Hall Closet Makeover

March 31, 2014 AT 12:02 pm 10 Comments

Last year, I showed you a makeover I did on the exterior of our hall closet, but I have never shown you the inside.

closet makeover

Well, I did show you the “before” of the inside of the closet, but I never showed you the “after” of the inside of the closet.

closet makeover

I used an Easy Closet system to re-do the inside of my closet, but here is the cool thing.  It was FREE!

I worked with Easy Closets for my master closet makeover, and they accidentally sent me an extra closet system for a smaller closet.

master closet makeover

{master closet}

I contacted them to let them know, and they said since it was their mistake I could keep it!  Say What?!!  I was thrilled!  And I was even more excited when I realized it fit our hall closet perfectly!

Here is the before of our hall closet…

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There was only one shelf space and one bar to hold clothes.  {This closet didn’t used to be a “hall closet.”  It was a bedroom closet before we added the addition to our home.}

With the Easy Closet system, I was able to create three bar spaces, lots of shelving, and even some drawers!  Love that!

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Now, the inside of my closet looks like this…

2014-03-31 11.31.20I cannot believe how much storage I have in this closet now!

The left side of the closet holds my out of season clothes, and the middle shelves hold photo albums, décor items, and some home videos.

The upper right side holds tablecloths, and the drawers below hold wrapping supplies, like tissue paper and gift bags.  I also have a “junk drawer” full of miscellaneous stuff that needs to be organized.  Smile  We all have one of those, right?

I still have some organizing to do against the wall on the right.  Right now, I have some large picture frames and artwork stuffed in there.

The back of the doors hold a lot of space, so I added a belt holder for all of the boys belts that I find laying all over the house.  I plan on adding another one for their ties.

Eventually, I want to organize this space even better with cute matching baskets on the shelves and handles on the drawer, but I don’t have time for that right now.  Smile  And no one really sees the inside of my closet except for me.  I’ll save that project for a rainy day.

For now, I am thrilled with my more organized closet!

closet makeover

Do you have a closet in need of a makeover?

*This is NOT a sponsored post.

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Small Drop Cloth Curtain for my Craft Closet

November 14, 2013 AT 11:00 am 5 Comments

I wanted to share with you a small change I made in my craft closet.

It is something I had originally planned to do when I did my craft closet makeover, but I never got around to it.

But with Better Homes and Gardens coming to my house, it made me kick everything into high gear and “get ‘r done!”

If you missed my original closet makeover, you can click HERE or on the picture below and it will take you there.

craft closet makeover

If you look at my craft closet, you will notice a empty space in the middle of the baskets at the bottom.

craft closetI had several of you ask what that space was for.

Well, I thought about putting a stool there, but what I really wanted to put there was some hidden storage.

It’s all great and all to have open shelving, but I usually only like to put pretty things on those shelves.  That’s why I sometimes need a place to hide my “uglies.”

So I really wanted to create a curtain to cover up that little space and hide some stuff behind it.

I grabbed some scrap drop cloth material that I had and cut it to fit the opening in my closet.

I basically measured it the height of the opening plus a  couple of inches to allow for the hem at the bottom of the curtain and the “pocket” hem at the top of the curtain.

I measured the width of the drop cloth to be almost twice the width of the opening so that it would create a “gathered” look when hung.

Then I used my hot glue gun to create a small hem on the sides and bottom of the curtain.

drop cloth curtain

And then I glued the top of the curtain over to create a “pocket” for the tension rod.drop cloth curtain

Then I just hung that baby up!

Easy Peasy!!!

craft closetNow do you want to see what is hiding behind the curtain?  Smile

I decided to store my sewing machine and paper shredder behind the curtain!

drop cloth curtain for craft closet

And I built another small shelf in there to hold some of my sewing supplies.

I love that I can hide items like those behind a curtain for easy access.

I don’t think I have ever showed you where my Giant Command Center is in relation to the rest of the office.

craft closet and command center


It’s right next to my craft closet.

And I have been loving it!  It truly has helped me stay a little more organized.  {A little, I said.} Smile

So that’s it!  A small little improvement to my craft closet!


I hope you are having a wonderful week!  Tomorrow is FrIdAy!!!  Smile

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How to Create a Valance from a Pillow Case!

July 15, 2013 AT 8:46 am 31 Comments


Today, I am going to show you how I created a valance from a pillow case.


There are a ton of titles I could have used for this post, like…


How to  Make a Valance in 5 Minutes!


NO Sew Valance!



A 5 Minute, No Sew Valance!



How to Fake a Valance!


All of those titles would have totally worked, so it was hard for me to pick just one! Smile


I had some readers ask me how I made the valances in my master closet, and I had to laugh a little.  I thought, “If you only knew!”

Well, after you watch this video, you will!


I used three things to make my valance:

1.  A King sized pillow case.

2.  Two ball head straight pins.


3.  And thumbtacks.



I made this video at night so the sun wouldn’t be glaring in the window as I talked, but instead, my chandelier light is glaring in the window.  Sheesh!

Oh well! Smile




That’s it!


If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments!


Have you ever used a pillow case or something

totally unorthodox to create a

window {mis}treatment?


Linking to…


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DIY Dressing Table

June 3, 2013 AT 9:44 am 8 Comments


Hey Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Mine was super busy and super wonderful.  We had very special guests at our house this weekend, and I will share some pictures with you later this week.  Smile


I want to remind you about the Summer Tour of Homes that started today!

Just click on the picture below to start the tour!  Have fun!



Today, I wanted to show you how Cy made my dressing table in our new master closet.

diy dressing table

I knew that I wanted a dressing table in our master closet.  Because of where the windows and lighting were in the closet, the best spot for the dressing table was in this corner.


To make the table, Cy started by drawing a level line the height that we wanted on each wall.diy dressing table

Then he screwed two 2×4’s in the studs of the wall.

DIY dressing table


To give the table top support, he created a crossbar.

DIY dressing table

Then he cut the shape of the table top out of a 4×4 sheet of oak.

DIY dressing table

He trimmed the table top out with 1×2 pieces of poplar wood.

We thought the table may need a little extra support, so we nailed two 2×4’s underneath like legs.

DIY dressing table

For my skirt, I measured the distance from the bottom of the table top to the floor.


DIY dressing table

Then I folded my drop cloth in half and laid it out on the floor.  The cool thing about drop clothes is that they are “hemmed” all the way around.  So I didn’t have to sew a hem on my skirt.  I just cut my drop cloth in a way that would make the hems be on the sides and bottom of my dressing table.


DIY dressing table

I ironed the drop cloth before I cut it the length I needed.

DIY dressing table

I hot glued the “unfinished” side of the drop cloth to the backside of the 1×2 trim underneath the table.

There was really no rhyme or reason for how I glued it on.  I just folded a piece of the drop cloth over and then glued it.  (and burned my hands several times!)

Since I had two pieces of drop cloth, I hot glued one piece to half of the table, and the other piece to the other side of the table.

DIY dressing table

Lastly, I filled in the nail holes with wood filler, sanded them after they were dry, then painted the table top white.  I also applied a coat of poly to the top.

I LOVE my new dressing table.  It’s going to be so nice to sit down while I put on my makeup and fix my hair.

DIY dressing table

And I love that it is hidden in my master closet so that I don’t have to worry about leaving a mess on my bathroom sink countertop.  I can just hide it in here!  Smile


I will share some info about the accessories in this room soon!

DIY dressing table

Where do you do your hair and makeup?



Do you like using a dressing table?



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Progress we’ve made on our Master Closet

May 23, 2013 AT 8:16 am 6 Comments


Hello Darlings!

I wanted to share with  you something that we did in our master closet.

I showed you a couple of weeks ago how we started installing our EasyClosets.

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On the other side of the closest is the original small closet that was built in this room.

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We wanted to remove the header to make it look not so much like a “closet within a closet.”  Since this room is part of our original ranch house, this is not a load bearing header.

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Cy used a hand saw to cut through the 2×4’s and removed the header.


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Then I painted the inside of the closet to match the rest of the room  and then began installing my EasyCloset.


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It took me less than 10 minutes to install this part of the closet.  Maybe less than 5 minutes!  I loved how easy it was.

This is Cy’s part of the closet, and you can see on the left of the picture below that we installed a shoe rack for him as well.

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Now we need to trim out this part of the closet, and we are almost done!



We’ve really been enjoying this new space!

I will show you the final pictures of our closet makeover next week.


If you’d like to create your own custom closet, just click on the button below.

easy closet

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by EasyClosets.  I was given product to review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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My New Master Closet Design

April 23, 2013 AT 6:06 pm 12 Comments


Hey Friends!

I hope you are having a great week so far!

Last week, I shared with you how I am getting a new master closet makeover with EasyClosets.

Well, I wanted to show you what my new closet will look like.

I emailed the dimensions of my closet to the designer, Scott, at EasyClosets using some grid paper that I printed off my computer.

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Then he sent me a proposal for what my closet could look like.


On the left, you can see the overhead view, and on the right are the front views of the different pieces.

I had originally thought about doing window seats under the windows, but decided not to.  The corner between the two windows will have a dressing table there for me to use to fix my hair and makeup. I’m not sure if I am going to buy a dressing table or build one, so I’m going to leave that space empty for now.

The cool thing is that they have a tool that allows you to see your closet in 3D.



You can move your cursor around to view your design from all different angles!  It really helped me to visualize the whole space.



You can also view each wall unit individually, and modify the design with any changes you would like to make.



It was super easy for me to take out the window seats from my plan and update my design.

I also asked to have the slanted shoe racks instead of the straight ones.  I think it is easier to see your shoes with the slanted racks.  I am SUPER excited about my shoe racks.  I have never had them before. Smile

shoe rack

I contacted Scott to let him know that I loved my closet design, and he put the order in.  I received my boxes two days later!  Not kidding!


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Now it is time to unpack all of these boxes and get to building my new master closet!


Can’t wait!!

This post is sponsored by Easy Closets.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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Craft Closet Storage

April 3, 2013 AT 8:00 am 27 Comments



Hey guys!

Thank you so much for all of your sweet words about my craft closet!

Many of you asked where I got some of the containers for my pegboard, so I wanted to share that info with you quickly today.

Some of the things that you see in the picture below is stuff that I already had.

craft closet storage


I purchased a few new items at Ikea, and I’ve pointed them out with arrows in the picture below.

craft closet storage


The closest IKEA store to me is in Ohio and about 2 hours away.  But it is definitely worth the drive when you know you get to see two of your best blog buddies and spend time shopping with them.



That’s Beckie, from Infarrantly Creative, on the left and Sarah, from Thrifty Décor Chick on the right.

I LOVE these two girls, and we had so much fun hanging out that day!


Check out all the loot they snagged!

The prices at IKEA are crazy good!

I am considering buying one of their slipcovered couches.  I decided to try it out while I was there, and from the look of things, I rather enjoyed it!

Does that couch make my butt look big, or does my butt make the couch look small? Smile

ikea sofa


Not sure why, but Sarah decided to try out the cribs.  That girl ain’t right.  Smile



I actually got to IKEA about 45 minutes before Sarah and Beckie did, and guess who I saw shopping there!    Drew Lachey from 98 degrees!  Do you know him?  Didn’t he win Dancing with the Stars one year?

He was there with his wife and two kids shopping.  I was going to get a picture of him, but was a little embarrassed.


Anyway, I got some great supplies for my craft closet makeover while at IKEA.

The metal shelves that hold all my paint supplies were only $2.99 a piece.

BYGEL Wire basket IKEA Can be hung on BYGEL rail, mounted to the wall or the inside of a kitchen cabinet frame or door. Saves space on the countertop

BYGEL series

The green buckets were $8.99-$12.99, which is a little more expensive, but I love the color that it adds to my pegboard.

FINTORP series



The only other thing that I bought for my craft closet were these great fabric covered storage containers.  {They also come in navy blue and other sizes.}

KVARNVIK Box with lid IKEA This box is suitable for storing your newspapers, magazines, photos or other memorabilia.KVARNVIK Box with lid IKEA This box is perfect for storing your CDs, games, chargers or desk accessories.



I’ve got a lot of good stuff hidden in those containers on the shelves.  I haven’t made labels for them yet, but I will.


craft closet storage


Everything else on those two white shelves is stuff I gathered from around the house.


The long green bucket holds a bunch of different sponge type brushes that are kind of awkward to store.   And the three smaller green buckets hold paint brushes, scissors, a glue gun, and some pencils.


craft closet storage


The baskets on the bottom half of the closet are ones that I already had.  They hold my cardstock papers, vinyl rolls, stencils, larger paint items, ribbons, etc.

craft closet

Eventually, I will also be creating some more craft storage on the other side of the room.

But that’s it!  I love looking at how organized my closet is because it is literally the only organized space in my house!  I am hoping to get the rest of this room finished in the next month or so.  {fingers crossed}


If you have any more questions about my craft closet makeover, just ask!  I would love to hear from you.


I hope you have a blessed day!

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Closet Inspiration

January 11, 2011 AT 10:07 am 17 Comments

I cannot tell you how happy I am that I reorganized my craft closet!

And I cannot tell you how much I love having this blog to hold me accountable!  Thank you!!!

Here are the “before and afters” of my closet makeover….

But I know that many of you are reorganizing your clothes closets.

So I thought I would show you a few pictures that I found online to give you a little inspiration.


Let’s just say my boys’ closets look nothing like this!

I am wanting to add two hanging bars in my little guy’s room to make more space for clothes.

This linen closet is beautiful!

This looks like a closet/utility room.

This closet would be considered a bedroom in my home…


I like how they added shelves on the far wall of this walk in closet.


This closet is do-able…


I love the way they turned this closet into an office!  I have one reader who is trying to do this!  :)


And then I just had to add this picture because it is gorgeous!  Is this really a closet?  This would be my bedroom.  I would sleep right there in the window sill. :)

Walk-in closet with center island for storage

So…what have you been working on?  Can’t wait to see your makeovers!!!

Remember, they do not have to be dramatic transformations.

If you just clean, straighten, or  organize the items in your closet….you’ve done a great job!!!

Be proud of yourself!

The Closet Makeover Linky Party is this Friday!

Hope you can make  it.

It will stay open all weekend if you need a little more time.  :)

Have a blessed day!

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