It’s midway point in the Choose Your Own Adventure Refresh hosted by Jeweled Interiors. I’m refreshing my closet (see the plan HERE!). Time to check in and see how far I have (or haven’t) come….
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Thanks to Hudson Valley Lighting, Minted and SEI for providing products for this refresh!
With every space I decorate, it becomes more clear that I am one hell of an overthinker.
This master closet makeover has been no exception.
It’s like I’m wired to automatically come up with some complicated plan (that truly didn’t seem that complicated in my head), when in reality, the solution to the problem is actually a pretty simple fix.
Overthinking Exhibit #1: The Shoe Shelves
If you remember from the “before” photos I shared with you last week, we had a serious shoe storage problem. We had some basic shoe shelves, but it wasn’t near enough to hold all our shoes and some of my heels didn’t even come close to fitting in the shelves without laying on their sides.
Now, when I first started plotting this makeover, I envisioned “L” shaped corner shoe shelves in a corner of the closet. Brass brackets would support the shelves and we could vary the height between the shelves as needed to accommodate all heights of shoes.
That was the seemingly un-complicated plan in my head that really turned into a pain in the you know what one Saturday afternoon. As it turns out, the brackets weren’t big enough to keep the shelves from bowing and the shelves themselves were just too heavy to be supported by brackets alone.
After overthinking it some more, throwing my hands in the air, drowning my overthinking in booze and then finally doing an Amazon search for shoe storage, I came up with a truly simple and better idea for shoe storage.
Buy readymade shoe shelves and stack them on top of one another.
Sometimes its better to buy than DIY. We bought six sets of these Closetmaid shoe shelves to create our shoe storage.
On some of the units, we left shelves out here and there to accommodate for taller shoes. And by we, I mean Grunt. All I did was find the shelves and suggest we stack them on top of one another. He assembled them all, played around with the shelf spacing countless times, anchored them to the wall – everything. He gets the gold medal on this one.
I have some upholstery material ordered to use to cover that left side of the shelves. I’m not crazy about all the little bumps there on it from the screw covers. I was going to do it with the wallpaper I had included in my original closet plans, but as it turns out that won’t be here in time.
Overthinking Exhibit #2: The Dressing Table
In the corner opposite the shoe shelves, is where I planned to create a built-in dressing table coming out from the corner. Remember, it was going to look something like this…
Sconces / Zebra Art / Mirror / Stool
Well that space currently looks like this…
Yep, the original plan didn’t work out. No worries though, I have come up with another solution and yes, it is a bit more simple than my original plan. Imagine that. The sconces are due to arrive tomorrow – so excited to get my hands on those! As you can see, the mirror and stool are already here and they are fabulous! I’m terrified of messing up the mirror before it goes on the wall, so the plastic is staying on it until then!
Closet System / Black and White Storage Bins / Black Storage Bins
Grunt switched out our old hanging rods that were bowing for heavy duty ones. Why didn’t we do that before?! He replaced the also bowing shelving on top for new shelves – so much better! I’ve gotten all of the things that were in the chest of drawers in here into bins. I’ve even edited down quite a bit of my clothes and really probably need to give it one more round of editing.
And did you notice those fun little tassels??
Tassel Trim / Black and White Storage Bins
I wanted to pull more color in here so I added this tassel trim to the black and white bins. I can’t decide if I like how the tassel trim looks on the solid black bins, so I’m still playing around with those.
On the exterior of the closet…
DIY Green Carpet Wall / Toro Art / Rome or Bust Art / Fonte Mourisca Art
I got a few new pieces of art up from Minted – Toro, Rome or Bust and Fonte Mourisca. I love the extra touches of color and interest they add to this wall – I think it was definitely needed here! I’m also planning to update some of these picture frames as well.
Still on the To-Do List:
• Cut, install and paint baseboard in missing spots.
• Paint backs of closet doors and trim.
• Install Dressing Table
• Hang Mirror and Sconces
• Switch out coat hangers for these (I said I wasn’t going to do this when I started this project, but the more I thought about it, I decided to just do it all now and be really happy with it instead of wishing I’d done this)
• Hang hooks, brackets and other small storage hardware in closet.
• Upholster side of shoe shelves with this fabric and maybe use elsewhere in closet too?
• Tassels or some kind of decor for black bins – they look so sad with the fun tassels on the black and white striped bins. 🙁
Still quite a few things to do, but the big projects are done – the paint is drying on the dressing table as I type! Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I’ll have the full reveal for you next week!
Literally on that creek not rising – we have loads of rain coming down in our neck of the woods and have been under a flood watch for a couple of days now!
A big thank you to Hudson Valley who is supplying lighting for the Choose Your Own Adventure Refresh and Minted who is supplying art.
A special thanks also to SEI who has provided me with the mirror and stool for this space.
Be sure to see how it’s going with the rest of the Choose Your Own Adventure Participants…
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Jessica | House Homemade says
Looking so good! Excited for next week!
LOL! Our original plans always get modified too. Can’t wait to see everything come together!
Those tall closets are insane!!! LOVE it
They are and such good storage!
Susan the Farm Quilter says
Your shoe storage system is the size of my side of the closet at home!! You are blessed with a large closet (I used to have one that I really miss!!)! Looking at all your clothes makes me want to come and organize them! When I helped my Army daughter move to Tampa, I put her closet together for her – color coordinated (white to black) tank tops to sweatshirts (cuz ya just just want to find what you are looking for NOW). She loved it so much that she’s kept it that way even with her moves to Washington, Hawaii and Georgia. Funny how doing that sort of thing for someone else is so much fun – probably because all the clothes are new to me. Your closet is going to look awesome…how soon do you need it to be finished??
We are blessed with a large closet. I did end up organizing my clothes from sleeveless to long sleeves, but I should really color code them too – that’s a great idea! She’s lucky to have you to help her with all that!
Stephanie S says
I was wondering about the tassels and I like it on the bins. I really like the palm wallpaper for sides but I hope you like the fabric. Looking good. Were you putting a rug in the closet? You always find great rugs.
Girl, I love those tassels – can’t get enough of them in this space! The fabric ended up not working out either. Oh well! Yep, there’s a leopard print rug going in here and it was only $15!!