Cottage Style Trim

Brian finished the closet baseboards (they match our existing baseboards, yay!) and the trim around the doors and cubby holes yesterday…

He brought the cutest little helper with him too…

He was a little less camera shy than his Dad, so I went all paparazzi on him for a minute.┬áHe just giggled alot….

…and blew me away with his mad carpentry skills (#SoAwesome)…and called me ma’am. (#SweetSouthernBoy)

And speaking of sweet, Southern boys…

I’m happy to report that Kit-Cat is using his litter box again.┬áTurns out he wasn’t afraid of the lid after all. It was the cat litter deodorizer, baking powder stuff you sprinkle in with the litter. I usually sprinkle it in the pan before I add fresh litter, but that particular week I made the mistake of just sprinkling it on top of his litter. Kit-Cat no likey to walk-y on the sprinkle-y. I gave his pan a quick shake the day I published that last post, and he immediately started using his litter box again.

Guess he’s just a powderless paw kinda cat.

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  1. Leah says

    Haha, aren’t you glad you hung on to those baskets???!! It looks super-duper guys.: ) Look forward to seeing the room all put together – and the RED doors!
    Leah: )

  2. says

    Love the new closets and the cubbies! What’s the plan for in front of the window? It looks like a great place for a window seat.
    Oh, and Kit-Cat is one adorable feline!

  3. RACHEL says

    Come On Layla Girl! You can do better than those baskets! Wouldn’t Kit Kat be lovin’ a little ladder up to that cubby? Maybe your carpenter could have built a bridge connecting those two closets!

    Could have been his own personal retreat, lol!! Love those tuxedo’s!

  4. says

    Your new closets are fab-u-lous! soooo jealous [but still completely happy for you :-)] One question – were the closet interiors finished any further than in the last pics? Or can you still see the framing? Thanks much for answering!

  5. says

    Looks great!! My cat did the same thing when I added the litter deodorizer on top, only he didn’t use the sink. He peed all over the cushion of my favorite chair, and all over the carpet. Yikes!!

  6. says

    If you get tired of the baskets about the closet, you could always toss in a tension rod and make a curtain for it. Give it a pop of color. Looking forward to what you will be doing above the window.

  7. Penny says

    I love the closets! That is just what I want to do in my daughters room. And what is not to like about Kit-Cat, he is adorable! We recently rescued a 4-week old tuxedo boy kitty my daughter named Oreo. He is such a sweet little man, even when he is getting kitten-crazy!

  8. says

    What a sweet little kitty! And I am thisclose to convincing my hubs we need to build closets like these. I love the added storage and everything but I think they also add SO much character!

  9. says

    The carpenter’s helper is a little cutie – I have a 12 year old boy that’s going to be a lady killer in a couple of years.

    I’m glad you solved the kitty problem!

    I think a full size bed in front of that window will be great! Can’t wait to see the room all decked out!

  10. chrissi says

    I am so lovin’ these great closets. Your carpenter and his helper are the best. I can’t wait to see these all painted up.

  11. says

    These are looking great. I’m dying to see them finished!
    Just out of curiosity I’m wondering why you two didn’t make them yourselves as you can both turn your hands to anything? After painting my daughter’s room while she was away with school for 5 days I made the decision to pay someone to do stuff for me from now on as they can do a better job in half the time!

    • Layla says

      Hey Samantha!

      Since both of our plates are slam-packed with other jobs right now, we decided we’d find someone who could help make our vision come to life instead. Also, we used to wing our way through these kinds of projects- but would always end up super unhappy with our (unprofessional) results, so we were excited to have someone who knew what they were doing tackle this job. :-)

  12. says

    Looking awesome! We had someone give us a price to build out closets in our tiny closet home and it was big bucks…maybe I should get another quote, they look so good.
    Lovin that kitty of yours, he should be a model! :)

  13. Lisa says

    They are gonna’ pop with that awesome red you picked out! I can foresee a window seat in the near future or do you have something else up your sleeve?!

  14. says

    The closets look exactly like your inspiration pics and plans you shared! Don’t you love it when things turn out according to plan? (I’d like to experience that just once! hehehe)
    Kit-Cat looks like he is waving to your readers,
    Warning: Keep Kit-Cat away from red paint.
    Your Friend,

  15. Vada says

    I love that you took Kit-Cat in and that he seems so very happy and safe! I have a kitty who was a stray when I found him and, even though his medical issues have cost me thousands of dollars over the past 5 years, I have never once regretted taking him in. (Love the closets too!)

  16. Jean says

    If you don’t mind me asking, how much does a project like that cost? To have a carpenter come in and frame up two small closets plus purchasing some vintage doors? It’s super cute; I am loving it!

  17. kathy h says

    Hi Layla!

    Just wondering if those ceilings were cottage cheese before you put the planks up. For some reason, I think you said they were “textured”…not sure if that is the same thing?? Anyway, please makes sure you do a tutorial on how you put them up…pretty please!!


  18. says

    Layla- is there any way you can tell me how wide/deep the closet is? Sorry if you’ve covered this elsewhere and I missed it!

    • Layla says

      Hi Alisa!
      They’re 24″ deep (to accommodate the width of the hangers with clothes on them if we ever decide we need to use the closets for clothes), and the closet on the right is just over 29″ wide and the closet on the left is just over 25″ wide. (I originally planned to have Brian construct an angled ceiling over the windows, but since the windows weren’t centered (boo!), we had to skip that idea.) Curtains, it is! :-D
      Hope that helps!

  19. Ter'e says

    Love #1AweSum Son!!!!!!! What a cute young man. Smart dad that he is teaching this manchild carpentry skills! Way to go DAD!!!!!!!

    Love Little Kit-Cat! What’s not to love. He knows in cat-lingo that he has died and gone to heaven! So adorable.

  20. says

    What a smart dad to teach his son such awesome skills! I just love Southern boys! Your closets are awesome! I love the baskets at the tops! Ya’ll always amaze me with your creativity! My kitty, Chloe, did the same thing! Cats are so funny about their litter box! I have to leave the lid off and can’t change a thing! Kitty joys!

  21. says

    Loving the closet…so pretty – and Kit-Cat? What can I say – such a cutie. We have a black and white adorbs kitty too, named Pip.

    Love your blog so much!!!!!!! xo

  22. Lynn says

    Maybe it’s cuz I’m a mom of 3 great girls making me a ginormous sucker for boys? Or maybe it’s your mention of this young man’s sweet southern manners that we don’t see up here very often? Either way this post put a big ole smile on my midwest heart!
    His Dad’s education on “sirs” and “maams” and how to properly mitre a corner, plane an edge and set a nail are worth their weight in gold. Far more valuable than most educations are days.
    Thanks for sneaking those pics so we can all enjoy all the beauty.

  23. franky says

    looking really good! i have a question about the ceiling…i didnt notice the ceiling treatment in your other pictures but how did you do that? did you just use thin trims to do the ceiling? or did you have a post about that?

  24. Kaye Chastain says

    Layla, as an animal lover, I simply adore the way you so seamlessly incorporate them into your blog. Kit-Cat is adorable, and when one considers how his life might have been without you and Kevin, well, that’s simply too horrible to think about. People who love and rescue animals have a special place reserved for them in heaven!

  25. Neesey Gebalski says

    The room is looking great! The pic of your kitty is so cute. Aren’t you glad you kept her? Such a doll. =o}

    • Layla says

      Hi Rachel,
      This room will actually serve as Kev’s office and our guest bedroom, so there will be a full-sized bed beneath the window. :-)

  26. Tracey Hewison says

    Hi Layla!
    Writing from Calgary, Alberta! Just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog and what a huge inspiration it has been to me….especially for future decorating endeavors. Basically, you have given me the courage to just GO FOR IT! On that note, I did…..I forced my poor hubby to rip pout the carpet with me and install a new cork floor in our master bedroom and also to rip out all the baseboard and trim (which was actually quite nice)….because my DREAM is to have big, tall, clean line baseboard like yours :-) I can’t seem to find anything about the installation in detail, or what is needed….would you mind giving me a few tips/some info, so we can try our hand at it? Forever grateful,

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