It is about our city house, where we have lived for the past 20 years....
Crazy! I can't believe that much time has gone by. It's the longest we have ever been in one house. We have made several improvements over the years, getting rid of wallpaper and upgrading flooring, repainting (several times!), upgrades in the kitchen, etc.
I have attempted to organize my closet before but it never quite felt right.
The cheaper storage shelving just weren't cutting it anymore and the top of the closet was a mess.
The wardrobe used to be in the bedroom before I talked Bruce into moving it into the closet. It belonged to Bruce's grandfather. I stored the sheets and extra blankets in it.
So I pulled everything out...and I mean everything (ok, not the wardrobe but then we'd have to pull the door frame off for that ). Ugh, we have a lot of stuff. I think it's time to get rid of some of it!
I decided to paint the walls the same color as the bathroom walls, Benjamin Moore's Alexandria Beige. It is really more of a taupe. I love it!
Bruce said, "Isn't that going to make the closet dark?"
Me - "Maybe. But it will feel cozy."
Bruce - "O..K.."
My sister and husband came over- "Isn't that color going to make it dark in there?"
Me - "Probably, but I have a plan."
Let me tell you, it doesn't feel dark at all. Just like I thought, it feels cozy! I'm not sure I really captured the color well...it was hard to get a good picture of it.
The woodwork got a fresh coat of paint too - Benjamin Moore's Swiss Coffee - it's really a nice ivory - not glaring white.
I had Bruce add a shelf at the top and build me a unit for shoes with an open area above - I'll show you what I'm going to do there soon - I'm really excited about that part!
|Building the shoe shelves unit|
|shelf added up at top and shoe shelves with open area above them|
We moved the wardrobe over to Bruce's side of the closet after adjusting the bottom shelf and rod. He is now using it to store his shoes, workout clothes, and other clothing he doesn't hang. I like it better there than the back of the closet.
I found this fabulous light fixture at Home Depot and it was only $69! I love the chandelier look! I can't tell you how happy I am to get rid of the cage light.
The clothes are back after sorting through them and the shoes lined neatly up on the shelves.
I just have to go through all the stuff I want to store and then neatly put that back. Of course, it also means I will be shifting/cleaning out stuff from the linen closet so I have a place for the sheets. Funny how you fix one area and then you need to fix another - the whole project snowballs.
Now when I walk into my closet, I smile. Nothing like a clean, organized closet! :o)
Next time, the final reveal.
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