Craft Closet Makeover

January 22, 2015 AT 10:18 pm Leave a Comment

Today for my “Throwback Thursday” post, I am going to share one of my most popular posts on my blog.  It’s also the project on my blog that was featured in Organize Your Life. 

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This closet organization post was original posted on March 13, 2103.

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I have finally finished my craft closet makeover!  Woo to the hoo!

Thanks to Lowe’s I was able to get the materials I needed to get it finished.  I am so excited to be a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network!

 

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Here is what my closet looked like less than two weeks ago…

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And here it is now!…

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So much bettter!

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It all started with taking everything out of the closet and removing the header.

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Cy helped me with this part.  I wanted to open up the closet so it was easier to reach the top shelf and so it wouldn’t look so much like, well…. a closet.  Smile

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Eventually, we are going to pull up all of the old carpet in this room, so we decided to go ahead and remove the carpet from our closet before we built our shelves.

Eli helped with the clean up.

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Next, I painted the closet the same color as the rest of the room.  It is called Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams, but I always have them color match it at Lowe’s and use Valspar.

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We went to Lowe’s to buy some shelving pieces and decided to use these…

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We decided to build shelves to hold some baskets on each side of the closet.  When we nailed these pieces together, we made sure that we used wood glue as well in between the pieces to make sure that the hold was strong.

 

 

 

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We bought some pegboard from Lowe’s and covered the back and side walls with it.

 

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Then we were able to place the first shelf right on top of the pegboard and 1×2’s.

 

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I wanted to go a little out of my comfort zone and pick a bright color to paint the pegboard.  I will with Caribbean Holiday by Olympic.

I LOVE this color!

 

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I bought 6 corbels from Lowe’s and painted them white using my favorite Valspar paint in Satin White.

 

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To make the shelves look a little more custom, we added trim work to the front of them.

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After  a lot of filling nail holes, caulking, and painting, the closet was ready to be organized and decorated.

To help me organize my craft supplies, I bought the following pegboard organizer kit from Lowe’s…

Blue Hawk Metal Pegboard Organizer Kit

Blue Hawk Metal Pegboard Organizer Kit

It is so nice to have all of my supplies out in the open.

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Now I don’t have to waste time searching for supplies when working on a project. It is all within plain view. Smile

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I really like the decorative touch that the corbels I bought at Lowe’s give to the shelves.

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I wanted to be sure to add a cute pendant light to my closet, so I bought this Edison Light from Lowe’s.

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Here is the link to this light…

allen + roth 6-7/8-in W Edison Style Mission Bronze Mini Pendant Light with Clear Shade

Allen + Roth 6-7/8-in W Edison Style

Mission Bronze Mini Pendant Light

Oh, we also painted the subfloor with white paint.  I am planning on painting the wood floor in the rest of the room as well {eventually.}

I am also wanting to put a stool in the space in the middle of the closet.  However, I have yet to find the type of stool I am wanting to use.

 

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But for now, I am thrilled with my new craft closet!!  There’s nothing better than feeling more organized!

 

 

Let’s check out the before and after again!

 

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Want some more DIY inspiration? Check out Lowe’s Creative Ideas for free ideas and plans:

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Disclaimer:  I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase the supplies for this project.  The idea of this project was my own, as well as the manner in which I shared it.

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Organizing the Hall Closet

January 20, 2015 AT 11:29 pm 3 Comments

Hey, y’all!

Well, I started organizing my closet last night, but didn’t get it finished until today.  I took some pictures this evening before Adam and Luke’s basketball games, and now I am finally editing my photos and writing my post.  Whew!

Even though it has been a hectic 24 hours, I am SO glad to be getting ORGANIZED!!!

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This is the second little organization project on this closet in the past two years.  I have to show you the other one first. 

It cracks me up.

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Dude.  Look at my closet before.  It was a sad situation.  You can read about how I organized it HERE.

I also shared THIS POST about how I changed the bifold doors on the closet to these beautiful bead board paneled doors.

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This used to be a small closet in one of the bedrooms before we tore the walls down and turned this area into a hallway.  You can see where this closet is in respect to my den in the photo below.

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I LOVE these doors!  :)

Unfortunately, over the past year, I haven’t been to nice to my closet, and yesterday, it looked like this…

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Ouch.

The drawers in the closet needed organizing too!

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I followed my organizing system, and Dumped, Ditched, and Divided.

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I dumped everything in the closet out in the hallway floor.

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This step is messy, but necessary.

Then I ditched the junk, and put the rest in a large bag to take to Goodwill this week. 

That part feels so good!

Lastly, I divided all of the remaining items back into the closet where I wanted them. 
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The top two hanging rods hold mine and Cy’s summer clothes.

The bottom hanging rod holds my tablecloths.

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I also found three cloth laundry baskets to fill up the floor space and create more storage.

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Notice how organizing this closet has created some empty storage spaces for me to use?

I’m still trying to decide what I want to put in those spaces.

I decided to use the middle laundry basket to store extra bed sheets…

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The basket on the left holds some extra pictures that I haven’t hung up in our house yet.   And the basket on the right is empty!  Yay!   More storage space!  :)

I added one belt hanger on the right side door last year, but I decided to add another one above it for ties.  This is the easiest area to keep track of all of my boys’ belts and ties.

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They have a lot more ties and belts that I will be adding to this space.

On the left door, I added a “wrapping station.”  I took all of the stuff I had in the drawers and created storage for it on the door.

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I used this letter tray from Walmart to create storage for my tissue paper and gift bags.  But I didn’t use it in the way it was made for!

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I attached it flat to the door to create a “pocket” to store things in.

To do this, I simply placed the letter tray where I wanted it on the door, traced the outline with a pencil, attached 3M mounting tape on top of the pencil line, and then attached the letter tray.

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I chose to do this because the letter trays were only $5.00 and the best deal I could find to save some money. 

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When I peeled the red layer off of the tape, I pushed the letter tray onto the door to stick.  Since these baskets will be holding very light items, I knew the tape would be able to hold everything just perfectly!

I loved that the letter tray had a little wire on the bottom of the tray that I could hang my tissue paper on!

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I also used an “S hook” that I already had and hung it on my letter tray to hold my tape.

I found these silver metal baskets at Walmart for $10 a piece.  I wish I could find them cheaper, but I couldn’t. 

Most “over the door” hanging baskets have metal hooks on top that cannot be removed.  I liked these baskets because you didn’t have to use the hooks if you didn’t want to.

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I attached the baskets to the wall with 3M mounting tape…

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I used the top wire basket to hold more gift bags, and the lower wire basket to hold wrapping paper.  

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I also attached the “over the door” hooks to the sides of my basket to hold my scissors.  Perfect!

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Do you see that small “open” gift bag at the bottom of the door?   I attached it to the door with some more 3M mounting tape and filled it with all of my self-sticking bows.  

I am SO pleased with how my closet looks now. 
Most of my drawers are empty now, so I am looking forward to filling them up too and adding some cute handles.  I will share that with you when I do.
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Do you see that small gap on the right side of the closet with nothing in it?

I am going to get a hanging rod to go in that space and hang my off season dresses in that space.  

There you have it!  I am so glad to get this project checked off my “to do” list!  :)

Come back tomorrow for my Organize Your Heart video post!

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Tips and Tricks to Organizing your Closets!

January 19, 2015 AT 11:00 am 1 Comment

Welcome to week THREE of my Organize your Heart and Home series!

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 This week we are focusing on our CLOSETS!

I am totally pumped about cleaning out some of my closets.  Our hall closet is the first one I am going to tackle today and show you tomorrow.  I’m also going to try and clean out the boys’ playroom closet.  (double ew.)

But for now, I am sharing with you some great organizing tips and tricks for your closets that I found on Pinterest.  You can click on the link below each picture to view the source.

Here is a great way to turn a small closet into your “cleaning closet.”  That’s a pretty smart way to store the paper towels.

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Boots falling over in my closet is always an issue, so I need to consider hanging my boots like the picture below.  It takes up room in the closet, but if you have the space, it is a great idea!

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You can also hang your shoes on the wall with crown molding or a simple piece of trim.

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Here is a great way to organize your craft supplies in a small closet.  I love using the back of a door to store supplies.  If you have closet doors with empty backs, you can take advantage of that space and install some organizers.   So smart and practical!

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Love using the back of a closet door to create a “wrapping station.” 

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I don’t have a lot of purses, but the few I do have dry me cRaZy!!  They are always falling over or falling down out of my closet.  I love this purse organizer that you can purchase on Amazon.   

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If you are someone with a lot of clutches, here is another great way to store those! 

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Kids’ closets can be some of the messiest in the house, unless you organize it like Chelsea from TwoTwentyOne did.  I love how she used the space on the bottom of the closet to add cubbies to hold more stuff.  Great idea! 

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Are you feeling motivated yet?!!

I am!  

I cannot wait to get started on my closet!  

Will you join me?

It can be a coat closet, a bedroom closet, a hall closet, or a utility closet.  Whichever needs organized the most, get on it!  :)  (You will thank me later.)

Come back Friday to share your organized closet(s) and enter another fabulous giveaway!  :)

Have a blessed day!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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!

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Do you have a closet in need of a makeover?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

 

How to  Make a Valance in 5 Minutes!

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NO Sew Valance!

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A 5 Minute, No Sew Valance!

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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.

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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

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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!

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

 

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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.

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Yay!!!

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

 

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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!

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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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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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