Showing posts with label room design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label room design. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Walk-in Closet Makeover

So today I finally have my organized walk-in closet to share with you. Now if you are thinking that I ripped out everything, then I have to disappoint you. I know that the standard wire shelves are hated very much in the design community (I'm not a fan either) but ripping them out was not within my budget. And since we talk about moving every now and then, a major expensive makeover wouldn't make sense for us. Now I could justify ripping them out if they weren't functional but they are working just fine. And lets face it, nobody really walks into my closet to check out what's in it. 

This is where I have to rephrase now, someone will probably walk into my closet soon and that's the entire reason I got myself into gear to get it organized. I have been holding out on you my friends and I'm very sorry for that. I just wasn't sure if it was going to happen or not, but I can happily state now that DIY magazine will be coming to take pictures of our home and our family right after Halloween. I'm giddy with excitement as you can imagine. This is the reason why I haven't decorated much for Halloween this year, I have been trying to get some unsightly things fixed behind the scenes.

So back to my closet! The goal was to make it prettier and to work with the wire shelving. 

In order to draw your eye up and to distract from the shelving, I decided to wallpaper the ceiling in my small 73"x84" closet and my friends at wallpaperdirect were kind enough to provide me with the paper. I picked wallpaper by Lindholm and you can buy it HERE. As usual I was smitten with the graphic black and white pattern.

Isn't it cool? I can imagine this wallpaper in so many other rooms!

Now I had all intention to have a great wallpapering tutorial but I underestimated trying to wallpaper a ceiling in a tiny dark closet and having to take photos along the way. So sorry about that but it just so happens that my friend Amber at Wills Casa just wrote a great tutorial. So I'm going to be a lazy blogger and just direct you to her post. If you want to learn how (or just look at her gorgeous home) ;) then all you have to do is click HERE.

Do you want to see a very ugly before picture? I just have to throw some in here to refresh your memory. I know some of you have seen it right after I returned from Germany.

Ahhh yup not so pretty! 

So lets move right to the after again shall we?

Here is the ceiling:

That awesome copper goodness is an Ikea fixture that I spray-painted copper. I just couldn't get THIS copper fixture that I saw in Germany out of my head. 

Doesn't the wallpapered ceiling look fabulous? Wire shelving? I don't really even notice it anymore!

I painted the old brown Ikea boxes pink. I now wish I would have used blush but I had the pink. I didn't want to paint them white because I could have never matched the existing white of the other boxes and I didn't want the old ones to look dirty which would have resulted in me having to paint all of them. Lazy blogger again ;) here.

The boxes hold all my seasonal clothing and bedding sheets. Because their content is changing frequently, I didn't want to put labels on them and actually prefer the clear windows to show me what is in them. Having to print new labels all the time is too much work!

The dresser is one of my Ikea nightstands with the gold ring pulls that I hoarded in bulk and I have to buy another one quickly! 

Here is a trick of mine. Do you see the faux sheepskin on the floor? Well behind it is a mirror leaning against the wall. It serves many purposes. I can see my shoes when I try them on, it makes the closet look bigger and the sheepskin as well. That small mirror makes a big difference.

I have a full length mirror on my closet door so I don't need to hang a large one into my closet.

It looks like I have two stools but it is that mirror trick again ;)

I used the Ikea Tjusig door hanger to display my necklaces and Ikea Godmorgon for other random pieces of jewelry. 

So what do you think? So much better than before and working with what you have can be stylish too.

I'm almost ready for DIY magazine to come to our house. 

Thanks for the visit my friends.



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Organize Me Pretty

I'm not going to lie, I was a little scared of participating in this series and I told Ursula that I'm not sure I'm the right person for this. While my house always looks clean, I'm not going to ask you to open my closets and drawers. Some are more organized than others.
And my life has felt really out of control lately so committing to an organizing tour is a little out of my comfort zone. But what better way to feel like you are gaining controlled again than to organize things? It does make you feel better for sure.

So big thank you Ursula for asking me to participate.

While I didn't get everything done that I wanted to, I did get my daughter's room more organized. I have been talking about her a lot lately (HERE, HERE and HERE) and with her issues, she likes nothing more than spending time in her room doing crafts.

Yup, it was somewhat of a mess! Her old set up of a toddler table and chairs didn't work for her anymore. She turned eight and was ready for a big girl desk that she could grow with. 
Unfortunately we were restricted in size, since she has closet doors opening into her space. But the Ikea Besta Burs desk fit the area perfectly.

So this is how I organized the space for her:

Ikea Besta Burs desk

The sleek Ikea desk has room for her to grow and possibly get little crafting organization underneath in the future.
And she has storage for pencils, markers and other little craft supplies. 

I bought the "paint by numbers" at a Goodwill last year and never found the perfect spot for them until now. (I staged them in THIS dresser makeover, do you remember?)

Ikea Besta Burs desk

The vintage tulip chair is perfect for her desk. I bought a set of 4 chairs and table last year at an auction for $75 and I love one of the chairs in her room.

I used two of my milk glass vases for her pencils and markers so she doesn't need to open the drawers nonstop.

Click HERE to see the headboard tutorial.

I also finally found the time to paint her shades grey, remember they used to be black and white stripes? I used my curtain tutorial for that (click HERE).

(more cuckoo clocks HEREHERE and HERE)

This drawer organizer I got at Target HERE* fits the drawer perfectly:

Ikea Besta Burs desk

Her drawers probably won't look like this for long, but I tried ;)

Since she loves to paint I set up the other side of her room to display all her art projects with Ikea Dignitet curtain wire which makes it easy to change out the always changing pieces of artwork.

Below her artwork display are two old Ikea Expedit shelves with baskets and lots of books. (click HERE to see how I painted the thrifted lamps on her shelves)

Isn't her artwork great? I love it and hung some pieces around the house as well. Click HERE and HERE to see.

Click HERE to see how easily you can make one of these pictures yourself.

And I have another closet that I'm proud of and it is one that guests actually do get to open to hang their jackets into. I did keep the wire shelving. I know it is hated by many but I just didn't see a reason to throw it out nor did I have the budget to do so.

And my make-up station is pretty organized as well:

Read more about my bathroom HERE.

I'm currently working on a little makeover of my tiny walk-in closet. Here is a sneak peek:

But I wasn't finished to share it today, so stop back soon for a closet update. It's a classic work with what you have case again, which I usually do.

Monday, Oct. 6th | Home Made by Carmona 
Tuesday, Oct. 7th | A Thoughtful Place 
Wednesday, Oct. 8th | Primitive & Proper 
Thursday, Oct. 9th | Oh Everything Handmade 
Friday, Oct. 10th | Up To Date Interiors 
Saturday, Oct. 11th | Delineate Your Dwelling 
Sunday, Oct. 12th | Life On Virginia Street 
Monday, Oct. 13th | with HEART 
Tuesday, Oct. 14th | The Blissful Bee 
me ;)
Thursday, Oct. 16th | Place Of My Taste 
Friday, Oct. 17th | A Home Full of Color

Make sure to head on over to my friend Aniko's at Place Of My Taste tomorrow. 


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