master bedroom closet; construction day

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ClosetMaid®. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

When I decided to make some changes in my master bedroom closet I was a little overwhelmed by the choices out there. I didn’t want to create the entire thing from scratch but I did want to be able to create a unique look. When ClosetMaid® offered to send me a complete closet system for both sides of my closet I was positive I had found the perfect way to go about it. I would be getting a classy looking closet with nice finishes and details. At the same time I could inject enough of my own style into that space to make it something I will love for years to come!

After measuring, remeasuring and then measuring again I was able to come up with a layout using the Impressions line. I went with the warm wood tones in the Walnut finish. I even put together a plan of what I was picturing in my head. This makes it easier to add in finishing touches as I go along.

Within a couple of days everything was ordered and at my house. My back porch became a warehouse/workroom for a couple of days. The poor porch was neglected all winter anyways!

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With the help of my drill, hammer and screwdriver I got to work. It was a very simple job to follow the directions and build the tower units. All the supplies were included and within about three hours I had everything completed.

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The units were then brought upstairs and mounted to the walls on studs. I loved the fact that I could mount it to the wall without removing the baseboards. The hardware included allows either option, meaning you decide how you want to go about this. If you are good at following directions and have ever successfully put together furniture from a certain company where all the instructions contain only images, this will be a piece of cake. I promise.
master bedroom closet

master bedroom closet

master bedroom closet

master bedroom closet

Once the towers were installed it was time to install the shelves and rods. For each side of the closet I have a tower. For each tower I have one side with one bar (Longer items, dresses, etc) and the other side with two bars (shirts, pants, skirts…). I measured the distance from the tower to the wall and cut each shelf to size using an electric hand saw. The shelves were then installed using the brackets that are supplied. The closet rods were sized and installed as well. I needed to cut a couple of them down which was simple to do with my jig saw. This all could have been a one person job but would have taken me much longer to do on my own. Luckily my father likes this sort of stuff and came to help out.

master bedroom closet

master bedroom closet

Once everything was sized, cut and installed I finished it off with the supplied trim. I love this detail on the Impressions line. It takes what could just be a run of the mill closet system and bumps it up a notch or two. The finish detail adds a high-end look to my little old closet reno!

master bedroom closet

master bedroom closet

This closet has added an insane amount of storage to my closet! I haven’t quite figured out what is going on the shelves just yet. I’d like to put some baskets to contain items so that is next on my shopping list. The shelves are adjustable so I’ll wait to see how I’d like them placed before going out and purchasing anything. This is one of those form over function decisions though. I do like them to be symmetrical so that might be the deciding factor. Nothing to do with function at all!

There is one more big scale project in here before I share the finished product. I’ll be adding fabric along the blank wall in the back. I’d like it to have a wallpapered look without the work of permanent wallpaper. I’ve never done this before and have done quite a bit of research on the various ways to go about this. If you have had your own experience with this method I’d love some input!

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Thank you to ClosetMaid® for partnering with me on this project!

master bedroom closet; the plan

Progress on the master bedroom closet is moving along. I’m in the building & installing phase at the moment. After the closet organizer (which ClosetMaid® kindly gave me to try out) is installed I’ll be doing my favorite part. Making it pretty. New lighting will replace the bare bulb. I’ll be making myself some wallpaper using fabric. I’d love some type of leaning mirror, an area rug and hopefully a bench or ottoman.  Here is a glimpse at what is inside my head…master bedroom closetIt is always helpful to have an image of where you want to end up when completing a renovation, no matter the size. This might just be a small closet but honing in on how I want it to look makes all the little design decisions fall into place.

master bedroom closet; cleaned up, gutted and painted

I like showing my horrible before pictures. Not to freak anyone out or horrify my mother (again mom, so sorry for what you are about to see). I show them because many of you have these kinds of closets. The kind where you just throw things in there because no one will ever see the insides of your closet. But you do, every day. And after a while you wish it were a little neater, a little more organized or just plain nice to look at. Remember my front hall closet? It still looks the way it does when I reorganized it a month or two ago, so it does work!!

Now that you are visually prepared for what lies ahead, here is my master bedroom closet…

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master bedroom closet

master bedroom closet

master bedroom closet

So this is actually a good day in the life of my closet. Typically there are items on the floor so that you can’t even walk in. Some of the items might be mine. Some might be my children’s since they have decided that if they don’t know where to put something or don’t want it in their rooms anymore they can just throw it in mom and dads closet. We are working on that. Basically picture Monica Geller’s closet. Google it if you have no idea what I’m talking about.

This closet was getting the typical closet treatment from me. It has a door, no one can see inside, I can create a mess in there. So I did. Now that I’m on my “organize my closets” kick I’m going all out on this one. It will be neat. It will be organized. It will be pleasing to look at.  And it will stay that way!

So before all that good stuff has to happen it has to get even messier. Everything came out of there and was placed in storage closets, the trash or temporary storage in the guest room. As in the guest room bed is covered with clothing. It has actually been funny because my kids are confused as to why my husband is going to work in his “around the house” clothes. He stops off in the guest room and changes on his way in each day and throws them for a loop. So the guest room is a bit of a mess, and the master bedroom is also full of bins and boxes until this project is complete.

Once the closet was emptied I took down the closet rods on either side, the shelf on top of the closet rod and the wall moldings. Everything was off within about 30 minutes with the help of a crowbar. Here is the consolidated version …

master bedroom closetOnce the closet was empty I filled in the holes left by the nails and screws with spackle. A quick drying time and then I sanded it all down.

master bedroom closet

master bedroom closet

After it was dried, sanded and vacuumed (vacuuming before painting means not dust around to stick to your fresh paint!) it was time to paint. I went back and forth about painting this closet over since it was after all a closet. No one would really see it. Except me. And knowing myself, if I didn’t paint it I would eventually regret it. This means taking down the newly constructed closet and painting the walls and then putting it back up. Since I could see this happening I just painted it now to avoid any regret. I used Benjamin Moore Simply White which I had leftover from when I painted my kitchen. Since the walls were such a light color anyways I only needed one coat.

master bedroom closet

master bedroom closet

The difference might not be visible to some but it is much cleaner and fresher to me. I’m glad I went with my gut and did it. It makes for a much easier job now rather than a larger one later. I even ended up touching up the moldings and door to the attic. I’ll be sharing a moodboard of my closet a little later on and you’ll see why white works better!

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So not that is has been deconstructed and painted it is time to build a closet!

the secretary desk: adding new hardware

While I was giving my Hemnes secretary desk a visual makeover I had plans to change out the hardware as well. I had a picture in my mind of bin pulls for the desk door and latch knobs for the cabinet doors. I had even gone as far as purchasing the bins pulls in oil rubbed bronze until I realized that they didn’t match the mirrors and fretwork. It became too heavy and pulled the eye away from the light and airy part of the new desk.

The old hardware stayed as it was for a while until I found an alternative. You can see below with one door on and all the old hardware in place that it is a bit distracting. I looked up some examples online to see what other mirrored furniture had as hardware and I came to one conclusion. Glass.

secretary desk

I found some glass hardware at Target without even looking too hard. If I was looking for a statement piece in hardware I probably would have looked a bit more. Since the “statmement” of this piece is the mirrored fretwork I felt this hardware was the perfect fit.

secretary desk

All the old hardware came off and the new hardware was installed. The saying is true that paint can change a room. Hardware can do the same thing to cabinets and furniture. Try it in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or mudroom!

secretary desk

 

modern farmhouse architecture…

I’ve been drooling over modern farmhouse architecture a little while now. Don’t get me wrong, I love my house, but if I could give it an exterior makeover I’d love to apply the modern farmhouse look. It is the effortless mix of modern and farmhouse to create a simple and comfortable design.

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DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation, INC. / photo’s by Paul Markert

DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation, INC. / photo’s by Paul Markert

DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation, INC. / photo’s by Paul Markert

DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation, INC. / photo’s by Paul Markert

DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation, INC. / photo’s by Paul Markert

DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation, INC. / photo’s by Paul Markert

DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation, INC. / photo’s by Paul Markert

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Pitched metal roofs are paired with simple wooden siding. Lot of straight lines finish off the windows and  covered porches. Patio’s, columns and chimneys are finished off with stone and slate to create this look. If I was building I could see myself going in this direction. White siding, black window trim, slate patios and walkways. All things I love. A few tweaks here and there to an existing home would do the job as well! If you are redoing your siding go white and vertical instead of horizontal. Replace your windows with simpler silhouettes or paint your existing window trim black. Simple lighting in a modern industrial style adds to the style. Stain your front door instead of painting it, or if painting, choose a fresh bright color. Bring some country to your urban space or some a modern feel to your rural home!

 

master bedroom closet plans…

I came to the realization a while back that I work better with my own closet systems in various forms. This might mean that I gut a closet and made it an office or just used some simple storage solutions to use it to it’s full potential.  I set my sights on my master bedroom closet for my next closet renovation. ClosetMaid® was kind enough to team up with me to get this closet under control. We started off by figuring out the dimensions necessary to maximize the storage in my closet.

The closet is a walk in that measures 62 inches deep and 65 inches wide. The door is in the center of the closet. As it is now I have rods and a shelf running along each side. I’ll be keeping the same layout since the master bedroom closet is also the access to the attic. This means that there needs to be plenty of space for a ladder to fit in order to climb up. I would have loved to include more storage along the back wall but this would not work with the attic access. So we kept the galley style layout. On each side of the closet I will be installing a separate system. One side for my husband and one side for me! Instead of just one rod and shelf along each side we will now each have two smaller rods (for shirts, pants and skirts), a tower with shelves and one single rod for longer hanging items. Each rod has a shelf above it.

master bedroom closet

Using the Do-It-Yourself Designer available on the ClosetMaid® website I was able to come up with an image of what each side would look like. I entered in the measurements and chose the configuration. You even have the option of selecting the finish and color that you want to get a better idea of what your finished product will look like. I decided to go with the Impressions in Walnut.

master bedroom closet

I love having an idea of what my end goal will look like. It also makes it easier to share those plans with the less creative minds in the house. I’m not pointing fingers or anything. Just picture the image above but on either side of you as you walk in the center of the closet. Now that the planning is done I’m off to gut another closet!

spring break…

My children are on spring break this week which means I am also!

 

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See you next week!

organized closet solutions…

Most of the closets in my home are slowly evolving into something other than a typical closet with a hanging bar and shelf at the top. My home is not very large so organized closet solutions play a big part in making a smaller space work for us. A closet might have a bar across it and a shelf on top but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a solution to make it work better for you! Over the course of five years I have turned some into a storage closet, others a better organized clothes storage closet or still others a cloffice. Empty closets translate to dumping grounds! It works better for me and in the end becomes more useful. Here is what I’ve worked on so far.

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boy’s bedroom closet

My two son’s share a bedroom. I needed more floor space in that room and less closet space. I removed the sliding doors and inserted an IKEA Expedit. The closet in that room is so large that I’m able to hang clothes on either side of the IKEA Expedit. The bins act as drawers and hold clothes and toys. As they get older they only get bigger and so do their clothes. Two boys in one room means I need lots of drawers. This system works out great for this shared space. Filling up a closet in a child’s room has also worked for me in that they can’t create a mess in there!

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former closet now a cloffice

My daughter had a large closet with sliding doors in her room as well. I removed the doors and gutted the closet and created a workspace for her with storage and a desk. Her cloffice is the perfect spot for everything from homework to manicures. This also freed up floor space in her room, which is about 10 feet by 10 feet.

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broom closet converted to a pantry

When we moved in there was no pantry in the kitchen. There was a broom closet though. With the addition of some shelving I converted it into a mini pantry.

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the wrapping paper closet

The guest room in our home has a funny little closet in it. It is about 3 or 4 feet tall so it is not even a legitimate closet. I could never figure out what to do with it until I realized it would make the perfect place to stash all my wrapping paper needs. And the wrapping paper closet was born.

front hall closet

front hall closet

The closet in our front hall was another domain of chaos before one simple purchase calmed it all down. I purged and put things in their place of course and then added a cubby unit and some bins. Weeks later and my closet still looks like the picture above. I swear!

the toy closet

toy closet

The toy closet in our basement was the latest to undergo a makeover. It helped that we had a flood and the toys were 100% purged on their own. Don’t tell my kids I said that.  A simple paint job and some “white, neutral and natural” containers of all materials and sizes brought this closet together.

So that is six closets in my home. I have six left to work on; the linen closet, the kid’s bathroom closet, the large pantry in the basement, the storage closet in the basement, the large walk in closet in the guest room and the master bedroom walk in closet. I have actually begun work on the master bedroom closet and I’m teaming up with Closet Maid to create a new space! Yesterday was demo day. Paint day is next!

toy closet sources…

The finished toy closet in our basement is being fully enjoyed on a daily basis. I promised that I would share my toy closet sources to show how easy a closet like this is to put together. The closet is versatile enough that the look could be used in an office, bedroom, craft room, pantry, bathroom or laundry room. I could easily keep the look of this closet but change the contents. I’m just assuming that my boys will eventually grow out of Lego’s. I think.

toy closet sources

For now it is just for toys so I wanted it to be durable and easy for my children to find what they need. I did not want a bunch of primary colored storage that would look childish or outdated quickly. I chose some pieces from IKEA, The Container Store, Target and HomeGoods to store everything. If I ever want to change anything around it is simple to do. If I want to add more storage I just stick to my “white, natural & neutral” theme and I’m all set. For example, the white Knodd bins from IKEA currently contain Lego’s, Playmobil sets, cars and animals. Years from now they were still be around (they are metal, they aren’t going anywhere) but I can see us using them for recycling or laundry or garbage in the garage since they are garbage cans!

Do you have a closet that feels all over the place. One simple coat of paint and some unifying storage was all it took to pull my closet together!

For some extra tips on kid’s spaces and how to decorate them go check out Redhead Baby Mama. You’ll find solutions and ideas for all age groups.

DIY mirrored secretary desk…

diy mirrored secretary desk

A couple of months ago I purchased the Hemnes secretary desk from IKEA as my workspace. I needed a desk, storage, a place for a printer and plenty of room for ideas. This desk handled all of it. I can easily work in the living room and then pack “my office” up by simply closing the doors. Plenty of shelves and space for all my needs. Since it is sitting in my living room I felt that it needed to be dressed up a bit. I looked around and started up a office desk Pinterest board to get all my ideas in one place. Since I kept pinning desks with fretwork and mirrors I knew that a DIY mirrored secretary desk was the direction I was headed. It has a timeless look to it without being “too much.” I just needed to figure out how to do it.

DIY mirrored secretary desk

The plan was to cut out the two top doors and leave the frames intact. I would then attach a mirror and some sort of fretwork. The mirrored part seemed easy enough since I had just stumbled upon acrylic sheets of mirror at the hardware store. The acrylic sheets are much lighter (and less expensive) than an actual mirror. I was concerned that a glass mirror would cause the whole door to come crashing off since the IKEA doors are pretty lightweight to begin with. I purchased one 24 inch by 48 inch panel which I was able to cut myself. I scored it a couple of times with a box cutter and then snapped it along the scored line. It cut perfectly. This one sheet was enough for both door panels and then some.

The tricky part was figuring out how to add the fretwork! This is where O’verlays came into the picture. They create lightweight decorative fretwork panels in all patterns and sizes. The panels are paintable and can easily be attached to any surface. They did not have the exact dimensions I needed but helped walk me through what sizes would best work for this project. O’verlays then created custom sized panels for me in the Khloe pattern. I went with the 1/2 inch thick panels that measured 11 5/8 wide by 28 3/8 tall. The panels arrived quickly, fit perfectly and I was able to get to work.

DIY mirrored secretary desk

The scariest part of this project was cutting out the center of the cabinet doors, since there was no going back. I first drilled a hole large enough for the jig saw blade to fit into. I then went as close to the inner edge of the frame as possible and cut out the entire center. This was a quick and easy step since the center of the cabinet is extremely thin. Once the inside panel was removed I sanded down any rough edges. All of this would be hidden by the fretwork so I wasn’t too concerned with how it would look. For an extra weight precaution I stabilized each corner with a l-bracket on the back side of the door.

DIY mirrored secretary desk

I then lined up my acrylic mirrors on the backside of each panel with the mirror facing the front of the panel. They attached pretty quickly using large washers. These will later get covered up with white spray paint to blend it. I probably added more washers than I needed to but I wanted this to be as solid as possible. These doors are opened and closed countless times during the day, and not always by adults!

DIY mirrored secretary desk

DIY mirrored secretary desk

The fretwork was then attached to the mirror using Liquid Nails. Best stuff ever. I applied the glue all around the inner edge of the frame, right on top of the mirror. The outer edge of the fretwork would hide the glue but I tried to keep a neat and straight line. I also applied glue dots all along the back of the fretwork. The fretwork was then slipped into place and I let both panels dry for about 24 in a well ventilated area. The next day I filled in any of the gaps between the fretwork and the cabinet frame with white paintable adhesive caulk. The paintable part is important since the next step is to touch up any bare marks on the wooden frame left behind when I sanded them down. There were a few spots that quickly disappeared with the help of some white acrylic paint.

DIY mirrored secretary desk

After the doors dried a bit I was able to reattach them to the desk. Some new hardware was added as well to lighten the whole look up. I chose glass knobs that wouldn’t distract the eye from the mirrored fretwork.

DIY mirrored secretary desk

DIY mirrored secretary desk

DIY mirrored secretary desk

The great thing about a project like this is that I could have gone with any style fretwork that O’verlays had to offer. They have option ranging from modern to traditional to everything in between. I chose something based on my decor and personal style. The desk itself is basic enough which allows more freedom on the DIY end! If you’d like to try a project out using O’verlays panels they have generously offered you 15% a discount. Enter the coupon code no29design15 to apply the discount to your purchase!

Thanks to O’verlays for supplying the fretwork panels for this project.