DIY Show Off – Dressing Room/Guest Bedroom Reveal

Dressing Room/ 2nd Guest Bedroom {Closet Organization}
Before (previous owner’s artwork)
This chandelier (free):
got a makeover:
In the guest room, we have this Pinecone Hill Genevieve bedding (celery):
Bedding:
Love the free chandelier in here…
 Closets Before had curtains for a few years – I hated the orange wood toned bi-folds that much!
 Painting shuttered doors.

Full post and dressing room details/closet organization here.

The closets also had a lot of wasted space.

Shelving installed!

After:

This one only had 1 rod for hanging clothes…

With the addition of two shelves in wasted space and an extra closet rod…

Accessory trays (secured to the wall with 3M velcro hangers) organize nail polish…

Easy Hang Closet Extension Rods double hanging space for boots shown above and pants/skirts as shown below:

A little seat for pulling on boots…

Two extra sets of bi-fold doors becomes a folding/dressing screen (attach with hinges in the center)…

Behind the screen…

A GoodWill found tiered candy dish holds favorite accessories…

Inspired by Martha Stewart, trim/molding organizes my shoes. Four 42″ pieces hold 24 pairs of my {heeled} shoes…

(See the trim/molding shoe storage how to here)

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DIY Triple Clipboard

We’re working on a special area for Mr. DIY.  Here’s one of the things we made for the area:

DIY Triple Clipboard Tutorial
Materials:
Board (I used a pre-cut unfinished wooden shelf base, approx. 4′ x 12′ x 1″)
Vinyl Chalkboard Tags from Ten23 Designs
Screws to secure to wall (or Dischangers)
1.  I used the Rockler TransTint Dye to stain my piece of wood which will be the back of my clipboard. (Mix according to instructions – add more for darker/less for lighter color).
2.  Allow to dry.
3.  Measure and divide board into 3 equal sections (I used a Sharpie – I don’t mind the line showing to separate the clipboard areas).

4.  Peel and stick vinyl chalkboard tags into place. I placed mine above the area I intend to secure the clip.
5.  Layout clips and mark where pilot holes need to be drilled.
6.  Drill pilot holes.
7.  Attach clips using screws provided.

(Oh – I wasn’t fond of the brassy color so I gave mine a coat of antique gold spray paint and splattered with a darker brown for an ‘old’ look).

8.  All done and ready to hang (we secured to the wall using drywall screws into studs but using Dischangers will allow your clipboard to be more mobile for moving).

More on this clipboard’s specific purpose coming up! You’ll never guess.  🙂

Ps. Still working on the subscription issues…I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the full post shows in the feed today!  EDIT:  It looks like the full post is in the feed but images are not.  Back to the drawing board! Thank you so much for your patience!

DIY Project Parade: Closet Doors – How to Turn BiFold Doors into French Doors

I love this blog day at the DIY Show Off! I finished up the bi-fold doors. Finally!  Only they’re not bi-fold doors anymore!  Woo hoo!
The doors before:

The doors after (see tips on painting shuttered doors here):

But they were still functioning as bi-fold doors. Bi-fold doors are a great space saver in hallways or for laundry rooms, but not necessary in a bedroom. I wanted them to function as French doors.  Super easy to do!

(Dressing Room Sneak Peek!)
Closets Before had curtains for a few years – I hated that wood tone that much!
BIFOLD CLOSET DOORS become FRENCH DOORS…
How to:

The doors were installed as usual in the outer corners. (My doors only have an upper track, the bottom is held in place with a bracket in the corners on the floor – no slider on the floor.)

Remove plastic that keeps the door on track from the upper inner corner. (The upper outer one near the wall will stay in the original track, remove the other top inner plastic.) Mine look like this:

Measure where the door closes and magnetic hardware will need to be place for doors to close and catch.
Start with pilot holes.

Install metal cupboard door hardware (the ‘catch’ piece) onto the track itself, so it hangs down to meet where the magnetic piece is going to be placed on the actual door.

Attach the other piece of the magnetic cupboard door hardware to the door itself, making sure that it lines up with the metal piece on the track so it will catch and stay closed. (Mark and drill pilot holes first.)

These are perfect for keeping the closet doors closed and so easy. Best of all – it doesn’t alter the door itself so if the day comes when you want bi-fold doors again, no problem.  Repeat for all doors (4 in our case).
Stop the folding action by using mending plates:

Three on each door near the top, in the middle and on the bottom.

Mark.

Drill pilot holes.

Attach.

Now the doors don’t fold anymore – but can be easily turned back to bi-fold doors. Permanent for only as long as you want them to be permanent.

Door knobs are from Hobby Lobby (1/2 off of $5.99 each!!!)

Big improvement!
Since this is my dressing room, I liked the freedom to get creative.

“S” hooks make belts/scarves and accessories easy to find. {Don’t you hate forgetting what you actually do own because you can’t see it or find it?}

I love that they open out, instead of fold.  I love the new paint job and pretty knobs. And I love that my cat no longer snoozes on my sweaters, covering them in fur!
What do you think?
Similar ‘S’ hooks:
Dressing Room Reveal coming soon with tons of pictures and a few more details on how my clothing and accessories went from being crammed and sharing space with ‘boy’ clothes to having a room all their own.
Ps. We’re leaving for vacation but I’ve scheduled posts to publish along with some guest posts from some of my creative blog buddies.  Please stop by to give these ladies some DIY Show Off love while I’m away and know that if you comment, ask questions, submit features or email me…I may not get back to you right away but I’d still love to hear from you and we’ll catch up when I return (I’ve been working on another room transformation this past week and can’t wait to share it with you!)

 

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12 Days of Holiday DIY
 
Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential
 
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Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry
 
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Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun
 
Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off
 
Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter
 
Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri
 
Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main
 
Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage
 
Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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Organizing Your Pantry ~ My Happy House

Molly from

My Happy House
always has some great cleaning, organizational tips and DIY.  With holiday cooking and baking on the agenda, I thought you’d enjoy some helpful tips:


Up until just a few days ago, on a good day, my pantry used to look like this:

Before: 

Maximizing the pantry is key. Oh and I want it to look pretty, am I asking too much? Perhaps, but that didn’t stop me from trying. See the tips at the bottom of this post. 

 
After: 

How to achieve the pantry of my your dreams:

  1. Really only stock the items you need. I ditched a few things I really didn’t need and have a pile of stuff to donate.
  2. Visually break up the shelves. A nice balance of baskets, containers, cookbooks, and serving platters helps big time!
  3. Uniformity is somewhat key. I wasn’t about to drop $$$$ on new baskets when I had quite a few I could repurpose. I actually like the variety there, but I wanted to have all the same containers for the most part. So I spent some money on those.
  4. The wire rack on the side wall was one way to house can goods, but I needed a better solution for items I keep in bulk (diced tomatoes, chicken broth, etc.). Fridge bins work great for this! They are clear, so they go with whatever theme you have and are the perfect size since they are for soda cans.
  5. Don’t overfill the shelves. This one was hard for me to do because I really do need all the space in there, but I’ll show you something I did later that really helped with this!
  6. Make sure to use all the vertical space! The way the pantry was originally set up, there was a good couple feet above the shelf that wasn’t used because I just didn’t have that many tall items. We added the wire shelf up top, instant space. And notice on the left, where I have some serving pieces, those little “S” hooks. Again, vertical space. It still looks aesthetically pleasing by not looking crowded, but without those hooks, I’d lose an entire space for a basket.
  7. When using that top vertical space, be smart about it. I kept all the canvas baskets at the very top light in weight. Linens, chips, cereal, etc. are easy to get down without fear I’ll knock myself unconscious when I need to get them down.
  8. Keep the color scheme light. The paint we chose was some paint we had bought and weren’t able to use the perfect paint for the little closet space with no natural light. (Platinum by Ace) However, I’m pretty sure any paint would have been an upgrade from builder grade beige, and especially so seeing as the ceiling white came about 2 feet down the wall with a jagged line to finish it. Seriously builders?
Thanks so much for sharing your great tips, Molly! Perfect timing! I know that not only with the holidays do we do more cooking and baking, but with cold winter weather and shorter days, there are more home cooked meals, more comfort foods and having everything organized feels so good! 
 
You can see more from Molly at 
 

Thrifty Treasure!

A few weeks ago I found this little ladder at a huge garage sale for $5.00. I love it in the guest room displaying my favorite latest magazine issues and throw…

What do you think?

Tomorrow:  The thrifty free furniture before and after transformation. That will end the guest bedroom makeover AND an awesome giveaway that you do not want to miss!  See you at the regular DIY Project Parade tomorrow! 

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DIY Daily Organization System (and UPrinting Business Card Winner)!

Long time blog friend, Molly from 
My Happy House
is always full of clever DIY projects.  Molly (me too) loves this PB Daily System:
Molly’s DIY ingenuity took this inspiration and for half the cost and for a system that better suited her measurements, created this:
See the full list of materials, cost and “how to” at 
Great job, Molly!  I love that it fits your needs more than the PB version and that you did-it-yourselves!  Awesome!
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The winner of the UPrinting Business Card Giveaway is…



Ashley said… 3

I have always, always loved the business cards that are a bit un-traditional…so I heart their rounded/circle/oval varieties. I could definitely put them to some use:)


Thanks, as always, for all the great leads on products and projects!! Ashley

Focal Point

I‘ve enjoyed the posts over at Focal Point for quite a while now and I’m excited to share a few great DIY projects by Lynda with you! Here’s a little about her:
“I never really thought of myself as a DIYer – but hey – the shoe fits!! I love fashion & interior design. I also love & enjoy problem solving, making something from nothing, thrifting, furniture refinishing, decorating for the seasons (especially in seasonless South Florida!) and sharing with people how to create a look for less! After working in retail for 25 years and posting our home on HGTV Rate my Space, I started blogging (in Oct. 2009) as a means of sharing how to’s, home projects, and trend spotting.”
::: FOCAL POINT :::
Lynda recently created a beautiful gallery wall using things she already had.  I love when things like this come together.  Take a look at her stunning dining room:
If you’re wanting to do a gallery wall, you must read her No Template Tips. I want my dining room to look like hers. Lovely!
End of summer is a great time for re-organization in the pantry with lots of fall and holiday cooking coming up.  Just a little DIY and creativity…
See Lynda’s list of materials and how-to at Style Solution:  DIY Budget Pantry Update. I can’t wait to have a pantry again. ::envious:: Our old enclosed porch is serving as our pantry area at this time.   
And as a DIY’er, I LOVE the gift Lynda gave her mom this past Mother’s Day so much, I think my mom’s getting this next year (thanks, Lynda!)…
Before
Mom’s Memory Wall After
Spending time with her mom going through pictures was a bonus to the great gift.  Lynda also created two other gift areas.  You’ll have to head over to Focal Point Mom’s Day Gift to get the details. 
Lynda, thank you so much for sharing a few of your DIY ideas!  I always look forward to seeing what you’re up to next! 

"Just Lovely" DIY

Meet:  Chantel of

Just Lovely
Chantel just revealed her romantic bedroom reveal and the details are so dreamy! Amazing DIY, Chantel!

Before…
Love this color – beautiful after:
Tray to Jewelry Hanger Beauty and “how to”…
Prettiest lamp and a ruffle lampshade tutorial.
You’ll want to visit Chantel and see more of her lovely creativity and beautiful photography at 

INCLUDING HER DREAMY-ROMANTIC BEDROOM REVEAL!

Closet to Mudroom

I love when closets become new fun spaces – little rooms like my cloak room makeover and Gwenny Penny’s sewing/craft space featured earlier in the week.  Take a look at Amy from The Mistress of Oxford‘s closet turned entryway mudroom!

Before:

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. 



See all of the progress at the Mistress of Oxford Part I and Part II.


THE DETAILS
Antique leaded window = $40
(We installed 3 individual hooks)

Entryway bench = $75 KohlsWicker baskets = $20 ($10/basket) Pier OnePillow = $12 HomeGoodsRug = $15 HomeGoodsLetter “S” (pictured above) = $6 HomeGoods

Cast iron hook = $15 Elements (Local décor store)

Keyholder = $8 HomeGoods (This is on the wall next to the entryway)

Don’t you love it?! When there’s 3 closets in a hallway, what a great idea to make one into a functional entryway space to put on shoes, hang keys and store a purse or backpack!  Great idea and beautiful job, Amy!  Thank you so much for sharing!  It really
makes a beautiful change – lightening and opening up the area.  Love the bench and decor too!


Making a Creative Space

Creating a small space for yourself might be easier than you think.  I love this idea from Gwenny Penny.  A cluttered closet becomes a useful spot for sewing and crafts.  Click the link to see the full post.

New Sewing Closet!

Closet before and after:

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.

Now it’s SEW organized…

Doesn’t it make you just want to dive in and organize YOUR creative space?  
Thanks so much, Gwen, for sharing your creative space.
I look forward to seeing your craft and sewing projects!

Involving Color

Jena from Involving Color has some amazing before and after transformations to show off…

January seems to be a month for focusing on organization and that’s exactly what Jena’s done with her shoe closet.  What a lucky girl – an entire closet dedicated to shoes!  Here is the before:

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:

Here is what she did:

  • Remove wallpaper.
  • Repair walls, prime, and paint.
  • Install plantation shutters
  • Install new toilet paper holder and towel bar
  • Install pedestal sink and faucet
  • DIY artwork


  • Ta-da! Hard to believe it’s the same room!


    Half Bath After Sherwin Williams Sea Salt


    Half Bathroom After Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

    And my most favorite of all?  Her backyard.  It makes me long for summer parties, sunshine and warmth!  Amazing! (Full backyard transformation details.)

    Backyard Before
    Back Yard Before
    To this:
    flagstone patio
    Patio After
    This:
    Backyard Before
    Back Yard Before
    To this:
    flagstone patio
    Patio After

    There’s something else I’d love to show off about Involving Color.  The Involving Color Image Gallery allows you to search rooms by paint color, by room or by painted furniture!   So cool and lots of inspiration!

    Thanks, Jena for sharing your projects.  Every single thing is awesome – so beautiful!

    Inspired to Organize – edited to add reading nook.

    “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”  ~ A. A. Milne 


    With the new year, the buzz is all about organization.  After taking down holiday decor, everything feels so de-cluttered so it’s only natural that motivation to get everything organized hits you like a contagious disease but it’s energizing instead.  As you know we finally organized our coat and shoe closet recently.  It was a chaotic mess with no purpose. Now coats, boots, shoes, scarves and hats have a place to call home.  Do shoes and coats and junk piling by the entryway get you stressed?  Maybe not in a ‘the world is coming to an end’ sort of way but it is stressful when things aren’t put away in their proper place or there isn’t a place for things to be assigned.  


    Getting started is the hardest part but in no time, I was cleaning our and de-cluttering the rest of our back entry way and was done in less than an hour.  Tell yourself you’ll just do one small drawer.  Empty it, sort and start putting things where they belong.  Before you know it, you’ll have three drawers done instead of one.  I always trick myself with making a small goal. The trick is getting yourself to “START”.  Instead of looking at the BIG overwhelming picture of organizing your entire home or even a whole room, start small and say “I’m just going to clean up this little area.”  Once you get started, you’ll want results and do more than just that one small task.
    Keys, change, cell phones have a designated and assigned area near the door with this organizer I made a couple of years ago (yes – we still use it!).  Key Keeper Tutorial

    We chose furniture that allowed for extra storage.  I love decorating the console table but it’s the drawers and shelf that allow us to know where certain things are.  The top drawer holds take out menus, batteries, spare change, etc. 
    The faux-apothecary chest is a great place for my summer shoes (my boots are in the coat/shoe closet).  
    The drawers up top serve as a place for gloves and extra sets of keys.  Sometimes I’ll use a drawer to hide a few odds and ends during a ‘quick clean’ to corral little stuff until I have time to sort it.  Wooden boxes under a bench provide more storage and the bench is the perfect place to sit and pull on shoes.
    Do you have an organized entry area in your home?  We actual enter through the door in the kitchen right now as it’s closest to our parked cars but I’m still able to redirect coats and shoes to be put away instead of piling near the door.  No mess. No stress.  🙂
    Have a clean up/organization post to show off?  Link up and share!  
    SHOW OFF ORGANIZATIONAL AND CLEANING TIPS!

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    Organize and Decorate Everything

    I’m back!  THIS is why it takes me longer than usual to organize:

    I start out small.  “Just sort and put things away” I tell myself (you know you talk to yourself too, right?!).  Then I get carried away with the need to freshen things up, redecorate, rearrange and move things from room to room and before I know it, I have a new reading nook!  Let the above pictures serve as the before.  This is my after:


    It’s sort of a reward for being motivated to clean up.  😉  However…warning:  This means you’ll mess up the adjoining room in an effort to redecorate and have to start all over again in there. 

    TGIF!

    Wrapping Center

    Do you love to wrap or find it to be a chore?  I love to wrap.  Jenny from Jenny Free Style is organized and all ready to go.  To make wrapping easier, designating an organized space with everything you need will make the task more enjoyable.  I love her idea.  It beats wrapping gifts on the living room rug, scrambling for tape, hunting for scissors, etc.  Visit Jenny here to see the steps she took to making a helpful workspace for more efficient gift wrapping.  


    She even has a helper!

    Hallway Library

    I love this little library that Amy from A Little Busy shared in the project parade.  Amy and Brian took an overlooked wasted space and created a little library.  Shelves in a hallway corner – genius!  

    Hallway before:

    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.

    GREAT job, Amy & Brian! I love that it looks original to your home, built-in like it was always there.  What a clever use of unused space!  Thank you for sharing your creativity!

    Want to see the cutest laundry room/mudroom makeover, a pretty kitchen, other DIY projects and adorable family stories?  Pop over to A Little Busy!

    Jewelry Tree

    Edit!  I’m showing off and linking up to:

    I love when decor has a function, don’t you?  This DIY jewelry tree is pretty AND functional.  

    Materials:
    Rust XO spray paint in Antique Gold (sold at True Value)
    .29 embroidery hoop from thrift store
    free branches from the yard
    How to:
    1.  Snip off a few branches to a desired height.  I used 4. 
    2.  Open embroidery hoop and squeeze branches in between wooden hoops.  Tighten to secure.  This is tricky but push them through with the ends sticking out the other side.  I didn’t cut them off the bottom at this point because having it up off the surface made painting a little easier. 

    3.  I love this antique gold color by Rust XO Spray Paint and Primer in One!  Give everything a good coat of spray paint.  Just 1 good coat on from every angle is all you need!

    4.  Snip off branches at bottom of hoop.  

    5.  Secure branches into the hoop with hot glue.

    6.  Hang necklaces!

    Easy decor, pretty storage.  Now my daughter’s jewelry won’t be a tangled mess!  What do you think?


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    Staying in the Closet – It's Reading Nook!

    I‘m currently organizing a closet but when I saw this one, my jaw dropped.  I want a reading nook in my closet!  lol  Check out the gorgeous makeover from Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl.  Here is her post:


    This past weekend my husband took the boys camping. A free weekend – by myself – peace and quiet!
    (insert sound of hammers, jigsaw, table saw, and more hammering)

    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.


    See, perfect fit!


    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:

    1. Squeeze out your bead of caulk. 
    2. Run your finger along the bead to smooth it (then wipe your finger off on a rag.)
    3. Follow up with a slightly moist paper towel for a super smooth finish!

    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…

     Can’t you hear the Symphonic Chords playing?

    The copper wall sconce was also from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I scored that gem for  only $5! It has a cord that I snaked around the moulding and then plugged into the outlet just outside the closet. A tutorial on re-wiring the copper sconce with a white cord and adding a switch is poster here.

     Plenty of storage bins for all the toys a three year old can hoard.



    Finally, a nook built for reading, sleepovers…


    …or just hanging with big brother.

    Isn’t it awesome?  I think it’s fantastic.  You did an amazing job Brittany!  Thanks so much for sharing your hard work.  The colors and organization is so cool, the wainscoting is gorgeous and I love that bench and those cute pillows!  Great way to take a closet and turn it into the coolest brother hang-out ever!
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    Closet Makeovers

    Closet makeover – I have a few that could use some help!  I shared one with you the other day and here are two more.  Rebecca installed textured wallpaper and built/painted shelves in each closet.  Look at the difference!  Awesome!
    Here are her pictures:  
    Storage Closet Before
    I have to admit, I have one that looks almost identical.
    Cleaning out
    New shelves

    Storage Closet After

    Craft Closet Before
    Craft Closet After!  Wow!

    Thanks for the inspiration Rebecca!  You did a fantastic job creating useful organized spaces! And I love the craft closet with the chair, curtains, workspace with everything in it’s place and within easy reach.  What a great place to get creative!  
    I attempted to clean out one of ours the other day, but I only got as far as the room and then started rearranging furniture and vignettes.  I get a little side tracked when it comes to opening that closet door!  Does that happen to anyone else?

    Closet Makeover #1

    Sometimes I wonder if you guys can read my mind!  I have a closet makeover on my list to do in the next month!  And I’ve just received 2 closet re-do submissions to show off!  Coincidence?  Nah.  Great minds think alike!

    Here is a beautiful (drool!) closet makeover from Ronda at Batchelor Way:

    Closet Reveal

    We are finally done with our master CLOSET!! And I’m in LOOOOVE!!!  Here is the after of my side.
    And the Before
    The before of the middle
    And the after.  (This is looking straight into the closet through the master bath.)
    Before of Les’ side,
    After of Les’ side
    I found these jewelry boxes at Downeast Outlet store for $5 each.  I think they look great in my jewelry drawer.  Go here to see how we did the drawers.

    I found a cute little oval frame I wanted to make signs out of, but could only find one.  But super neighbor to the rescue.  Shelley found two slightly larger oval frames for me.  ( They only cost 10 cents each.) 
    I spray painted them, of coarse.  Then I replace the pictures with some scrapbook paper I had  and finished them off with some vinyl.  I got the vinyl from my great neighbor Shelly.  (You can get the same thing for $2 each!)  I love these signs.  They are the perfect detail.  Go ahead and take them in!!!!!
    I also love my new shoe cubbie.  We have so much more storage now.  And it’s custom to “our” storage needs.  Plus I love it when my supper functional storage it so dang pretty.
    I’m pleased with my stenciled wall.  My last post tells how to make your own stencil like I did.  I got the great quadrafoil basket below on clearance for $7 at Home Goods.  And the wood to build the boxes below that for free.
    These shots are a little different angle, but I wanted to show the whole stenciled wall.  Call us crazy, but we took the door off.  We never really shut it, and it allowed us to use the wall space on both sides of the door.
    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.

    WOW!  First, I’d stare at it all.the.time. too!  So organized. Everything within easy reach.  Great job Ronda!  Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous closet!  I love the stenciled wall, the His&Hers plaques and coat hooks.  So pretty!  Love the drawers too – everything having a place has to make life so much simpler!

    I‘ll share another amazing closet makeover tomorrow!

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    Before and After Hall Closet Desk

    Isn’t this a creative solution from Karli at The World Spins Madly On for organizing projects? It’s a mini office.  In a closet!  Brilliant!  Here is her post:
     

    Before and After Hall Closet/Desk

     
     
     
    Here’s another little before and after.
    Ever since the mudroom has been finished we no longer need the small closet in the hall for storing jackets and other mudroom type paraphanelia.
    Well I couldn’t very well let a perfectly good space go to waste so I repurposed the space into a…….


    Mini Office!


    What do you think?

    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.

    Plus…

    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…

    I love that she created a little secret room by fitting a desk and shelves in there.  Creative!  Thanks for sharing Karli!