Sorry this post is a few days late, but I was pretty busy with showing our holiday weekend house guests the actual closet, I forgot to post the pictures up to the blog! There are some things we would still like to add to the closet, like a better storage for sleeping bags and camping supplies, and there are certainly parts of the room that we would be touching up if it weren’t, you know, a closet. But the main thing is that it is complete! And so much better than the before.
Here is the closet all nice and empty after being painted. The blue we used is only one shade darker on the strip from the bedroom color, but in person it seems much more aqua than the bedroom’s frosty blue. It was a little scary bright when the closet was empty, but check it out now that is full of our clothing again!
This shot looking out of the closet shows a good comparison of the closet color (Sea Wave by Valspar) to the bedroom color (Frosty by Valspar). We don’t really notice the brightness in the closet since the doors are closed most of the time, but when you are standing in the closet looking out, it makes the bedroom seem calmer.
One of the biggest improvements in the closet was organizing the shelving on Brien’s side. We made a grand trip to the Container Store to pick up a series of boxes, and while the ones I liked best (the flip-front ones) didn’t really fit on the shelves and had to be returned, Brien’s boxes work great for corralling all of his shirts, sweaters, and shoes.
On my side of the closet, the best change was in my jewelry organization. I made the corkboard jewelry holder by stretching some lace from Michael’s across a cork board leftover from the college days, and glueing it in place with some appropriately placed buttons found in the craft box. It works great for dangly earrings, and if I get a few more straight pins I will be able to hang up more of my necklaces there.
However, I’m in no rush to do that since I have this fantastic ceramic egg crate to contain my stuff. It works great for the few pairs of earrings and necklaces that I wear most often, and I really like that everything stays in its’ own area – I will be detangling my necklaces and hunting for my second earring no more! We picked up the egg crate at world market, where I also found some condiment dipping bowls that have been turned into jewelry and bobby pin catchers for my nightstand and in the bathroom.
All in all, we’re happy with the way the closet turned out, and even more happy to have one room in the house that is crack free. And now that the style cure is over, I think I will start fixing more cracks around the house (starting with the hallway where no furniture needs to be moved), Brien has some woodworking projects lined up, and it’s almost cool enough to think about a fall vegetable garden and putting sod into our backyard. I don’t know for sure what our plans are, but I do think I’ll keep blogging about them.