If you google ‘opposite to a walk-in closet’, I’m pretty sure this image would come up (well, minus my hubby’s behind photobombing the picture.. or photo’bum’ing in this case ;)
We knew we moved into a major fixer-upper when I was a rotund 8 months preggo, but a master bedroom that was attacked by a highlighter, had super squeaky floors, and a closet with an accordion door were not features on my dream home list…
Not only does the rickety door stick and need some good ol’ wrestling to get it to move, but it was painted with the same finesse as my toenails when painted by my husband (and that’s not a good thing… an ‘A’ for effort, poor guy)
Although the closet appears full of clothes, the opening is really just jam-packed with stuff, and the other hidden space behind the wall is empty… well, the dark abyss is really just occupied by random stuff that was chucked into it, and forgotten about. That closet could’ve provided so much storage space, but was virtually useless for us in it’s current state.
UNTIL: the glorious day arrived when we decided to tackle the beast.
My hubby measured and cut away the dry wall (pre-haircut, of course), and sawed away the wood beams.
Then a new opening was cut a big higher than the original one to compensate for the dry wall we would be adding. We then stood back and admired the uncharted closet territory that was before us. We were giddy with organizational excitement – something that doesn’t come around too often in this house.
After removing the clothes, and giving the room a good painting (Behr’s Irish Mist, a favourite in this house apparently), we moved the original rod & shelf higher to make room for another rod below. Images of having shirts & pants hanging (rather than crumpled on the floor, as usual) were dancing in our heads!
I’m missing some progress shots, but nonetheless, we added some major cosmetic details…
We used a dark laminate flooring from Costco to cover the original birch floor, which we were extremely pleased with, and installed proper bi-fold doors (goodbye accordion!). The doors are not the same size, as the openings were different… but guess who got the bigger side??
You guessed it. I got the larger side behind door #1, yet my stuff still seems to be bleeding into my husband’s closet. oops!
It’s definitely not organized 100%, but it’s getting there! (the second rod really makes a difference).
My husband put this shoe organizer in my Christmas stocking last year, and I rolled my eyes and threw it aside, thinking I would never organize anything, let alone my shoes… but alas, her she is: organizing some of my shoes.
I also used the ol’ shower curtain rings idea off Pinterest to organize my scarves. I’m realizing I have a thing for animal prints…
In the lower region, I hung my pants & skirts, as well as organized some of my accessories. I was saying with all the extra hangers, I would need new pretty things to fill them up! My husband wasn’t too impressed.
I found pant hangers with the clips to be perfect for storing summer hats so they wouldn’t get squished.
Using bins found from the dollar store, I stored my small purses & clutches in one, and seasonal stuff, like summer shorts, in the other (it will probably house winter scarves when summer rolls around again).
On the upper shelf, which still needs a lot more TLC, my craft supplies, and luggage bag temporarily occupies the space.
Now, on the to-do list, that door needs an extra coat of paint, and some pretty hardware to replace the boring knobs that came with them. I’m thinking something gold (of course)… any suggestions?
There you have it. A huge improvement from what it looked like before, yet still needs some major tweaking to get it perfect.
I’m just glad we don’t need sunglasses in our room anymore ;)
To check out some ideas to help clean up around the house, check out my Pinterest organizational board, which ironically happens to be my most popular board!