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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

9 Closet Remodel: Behind the Scenes, Including our Wood Wall


Hi Friends! Quick announcement before we get started here…

In the next few days, I will be moving over to WordPress!!

I began with Blogger in December 2006, and I’ve never moved onto a new platform because a) it’s been like my lifeline b) I fear change. Well, after all these years of procrastination I’ve decided it’s time to make the move. From everything I’ve gathered, WordPress is supposedly a much friendlier platform to work on, and it should be easier for my readers to subscribe to new posts, which has been an ongoing issue with Blogger unfortunately.

I hope you’ll follow me on over to WordPress. Actually, once it’s live you should automatically be redirected over there, fingers crossed!

Enough techie talk. Let’s move on to some behind the scenes closet remodel details, shall we?

Thanks for all the super friendly and encouraging comments we received on our remodel. We had so much fun with it. 
      
      
   
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One question I got the most, “how did you do the wood wall?”
One person even thought it was driftwood! 
      
      
   
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Guess what!

It’s NOT wood. It’s plastic coated fabric from IKEA…      
 SOLFINT Tablecloth - IKEA
Did your jaw just drop, kinda like mine did when Adam and I were at IKEA and they had a strip of this fabric hanging against the back wall, and I said to him “whoa, are they selling wood pallets now?”

I love IKEA so hard.

For the closet, we bought 3 yards of the fabric, and ended up with just a small scrap left over. I simply used push pins on the upper corners and used a leveler to make sure my “wood lines” were straight…

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For the following step, I used a can of spray adhesive. In this case I used Elmer's Spray Adhesive.

Good to know: Make sure you only spray small 10-12” sections on your wall at a time. Adhesive stays tacky for several seconds, allowing a tiny bit of wiggling room. I simply used my hand to smooth out any immediate wrinkles or bubbles. This part of the project can’t be rushed. Take your time and trust the process, going section by small section.

Take my advice: Do not spray the back of the fabric directly. The adhesive will bleed through to the front and run down the length of your fabric and then you will have to sand the fabric and then you might cry to your husband and then your husband might have to drive back to IKEA.

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Once I finished adhering the fabric to our closet wall, we were left with a 3” deficit on each side of our closet wall… 
        

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To remedy this, I decided to add 3 1/4” moulding around the sides, top and bottom of the closet, and above and below the built in shelf, which resulted in a total of 16 mitered edge cuts.

I went with baseboard moulding, as it not only was the widest moulding I could find, but I really liked its finished tapered edge. And installing it felt both satisfying and rebellious ; )     
      
     
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For the desk portion of the project, I used two white stacking crates from JoAnn Fabrics on each side to support the desk top surface… 
    
      
     
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And for the desk top, it’s just a single sheet of plywood, painted white. Seaside Sand by Behr, incase you’re interested. 
    
      
   
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I received a few inquiries as to why I didn’t turn the crates open sides facing out. A few reasons. First, I loved the unexpected streamlined look of the stats on the backs of the crates. Second, the large woven baskets on the upper shelf offer great extra storage, so we really didn’t need any additional storage space. 
    
      
     
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Want to see what I’m planning on redoing next? Our kitchen island! (sorry for lousy iPhone pic)

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We bought our island at JC Penney five years ago, and I’ve never really warned up to it. I have been wanting to make over this piece for quite a while. So I’m thinking another road trip to IKEA is in order! I’ll keep you posted on our island progress as we go.

In the meantime, don’t forget we’re moving over to WordPress. See you over there real soon!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

20 Cottage8: Office Closet Reveal

Wow, you are a patient bunch! 

This project, like most projects took a bit longer than 1/2 a day. (You know me and my unrealistic project goal deadlines). But now I get to finally put a big check mark next to the words “remodel office closet” on my checklist. And I’m especially ecstatic to get rid of that portable make-shift desk in our bedroom. We have finally hooked everything up and Adam is once again back in the closet and back in business. 
*Ok, the thought just occurred to me- if this is your first time visiting my blog, that previous sentence sounded weird. Just to clarify, my husband Adam works from home out of our guest room closet-turned office space.

Now then, let’s get on with the reveal!

Here’s how the closet looked after we gutted out all the office clutter…
         
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And here’s how our office closet looks today! 
     
      
   
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Everything is super tidy and organized now, and everything is in its place… 
     
      
   
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Since I designed this space specially for Adam, I went with a rustic yet modern theme… 
     
      
   
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This is my favorite chair. We found it while out taking a walk one day. It was just sitting out on the curb in front of a house, so I knocked and asked permission to take it. They were delighted it was finding a happy new home, and so were we! 
     
      
     
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9 – 1 – 7. No, that’s not my locker combo or my street address. Just a random group of numbers I selected . I particularly love how “odd” numbers look grouped. This trio was found at Home Goods, and they were cut from old reclaimed wood… 
     
      
   
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Nothing was met with more fear or reluctance than mitering the corners on the moulding. I decided to frame the entire top and bottom portion of the back wall of the closet to give the edges a nice finish, which meant I had to cut 45-degree angles, 16 of them in total. And by the end, I have to say I rocked it! Oh and by the way, I used base moulding. I really liked its finished edge, and it kinda made me feel like a rebel ; ) 
     
      
   
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Another Home Goods treasure, love love love this striped rug… 
     
      
   
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Just some fun, decorative desk accessories for Adam. The wall cabinet, monkey fist, jar and pencils from Home Goods, the paper tray from Target… 
     
     
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The white crates are from Joanne Fabrics. I used them as the “legs” to support the desk top. I decided to turn them back side out, as I loved the look of the lines it accidentally created… 
 
       
        
     
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17 years later, and so very much still in love with this guy. I have the pleasure of working at home with him every day, even if we do distract each other from time to time with our shared love of walks and day hikes…
  

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In my next post I'll share some behind the scenes footage on how I did the "wood wall"… 
    
      
   
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Friday, April 4, 2014

14 Something about necessity being the mother of invention


What a mighty little whirlwind these past few weeks have been. 
        
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I’ve been sawing moulding with my miter box at unspeakably late hours of the evening, because there are not enough hours in the day. Not even for getting those stubborn last drops of paint off my fingers. It’s kind of like an accessory, like jewelry.

I’m happy to announce I finally overcame my fear of mitering and joining corners at a 45 degree angle. Cause that stuff can be nightmare scary. And I’m really good at it now ; )

Remember my office closet remodel project, the one a few people thought there was nothing wrong with it in it’s current state? I’m happy to declare it’s in its final design stages.
 

One of the more difficult tasks I had to tackle with this project was all my closet clutter. Paper clutter, electronic clutter, you name it. Pretty baskets from Home Goods were just the solution I needed to tame the junk and make it organized…

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Prepare yourself, it’s about to get very scary real in here.

Because we are remodeling our office closet, the very place Adam works out of every day, he got kicked out of his workspace and needed a new work station pronto. So I left him to his own devises to design a temporary “floating work station” that he could get by with for a couple weeks.

And this was HIS solution…

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You’ve got to give the guy credit for creative repurposing. This is a plastic fold up saw table, the kind you find at Home Depot. It’s in our bedroom. 

       
   
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This thing has even got a additional make-shift shelf below. He found a way to put it to good use… 

     
      
   
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Here’s to making it work, and working with what you have : )

Have a happy weekend friends!     
   

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