As we've been chugging along on the garden's kitchen remodel, we've been receiving questions on that little half wall - what's going to go there? And it's not just you; as our friends pop down to see the progress, they ask the same thing! It could be simply painted the same color as …
  • Alex - July 28, 2017 - 8:15 AM

    Oh, I love it! I’m a sucker for marble anyway, but I think it looks perfect right there!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - July 28, 2017 - 8:37 AM

    This is awesome! Years ago, I bought a marble topped cabinet from a hotel resaler. It’s an awesome piece that I reconfigured to use an island (added wheels and a backer board (it used to house a fridge). But the marble could use help. It has some discoloration and a baaaaaad circle from a glass. I bet we could fix it up with this diamond kit!

    I have a question – how much money are you putting into the garden apartment and how long do you think it will take to recoup the investment through increased rent?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 28, 2017 - 11:40 AM

      You can totally save that marble top with this method!

      Our budget for the garden apartment was always ‘as inexpensive and smart as possible, but done right.’ It’s sort of how we go about all of our renovations, but I’d say we’ve personally spent about $15k-ish. We’ve splurged on a few pieces and budgeted on a few others, just like most things in our home! You’ve seen that we’ve had some tremendous help and support from amazing sponsors, which have allowed us to go above and beyond the original scope we were planning on.

      We weren’t charging nearly enough for rent for our former tenants, partially because they were friends and partially because the current state of the unit. Because of that, we feel pretty good that we’ll recoup the costs in the first year, year-and-a-half of rent, after which, it will be all profit. We’re just so happy that this unit has as much love poured into it as our home! After all, it’s ALL a part of our house!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - July 28, 2017 - 8:57 AM

    So awesome! You have the luckiest tenants. I hope Scott was wearing mouth/eye/ear protection while sawing and sanding!ReplyCancel

  • Mariana - July 28, 2017 - 9:31 AM

    This is coming along so beautifully. I love the care and attention you’re putting into your future tenants’ home (and wish I’d found something like it when I lived in Chicago!)ReplyCancel

  • Tia - July 28, 2017 - 11:31 AM

    I know this post is about the marble but I *really* love the butcher block counter tops!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 28, 2017 - 11:35 AM

      Thank you! I think the butcher block can really shine, now that the backsplash is tiled and the marble is in.ReplyCancel

  • kara - July 28, 2017 - 12:01 PM

    I love everything about this – i have tackled a bunch of diy but it would never have occurred to me that i could cut and polish granite! thank you for taking one more thing off the “i couldn’t do that!” list, and for inspiring us to reuse and renew stuff that might otherwise get thrown away.ReplyCancel

  • Eva - July 28, 2017 - 12:45 PM

    Hi Kim,

    I’ve been following your post and website for a long long time. Glad to see the kitchen is coming together! I saw the subway back splash was done already. Will you have a post to talk about that? I’m doing the same project right now, just can’t wait to see the blog?

    Thanks,
    YiqingReplyCancel

  • Staci - July 28, 2017 - 12:58 PM

    What a beautiful and practical touch. It always make me laugh when people say marble doesn’t hold up, when I’ve walked on marble steps hundreds of years old in historic locations.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 28, 2017 - 1:35 PM

      SO TRUE. Further proof it only looks better after hundreds (and hundreds!) of years – ha!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy - July 28, 2017 - 1:11 PM

    OOOMMMGGGG it looks so good!! I wish I lived in Chicago so I could rent this place! hahaReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB - July 28, 2017 - 1:36 PM

    That is such a smart little project and design choice! And you can’t beat a FREE slab of marble?!ReplyCancel

  • Marti - July 30, 2017 - 10:13 AM

    What a beautiful detail! I’d want to run my hand across the top every time I came through the backdoor.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - July 31, 2017 - 8:44 AM

    This is just beautiful! I’m curious why the half wall extends a few inches beyond the cabinet and back splash. Did you consider lining up the edge of the wall with those elements?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2017 - 8:52 AM

      We debated this for a while, and after looking at a few inspiration, we liked the look of a 2-3″ return so that we could contrast the cabinet with the wall color. 100% personal preference on that choice. :)ReplyCancel

      • Amy - August 3, 2017 - 12:04 PM

        I always think it’s nice too, to have a little return like that at the end of cabinets if someone wants to tuck a step stool or something along the side somewhere. (We have our mail sorter hanging on the end of a return like that, and it works perfectly).ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - July 31, 2017 - 9:23 PM

    That is really lovely Scott and Kim and it’s is so nice to be able to reuse something (anything) in a remodel.ReplyCancel

  • kate - August 14, 2017 - 3:03 PM

    Beautiful! I have been eyeing your backsplash tutorial and just need to pull the trigger on ordering tile. I see that you guys created a little trim on the free edge of the wall. I have 4 (!!!) spots in my kitchen where the backsplash is going to end in the middle of a wall (rather than at a corner), and I’ve been trying to find bullnose trim tile so I don’t have to make a border…but it’s impossible! I need several different kinds (bullnose on top and left side, bullnose on top and right side, bullnose on right side only, etc.). I know these tiles exist, but it feels like no one carries them! Home Depot has some on their website, but they are always sold out. I thought you guys might have some tips as to where to find? Or, confirm for me that they’re pretty tough to get and I should just suck it up and create a trim, even though I really was hoping to avoid it? THANKS!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 14, 2017 - 3:32 PM

      I hate to tell you, Kate, but it really would almost be easiest to create your own trim! We just used the bullnose tile to create our edging, and we had to get creative where it met up with the marble half wall. Once everything is grouted, I promise it’ll all look good!ReplyCancel

  • Phoua - August 17, 2017 - 2:01 PM

    Inspired by you,I found my own slab of marble to refinish! Is there another sealer you’d recommend and in a smaller quantity? The one you used is expensive.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 17, 2017 - 2:11 PM

      Awesome, good luck!

      Hmm… all the decent marble sealers I’m finding on Amazon are all coming out to around the $30 mark as well. I’d pop into a tile shop and maybe ask if they have any recommendations, and ask them what makes the sealer stand out above the rest. After all the hard work you’ve put in, you’re going to want to protect it!ReplyCancel

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This post is in partnership with Homes.com. As if on autopilot, a typical day might look like this: wake up, brush teeth, feed pets, work on the garden apartment. (And try to remember to eat!) Repeat. We won't lie; it's been an intense amount of DIY, hard …
  • Emily - July 25, 2017 - 7:46 AM

    Oh it looks so great! I’d take that laundry room, even if small, any day! I love your choice of moving to a stacked unit. Heading over to Homes.com now…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 25, 2017 - 10:18 AM

      Right? A laundry room is a laundry room, no matter how small!ReplyCancel

      • Kim B. - July 25, 2017 - 11:36 PM

        Absolutely! Such a luxury as a renter!! And a cute one made with care, to boot!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - July 25, 2017 - 8:27 AM

    Your room is so cute! I love it!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - July 25, 2017 - 9:34 AM

    I love how it turned out. And the article at homes.com is fabulous. Just had one question… what did you decide to do about the door to the laundry room? Did you keep it as is, change it out, or remove it entirely? Just curious!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 25, 2017 - 10:20 AM

      We gave it a fresh coat of paint and just re-installed it a couple days ago! We debated leaving it off, but in the end, we decided that since you can see the room from the kitchen, some people might prefer to tune out the daily laundry reminder. :)ReplyCancel

      • Uncle Brain - July 25, 2017 - 11:09 PM

        They were also contractually obligated to keep it.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - July 26, 2017 - 9:08 AM

          Haha, so true! There was no way we could get rid of the door after all the time you put into shaving into the perfect size. Thanks, Uncle Brain!ReplyCancel

  • Haley Hepburn - July 25, 2017 - 11:25 AM

    So cute and functional! Question, does Scott still have his suit and tie job or has he transitioned to blog things full time? Just asking because of the autopilot day comment.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 25, 2017 - 11:28 AM

      Good question! He does still have his suit and tie job, but that’s my weekly autopilot, and our joint evening and weekend autopilot. Our eyes are blurry with all the days blending together… are we almost done yet? Ha!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB - July 25, 2017 - 12:39 PM

    I love this! It’s so fresh, clean and functional.ReplyCancel

  • ten - July 25, 2017 - 1:11 PM

    Is that the same duck foot mirror that is in your bathroom? I always liked that mirror! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Wilson - July 25, 2017 - 2:05 PM

    My laundry room (aka closet) is about this size. I was contemplating doing a stackable washer and dryer too. I’m craving a folding station! I love, love how yours turned out! That butcher block is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Violet - July 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM

    I think yiur laundry room looks great.
    I just have to ask, It’s obvious why you had the washer and dryer on the right side of the room (water/electric etc) but would you have preferred it on the left side so you could get more light into the room? Oh and your future tenants are so going to use your butcher block as an ironing board.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 25, 2017 - 4:27 PM

      Yes, I think if the room could have been a mirror image, that would have been ideal! OR if we could have moved the window to the left. But the water wall is on the right, and the window is on a concrete wall, making either of those changes incredibly pricey. This was a work-with-what-you’ve-got mentality, and we’re pretty happy with it!

      You might be right about the ironing board, but the first time their shirt gets ruined with gooey Waterlox, I bet they don’t make the same mistake twice. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda McNutt - July 25, 2017 - 4:13 PM

    I love how this laundry room turned out! All of the finishing touches are just lovely. And the breadboard? Man oh man, how I love me some good beadboard. I’m curious how you came to the decision for a double stacked washer/dryer vs. Front loading w&d, with a counter top on top and a small cupboard on the far right. Now that I’m typing this I imagine it was a bit of cost (for the w&d – I know front loaders are a bit more) and the want for more storage than a small cupboard? I was just thinking it would be more counter space for folding and shelving & the window would be in view. Regardless, you did a fantastic job (as always!!) with it, I was just curious on the thought process. TIAReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 25, 2017 - 4:25 PM

      There was a side by side originally, and it made for an incredibly TIGHT squeeze in the room! It just wasn’t efficient for the width of the room, and it felt really claustrophobic.ReplyCancel

  • martina - July 25, 2017 - 10:53 PM

    Can I give a tiny bit of reader feedback? Firstly, obviously, I love your blog and read it regularly. But…. I find it really difficult to read when you insert animated gifs in between areas of text. I find myself trying to block it from view by scrolling up or down until I’m ready to look at it. The before and after effect is cool, but maybe it could be turned into a rollover or an arrow?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 26, 2017 - 9:20 AM

      Thank you for the feedback, Martina! It’s funny, because for a while, some of our readers were unable to view the gifs, and we spent quite a bit of time on the back end correcting the issue so everyone could see and enjoy them! We realize they might not be for everyone, but that’s why I use them sparingly, and mostly for effect on before and afters (with a slow roll time of about 2 seconds per image).

      A rollover is an interesting idea, and I’ll definitely look into it, thank you! My fear is that many people wouldn’t scroll, but let me noodle on that for a bit. There are probably other options as well.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - July 26, 2017 - 12:13 AM

    Australians are blocked from the http://www.homes.com/blog/ address giving a weird 90s formatted thing when you click on the link. :( and all the pictures are completely blocked.ReplyCancel

    • Katie - July 26, 2017 - 6:31 AM

      The same for me in Croatia (Europe *hiiii!*). Tried everything, no way I could see the pics :(ReplyCancel

      • Kim - July 26, 2017 - 9:10 AM

        Oh, I had no idea! Let me reach out to my contact at Homes.com and see what they say. Thanks for letting me know!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - July 26, 2017 - 1:11 PM

          Good news! Homes.com has resolved the issue, and now everyone – no matter where you are – can view the post!ReplyCancel

          • Katie - July 29, 2017 - 7:08 PM

            I can see the words but not the pictures here in Ndw Zealand ☹️

          • Kim - July 29, 2017 - 8:30 PM

            Thanks for letting me know! I’ve sent your update to Homes.com, in hopes they’re able to address the issue. Will keep you posted!

          • Aimee - July 31, 2017 - 8:33 AM

            No pictures here in the Philippines too. :(

  • Ashley @ The Gold Hive - July 26, 2017 - 12:34 PM

    Your morning routine is so normal. I recently watched a video from Martha Stewart about caring for cut flowers and she said that every day she wakes up, feeds her dogs, then tends to all of her flower arrangements – changing water, cutting the stems, and misting them. What a life! #goalsReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 26, 2017 - 1:10 PM

      Oh my goodness, and here we are trying to find 5 minutes to snip some flowers from our garden to put in a vase! Oh, to be Martha.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - July 26, 2017 - 2:15 PM

    This looks amazing! I love the whole space and how you’ve transformed it. But I do have one question- are you able to switch the orientation on the way the dryer door swings open? That seems like it might get a little annoying. But otherwise, I would almost enjoy doing laundry in here (and I hate laundry!).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 26, 2017 - 2:20 PM

      Jamie! I wish! We looked into it, and sadly, there’s no way to change the hinges from one side to the other. The GOOD news is that the door does swing ALL the way open. So you can still open it all the way and have plenty of access to swap loads, have access to the counter, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Chris - August 14, 2017 - 8:51 PM

    I really like what you did in your laundry room. I like how you really dressed up your laundry room with those home accents like the mirror and jars, etc… We have some smaller home decor items that would fit nicely in a laundry room at http://hometrendydecor.com

    Thanks for the cool ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Karen C. - August 29, 2017 - 12:04 PM

    Hi Kim and Scott! Love this laundry room SO much, i need to practically replicate it! Just out of curiosity what brand are those stacked machines, and would you recommend them? i’d love to get stacked too bc it saves space, but i’ve always heard there are risks with leaks…etc. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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An exciting thing happened the day we went to buy our butcher block countertops - they were on sale! Marked down to $109 from $159, we hauled away two slabs (one for each side of our little galley kitchen) before they could tell us it was a mistake. And that - that price! …
  • Eric - July 20, 2017 - 6:49 AM

    Love the butcher block countertops. This is going to look amazing. Your tenants are going to have a more stylish place than me!ReplyCancel

    • Kathy - July 21, 2017 - 7:56 AM

      IKR? I want to live there. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Katy DeBardelaben - July 20, 2017 - 7:16 AM

    Butcherblock is awesome and a great choice for a rental. I would never hesitate to use it. We installed it in our last kitchen and loved it. It’s so cheap, holds up well if you seal it properly and like you said, can be sanded down over and over and over again for decades if necessary. Which it probably won’t. But seriously it will be the countertop that won’t die. And for so cheap!ReplyCancel

  • Toni - July 20, 2017 - 8:48 AM

    Hi there! I absolutely love how the counter tops turned out.
    Would you please share your process? Which product did you apply first, and how many coats?

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 20, 2017 - 8:57 AM

      There’s a bullet point list in the post of exactly my process, but it’s wood conditioner, stain, and 5 coats of Waterlox.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - July 20, 2017 - 11:20 AM

    These are GORGEOUS!

    This a little off the topic of the counters, but you mentioned that they might be seen as a risk in a rental… were there any of the same concerns with your wood tile floor? I had suggested wood look tile to a friend who is renovating a rental property and her contractor (who is a “tile guy”) was really discouraging of doing it throughout the living space. I did a fair amount of research and read mixed pros and cons. Thanks for any input!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 20, 2017 - 11:51 AM

      Thanks, Gretchen!

      I have NO idea why her contractor would discourage the use of tile, unless it’s simply because it’s a lot more work (because it is). Porcelain tile is going to be extremely durable, and we weighed a lot of pros and cons ourselves. We dive into it a lot more in this post: http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/ReplyCancel

  • ~B - July 20, 2017 - 12:02 PM

    “Finally, it was time to condition, stain and steal!” I think you meant to say “seal”, although at that price, it was quite the steal :)

    Love your work and I’m really enjoying watching the rental apartment come together!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 20, 2017 - 12:09 PM

      Haha, you’re right on both counts! Updated.ReplyCancel

  • Pat - July 20, 2017 - 1:32 PM

    I have butcherblock counters, that I seal on occasion with mineral oil. Love them. Love how these look too. Did you seal the underside where the dishwasher is? Steam pouring into unsealed wood sounds like a problem waiting to happen.ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy - July 21, 2017 - 12:08 PM

    Finish underside of counter-top under the dishwasher. It may get humid with the dishwasher runningReplyCancel

  • Jess - July 21, 2017 - 2:20 PM

    I love the look of butcher block but don’t care for joints with L-shaped countertops or longer lengths. Do you have any tips for dealing with joints?ReplyCancel

  • Katie Crowther - July 22, 2017 - 1:24 AM

    What is the name of the ikea butcher block you used? The website has several options but none that appear to be solid wood and stainable. We used the Karlby in a project at out house and it is just a particle board with a thin wood veneer.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - July 22, 2017 - 1:26 AM

    Ok now I’m realizing it never says they are from Ikea🤦🏼‍♀️. In that case where did you get yours from;)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 22, 2017 - 8:43 AM

      Ha, that’s ok! In the first paragraph, we say we got them from Menard’s. :)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - July 22, 2017 - 9:53 AM

    Those counters look great! I’m jealous of the future tenants :)ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - July 22, 2017 - 3:28 PM

    Three cheers for butcher block + Waterlox! Beautiful, sustainable, durable, affordable (look at all my rhyming words!).

    I’ll be really interested to see how this holds up in a rental: will you come back in a year and give us an update? I’m curious because we have this combo in our kitchen and adore it, but we’re there to take care of it, wipe up standing water at the end of the day, etc.: not a huge amount of love, but some. We want to do the same thing in our boys’ bathroom but are not sure how it will do with zero love. Keep us posted?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 24, 2017 - 9:48 AM

      We would love to keep you posted! Once our tenant(s) moves in, we do like to give them privacy (so no more photoshoots down here!), but assuming they move out after a year, we agree that it would be a great idea to discuss how things are holding up!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - July 24, 2017 - 3:08 PM

    First of all, the garden apartment is looking great!

    You may want to specifically ask that your tenants not cut directly on the countertops (i.e. use cutting boards) and take care to clean up spills immediately, particularly around the sink—give them pointers rather than just hoping they’ll treat the counters with respect. Some people are pretty clueless unfortunately.

    I lived briefly in an apartment that had butcher block counters. When my now-husband and I moved in they were disgusting: stained, scratched. The area around the sink in particular was really, really bad. We sanded and sanded, then oiled, and with a lot of work most of the counters looked good again, except the area around the sink—the water damage was really deep there and we never could get out the black staining. I don’t know how long they were bad before we moved in (three young guys lived there before us and my only memory of touring the place was all the dried ketchup on the counters)…blah blah anyway…a few words of prevention might help you to avoid some work between tenants. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 24, 2017 - 8:13 PM

      You’re so right! We’ll definitely say something and hope that they take our advice to heart. We do realize it’s a bit of a gamble.ReplyCancel

  • Slate - August 4, 2017 - 8:41 PM

    Looking good! The butcher block countertops are beautiful!ReplyCancel

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If you're anything like me, you often find yourself tripped up over the details (also known as losing All the Sleep). You fret over upcoming dinner plans, your grocery list or, in this case (and for us, most cases), your current project du jour. The garden apartment has come leaps and bounds since we first shared …
  • Sarah - July 18, 2017 - 8:06 AM

    It is looking so so good in there and I can’t believe how quickly it’s coming togather! You guys are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - July 18, 2017 - 10:57 AM

    This looks so good! Watching you guys do this has made me want to use Ikea cabinets in our own kitchen but go with the custom cabinet fronts from Semihandmade!

    Quick question–we actually just bought a Pax closet to go inside our current, deep, reach-in closet. According to the direction, we totally had enough space to clear the ceiling…but in a *d’oh* moment…we don’t and should’ve built the cabinet in the closet. Have you guys ever disassembled a pax or other ikea cabinet? I assume the kitchen cabinets go together in a similar way. How do you get that little locking thing out? (NO idea what you call that thing that basically secures that the pieces are fit together)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 18, 2017 - 12:10 PM

      Thanks, Katherine! Semihandmade has so many good door options!

      Hmmm, we haven’t taken a cabinet apart after we’ve put it together. Is it something that can be twisted out with pliers? I’m having a hard time imagining exactly which locking part you’re talking about – I feel like all IKEA parts lock together in a magical way!

      Anyone else?ReplyCancel

    • Marjory - July 18, 2017 - 2:46 PM

      Do you mean these things? https://www.furnitureparts.com/collections/cam-lock-nuts

      I messed up when I was putting a Malm dresser together and used the plastic one when I should have used the metal one. I tried everything I could to get it out and ended up breaking it. I could almost get it with pliers, but I couldn’t get it that last little bit. Can you turn the piece on its side or something one you’ve pulled it with the pliers and try to shake it out? I found this youtube video that you might could try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qjnby5i6VcReplyCancel

      • Kim - July 18, 2017 - 2:59 PM

        You’re the best, Marjory!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB - July 18, 2017 - 2:47 PM

    I’m a details person, so I love posts like this. Thanks for not skipping over it! The progress on the apartment is exciting :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 18, 2017 - 2:59 PM

      The details are everything.ReplyCancel

  • Eric - July 19, 2017 - 2:45 PM

    It’s all these little details that make the house a home. Looks great. And don’t those folks at IKEA think of everything?ReplyCancel

  • Lacey - July 20, 2017 - 5:24 AM

    Do think you should have gotten a 36″ cabinet for next to the range hood so you wouldn’t have needed a filler? I’m designing my own IKEA kitchen right now, and they recommended getting a 30″ to me as well.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 20, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      I fought them at the store on it, but she INSISTED we go with a 30″. I honestly don’t think it would have been a big deal to go with a 36″, but we trusted their judgement in the end!ReplyCancel

  • lauren l price - November 10, 2017 - 1:52 PM

    Hi there! SUCH a helpful post!
    One quick question, did you use cover panels on each side of every lower cabinet? I know that we need one on the exposed white part of the end cabinet, but I am wondering where else I really NEED them. I am thinking between where a cabinet meets an appliance(like dishwasher and stove)?
    Thanks!
    LaurenReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 10, 2017 - 2:22 PM

      Hey Lauren! We only used a side cover panel in between the fridge and countertops and on the very end when you first enter the kitchen. We didn’t use any in-between the dishwasher or oven, for example. I think it would be a waste of $$, honestly, as you would never, ever see it.ReplyCancel

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A few months ago, we shared the tips and tricks we do every day around our home to make this a happy, healthy pet friendly place to live. It's no secret that Jack, CC and Libby rule this roost, and we try our best to set them up for success. Nothing …
  • Ryan - July 13, 2017 - 7:46 AM

    I love this post from you all! I am the opposite of you in that I hate buying throw pillows for myself, mostly because I know my black lab (Dugan) has a knack for making my pillows look less than glamorous in no time. This is very helpful and it looks like I’ll be doing some shopping!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 13, 2017 - 10:26 AM

      Libby makes little beds from every one of our pillows – it’s a daily struggle (but also really cute when we see every pillow on the couch with a perfect nest)!ReplyCancel

  • anna - July 13, 2017 - 1:09 PM

    Hi Kim! Such a helpful post! I was just coming over here to ask you for advice about buying used furniture, in Chicago in particular – do you have any ideas? We are looking for a sectional similar to yours, or a sofa similar to yours (ha, I evidently love your style) but can’t afford to pay retail at the minute. Any ideas gratefully received. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 13, 2017 - 1:16 PM

      Hi Anna! Have you checked out the Brown Elephant in Andersonville (or even the one in Lakeview)? They always have such a big furniture selection, but the item might just need reupholstered. Also, Jubilee Furniture in Carol Stream is worth the drive. It’s where we got our blue sofa for $75 and then reupholstered it! They update their blog weekly, but only with their newest inventory. Definitely worth it, as their selection is MASSIVE: http://jubileefurniture.blogspot.com/ReplyCancel

      • Anna - July 14, 2017 - 9:10 AM

        Thanks so much! I haven’t heard of those, will try to check them out soon :)ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - July 13, 2017 - 1:21 PM

    Love this! I got totally frustrated years ago with the lack of options on affordable, removable and good looking covers that I started making my own. I love many of these!! I can’t wait for our new sofa and chairs so I can add some pillows! My husband is not a fan of them, but me and the kitties loooove them!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah H - July 13, 2017 - 2:21 PM

    Libby has her claws, right? How do your couches still look so amazing? We’ve been able to find rugs that are kitty claw proof but every once in a while they got an itch to pull at the couches. They don’t do it often, but have done it enough that the arms on our couches look terrible now! I’m wondering if we are staring down a life of microsuede couches? Does your fabric hold up better or is libby just not the type to claw the couches? We have two kitties and a dog. One kitty goes for the couches and the other sticks to her cardboard tree we have for them. Our animals have definitely have made our house their home :) Wouldn’t have it any other way, though.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 13, 2017 - 2:27 PM

      The material on our Dryden couch (seen in the first photo) has held up REALLY well to Libby’s claws. Our velvet couch is probably at 95%, but that’s because Maddie like to scratch on just one arm. She did it rarely, but some of the threads have been pulled, although luckily, it’s barely noticeable. We actually really like velvet for that reason; if it has a really tight weave, it’s almost self healing.

      Even still, Libby (and even Maddie) aren’t really scratchers. Libby has razor talons (despite her trims!), and she doesn’t intentionally pull on fabric, but sometimes her claws get stuck. I think we’re lucky that she doesn’t purposely try to destroy anything, otherwise, it would be a different story!ReplyCancel

      • Megan - July 13, 2017 - 4:02 PM

        What fabric did you get on the Dryden couch?ReplyCancel

        • Kim - July 13, 2017 - 4:10 PM

          We have the Diamond FogReplyCancel

          • Hannah h - July 13, 2017 - 7:29 PM

            Super helpful – thank you! I think I just need to do some fabric samples ordering and try the needle trick you mentioned in an earlier post and see what holds up. Good thing they are so cute!

            I never would have thought of velvet!

    • Kim - July 13, 2017 - 9:41 PM

      100% be sure to grab samples! Also, they have swatches you can check out in store and pick up the samples in person as well. We love doing the push pin trick to see what snags and what holds up well. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - July 13, 2017 - 2:39 PM

    I really like the Xbase pillow from CB2 but decided not to purchase it because the item description said “spot clean.” I might try it anyway, since it’s 100% cotton and yours seemed to hold up well to machine washing?

    I recently purchased a couple of machine washable pillow covers and inserts from Pottery Barn. It’s too soon to tell how well they will hold up, though. When I was browsing their site, I noticed that most of their pillow covers are machine washable.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM

      We wash our Xbase pillow all the time, and we even pop it in the dryer! It holds up perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Tori Mistick - July 14, 2017 - 8:21 AM

    Lucy hangs out on the day bed in my office pretty much all day every day, so the pillows on there get a lot of hair. Some are from target and the covers don’t come off so I actually vacuum them every couple of weeks, or if I’m in a rush I run a lint roller over them. But after seeing this post I want to buy all new pillows!! Definitely have a lot of tabs open now!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 14, 2017 - 9:16 AM

      Sadly, it’s the #1 reason we can’t give in to Target pillows! If only they made their covers removable!ReplyCancel

  • Meg - July 14, 2017 - 9:25 AM

    Awesome post! I just got our CB2 xbase pillow cover back from the green cleaners but next time I might try washing it since it is cotton. I’ve just noticed some of the weaving come loose on the edges (which I handsewed to repair) so I’ve wondered how it would hold up in the washing machine. Sounds like you guys have tested those waters! Thx for the great tips.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 14, 2017 - 9:36 AM

      We haven’t needed to make any repairs, so next time I would think your safe to throw it in the delicate cycle! We put ours through the dryer, too.ReplyCancel

  • ellen - July 15, 2017 - 1:40 AM

    Hi, new reader! I have been frustrated by this EXACT search criteria for the past year! My couch has been pillow-less because there are so few washable cover options I feel good about. I tried a wool UO option last year and ended up hand washing in warm/hot water (mistake) and the colors started bleeding. Ugh! Love all these options and am literally about to pull the trigger on some Stitched by Grace NY pillows from your Etsy links. Have you specifically tried washing those covers? The listing says Spot Clean Only, so I’m curious if you’ve personally “vetted” them, or just suspect they’d be safe! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 16, 2017 - 5:38 PM

      Hi, Ellen, happy to have you! We can’t speak from personal experience, but I have washed similar mudcloth pillows with no issues. I would recommend washing them by themselves the first time or two to prevent any bleed, but most sellers will pre-wash the fabrics anyway. I’d double check with the seller, but if it were us, I’d totally wash them. :)ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - July 17, 2017 - 9:25 AM

    Hi Kim!

    This post is so great! No pets of my own yet but I have an unhealthy relationship with petfinder.com, so it’s only a matter of time…

    Pro Tip: If you are ordering CB2 online and use the “can we help you?” chat thingy that pops up, they will sell you the covers without the insert for a little bit less! I assume the same can be done in person (just like in any Crate & Barrel) but we don’t have a CB2 in our area.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 17, 2017 - 4:49 PM

      Wow, that is such a GREAT tip! I know you can ask for the cover without the filler in store, but it’s cool to hear they’ll honor the same via the chat function. Thank you, Gretchen!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - July 18, 2017 - 9:54 AM

    I love these pillows! I’ve been slowly trying to update our throw pillows, but having trouble. I bought the xbase pillow and love how bold it is. I am liking the Etsy #4 option, do you think those would look good together, or both too bold? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 18, 2017 - 10:01 AM

      It would be bold, but great! The lines are clean enough to not feel overwhelming. Maybe layer with a few solid color pillows as well. Go for it!ReplyCancel

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