Meet: Chantel of
Meet: Chantel of
They have a row of three closets on one wall. They needed a functioning space in the entryway so they retiled for the space, took the doors off and made a half wall. They relocated the light switch for a pass through and the closet turned mudroom/entryway was born.
Isn’t it awesome? I have to admit that I did a double take. The before looks like some of the closets in our house!
Gwen and her husband transformed it in just one weekend with some built-ins and paint.
Jena from Involving Color has some amazing before and after transformations to show off…
And here it is now – all organized!
To see the entire transformation click HERE.
Makes you want to see more, doesn’t it? Well…we’re in luck. Her half bath got a makeover too. Here is it is before:
Ta-da! Hard to believe it’s the same room!
I’m joining the party at
They took off the chair rail and baseboards…
They used beadboard paneling for the back of the bookcases…
Brian built the frame work (not even a mild injury stopped him from getting back to work).
I love this part! Amy says, “After the base went in and before he nailed it down we put in a letter to future homeowners and a copy of that days newspaper.”
Shelves up and ready to be caulked, primed and painted.
Amy lined shelves with this pretty contact paper…
All done – a little library to organize her homeschooling books.
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I love when decor has a function, don’t you? This DIY jewelry tree is pretty AND functional.
Well, forget the quiet part, I decided to tackle another DIY project I had been thinking about for almost two years. I first got the idea after seeing this photo in Creative Home Magazine:
Kym, the homeowner, had turned her son’s closet into a private nook. I thought, no problem, I’d complete this project in an easy 2 days. Afterall, how long can renovating one 6′ x 2′ closet take? During stopping points I could squeeze in a pedicure, swim some laps and possibly have a friend over for wine and some chat one evening. Truth be told, it ended up taking a full 3 days (and nights)!
So, here is the abbreviated (press fast forward on the remote) version:
My three year old has two full size closets in his room. And, yet, his toys were always strewn around the room. Here is my “keeping it real” BEFORE picture:
Last year I took the doors off one of the closets and put up some curtains so he could have a little hideaway.
First task (after cleaning up all those toys, of course!) was removing hardware, demolition and patching holes (where I found I didn’t know my own strength.)
Phew, glad that is done. Now comes the fun part, time to build!
First I cut all my wood to size, then built two frames. One for the base and one for the bench.
The base frame only had one center support since it didn’t have to hold much weight. The bench seat frame had two center supports at 2′ intervals.
I bought paint quality (almost smooth) plywood for the tops of the base and seat frames.
Here is a little trick I learned for scribing the profile of trim or other obstacles onto your board. In this instance, I used a compass and set the width to the same distance from the wall to the outside of my door casing. Then drew a line around the casing being careful to keep the compass perpendicular to the casing. Then you can cut out the profile with a jigsaw or coping hand saw.
Next I built the second platform the same way (with the exception of the extra center supports.) I highly recommend priming as much of the wood as you can before nailing it into place. It is easier to prime wood on sawhorses.
I pulled out my levels (both a carpenter’s level and laser level) and carefully leveled my bench platform before nailing it in. Then I used framing nails to nail the platform into the studs in the closet. (I promise to post about finding studs at a later date.)
Seriously, I really did level it! I even have the pictures to prove it! Because, at some point the right hand side of the bench must have shifted while I was nailing, which resulted in a slight slope. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone! My lesson learned is that next time I will either screw the frame in place to hold it or put a brace underneath to keep it from slipping.
Somewhere during the process, I cut the foam cushion for the bench seat. If you haven’t heard, the best way to cut foam is with an electric carving knife! (Huge thank you to my friend and neighbor Karen for the use of her 1970’s electric carving knife.)
Next I installed all the moulding, wainscoting and trim. Did I mention that I bought all my trim and decorative moulding at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore? Super cheap at $.50 (yes, 50 cents!) per linear foot! My total for all the trim was $18, and I still have two 6 ft. pieces left.
Before I could prime I had to caulk all the seams. Did you know that some of the moulding in your home, especially crown moulding, is usually made up of several different pieces and then caulked to hide the edges?
This is the Pretty Handy Girl’s tried-and-true caulking method:
Once the caulk dried, I primed all the wood and wainscoting.
After trying some Benjamin Moore paint swatches, I settled on a deep navy blue called “Symphony Blue”. I knew I’d need to use some tinted primer before trying to paint such a dark color on the light walls. Unfortunately our Ace Hardware was out of stock. Luckily George, my friendly Ace Hardware paint consultant, told me how to mix my own.
Isn’t the marble effect pretty! I used 1 part paint to 3 parts primer and stirred it up really well.
Once everything is dry, the painting can begin. I always use two coats of paint. The only time I got away with one was by using Benjamin Moore Aura paint in our living room. But, I was going from a medium green to a slightly lighter green. Not a major change in color.
So, are you ready?? The drumroll please…
Storage Closet After
So that is my new closet! Do ya think it’s over the top for a closet? Maybe, but I love it. And I get to go in there every day. In fact I keep sneaking in just to stare at it!!!! Silly me.
I’m using it to store tubs with each of the boys’ names on them. These are holding all those little projects they bring home from church, pre-school, and first grade. They’ve all just been stacking up in random places all around the house and it was time for some organizing.
It’ll be a great little spot for wrapping last minute gifts or writing thank-you cards or storing checks for last minute pizza delivery dinners (ok so, I live in BFE and pizza’s joints don’t deliver herem but still!) I could go on.
It’s a great place to re-charge my computer when I’m not dragging it around the house working on editing photos or writing new blog posts.
Eventually the bead board will be painted a creamy white and the walls will be a beautiful sage green.
Isn’t it a great little space. I’m in love.
And a little before and after side-by-side…
Here is her post:
Early in the week I started cleaning my closet. It was a disaster! No organization, too much stuff and just a big mess. I picked a good day to start the Spring cleaning. It ended up being a lot more then spring cleaning though. Isn’t that always how it happens?
After I removed everything from the closet, I started sorting. I ended up with a bag of garbage, a bag for Goodwill, and a pile of stuff that just didn’t belong in the closet.
Then I got this bright idea to paint the closet.
Did I stop there? Of course not….
I decided to paint stripes. I have always wanted stripes, and I just couldn’t help myself. I remembered seeing Roeshel over at the DIY Showoff and her Bathroom stripes and thinking how amazing they looked. So off to the Home Depot I went.
I refused to spend a lot of money on this project because after all, it is just a closet. I was brave, and I bought one of their mess up cans of paint. The color was totally workable so I felt comfortable with the choice. I had to add a little white paint to tone it down a little, but other then that it was a good buy for $1.00.and a shoe rack for $2.50
Total cost was about $8.00, not including supplies, most of which I had.Here it is… the $8.00 closet!(This is my main closet downstairs, and I didn’t stage it with my pretty shoes. All shoes in this closet are the ugly, everyday shoes. Sorry.)
I love how there is almost nothing up here now. Ignore the uncovered doorbell thingy on the wall.
You can see the huge color difference from my main walls, and my closet. I kinda don’t mind it like this. It makes me feel like I have a mini mudroom or something behind those doors.
See how one of the doors is off kilter? It fell off in the process and I couldn’t figure out how to get it back on track.
The other side of my closet, angled walls. This was a very cramped space to paint in.
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My powder room has feminine touches too.
And so does my guest room.
How about you? Do you have a pretty feminine DIY project to share? Let’s see it! Email it to me and I’ll add your photo and link to your project in this post or share your link below.
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I bow down to these DIY queens! Each of your home improvement projects are awesome!
So many beautiful spaces. I wish I was a traveling blogger…
I’d pop by to see your projects in person.
Thank you SO much for sharing your makeover stories!
(See all of the amazing Show & Tell submissions! Check them out here if you missed them!)
What are you up to this weekend?
Introducing another creative & crafty DIY blog:
All of that pretty ribbon – so organized. I love it! Thanks for sharing Lyssa! Great job! Now if I could just find a “whateverthatis”! But, your project is inspiration to keep my eyes open to seeing the potential in everything.
When Monica from Monica Wants It submitted her DIY shelf makeover – I fell in love with her cute DIY makeovers and creative office transformation.
So, I’m showing off some of her photos/blog posts:
Here it goes folks…my office reveal! To keep you entertained I am going to space out my reveal all throughout the week, so to see it all you just have to be patient. It’ll be worth it, I promise!
I think I am most proud of my tacky gold shelf. Take a good look at it, it shall never look this way ever again. Never ever.
When I saw this at the garage sale last month, I immediately knew what to use it for. The lady at the garage sale said she thinks I should paint it silver and use it for Christmas figurines. Um, no. Sorry. So, I smiled, handed her the $5.00 and shook my head a little and giggled. She waved as I drove off, and little does she know her tacky gold shelf is destined for something much more than cheesy looking Christmas figurines.
The shelf itself is textured a bit and it’s made of plastic. As you can see in the picture, the background of the shelves is an almost damask like print (score…love me some damask!!) and the sides are a hammered finish and the top/corners are scrolly and ornate…it’s a hot mess. We are soulmates.
My first task was to figure out how to drill holes into the sides. You’ll see why later, hang in there. I googled and googled some more, and I came up with some crazy results. Nothing I read online really seemed like I, 24-year-old newlywed with no power tool experience, could do. I wanted to cry. My idea would never come to life. Sad day.
But no, I am not easily discouraged at all, so I decided to ask my lovely Knottie pals from The Knot how to drill a hole into plastic. Anna was kind enough to give me my magical answer- use a regular drill bit, go slow, be done, have a margarita. Okay, she didn’t say to have a margarita, I added that in there. We have a drill, we had like no drill bits (don’t ask, I don’t know how this stuff happens), so off we go to Home Depot. I end up buying a 75-piece drill bit set for about $14, and I figure it’s a good investment. I needed a hole about 3/8” in size, so I needed a BIG drill bit.
And here we go!
A few days later I decided it to give my new drill bit a whirl and prayed for the best. I put my tacky gold shelf on the kitchen floor and scrubbed the heck out of it again with soap and water.
Then I grabbed a dry erase marker and tape measure. In this step, I was basically measuring where I wanted my hole(s) to be. I planned to drill holes in the left and right hand sides of the top shelf only.
Here is my hole mark:
Next, I get my drill bit ready for it’s first use.
And here’s basically what happened, but I don’t have any pictures of this part. I grab our drill from under the sink, dust it off (can you tell how much we use it?), and try to yank the drill bit out. It’s not coming out. I am looking all over for a magical “release drill bit” button, no such luck. I stretch a bit, and again try yanking it out.
Then I go to google and type, “How do I switch out a drill bit?”
And it shows me some funky shaped tool. I don’t think we have such a tool. I cry. Ok, not cry, but literally throw a tantrum. I wanna finish this shelf NOW! NOW, I said!
Daniel walks in, and he says we DO have the little tool. He removes the drill bit for me and inserts the new one I bought. YAY!! All is well again.
So, I grab the drill in my right hand, put my shiny, new black drill bit right on the hole I marked, and I go for it. About 45 seconds later I have a beautiful hole.
Repeat on the other side. Now, the moment of truth. Does my dowel fit through these holes? Are the holes straight/even with each other?
It does fit and it is straight! Hooray! I then proceed to clean-up my area, put away the tools/marker/tape measure and go to bed. Whew.
Then this past Friday I got my shelf ready for it’s glorious finish- Krylon’s Ivory Gloss Spray Paint. Maybe I should have primed it first, but this shelf took almost the entire can of spray paint.
I love the glossy, creamy look that the Krylon Ivory spray paint gave to my shelf. I didn’t want stark white since the walls in the office/apartment are stark white, so this was a good pick for me.
Inserted the dowel along with all my ribbon. I lurve me some purdy ribbon! After I did this, I mounted it on the wall (all by myself with my level from Home Depot…GIRL POWER!). Then I added all my craft paint to the bottom shelf:
Ta-Da! What do you think?! I LOVE it, and I am super proud of myself.
And in case you’re still NOT impressed, check out the before and after:
Before and After Office Tour with lots of DIY eye candy! Hurray!
Sometimes, to truly appreciate where you’re at, you’ve got to look at where you came from, and that is the point of this post. I’m going to simply do a before and after tour consisted only of pictures, and in a post right after this I’ll go into more details and show even more shots. Ready? Here we go!
The above picture is the “true” before picture, and this is the “during” picture below:
Thanks so much for sharing Monica – your office went from usual/boring to cute and chic! I love it! :)For more details, visit Monica Wants It!
Do you have a DIY project or home improvement before/afters to show off? Want to link your blog to share with the DIY Show off readers? Contact me at email@example.com!
Ever here the saying “you’d forget your head if it wasn’t attached?” That is my dear, darling husband. He forgets where he puts things. He loses tools, kitchen utensils, books, his cell phone, his super hero ring and his keys. (See HERE and HERE.) So with the mudroom being completed, I wanted a place specifically designated for his keys when he walks in the door.
I found this cute snack tray at World Market and decided to give it a new impressive job title…Sargent Key Keeper.
Update – It seems World Market has sold out of the snack trays. I did see something similar at TJMaxx. I also found these similar ones:
I think it’s very happy, preventing rushing-out-the-door meltdowns by guarding the keys and of course I couldn’t help labeling each “dish” because it would be pretty rude of me if guests were to arrive and see what they might consider is an empty snack tray. How heartbreaking. Now…even guests have a special designated spot for their very own keys.
Stickers (not the paper-thin cheap ones, try something a little sturdier/vinyl)
Right inside my front door is an area piled high with mail. Not very attractive and definitely not organized! Here is an easy and inexpensive DIY solution from Courtney at Project Pretty:
If you’re anything like Z and I, you have a problem with too many papers, envelopes, receipts, magazines, etc. piling up near your entry or where ever you set all your stuff down after walking in the door. I got fed up with this problem Friday on my day off, and came up with this solution:
Get yourself an old used USPS flat rate mailing box, or something of similar size. Mark lines where you want to cut.
Use an Exacto knife or similar tool to cut your lines. Precision and straight lines are key.
Lay the cut out box on fabric of your choice and measure how much you’ll need to cover the inside and outside. It’s just like wrapping a present!
Cut the fabric at the corners and fold into the box. Secure with a spray adhesive or good old no-wrinkle Elmer’s. Continue folding and gluing as if wrapping a present.Step Five:
Once all your flaps are glued down, stick some of that clutter in there, and get it off your kitchen table/entry console/whatever you use.
I definitely want to try this… I have an addiction to cute paper and this is a great project for it! Finally, my magazine collection can look pretty! Thanks Courtney!
*I’ll be working on an AWESOME giveaway this weekend. Make sure you check back!
**Do you have any great DIY projects to share? Just email your blog post or pics&info to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll BRAG about your creativity and inspiration!
***TGIF! Enjoy the weekend!