53 Tools to Build Your DIY Library

DIY nail art | our workshop Given the number and variety of projects we’ve documented here on YBH, we get a lot of requests for tool buying advice. We totally get it; with the sheer volume of brands, styles, cross-compatibility (or lack thereof) and varying levels of quality available, purchasing decisions can certainly be overwhelming. So […]

Adding Function to the Workshop (Again)!

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. Much like our skinny little guest room, our skinny little workshop has seen a couple of incarnations since we’ve been in our Chicago home. When we first whipped it into shape a few years ago, CC was relatively new to our family, there wasn’t a baby in sight, and […]

How We Organize Our Workshop

The secret workshop behind our kitchen has been one of the best decisions we’ve made for our home. A long, long time ago, we had kind of sort of toyed with the idea of knocking down the wall that divided this small room from the kitchen. It would have allowed us to create a larger kitchen, […]

The Workshop, Ready to Shop!

If you can believe it – which, of course you can! – the workshop is finished before we can say the same about our kitchen. We had been sort of joking all along that it could happen, but we didn’t think it’d actually be the case. (In related news, door, get here.) In all fairness, […]

DIY Floating Wood Shelves!

Without a doubt, the most important component of our workshop will be – scratch that, is – the ability for heavy-duty storage. For almost two years, we’ve been tripping over power tools and our bulky air compressor, wading through paint cans (only to realize the can we need is at the bottom of a 10-can stack) […]

DIY Tool Art In the Workshop + Free Download!

Sticking with our hang-all-the-things theme in the workshop, we added a big dose of DIY art! Because we chose blue-green for the walls and everything on the (still non-existent) shelves will be colorful in its own right, we wanted the art to feel subtle. And so in its final form, it looks like this: The […]

DIY Kraft Paper Roll

We’re all about the wall mount in this tiny workshop, apparently! I was completely inspired by this studio roller, and after running the idea past Scott – we can make this!, I said – he was on board and agreed it would be a simple enough DIY. It is a simple enough DIY, although we […]

Workshop Color + Function

After patching and repairing the workshop walls last week, we finally dived into the most rewarding part of that process – paint! Although there were moments of waffling and weakness on our chosen paint chip, Scott convinced me to stick to our guns (and go with our guts), and our walls are now the perfect […]

The Workshop Plans

There was no back wall demolition this weekend, only a text from our contractor confirming that the door and transom are officially on back order – which is especially confusing, because wasn’t that the case last week and the week before then? We have a lot of questions, like, how does a standard size in the […]