing it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 11:48 AM

      White appliances #ftw, right?!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Chism - September 2, 2015 - 10:54 AM

    Looks beautiful. Where are those leather liquor decanter labels from? So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - September 2, 2015 - 10:54 AM

    Beautiful! Where did you get those awesome booze bottles with the cute little pink labels?ReplyCancel

  • Karly - September 2, 2015 - 11:27 AM

    What a beautiful space!ReplyCancel

  • misie - September 2, 2015 - 11:34 AM

    you guys are amazing! It looks absolutely fantastic! I covet your natural light and all the artwork. Excellent job friends – you deserved that bottle of wine…and probably what used to be a full bottle of bourbon…it’s looking a little low :-)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 11:39 AM

      Hmm, the booze in our home seems to disappear quickly! Must be the elves.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Heart Tree Home - September 2, 2015 - 11:59 AM

    SOOOOOO good! Are you planning to do a budget breakdown? :-)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 12:17 PM

      Oh, Amanda! Our budget philosophy is always, ‘what can we save by DIY, and how can we do this as little as possible without sacrificing quality?’ It has been so long, but I can absolutely let you know a few of the larger priced items:

      Appliances = $2,500
      Cabinets (refacing and new) = $5,000
      Quartzite counters (slab + install) = $4,000
      Moving electric, gas, patching drywall, pocket door install = $3,000
      Sliding door + transom = $5-6,000 (provided by Pella)
      Sliding door install = $3,000

      All said and done and over the course of almost a year (going back to when we slowly started buying appliances), I can realistically say that this huge overhaul cost us around $18,000. That said, we also collaborated with some amazing, wonderful companies that allowed us to stretch our dollars a bit more. We do not take that position lightly, and we owe a tremendous amount of gratitude towards everyone who reads up on our adventures!

      I sincerely hope this helps a bit. :)ReplyCancel

  • susan - September 2, 2015 - 1:00 PM

    i think the stove/refrigerator wall is such a huge improvement over the ‘before’. the cabinetry and appliances fills out that nook and really helps hide your furnace closet. that and your gorgeous little hutch make the need to work around your furnace a non issue! of course all the rest is lovely too, but that before/after shot of that view was a standout to me. great job on everything including the waiting!

    p.s. i like the island turned around with blue! stools towards the wet wall…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 1:27 PM

      Thank you! All those things you mentioned were the hope and goal. And yes to the island! Those blue stools were a game changer. So vibrant when the sun streams in.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - September 2, 2015 - 2:51 PM

    Just beautiful!! I LOVE the rug and all the hits of color scattered around. Y’all have been so helpful in our own DIY adventures. Seriously, we have used your guidance for a ton of things in our own home. Great job!!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany R - September 2, 2015 - 4:37 PM

    I love it! Where did you hide this room’s construction picture?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 5:16 PM

      You have a great memory!! There isn’t one – yet. I should tuck one of the pocket door demolition by the door, perhaps?!ReplyCancel

  • Alana in Canada - September 2, 2015 - 4:45 PM

    Hooray! Gorgeous. The pictures are a bit deceiving, though–it is hard to believe you had that much room over by the fridge–not only for the stove, but also for a pull out pantry!

    I’d love to see a tutorial for the dog bowl station. I love how it is up off the floor. We should do something like that for our fur baby.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2015 - 5:15 PM

      It’s true, there really is a ton of room along that side of the kitchen! We even have empty cabinets, which is a really glorious feeling.

      I did take photos of the process, and we’ll share the tutorial for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - September 2, 2015 - 5:22 PM

    Congratulations to you both, you’ve created something beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin @ Desert Domicile - September 2, 2015 - 5:52 PM

    Everything is STUNNING!!! I love, love, love how much artwork you have hanging in the space! And those rugs! And that door! And those pups! Everything is so perfect :)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - September 2, 2015 - 6:05 PM

    Guys!!! It looks so amazing! Of course I love everything. The slider is perfect in black and all the gorgeous art adds the perfect personal touch. Congrats.ReplyCancel

  • Candice - September 2, 2015 - 6:49 PM

    Wow what a gorgeous space! May I ask where you sourced your countertops? We are about to switch out our counters, and white quartzite is top of my wish list!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 3, 2015 - 8:52 AM

      We picked our slab at MGSI:

      They had a lot to choose from, and they were very patient with us as we looked at many of them and tagged our favorite!ReplyCancel

  • maria laura - September 2, 2015 - 6:51 PM

    All I can say is WOW!!! I LOVE your kitchen! I think it reveals your personality about each choises you done… I love how you have bring your room together. Great job!


  • Emily - September 2, 2015 - 7:24 PM

    I cannot stop looking at the photos of your GORGEOUS kitchen. (Seriously, have looked at this post 3 times already). AMAZING job, you should be so proud of your hard work. I love the combo of the colours and accent pieces, it is utter perfection!!

    Can I ask what the width of your kitchen is between the cabs, and the dimensions of the island?

    Again, amazing job (now I am going to look at your pics again!)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 3, 2015 - 8:54 AM

      Thank you so much, Emily! To answer your question: we have about 3′ on two sides of the island (between the island and stove, island and sink area), about 4′ by the hutch and a good 4-5′ to the sliding door. The island itself is 4.5’x2′(ish).ReplyCancel

      • Emily - September 3, 2015 - 2:20 PM

        Thanks so much for the information! We too, have an old house (1924) and the kitchen is not the modern-day open layout and we’re trying to work within it. I would love a little island space and your feedback is incredibly useful.

        I’ll be back about 50 more times to drool over your photots :)


  • Alexis - September 2, 2015 - 10:54 PM

    Amazing! Like everything you do, it’s immaculate and stunning, but this kitchen really is a show stopper.
    Where is the demo/before/construction photo going like you’ve had in the other rooms?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 3, 2015 - 8:55 AM

      Ha! Bethany commented on this too! You guys are good. We hadn’t included one – yet! I’m thinking maybe the pocket door construction to hang by the door? It’s tough, because the kitchen construction wasn’t as insane as the other parts of the house, and I’m not sure if I have a good shot. I’ll need to dig through my photos for sure! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - September 3, 2015 - 6:17 AM

    Please consider a post on the cabinet pull out shelves and what you did to improve the access/organization for use of the cabinets. I always learn something new from reading about your home rehab projects thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Rebs - September 3, 2015 - 8:50 AM

      I second this request! Would love to see your organization in the cabs.

      Love the kitchen too. I love how it’s modern but not like every other kitchen out there. So much personality!!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - September 3, 2015 - 8:58 AM

        Thanks, guys! Our cabinet organization isn’t that special, I promise! We do have a lot of extra cabinet space, because we purged, purged, purged at a yard sale this summer. (For example, we have a set of 12 glasses, about 6 wine glasses and 6 cocktail glasses. We purged anything else we didn’t use all the time, and we haven’t missed a thing!)

        We also use cubbies/baskets to organize deeper drawers and you may have seen our under sink pull out organizer. GAME CHANGER!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - September 3, 2015 - 7:55 AM

    Love the whole kitchen, and that you stayed true to the original space, but I had a real moment of nostalgia over the ice bucket, my mom had one just like it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 3, 2015 - 9:00 AM

      Scott’s mom has one too! We love it. So sweet.ReplyCancel

  • katie - September 3, 2015 - 8:32 AM

    I love how bright it is, with the added door and light and the bright white finishes. Love the counters of course, makes me miss our quartzite from our first house. Great job! All of the personal touches really add a final layer to the space :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily I. - September 3, 2015 - 11:07 AM

    I love it! The all white with pops of color from the door and the island. The art is very cool, the donut piece is my favorite. And, the corner feeder for the dogs is so clever! The kitchen just looks amazing. And, the wine was a very good choice, my husband loves that one.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 3, 2015 - 4:43 PM

      It’s definitely a new favorite for us now too!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - September 3, 2015 - 3:15 PM

    What a treat it is seeing it all come together – you guys must be over the moon! I especially love the pops of color and personality, and it’s great to hear how things have been performing for you. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - September 3, 2015 - 3:17 PM

    You guys! It’s absolutely stunning! Congrats on finally crossing the finish line on this renovation :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - September 3, 2015 - 4:20 PM

    ZOMG YOU GUYS!!!! It looks amaaaaaazzzziiiing!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 3, 2015 - 4:44 PM

      Haha, thank you for always being our cheerleader, Jodi!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - September 3, 2015 - 4:47 PM

    Congrats guys! This was a long, hard road but you both ended up at a beautiful destination. Kitchen looks amazing and all the finishing touches you added make me envious. So happy you have such an awesome space to enjoy now! Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - September 3, 2015 - 7:28 PM

    Congrats! It looks awesome and was well worth the wait – ooh, that natural light! I love the mix of eclectic items with the clean sleek modern, and hooray for white appliances. We’re working on finishing our kitchen remodel and went all white for our appliances. They are so shiny, bright, and reflect the light so nicely. I too am looking forward to hanging art – thanks for such an inspirational post that encourages us to tackle the remaining items on our to do list and get to that art!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 3, 2015 - 9:53 PM

      The art will be soooo satisfying!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - September 4, 2015 - 7:12 AM

    Wow! This is absolutely beautiful! Every detail!! The black door, the artwork, stools, hardware, touches of wood, light… All of it! Congrats.ReplyCancel

  • Erica - September 5, 2015 - 12:23 PM

    This is such a beautiful kitchen! Congrats! Do you have any advice for finding rugs like that on eBay?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 6, 2015 - 7:47 PM

      Hmm, so what I do is: put Persian rug in the search, narrow the category by antiques and size, then I sort from low to high. I’ve found some great sellers that way!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - September 5, 2015 - 5:24 PM

    You’re kitchen is absolutely stunning! I am amazed at your attention to details. As a dog owner, I’m so in love with the feeding station. Seriously, the best thing I’ve seen on the internet, dare I say ever!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 6, 2015 - 7:46 PM

      So sweet! Thank you, Brandi!ReplyCancel

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  • Randy - September 18, 2015 - 1:16 AM

    Your kitchen looks seriously good. What a great job you both did. Would love to have something like that!ReplyCancel

  • Ariel - September 21, 2015 - 3:52 PM

    Looks amazing!!ReplyCancel

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Our plans for the garage were a bit of a roller coaster. Initially, we thought we’d hang some hooks, get our bicycles off the floor and call it a day. But then we remembered, ha, this is us!, and considering we seemingly love to add an element of extra work to most things (busted), we thought, but how can we make it a space we really, really enjoy?

From there, our plans escalated – a new concrete pad! painting all the plywood! brighter lights and an automatic door! – but after realizing our roof needed repair, we had to reel it back in. All said and done (the concrete pad became a ‘someday’ wish), we think we hit a happy balance for these two DIYers. It’s so, so much better, and I’m pretty sure I even called it cute! when we called it complete. I don’t have the heart to show the true before photos in this post (they were just too terrible), but this’ll do to show you how things stood with a good cleaning before really diving in. Here’s where we sort-of started:


After addressing that leaky roof, we added a pegboard wall and painted everything a clean grayish white, Zen Pebble by Valspar. There were a handful of smaller to-dos from there – installing a side door, painting exterior trim and cabinets, waterproofing with caulk and hanging curtains(!) – and then we took to Ace Hardware to knock out our punch list. A fun Friday night for the Vargos is a trip to the hardware store (you think I’m kidding?), and wanting to finish the garage once and for all, we spent a good hour loading up on all the things we’d need to complete the job!


We loaded our cart with everything from heavy duty hangers to paper towel holders to storage bins. Every last item we needed was checked off our shopping list, that is, minus a handful of pegboard hooks and cubbies that were passed down to us by a friendly reader (Margot, you’re awesome!).

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Our DIY island, above, has been living in the garage as extra work space since we began our kitchen renovation, and we added a 2×12 board to stash our miter saw and any future tools. Below, I could not resist this little dinosaur spotted in the checkout line at Ace! I’m guessing that no one is really surprised by that? Dinos 4-ever.

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When we bought our home two summers ago, a friend of Scott’s gave us a few knick knacks from his father’s garage. One of those items is this nifty blue odds-n-ends organizer, which came in surprisingly handy on a few occasions already! Most of the bins are labeled with masking tape and thick marker, although some of the empties hold a surprise or two.


To the right of the main workbench, we had tidied up our bikes, remaining bins and lawn tools, but it was still a constant fight to pull out anything we needed:


Now, look at all that glorious floor space! There’s a hook for everything, and for the first time in ever, our bikes are being stored on actual racks! After settling on all the placement, we joked that it felt like our own tiny storefront. I’d like that weed whacker, please and thank you.

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We took a day earlier this summer to create wood storage, seen below to the left of the workbench. Game changer! This was before we painted, but after a big clean-up:


Ooh, cleanliness. Those two bins beneath the wood piles are full of smaller scraps, and just as we did in our indoor workshop, we stashed our extra long ladder high out of the way:

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A bonus to having exposed framework in the garage? You can stash odds and ends between the studs! We used bungee cords and eye hooks in a few places to tuck things away and keep things nice and neat.

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Our Garage To-Do List is all crossed off except for garage door repair/replacement (and sadly, the garage floor will have to wait). But we are working on it, having already collected a couple of quotes. Soon enough, we should be able to open and close that door with the touch of a button, and, you know, park a car in here!

Just as Ace Hardware helped us whip this outdoor room into shape, they want to do the same for one of you, and so together with the Ace crew, we’ll be giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader!  The giveaway runs through Thursday, September 3rd at 5pm CST; simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be announced within this post by Thursday evening. Good luck and happy entering!

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We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel. Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (hey, thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own.

  • Lisa Brown - August 31, 2015 - 6:50 AM

    All kinds of things on my mind today; hope your day, and week, is fantastic :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus - August 31, 2015 - 7:09 AM

    Wow, totally inspiring. I really love the bungee cord ideas and that little organizer with screws. You have me putting our garage on the to-do list.

    On my mind today: Another cup of coffee. It’s early!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - August 31, 2015 - 7:59 AM

    What a beautiful garage. I am working slowing to organize and create a small shed that will hopefully hold all my lovely tools and supplies!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - August 31, 2015 - 8:01 AM

    Why are before and afters so satisfying?! I love seeing the grey/white garage – it looks beautiful! :)ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - August 31, 2015 - 8:05 AM

    it looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Aucoin - August 31, 2015 - 8:11 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway!!ReplyCancel

  • Nate - August 31, 2015 - 8:21 AM

    In to win! Love all the work yall have done!ReplyCancel

  • Justynn @ Creative Life Antics - August 31, 2015 - 8:30 AM

    I’m weirdly excited over all these garage storage ideas you guys are posting. We close on our first house with a full garage in less than two weeks and I’m so EXCITED about all the organizing and storage and workshop builds coming up!

    Thanks for the ideas again!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 31, 2015 - 8:51 AM

      Oh, awesome! Congrats to you! So exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Harper - August 31, 2015 - 8:31 AM

    Is the concrete pad in worse shape than it looks? Seems okay in pictures but I know they can be deceiving!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 31, 2015 - 8:50 AM

      It’s pretty rough in some areas, and not so bad in others. The worst parts of the pad are mostly at the garage entrance (where the car enters), although there are some crumbling chunks along the edges… it will likely need to be repaired/replaced at some point, but it’s not an emergency, thank goodness!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn C - August 31, 2015 - 8:41 AM

    I love the pegboard and the use of bungee cords!ReplyCancel

  • Amy c - August 31, 2015 - 8:50 AM

    Looks great. We need to something similar to our garage workshop, especially the pegboard.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ck - August 31, 2015 - 8:54 AM

    This looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - August 31, 2015 - 8:56 AM

    Anything on my mind? The only thing on my mind today is how I wish I would go into labor! I have 2 weeks until my due date but I wish the baby would come now!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristina - August 31, 2015 - 8:56 AM

    This looks amazing! I absolutely love your color choices (pinned it as soon as you first posted the paint job), and it is fun to see it all finished!!ReplyCancel

  • karen - August 31, 2015 - 8:58 AM

    I would love to have an organized garage/work bench. Would love to try the “Magic Art of Tidying” trick with my tools. I am sure I have so many screwdrivers stashed in the garage, basement, drawers, etc.!ReplyCancel

  • cassie @ primitive & proper - August 31, 2015 - 8:59 AM

    WOW! this is nothing short of AMAZING. the colors, the white with the blue cabinets and wood tops…. LOVE! so organized and so fresh!ReplyCancel

  • Elissa - August 31, 2015 - 9:06 AM

    I love how the sawhorses fit so neatly into the studs of the garage – makes my heart happy! We are constantly battling a need for storage of tools and this makes everything looks so neat and tidy. Do you guys feel it’s pretty easy for you to keep everything this organized, or will it all disintegrate into chaos over time?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 31, 2015 - 9:54 AM

      Our hope is that it stays this way! As we hung and stashed everything, we did so with the intention that it would be EASIER to keep it clean. A place for everything and everything in its place.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - August 31, 2015 - 9:11 AM

    Seeing fabulous garage before and afters is always so motivating! Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get our bums in gear and whip our garage into shape next weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Christy G. - August 31, 2015 - 9:15 AM

    I love the white. So clean and fresh!!ReplyCancel

  • christine - August 31, 2015 - 9:28 AM

    I’m afraid to step foot in our shed, so this is seriously impressive!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda G - August 31, 2015 - 9:34 AM

    This looks sooo great! My garage is such a mess. I am ashamed of it.ReplyCancel

  • Esha - August 31, 2015 - 9:45 AM

    it looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - August 31, 2015 - 9:48 AM

    All of your organization and painting add to the excitement of closing in a few short weeks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 31, 2015 - 9:54 AM

      Hooray! Congrats to you!!ReplyCancel

  • Kari - August 31, 2015 - 9:52 AM

    Everything you do inspires me – but the garage stuff? Above and beyond! I am completely in awe of your garage organization magic.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 31, 2015 - 9:55 AM

      Let’s just say we were REALLY motivated. After 2 winters of complete chaos and shivering at the thought of working in the garage, we knew it had to change!ReplyCancel

  • Patti - August 31, 2015 - 9:53 AM

    Your garage looks great! Congrats on the hard work paying off.ReplyCancel

  • Alex - August 31, 2015 - 9:57 AM

    omg, i would just sit and stare at the beauty of your hard work!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca G. - August 31, 2015 - 9:58 AM

    Building a new house means constant trips to the hardware store for us!ReplyCancel

  • Trilby C. - August 31, 2015 - 10:00 AM

    Right now, I’m a bit jealous of your exposed studs in the garage. We did a HUGE garage cleaning job yesterday here, and I struggle with places to hang (hide?) things in our completely drywalled garage. Though I do have a few ideas of how to get the yard tools (weed whacker, hedge trimmer, etc) off the floor now, thanks to your pictures!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - August 31, 2015 - 10:02 AM

    Our garage is definitely a work in progress! We hung some of our stuff (our bikes have been hanging since the apartment days) and now we just need to organize the rest of it. Slow and steady seems to be our renovation pace.ReplyCancel

  • Haley W - August 31, 2015 - 10:05 AM

    Inspired by this!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - August 31, 2015 - 10:05 AM

    Motivated to conquer our detached garage! Thank you for all of the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Molly W - August 31, 2015 - 10:10 AM

    Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 31, 2015 - 10:16 AM

    I love how the garage has come along. It is so bright. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • Missy G. - August 31, 2015 - 10:25 AM

    Looks so clean and organized! I thinking I should send this post to the hubby to light a fire under his tush to do the same!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Lee - August 31, 2015 - 10:38 AM

    Looks soo neat and organized! I need to do the same for my garage!ReplyCancel

  • Nathan - August 31, 2015 - 10:55 AM

    Organizing our garage as been on the list for some time, but haven’t wanted to spend the money or time doing it, since few people see it. Now, I think we need to get on it!ReplyCancel

  • Carley M - August 31, 2015 - 10:55 AM

    That is one nifty garage! Love it :)ReplyCancel

  • Staci - August 31, 2015 - 10:56 AM

    OMG, serious garage envy over here!! Might have to do some work on our tiny carport storage space… Don’t you miss condo life? ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Bridget P. - August 31, 2015 - 11:05 AM

    Nice job on the garage!ReplyCancel

  • Missy - August 31, 2015 - 11:07 AM

    Just looking at the few pictures, I can see where your floor has settled in certain spots. Have you gotten a quote for mud jacking the floor? It’s typically a lot cheaper than tearing out and re pouring the whole floor. The garage looks 1000% better than the before! Makes me want to spend the weekend getting my garage cleaned out and organized myself! LOVE the curtain idea.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 31, 2015 - 11:15 AM

      Thanks for the tip, Missy! We hadn’t looked into that yet.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - August 31, 2015 - 11:09 AM

    The garage looks awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Breanna Veth - August 31, 2015 - 11:18 AM

    Love the garage it looks fantastic! I was looking for the tutorial on the supplies you used to frame your 100 year-old nails and couldn’t find it.. Do you know where I could find that link?ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - August 31, 2015 - 11:21 AM

    Our garage is scary! Hope to use some of your organizing tips, Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer S - August 31, 2015 - 11:48 AM

    Beautiful garage! What a great inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Wellman - August 31, 2015 - 11:51 AM

    You guys did such a fantastic job, you should be so proud! Perfect you added a little dinosaur touch too :)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - August 31, 2015 - 11:58 AM

    This is seriously motivating!ReplyCancel

  • Jordan Troublefield - August 31, 2015 - 12:47 PM

    I’m full of garage envy- that ceiling is too cool!!! Love love loveReplyCancel

  • Andrea - August 31, 2015 - 12:56 PM

    I have a seriously tiny storage closet where I’m trying to organize my power tools, lawn tools, seasonal decor, and bike. I think some peg board and a real bike rack would definitely help!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - August 31, 2015 - 1:06 PM

    I reckon your garage is brighter and more organized than our household, haha. Looks great guys! :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna - August 31, 2015 - 1:07 PM

    Our garage needs some serious organization. Yours looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent - August 31, 2015 - 2:00 PM

    That garage is filling up quite nicely! Especially that peg board wall.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • Rosie - August 31, 2015 - 2:05 PM

    Ace Hardware is the only hardware store I love going to. The ppl who work there are knowledgeable and helpful and the merchandise is wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - August 31, 2015 - 2:23 PM

    We’ve spent quite a few Friday Date Nights wandering the aisles of our local Lowe’s, so I don’t doubt you there!

    The garage looks great :)ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - August 31, 2015 - 2:24 PM

    One of the very first things we did when we moved into our place was to add motors to the garage doors, it makes such a difference!

    Lots of inspiration here for my workshop that I am slowly trying to organise and make functional. I can’t wait for the day when I don’t have to scratch through a drawer of assorted crap just to find a screwdriver!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 1, 2015 - 1:36 PM

      We felt the same way. Can’t believe that day is here! At least the organizing is sort of fun, right?!ReplyCancel

  • kathyg - August 31, 2015 - 2:31 PM

    Love the bungee cord idea!ReplyCancel

  • Ursula Ellis - August 31, 2015 - 2:31 PM

    If mine could have just a quarter of the organization you’ve managed here, I’d be ecstatic. What a great job. And thanks for the chance to enter the give-away.ReplyCancel

  • alex - August 31, 2015 - 2:52 PM

    having serious garage envy!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - August 31, 2015 - 3:01 PM

    I would love to win this gift card…I think I would use it to buy a paint sprayer. We have bunches of painting projects lined up and it would make life so much easier :)ReplyCancel

  • Kari - August 31, 2015 - 3:21 PM

    Well…I’m super excited because my wonderful and giving mother just bought us some new dining room furniture. I’m 46 years old and this will be the first time in my adult life that I’ve actually had dining room furiture. SQUEEEE!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - August 31, 2015 - 3:39 PM

    It looks so great and makes me not want to open the door to our overstuffed and unorganized garage.ReplyCancel

  • Corey @ TinySidekick - August 31, 2015 - 4:14 PM

    This looks so amazing. I love the idea of putting leftover wood up and horizontal to get it out of the way. That is one of the things I’ve been wanting to figure out and this is a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Hall - August 31, 2015 - 4:54 PM

    Wow, that looks awesome! Great job. It must be so nice to have a neatly organized garage…I can dream…ReplyCancel

  • Trude - August 31, 2015 - 5:20 PM

    It all came together so perfectly! It must make working out there so much less of a chore. :)ReplyCancel

  • shaunie - August 31, 2015 - 6:06 PM

    So many things to do. Would love to repaint and redecorate the the living room.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - August 31, 2015 - 7:11 PM

    Wow — your garage is looking seriously good! This make me want to tackle the storage area in our basement.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley C - August 31, 2015 - 8:11 PM

    We started planning our patio for next year so this would help us get a jump start on it!


  • Susan Christy - August 31, 2015 - 8:33 PM

    Looking at the paint colors makes me want to grab a brush and redo every room in my house!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - August 31, 2015 - 8:50 PM

    Swooning over the organization! Can’t wait to copy your wood storage method!ReplyCancel

  • Moxie - August 31, 2015 - 9:44 PM

    Ah! I wish we had a garage. It’s really come together. I’m waiting for it to not be ridic hot so I can get to work on our shed.ReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie - August 31, 2015 - 10:32 PM

    Do you actually park in your garage now?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 1, 2015 - 8:11 AM

      We just started doing it this week! Magical!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel T. - August 31, 2015 - 11:27 PM

    Everything has a place — so neat!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - August 31, 2015 - 11:43 PM

    I’ve never seen a prettier, more organized garage! I need to get one of those bike racks.ReplyCancel

  • Anna V - September 1, 2015 - 1:45 AM

    Great tips! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - September 1, 2015 - 6:32 AM

    I’m pretty sure all garages need peg board walls and pretty wood storage! Your garage looks so good and I love the pop of blue.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - September 1, 2015 - 6:55 AM

    On my mind today, I hope the weeds I started killing on Sunday are actually dying otherwise I won’t be able to bring in the ??cyd of loam to reseed the front lawn this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - September 1, 2015 - 7:46 AM

    I just moved into my first home on Sunday and I could not be more excited to have a garage since I never had one growing up but it needs soooooo much work. New siding and facia and a new garage door opener as well but most importantly ORGANIZATION. Loving this post!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 1, 2015 - 8:14 AM

      We feel you! Good luck, and remember to have fun with it!ReplyCancel

  • susan - September 1, 2015 - 7:55 AM

    bungee cords + eye hooks = fabulous!!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea - September 1, 2015 - 8:27 AM

    Come do my garage! Yours looks great! I love all of the peg boards.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - September 1, 2015 - 9:06 AM

    Love all the organization! Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Elle - September 1, 2015 - 9:36 AM

    I was just at Ace Hardware last week and would love to win!ReplyCancel

  • Tanja - September 1, 2015 - 10:55 AM

    Thank you for inspiring me to get my garage in better shape. I need to get on this.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah B - September 1, 2015 - 11:00 AM

    Love the blue cabinets! Adds a nice touch to the garage.ReplyCancel

  • Beth G. - September 1, 2015 - 1:05 PM

    I need to paint my kitchen. I hope I win!ReplyCancel

  • Anna J - September 1, 2015 - 3:55 PM

    I love your love for organization! Makes my heart happy!ReplyCancel

  • KathleenC - September 1, 2015 - 6:47 PM

    Great giveaway! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • DJ - September 1, 2015 - 8:20 PM

    This is so well organized! I wish our garage looked like this!ReplyCancel

  • spiffikins - September 1, 2015 - 9:59 PM

    I need one of those doodad holders! Garage looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - September 2, 2015 - 5:41 AM

    I’m so super jealous. If people would see my garage, I think they would stop reading my blog.ReplyCancel

  • Kayley - September 2, 2015 - 12:47 PM

    What’s on my mind today is that it’s almost lunch time and I’m wondering what I should eat. Oh, and work stuff, I suppose. :PReplyCancel

  • Charlene - September 2, 2015 - 12:59 PM

    I would love to get my garage organized! Unfortunately I just have piles of cardboard boxes everywhere.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - September 2, 2015 - 1:26 PM

    Fantastic! Very inspiring!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly D - September 2, 2015 - 4:39 PM

    I would love to do a project like this in our garage.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - September 3, 2015 - 9:20 AM

    Love the idea of the curtains to hide away any mess!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette C. - September 3, 2015 - 12:00 PM

    Would love to win to buy products to complete some unfinished projects in my house!ReplyCancel

  • Kat - September 3, 2015 - 12:03 PM

    I like a white painted garage for a lighter, brighter workspace, however it highlights every single spider web in my garage! EEEK!ReplyCancel

  • Kala - September 3, 2015 - 2:31 PM

    i love the feeling of an organized space!ReplyCancel

  • Bridgette - September 3, 2015 - 2:44 PM

    Good motivation! My garage is in need of some LOVE :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily I - September 3, 2015 - 3:11 PM

    love all the great storage options!ReplyCancel



When we last left off with our Milo Baughman chair, we were so sure we were going bold. We asked, fuchsia or teal? I found myself waffling along with each comment that came through, agreeing that fuchsia was it when you said so, but also nodding my head when you leaned teal. And for those of that you voted for neutral? We heard that, too. I would think, oh, yes! Neutral. Totally! Scott, we must be nuts, yeah?

Well, surprise! We ultimately nixed both when, on a whim, I ordered a sample swatch of super soft lavender velvet. Lavender! There’s a color I never thought I’d say, but as soon as we were holding the swatch in our hand, we knew it was the one:


The fabric is Wisteria by Robert Allen, and the color is more subtle than the online photo suggests. We needed a total of 8 yards for the upholstery, and we had the job done by our go-to team in the city, Covers Unlimited (the same crew that performed magic on One Tail at a Time’s Garbage Sofa!). All said and done, the cost of the chair, fabric and upholstery is still comparable to that of a new arm chair (moderately priced), but can I get all nerdy and just say, they don’t make them like they used to? You know we can’t resist a good furniture rescue, but it’s so worth it when you find an old chair made of solid wood and heavy springs. Plus, ooh, that sloped arm! So pretty.


This funny little nook of ours has already been through a few transitions, but there is some progress aside from the chair! We’ve picked up a brassy sconce, we have rug samples in hand, and we’re thinking this vintage fabric will find a place in there as well. And just as we thought we’d go bold on Milo’s fabric, we were adamant about leaving the wall color alone. But, um, we’re changing our minds?

Just call us Waffles.

  • Shannon @ Fabulously Vintage - August 27, 2015 - 7:35 AM

    Love, love, LOVE the lavender!! Great choice, as always, guys! :)ReplyCancel

  • lsaspacey - August 27, 2015 - 8:43 AM

    Oh no, don’t change the paint! It’s perfect especially with that chair now.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 27, 2015 - 9:48 AM

      If we do, it will be similar, maybe with a little more drama. It’s up in the air, but we’re not counting it out just yet! We do love the dark walls with the lavender, so that won’t change.ReplyCancel

  • Trista - August 27, 2015 - 9:03 AM

    I love your house. You balance color and shapes and styles so so well, and it still looks comfy and cozy.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 27, 2015 - 9:47 AM

      Such a nice thing to say! Thank you, Trista!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - August 27, 2015 - 9:09 AM

    That wall color is PERFECT with the lavender chair (which is amaaaaazing)! I wouldn’t repaint.ReplyCancel

  • Dusa - August 27, 2015 - 9:47 AM

    Add me to the “keep the paint color” contingent!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 27, 2015 - 9:49 AM

      We think it will be similar! But better! IF we do it.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - August 27, 2015 - 9:50 AM

    While you are thinking of changing the wall color, I was thinking it might be the color I have been looking for for my entry. Could you share what color you used?
    I love the chair, by the way!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 27, 2015 - 10:01 AM

      Yup! It’s Blue Fir, a Martha Stewart color.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - August 27, 2015 - 10:23 AM

    Love the lavender velvet! But I’m definitely in agreement with changing the nook color. I think it would look stunning with a more blue-based color. Something a little darker and cooler would harmonize well with the chair and the living room rug.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 27, 2015 - 10:31 AM

      Girl after my own heart.ReplyCancel

    • Katie - August 28, 2015 - 11:03 AM

      Totally agree!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - August 27, 2015 - 11:05 AM

    THIS IS LITERALLY THE EXACT FABRIC I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR. Seriously, I keep telling everyone around me I’m trying to find the right lilac velvet for my office chair. That color looks so dark online, it isn’t in my swatch basket. I’ll have to add it. SO glad I saw this.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 27, 2015 - 11:10 AM

      Gloria, when the swatch came in the mail, I even asked Scott, wait, did we order this one? When I saw it was Wisteria, I was like, WHAT! It’s SO different and more subtle (and beautiful!) in person. The upholstery weight is so thick, and we even took a push pin and scratched it across the surface to see if it snagged easily. It passed the test!ReplyCancel

  • Allison H - August 27, 2015 - 11:20 AM

    I LOVE the lavender coupled with the current wall color but I’m sure if you have something in mind it will be great. That painting seems to add justthe bit of brightness the corner needs.ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - August 27, 2015 - 11:32 AM

    LOVE the lavender. It’s one of my favorite colors. I agree a more blue-toned dark color would look excellent. I can’t wait to see a light rug in there too! We just ordered rug samples for our home, and I’m so antsy waiting for them!!!

    On another note, is lavender Jack’s color or what?! HAND-SOME! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 27, 2015 - 11:38 AM

      UGH, we’re biased, but yes, he is a handsome, handsome noodle.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - August 27, 2015 - 11:34 AM

    What is the information on that warehouse sale again? I live in Humboldt Park and want to make sure it’s on my radar.

    Love the chair!


  • Meg D - August 27, 2015 - 11:44 AM

    Yes Yes Yes to repainting. Not that it isn’t lovely right now, but it isn’t quite right for the room I’m about to paint. Hoping that you’ll go a little darker and more blue/gray so that I can see how that looks and maybe copy! Kim — you are very lucky to have a husband who embraces the lilac and pink. There aren’t a lot of them out there!

    And now that I see the lilac with your framed picture, it seems crazy that you weren’t always thinking soft purple.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 27, 2015 - 12:02 PM

      Sometimes I think Scott might like pink more than me. I’m not complaining!ReplyCancel

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent - August 27, 2015 - 1:15 PM

    I mean.. this lavender is kind of like a neutral. No? Either way, it looks great!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    • Kim - August 27, 2015 - 1:23 PM

      Agreed! It sort of strikes the perfect balance of neutral with color. WE LOVE IT SO.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - August 27, 2015 - 1:36 PM

    Wow. I never would have gone with this, but I’m liking it. And while it does look good with the wall color, I can see something in this family that’s a little more vibrant making the chair stand out even more. Can’t wait to see! I’ve been waiting on this chair forever!

    Next week, I’m actually going to pick up my (outrageously priced) hot pink fabric for my dining chairs. I never would have gone there without your initial post on this chair, so thanks! I am super pumped and ready to get sewing.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 27, 2015 - 2:18 PM

      Good for you! I bet it’s going to look stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - August 28, 2015 - 1:00 PM

    Love it, especially with the wall color (although I can see how you’d want to play even more now)! And that first shot with the pup looking so handsome in that gorgeous light = perfection. :)ReplyCancel

  • misie - August 29, 2015 - 10:38 AM

    LOVE. We just bought lavender pillows for our couch – Mick was afraid it would be too girly – but we love them – It has made me rethink the color altogether.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - August 29, 2015 - 2:47 PM

    Speaking of rug samples…please do a post on rug sources. And telling us of a place that provides samples would be fabulous.
    Love the lavender chair. Maybe add a citrine/chartreuse pillow to it?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 31, 2015 - 10:23 AM

      We’ve been struggling ourselves! We typically look towards vintage rugs on Ebay or Craigslist, but this is an odd spaced shape. We have some ideas for the rug, but it’s a bit outside the norm… we’ll definitely be sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Karen @ year of serendipity - August 29, 2015 - 10:06 PM

    Swoon! Good choice!!ReplyCancel

  • Haley W - August 31, 2015 - 10:03 AM

    Inspired by your garage! Now I must tackle mine…ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - September 2, 2015 - 5:43 AM

    Totally perfect! Love the colorReplyCancel