We have a closet! This room is really small so it was pretty much impossible to get great shots but I did my best. If you were to time this project from the first pry of the crowbar to the last shoe put away, it would clock in at a whopping 20 1/2 months. It really probably only took a month or two of actual work but we sure do know how to stretch out a project! For a quick refresher, we decided to turn our 4th bedroom into a closet since we don’t have a walk-in in our bedroom. We don’t need a dedicated guest room so this was the next best thing.
Enough talking, let’s get to the pictures.
I painted the room Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore – I had it color matched but at this point I can’t remember if I used Behr or Sherwin Williams.
The storage units were built from scratch by Kyle. This is the first thing he’s every built of this scope and I think for his first attempt they turned out amazing. I seriously have to give him all the credit; all I did was paint and attempt to help him lift everything into place (these bitches are heavy). We used 3/4 MDF for everything, including the drawers.
I ripped out all of the old baseboard and crown and we installed something a bit more substantial. Since nothing can ever be easy, our nail gun died halfway through installing stuff and we ended up having to buy a new one. We decided on the Ryobi AirStrike and IT. IS. AWESOME. Who knew a girl could get so excited about cordless nail guns?
We’re using the room’s actual closet as a shoe closet. We actually need to buy another one or two shelves to put up because not all of our shoes fit! The shelves are just 2×12 pine that I stained with Minwax Early American. We used the same track system that we put in my craft room and so far I like it.
Kyle and I both worked on building this mirror. I’ll have a separate post with more details but this mirror came out of our upstairs bathroom.
Over in the corner is my jewelry area. The mirror was on clearance at Target and I made the jewelry block. I used to have 3 or 4 but I used command strips to hang them and most of them ended up falling off. I just put a couple of nails in the wall to hold my necklaces and any earrings that can’t hang on the jewelry block are kept in my ring dish. I feel like I need to fill the space above the mirror but I’m not sure what to put there. A clock, maybe?
I love having that window in here! We have a really pretty Bradford Pear tree outside this room that adds a lot of color when the blinds are open. We try to keep the blinds closed in here so that the sunlight doesn’t damage our clothes but if I’m in the closet for an extended period of time I’ll open them for a bit.
The dresser holds all of our duffel bags, weekender bags, and other bags.
The rug is a 4×6 that I bought during one of RugsUSA’s big sales. It smelled awful when I took it out of the packaging but the smell is fading and I really like how the rug looks in the room. I wanted something to kind of break up the wood tones between the dresser and floors and I think this one works well.
I really want 6 matching baskets to go in the shelves above the drawers on each unit. I love the way the two wicker baskets look but those came with a bench we bought from World Market a few years ago and I can’t buy more. If anyone sees anything similar anywhere please let me know! I’m having the hardest time finding baskets that will work and I hate those white tubs. In case your curious, I have purses in one basket and a random assortment of bathing suits, hats, belts, and unmentionables in the other.
Now for a bit of honesty: the closet isn’t actually finished. I KNOW, OKAY? We replaced the ceiling fan that used to be in this room with a light fixture. Well, when you do that you need a way to turn the light on and off (the fan was not switch operated). Our original plan was to just buy a remote but the receiver wouldn’t fit with everything in the electrical box so we had to go to Plan B which was to hire an electrician to come out and hard-wire the light to the switch by the door which currently controls the outlets. The problem with this is that Electrician #1 gave us a generic quote and then never returned our phone calls when we wanted to hire him. We’re supposed to be calling another electrician this week to take care of it but then I’ll have some patching and painting to do since they’ll most likely need to punch holes in the wall. “So…uh…how are you turning your light on and off right now?” Well, we have this thing rigged up to a pull chain which is so, so not the way to do it and probably not even the tiniest bit safe so don’t do it in your own house, okay? I feel like I’m going to pull the light out of the ceiling every single time I pull that stupid chain.
Anyway, other than the light and my frustrating basket search, the closet is done! Hooray! We started on the fence on Saturday and we’ve already make some pretty good progress so I hope to share that with you soon.