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October 12, 2012

Knoed Creative has a new home away from home. Located on Ravenswood, our new studio is full of character and  O P E N  space. Something we have desperately craved. We had a few big DIY projects to complete before it was ready… like a 10-foot work table, 16-foot shelving unit and lighting. [Check out the before and in-progress shots at the bottom.] We spent too many hours at Home Depot, IKEA and Consumers Plumbing Supply… ordering, returning and reordering. It kept us busy and sweaty, but it was worth it! We’re so happy with how it turned out and feel so inspired in this new space. Notice the 2 empty desks? We hope to fill those… someday.

The photo above is our cozy little rooftop deck. Can’t wait to use it when it’s warm out again. Pictured below are the promised before and in-progress shots. The first one is our first look at the space. You can see me in the bottom right thinking about all the potential it has.

This one was taken after they tore down the wooden loft structure from the last crew.

We had them take up the linoleum flooring in the meeting room to bring the cement look back.

New lighting and a fresh coat of paint on the floor! The first thing we moved into our office was a dog bed.

Moving Day!!

Picking out the least warped planks for our work table at Home Depot.

Staining all the wood for our shelves and table.

This is about 1/4 the amount of the pipe we used.

Putting together and spray painting the pipes.

It wasn’t as easy as we thought.

8′ tall x 16′ wide pipe & wood shelving unit

4.5′ x 10′ pipe & wood work table



  1. lori

    Incredible!! Congrats!

  2. Damon Ahola

    Amazing space you two. Love the DIY shelves & work bench. Miss you.

  3. Rachael

    I just came across your site while looking at graphic designers in Chicago. Not only is your website great, but your new space looks amazing! Love the shelves…they must have taken ages!

  4. Kim

    Thanks Rachael! That means a lot :) And yes, those shelves were quite stubborn but so worth the effort.

  5. Lucky

    Hi! I love your space, it’s really gorgeous. If you don’t mind me asking, could you elaborate on the type of wood you chose for the table/shelves and the color and type of stain you used? Did you distress the wood? And if so, how? Thanks for any info you can give, I really appreciate it. Thanks for sharing. (:

  6. George

    What kind of sofa is that?

  7. Kyle Eertmoed

    @George: we got it at Room & Board but I don’t think they make it anymore.

  8. Fred E. Eertmoed

    Hey cousins, Great to find the Eertmoed name in the business world. Discussed this briefly with you at one of our past reunions. It appears that you are doing well. Congratulations and keep in there pitching away. Best regards, Fred E Eertmoed

  9. Katie

    amazing. love it

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  11. Mare Looby

    I love your work table. Will you share the dimensions? We have a dining table that was hand built by an Amish man and it opens to seat 22 people. When closed with the drop leaf’s down it can fit through a regular doorway. Anyway, long story short, since we are retiring and downsizing I am planning on taking the 12 leaves (insert boards) back and having him cut each one in half lengthwise which will give me 24 six inch wide boards. I am also going to run them through the planer to get the stain and finish off of them. They are solid cherry and I plan to put them together to make a table similar to yours. I love the idea of using pipe for the base. I was thinking metal but did not think of pipes. I guess I can just get them at Home Depot or Lowes. Anyway, would love to know the size of yours. Thanks.

  12. Robert Holland

    I love that table! I am wanting to build a farm style dining table but have a big family and it needs to be about 10 feet long like your work table and the pipe legs is genius!

  13. Kim Knoll

    Mare, the table is 55″ wide x 120″ long. Roughly 4.5 feet x 10 feet. Each plank of wood is a 5×10 piece. We got the wood as-is from Home Depot (with no cutting!) and used a Minwax stain in the “Provincial” color. We sourced the pipe from a consumer plumbing supply company rather than paying Home Depot’s prices. It was much cheaper and we could specify what length we wanted. We used 2″ pipes for the legs and 1.5″ pipes for the crossbars. Hope this helps – good luck!

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