This post is in partnership with Schlage. It was the details that sold us on Tree House. Although we were crushed at the time, the first home we put in an offer on (and subsequently lost to a cash buyer) was never meant to be ours. This house though? This house was the Real One from the moment we stepped in the front - or should I say, side? - door. What Tree House has that every other home we toured lacked is charm - and lots of …
  • Louize - December 5, 2017 - 8:12 AM

    My apartment still had all the 1930 original door hardware – buried under layers and layers of paint – my best home renovation purchase was a slow cooker, it worked miracles and now everyone who comes to visit comments on how beautiful my paint-free hardware is! It isn’t difficult, but does take some patience as you have to leave the pieces bubbling away for 8-10 hours. The advantage it is chemical free – I tried some hideous concoctions before falling on the slow cooker method! Good luck :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 5, 2017 - 8:33 AM

      Thank you! We can’t wait to start boiling away… I don’t think there’s a single hinge in this house that isn’t coated with layers of paint!ReplyCancel

  • Vid - December 5, 2017 - 10:22 AM

    How do you leave the bedroom to go onto the deck, with no doorknob on that door?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 5, 2017 - 10:41 AM

      Hi, Vid! I’m a little confused… On the ‘Inside’ image, there’s a doorknob right under the lock. So we use that. Is that what you mean?ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - December 5, 2017 - 11:38 AM

    I loved this post, especially since it’s something we’re battling in our current home!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • L. - December 5, 2017 - 3:26 PM

    Speaking of the Daniel method…. is he alive and kicking?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 5, 2017 - 3:33 PM

      He’s a busy, busy man, renovating his little heart out for lucky clients. He’s doing good!ReplyCancel

      • L. - December 5, 2017 - 3:48 PM

        That’s great to hear, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Casey - December 5, 2017 - 5:38 PM

    For some reason, I think my first comment didn’t post… anyways, our home was built in 1946 and has all the original glass knobs!

    My question is.. is it safe to put the glass knobs in hot water like that? The ones at our house have a metal base that is covered in paint which I’d love to clean off, but I don’t want to ruin them!

    Also, so excited to see all the wonderful updates y’all are gonna do to this house!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 6, 2017 - 9:17 AM

      Ooh, good question. I’m honestly not sure, and I can’t seem to find anything online. Does anyone else know?

      We’ll share the before/afters and what we learn along the way!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - December 6, 2017 - 9:18 AM

        Update: Found an article saying to avoid boiling the glass. We’ll likely need to separate the knobs from the back plate – bummer!ReplyCancel

        • Casey - December 6, 2017 - 12:52 PM

          Bummer! If you find any good way to go about it, let me know! From the photos it looks like my knobs look very similar to y’alls!

          Thanks for the reply! xoReplyCancel

  • Kendal - December 6, 2017 - 8:13 AM

    Love these little projects that keep the renovation train moving! Your new locksets look great. I’m using the same Schlage products in my own place, but in the matte black finish. I have a mix of original (1913) doors and a few new ones. I’m renovating my place one toddler nap at a time (so in 2 hr bursts) and my reno list is made up entirely of projects that I can start, finish and clean up between 1-3pm. Changing out hardware is the perfect example!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 6, 2017 - 9:14 AM

      Start-to-finish projects are SO important to keep the momentum up!ReplyCancel

  • Jon - December 7, 2017 - 11:43 AM

    Awesome way to match old with new! I have a very similar door knob as your front (side) door, but the knobs on the interior and exterior are very loose. Any suggestions on how to tighten it up? It has exposed screws on the knobs and I think they are old and not tightening up anymore.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 7, 2017 - 3:17 PM

      Hi, Jon – that’s a bummer! We’ve used this product before. It definitely helps (quite a bit), but we found that if you mess with it too much, it will start to become loose. It’s a little finicky, but it could be the solution to your problem. It’s worth a try!ReplyCancel

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Over the long weekend, we loaded up the dogs and spent a one-nighter at Tree House. Our list of things to knock out was long, but each task was relatively simple - measuring for lighting, ceiling fans and a couch (this one, specifically!), installing new locksets and, the kicker, choosing paint colors and all new trim work! This week, our favorite Chicago contractor and his team is spending their days at the house, removing the non-functioning chimney, replacing moldy drywall with new …
  • Bernadette - November 29, 2017 - 8:44 AM

    Love the pink for the bedroom! I’m weary of the living room color, though. Homes surrounded by trees are so much trickier for paint selection. When the trees have leaves again, you’ll have to contend with the green/yellow hue that reflects and tints the sunlight streaming in. Might be worth waiting until spring to commit!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 29, 2017 - 9:03 AM

      That’s a great point! At the same time, that could have been half of my commitment problem – there are still a lot of colorful trees surrounding Tree House while we were choosing samples. It would be nearly impossible to please all the lighting conditions, but we can do our best, ha!ReplyCancel

      • Bernadette - November 30, 2017 - 3:15 PM

        If the trees still have color, I’m sure you’ve made a good choice! And if the light reflects neon green when you start painting, you’ll have the opportunity to rethink your choice ;)

        (And thank you to the proofreader; I did intend wary, but I cannot edit my comment after the fact to correct it.)ReplyCancel

    • KarenJ - November 30, 2017 - 12:38 AM

      That’s wary not weary unless you are saying you are tired of the colour they have chosen for the living room?ReplyCancel

  • Chris R. - November 30, 2017 - 8:27 AM

    Choosing off-white paint has to be one the hardest decisions to make in renovating! I love your choices though! Can I ask where you bought your trim?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 30, 2017 - 9:16 AM

      It’s definitely a toughie! The trim is from Lowe’s.ReplyCancel

      • Chris R. - December 1, 2017 - 7:42 AM

        Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - November 30, 2017 - 8:48 AM

    I think your paint choices will work well in the space! I am someone who always agonizes over choices and have to remind myself that there are lots of choices that will all be great in their own way and I don’t have to find THE ONE. And as you have noted, the paint colors will be affected by so many variations in lighting that there is just no way to account for them all. It will be great to have everything fresh and clean and honestly, once the baby arrives, you will have so many more things to feel and think about that the variations in shades of white just aren’t going to matter as much. But, in the meantime, the Tree House is an exciting project and its great fun to see you work through all the details. It is a wonderful spot to make lots of memories!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - November 30, 2017 - 3:37 PM

    Whites are some of the hardest colors to pick because they all tend to actually be just a very light version of another color. I love the one you picked!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Mary - December 12, 2017 - 11:14 AM

    The picture you show of Scott holding your final paint choices, the Heirloom Pink looks like a pale gray to me. Does it look pinkier on the wall?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 12, 2017 - 11:17 AM

      It was the most ‘gray’ pink of the bunch! My worry was that it wouldn’t be pink enough, but Scott is obsessed with it. I think once it’s covering the whole wall, it will read much more pink – but still subtle.ReplyCancel

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How many of you are happier sharing photos of your pets rather than yourself? You know we fall into this category! I bet you?re the same kind of person who also pastes a silly and sweet photo of your pup (cat, bird, lizard, insert-your-BFF-here) onto your annual holiday card, too, right? I can?t tell you how many adorable cards we receive from friends and family that prominently feature photos of anything but themselves ? pets and children immediately come to mind! - and we shamelessly fall into that same category. Jack and …
  • Laura Nuss - November 20, 2017 - 7:41 AM

    OMG! So cute! We have an australian shepherd and a Bernese Mountain dog (we refer to her as Miley Cyrus circa 2015! Ha! Our last rescue was terrified of the camera so it’s fun to capture Chloe and Tanner!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 20, 2017 - 8:27 AM

      Aw, my two favorites types of dogs! I grew up with Aussies (those shaggy pants they wear!) and have always loved the coloring of Berneses Mountain pups. I bet they’re a stunning duo.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - November 21, 2017 - 8:27 AM

    So smart! We will definitely be employing peanut butter to encourage some serious making out!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - November 21, 2017 - 6:56 PM

    These are AWESOME tips! Definitely pinning this so I can remember these!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley- At Home with Ashley - November 21, 2017 - 11:34 PM

    I love these tips! You truly get the best pictures of your pups! I am absolutely going to try the peanut butter on my Cavaliers- my Lucy dog is super food motivated. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Tia - November 27, 2017 - 10:19 AM

    I have two cats and as much as I want a Christmas card with all of us, the idea of capturing us at the same time seems impossible…even with your wonderful tips. Because cats…lol.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 27, 2017 - 10:29 AM

      Two dogs is one thing… two cats is another. :D Sometimes the best photos are in the chaos though!ReplyCancel

  • Marjory - November 28, 2017 - 2:58 PM

    My guys are all obsessed with tennis balls, so if I hold one up in front of them, I get their undivided attention!ReplyCancel

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I was starting to get worried that our Tree House to do list was absolutely nuts. But what's even crazier is that we've since added to it - if only because our first demolition weekend was such a huge success! Not only did we crush everything on our list of 'hope to do,' but we accidentally added 'kitchen deconstruction,' too. The same day that the HVAC system was given the thumbs up, we loaded up the pups and headed to our tiny fixer upper
  • Esther - November 16, 2017 - 7:20 AM

    Wow. So much lighter already! Can’t wait to see the ‘afters’. 😄ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2017 - 8:14 AM

      We joked that Tree House lost at least 1000 lbs in one day!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - November 16, 2017 - 8:11 AM

    OMG your babies (ok, I guess I should say pups now that there is a baby coming) behind the pocket door watching melted my heart! Very exciting!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2017 - 8:13 AM

      They are still very much our babies, haha, always wanting to help with everything.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - November 16, 2017 - 9:18 AM

    This is so fun! So eager to see the progress. I’m amazed at you guys. We started a half bath project about a month ago, and between moving my parents out of our house into a travel trailer and my in laws visiting from Germany, we have made very little progress. Maybe I’ll rip up some tile this evening…ReplyCancel

  • Mara - November 16, 2017 - 9:25 AM

    Kim, your baby belly brings tears of joy! You’re so cute. Love what you guys are doing so far. I vote a pretty sage or olive for the cabinets!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2017 - 9:48 AM

      Thanks, Mara! So sweet. We’re kind of leaning that way, but keep going back and forth! In the meantime, we’ve been gathering inspiration images…ReplyCancel

      • Kerri - November 16, 2017 - 1:39 PM

        I just painted some cabinetry “Rosemary” by Sherwin Williams and it is a beautiful green. :)ReplyCancel

  • Liz - November 16, 2017 - 9:27 AM

    As this is your little getaway, I vote you do something fun in the kitchen! It’s going to be cute pretty much no matter what.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - November 16, 2017 - 9:39 AM

    Colorful cabinets! Weekend houses are a chance to do something fun!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - November 16, 2017 - 11:17 AM

    Your little get away is so cute and the progress is really exciting! Just an idea; You could go for a really open floor plan by ripping out the walls framing the mud room! Just make a small closet for the stacked washer & dryer. It would totally open up the living/kitchen/dining space.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2017 - 11:24 AM

      So interesting! That could be a really cool concept, but with Michigan winters and the summer beaches, we just LOVE a mudroom. I see how your idea could work, but we’re definitely excited about the possibility of a built-in banquette for the dining room.ReplyCancel

  • Val - November 16, 2017 - 7:11 PM

    I love the vlog post and this is so exciting to watch it all come down in preparation for new ideas! I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. 😊ReplyCancel

  • the lady - November 17, 2017 - 8:23 AM

    Very excited to see where the cabin design takes you! (and us!!) :) One thing I have learned from my parents having second homes–there are always critter problems! Between mice and skunk and the random armadillo, it’s always something. They have done a lot of work to seal off the underside of the cabins and little garage they have to make sure nothing gets under there or worse, gets under there and dies :/ just a thought as you plan! have funReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 17, 2017 - 8:36 AM

      Such a great tip! We do have a few areas we know we need to address. It’s definitely something we hope to get to soon!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - November 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

    Loved watching along on instagram! Do you have any plans for the outside? I remember from the original tour that it was a bit of an awkward curb appeal because of the addition, but it sounds like you are staying with the front-door actually being a side-door configuration?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

      Yup, it’s going to stay a side-door-front-door. The inside flow makes so much sense, we don’t want to mess with that! BUT we’ll definitely be making changes to the outside – the deck, the landscaping, etc. Hopefully this summer?ReplyCancel

      • Janet - November 17, 2017 - 11:17 AM

        Can’t wait to see it! I find it’s hard to create an inviting street view if you can’t see the entrance, so I’m excited to see your ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Régine from The 256 Project - November 17, 2017 - 9:39 PM

    Is that vinyl flooring covering up some of that hardwood? If so, how are you planning on removing it?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2017 - 6:17 PM

      From bottom to top: It’s hardwood flooring, then a thin plywood subfloor, then vinyl. Our floor refinishers are going to remove it for us – but it can be done with prybars and patience. The plywood subfloor was nailed down, so all those nails need to be pried up!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - November 18, 2017 - 2:57 PM

    Oh, I love this stage! Can I vote for sage too?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2017 - 6:16 PM

      Haha, time will tell! So many possibilities. :)ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - November 18, 2017 - 4:24 PM

    It’s so exciting to see all of this fun progress!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • marie - November 19, 2017 - 8:48 PM

    How did you keep the demo areas safe for puppy feet? I’m always concerned that our puppers will step on something sharp (so far that has only happened to the humans around here!). The space looks great! can’t wait to see what happens.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 20, 2017 - 8:26 AM

      During the more intense parts of demo, we set up the dogs with beds and blankets in one of the bedrooms. After we were able to sweep everything up, they could come out. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - The Gold Hive - November 19, 2017 - 10:07 PM

    I could watch you gut those rooms all day long. Why isn’t that the premise of an HGTV show??!ReplyCancel

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dresser + hardware | door knob | mirror | changing pad | pail | baskets (natural, white) This post is in partnership with Homes.com. We first began planning for the nursery closet way back in January - before this room was a nursery and better known as The Scary
  • jane - November 14, 2017 - 8:19 AM

    Wow! This looks great! Very happy and excited for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - November 14, 2017 - 9:16 AM

    you got the peanut changing pad! Good call! we’ve loved ours for the multitude of diaper changing accidents

    loving your closet spaceReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2017 - 9:19 AM

      Yay, glad to hear it! Once we considered the cost of a topper and a pad and several covers, this felt so much easier (and cleaner looking!).ReplyCancel

      • Alli - November 14, 2017 - 9:25 AM

        We have this too, love it! How did you attach yours to the dresser without damaging the wood?ReplyCancel

        • Kim - November 14, 2017 - 9:31 AM

          The velcro that comes with it definitely makes us nervous about ruining the dresser top, so instead, we plan on picking up heavy duty sticky command strips to keep it from slipping around. We like that it has a nice weight to it as well!ReplyCancel

          • Nicole - November 14, 2017 - 10:23 AM

            FYI – we never attached the peanut to our dresser. It doesn’t scoot much and our guy never really tried a full body roll and he was never on there for an extended period of time. It’s the best pad. We started with a super fancy hand me down but were washing covers constantly!

  • Tina Slocum - November 14, 2017 - 9:22 AM

    This is the prettiest closet (and most functional) I’ve ever seen. The color! The dresser and mirror! What a delight! Love that the fur babies are warming up the room for your precious baby girl. Lovely post!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2017 - 9:32 AM

      Not captured: CC’s favorite activity of using the rug as her personal back scratcher. Constantly. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa A MacGregor - November 14, 2017 - 10:46 AM

    It’s a beautiful closet for any age person! I can totally see a cute toy hanging from that hanging bar to keep your squirmy little one entertained while you change a diaper. Also, don’t forget a bin for too SMALL clothing. That comes quickly and having a basket to toss those items when you try them on her and realize she is too long!! So excited for you both!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2017 - 10:56 AM

      Oh, such a good point! Almost all the baskets you see in the closet are currently empty, so we’ll have to dedicate one to that purpose.ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - November 14, 2017 - 1:40 PM

    This closet is so darling! You did an awesome job!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Brittany - November 14, 2017 - 4:29 PM

    It looks great and love all the storage! Where is that beautiful white tassel blanket from?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - November 14, 2017 - 4:30 PM

    This is SO gorgeous, and such a great use of space! Your little babe is so lucky to have such a beautiful room. Genius!!!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Rice - November 14, 2017 - 8:25 PM

    If that was my room, I would be a really good sleeper and never cry! Here’s hoping baby Vargo agrees. Perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Julie P - November 15, 2017 - 11:08 AM

    Omg I’m in love with the birch dresser!!!! Love it with the reddish floors and pale pink.

    Just a heads up, your daughter will probably want to see if she can push or pull or tip or lift the mirror. Have you secured it extremely well to the wall?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 15, 2017 - 11:29 AM

      Absolutely! It’s not going anywhere.ReplyCancel

      • Julie P - November 17, 2017 - 2:38 PM

        ExcellentReplyCancel

  • averil - November 21, 2017 - 3:41 AM

    I just imagined all those nice toys, books and clothes getting projectile pooped on. My newborn niece did exactly that multiple times while we were changing her and we soon shifted everything around so that nothing was in the line of fire…ReplyCancel

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