6.14.2010

Plans

The garden has been taking a lot of my attention (and posts) lately.  So for all those non-gardening people out there, I wanted to share what else is on the DIY to-do list.  

Since we are on a tight DIY budget this summer I had to be a little creative with our next project.

Therefore with a little inspiration from Sara at Russet Street Reno, our master closet is the next in line.

Is it terrible? No.  And it was actually a huge selling point.  Coming from a house that was over a hundred years old and therefore the closets were the size of three hangers, all the closets we were looking at were awe inspiring.  I might have squealed a couple of times and said that we could make the closet a guest room in a pinch.  For the record the phrase “this is is a great closet for me, but where are you going to put your clothes?” did not cross my lips   Once,  And if you watch House Hunters you know exactly what I am talking about. 

Anyway even though our master closet was not the biggest we looked it, it is more than adequate for the two of us.  And it already had pretty good storage built in.  So we did moved in, put in our stuff and did absolutely nothing to it. 

But of course my orange arch nemesis always makes an appearance-

Closet Before

Sidenote….have you ever tried to take pictures of a long skinny closet with a window? Well it’s not easy.  So I apologize for how badly depicted this is.

And the white has faded into a dingy yellow.  And they are an awkward size for folding storage.  My excuse for stuff falling all over the place. 

Closet Before

And the walls are blah.  (Well at least before I tried some paint samples.)

Closet Before

And the light fixture is dim and ugly.

Closet Before

And the shelves do not have enough support so they bow in.  Again this is the only reason why old purses and stuff is falling everywhere.  Obviously I did not clean up before taking any of these pictures.

Closet Before

So the plan is to re-stain and finish the clothing rods, add more shelving to reduce the  size of folded stacking, new wall color, and new light fixture.  And maybe some snazzier storage.   Or a fun paper or color behind the shelves And possibly a new hamper….or re-do of the current one.  And maybe a window covering.  Because after two years of thinking how far and high this window was from the neighbors, I just realized how wrong I am.   Not going to think about that.

I have been given the timeline of a long weekend to get the project completed because someone (aka the neater side of the closet) does not want this to become the never ending project with stacks of clothes all over the house.

Think we can do it?  Any other great closet ideas?

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11 comments:

  1. Looks like you have a great starting point! I'm totally jealous of the window. You could get a great, fun fabric and do a roman shade. Our closets are the wire shelving kind. I dream of ripping it out and installing a wood closet organizers.

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  2. Whoa, that shelf looks like it's pleading for mercy, lol! You have a great space to work with though - I wish we had closets like that. I can't wait to see it completed, it's going to look great.

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  3. "For the record the phrase “this is is a great closet for me, but where are you going to put your clothes?” did not cross my lips Once, And if you watch House Hunters you know exactly what I am talking about."

    They DO always say that!! If you're looking for new hangers, check out Costco!

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  4. Your closet is huge! Your clsoet is going to look so nice :)

    I just posted out teeny tiny closet - lol - and how I organized it! lol

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  5. This is going to be good! I love a good closet makeover!!

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  6. Totally jealous of the window. And I have the same time with shelving, I much prefer to hang my clothes. Good luck with the redo!

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  7. I agree with Kristin - awesome that you have a window in the closet. Can't wait to see what you do. I know whatever you do will be great. :)

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  8. Though they look nice and matched, plastic hangers take up space! When we downsized, we went from two 5x8 his-and-hers closets to just one. So I use metal hangers here. I also stack shoes on the top shelf in their boxes. Keeps them clean, and you can go clear up to ceiling if need be. (Can you tell I have too many shoes?) Of course, you can buy those foldable hangers that hold 4 or 5 skirts or pairs of pants; I've never tried them. And i just saw a similar hanger for purses advertised. Wonder if it would work? Purses are such random sizes that they tend to fall all over the place! I'll be curious to see what you come up with!

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  9. I've been a terrible blogger, just seeing this now. I can't wait to see what you do in there, just restaining the dowels will make a huge difference! Oh, and I vote for the paint sample on the right of the window - I wonder why! ha

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  10. We had a window in a closet once. I thought it was so nice to have the light...until winter when I pulled down my sweaters and they had faded on the folds. Might want to consider some kind of window covering.
    Love old houses, their closets, not so much!

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  11. Your plans for the closet sound great. I love organized, pretty closets. I definitely have some work to do on mine to get them there though!

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