Our Built-in Closet

When we moved into our new home we had to make a lot of design decisions (and we still have a lot more to make). One thing we decided was that we didn’t want to put a dresser in our bedroom-we wanted to put a little seating area instead. That meant that our closet was going to have to be extremely organized with lots of storage areas to fit everything we had. It took us a while to get this project started, so in the meantime our closet was a complete DISASTER. I’m a little embarrassed to share these before pictures with you all!

Before:

As you can see, everything was still in suitcases, boxes, bags, whatever was available. It looked awful, made it impossible to find specific things, and was embarrassing!!!

We made our plan for the layout, and all of the materials for the closet came from Home Depot.  We knew we needed drawers, shelves, lots of hanging space, and OF COURSE space for shoes & bags!

First we had to clear everything out and remove all the existing shelves.  My husband moved the light switch from inside the closet to the outside (isn’t he amazing!!).  He also took off the existing base molding and painted a white semi gloss 3/4 of the way up the walls so it would match the color of our built-ins.

After assembling some of the pieces in the living room, it was time to start the installation!

Since we have two toddlers at home we really wanted to ensure that all the pieces were sturdy and installed correctly.  We used brackets to make sure none of the pieces would move or tip over.

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Once we had all the pieces installed we had to go around and caulk, add trim where needed, and put the baseboard back on.  As you can see there were some pretty big gaps between the pieces in some areas.

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We used Power Grab glue to glue down the trim.  Here are some pictures of the trim:

This closet is officially FINISHED now and it is everything I dreamed about!  It has a space for everything we need and keeps everything organized.  Plus it’s a lot brighter in there since we went with white!!

After:

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A Safari Nursery

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Every since my husband and I found out we were having a little girl (we found out in March 2015), I knew that I wanted to do a safari themed nursery.  I wanted it to be cute & adorable, but not too baby-ish.  It has taken me a LONG time to put it all together-I only finished putting up the final pieces this week!  Even though I’ve known for a long time how I wanted to theme the room, I ended up being extremely picky about what I used to decorate with.  McKenzie was born a little bit early, too, so for a while after she was born her nursery decor was put on the back-burner.

When I lived in this house before we were married, this room was a very vibrant green.  We re-painted the walls a cool grey, called Rhino by Behr.  We ended up loving this color so much we painted all of the bedrooms the same color!

The first pieces I had picked out were the crib & dresser/changing table.  They are part of the Babyletto Modo collection, and I just love them!  They sell them at a lot of different stores, but ours were bought from Overstock.com because they had conveniently sent out a 15% off coupon when we were looking to buy them.  The changing table will detach from the dresser once McKenzie doesn’t need it anymore.

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The changing station next to our dresser is from IKEA.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and I immediately loved it!  It’s so nice to have an area to hold all of the essentials for the nursery without taking up space in the dresser.  I use mine to hold diapers/wipes, skincare products (lotion, Aquaphor, hand sanitizer), burp cloths, and receiving blankets. When she’s older I’ll be able to use the cart for something else.

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The closet was a project we completed before McKenzie was born-and now that we’ve had time to test it out for the past 6 months, I have to say I LOVE it!  It has space for all of her clothes and great storage space for socks, shoes, sheets, etc.  If you want to read the post on how we put together her closet, please click here.  This picture was taken before Christmas, and over the holidays she received NINETEEN more outfits! It’s validation that we definitely needed all of this efficient closet space.

A lot of the decor for the room came from Target. I love that place so much & it gets me in a lot of trouble!  McKenzie & I love to go there and walk around.  Now that it’s cold I especially like to get a delicious Starbuck’s hot chocolate while we browse.  McKenzie doesn’t get any hot chocolate but she just enjoys looking around at everything.

We bought the blue rocking chair there on clearance.  At first I didn’t think it was too comfortable, but now I actually really enjoy it.  Between nursing and reading books we spend a lot of time in that chair.  The beautiful pink blanket over the back was made by my husband’s mother!

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The two frames over the chair were also bought from Target!  A very dear friend of mine took our family photo for us, and the cute elephant print came from Shutterfly’s art collection.  The little mirror over the changing table and the two rhino heads over the crib are also from Target.  Oh, and so is the floor lamp in the corner!  That floor lamp is really nice because the two small shelves are a great place to put little items (also, it was really cheap).  They currently house a porcelain elephant from T.J. Maxx and a Noah’s Ark piggy bank.  Over the crib is a print I bought from Etsy that says “You are our greatest adventure.”

I can finally say that this room is pretty much complete (besides a better book storage option-right now they are all in the closet), but I am really happy with how it has turned out.  Hopefully when McKenzie is older she continues to love the safari theme!

Our Guest Bath Reno

 

Guest Bathroom Before & After

ATTENTION ALL WHO ACTUALLY READ THIS BLOG:  Let me start of by sharing with you the biggest lesson learned from this reno: Different plumbing fixture brands each have their own type of shower valve in the wall behind the shower, and each brand will only work with their own shower valve.  So, if you currently have a Moen shower wall faucet and plan to install say, a Kohler wall faucet, you will have to replace the valve in the wall. We learned this the HARD way and it cost us a lot of time!!

Okay, that being said, this project was actually a lot of fun and I learned a lot through the process!  We had originally not planned on renovating this space until later this fall, but during the summer I took two graduate courses, and one of my professors let us choose literally anything to do for our project as long as we fulfilled the learning requirements. Hellooooo new bathroom.

The space feels so completely different and it’s just so nice to go into this bathroom and actually enjoy how it looks!

Here are some of the pictures of what it looked like when we bought the house last year:

As you can see it was full of white boring-ness (and it was also pretty gross. The white grout lines were not very white anymore).  It was definitely time for some upgrades! In a nutshell we replaced the old tile with a beautiful new ceramic tile floor, added a frame around the mirror, spray painted the light fixture, replaced all the faucets, and added that beautiful piece of moulding by the shower to hang a towel or robe.  (And of course we painted the entire space: ceiling, walls, and trim).

Keep reading if you’re interested in how we made these changes 🙂