If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of the updates we have completed on the Master Closet / Dressing Room. I’m not ready to show the final reveal as I am currently in the process of spray painting the Ikea Pax Wardrobe doors, but I should be done soon!
So we decided to add three Ikea PAX brown-black wardrobes to our closet rather than building a custom setup. We already have plenty of hanging space, but my hubby needed some additional drawers and shelves for things like shoes, socks, underwear and I wanted they’re cool jewelry organizer.
We chose to buy one of the 14” deep cabinets for his shoes, but the 24” deep one for all of the organizers we wanted that aren’t available in the more shallow cabinet. I love the insert and drawer options that are available for these wardrobes, but they are missing some options I’d love to see them add at some point. I thought I could find a simple drawer organizer that would work for us, but no one seemed to have just what I was looking for so I designed a simple, no fasten system for the drawer and we built it and painted it to match the cabinet.
This really easy and simple project that consist of: 1/2 birch plywood, 5mm Poplar plywood, some white birch veneer tape.
First we cut the 1/2” plywood to height and width and then I adhered (with an iron) the veneer tape to the top edge of the board. After the veneer had cooled we trimmed the veneer and sanded the edges. Then using our table saw we ran the boards through 3 times, moving the blade out a little each pass to cut about 1/4” notches on each board at the desired locations.
We then placed the boards in the front and back of the drawer and measured for the length of the dividers. We then cut the 5mm plywood to length and width and sanded all of the pieces with 220 grit paper.
I spray painted all of the pieces with Benjamin Moore Advance Satin black brown paint that I had custom matched to the Ikea black-brown color perfectly! I took one of the shelves from the wardrobe to my local Benjamin Moore Store and had them color match to it, it was a little bit of a process to get it just right, but they did a fabulous job! I had looked and looked online for a formula or a color someone else had found already, but there was nothing that truly matched it that I could find. I am a HUGE fan of Benjamin Moore paints and their stores, they seem to employ very knowledgeable “paint people” and if need be I can call ahead and have my paint mixed and ready for pickup when I get there… just all around great customer service! I use Bluegrass Paint & Decorating here in Louisville, but when I lived in Richmond I used Virginia Paint Company.
Here is a picture of the Ikea Black-Brown paint formula for those that may need it, created in Benjamin Moore Advance Satin paint Base 4.
The front and back slotted 1/2” plywood pieces are only held in place by the tension of the divider pieces which allows this system to be easily removed or changed around if necessary. Love me some organized drawers even if they’re not “mine”!!!
Hope you are all enjoying some nice Fall weather and as always thanks so much for stopping by…
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WHEW! Brie’s closet is done! And I absolutely ADORE it!
If you remember this is what we started with, builder basic closet, original paint from 12 years ago, wire shelving… check out more detailed before information in my post here.
This is the beautiful AFTER! The color is Benjamin Moore Galt Blue #CW-560, it looks very Tiffany blue in most light.
I’m LOVING the way it is organized with the new closet panels from EasyCloset… and yes the clothes are color coded and sorted by type, it just makes it so much easier to find what you need!
She still how plenty of space left for more clothes, not necessary now but you never know!
I spray painted this organizer gold to coordinate with the whole color scheme she has going on.
My favorite part is this area is for her shoes and accessories!
I had this bookcase in storage so I just painted it white and added the grass cloth wallpaper to the back, a pretty easy update! It’s just perfect for her shoes and as you see I can add more shelves when/if she needs more space.
The picture rail was also in storage. I color matched the chrysanthemum on the vase to get the perfect coral color, it’s Benjamin Moore Claret Rose # 2008-20. I also added some cup hooks to the bottom to hang her necklaces and bracelets.
I added a picture of “the sisters”, this happens to be one of my favorites! My oldest daughter took them to a photographer and surprised me a couple of years ago with Mother’s Day photos! They were clearly having fun with the photo shoot!
These are yogurt jars that I just washed out and embellished, so easy and perfect for little earrings and rings!
The last thing I did was make this valance for the window. Maybe I should have lined it, but seriously it’s a closet… I think it adds a nice finishing touch!
I hope you like Brie’s closet makeover! We are finished painting her room but I am desperately trying to find bedding and a new bed for her… it is NOT going well! Anyway hope to share it with you soon! Brie is hanging with my mom until mid-July so I need to finish everything up by then, I’m hoping she LOVES it!
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YAY!!! We are finished with the installation of wood planks on the bathroom walls! We started it just before Christmas and I am so happy it is finally done! Check out the first part of this post HERE for more detailed instructions on HOW we did it, but for now just enjoy the After photos!
Here is the BEFORE of one of the vanity areas
The tub & toilet area… and yes I know it’s a lot of doors! I wish they had used some pocket doors in this space…
The other vanity area… see the brass knobs & hinges on all of the doors too? Those I replaced a couple of months ago.
Here is the AFTER of Brie’s (the youngest) vanity. Her bedroom will be painted blue so the blue around her frame will coordinate with that when it gets painted… sometime next century maybe
The mirror frame is painted Anderson Blue and is a Benjamin Moore color, I will write a how to post on the mirror framing next.
Other than replacing all of the brass doorknobs and vanity light shades, I reused all of the existing fixtures. I’ll replace the vanity knobs after I paint it… maybe…
This is a close up of the detail on the wall planks. It starts with horizontal pine planks, then a small chair rail, then vertical tongue and groove bead board, then crown molding… so worth it I think! The paint color is Sherwin Williams Velvet White, it is the same color used on all of the trim throughout the house.
This is Sierra’s side, the purple is “Elderberry Wine” by Benjamin Moore and is the same color as an accent wall in her bedroom (I will share that makeover with you soon).
We also changed out the globes on the light fixture in this room as well.
This is the tub & toilet area of the bathroom. The shower curtain I sewed for them a few years ago and since the colors still work it’s staying, plus I really love it.
I also replaced the original “boob” light for this more traditional looking light, it’s very big and I almost didn’t have enough clearance for the door to close… I completely adore it! I found it on line at Lamps Plus if you’re interested.
I also reinstalled their “spa” basket and added a framed print that we had in storage. I also reused the toilet paper holder we already had instead of reinstalling the roll holder on the wall. The girls prefer the stand holder because it holds extra rolls and is easy to change the rolls… I’m all about making it easier for them whenever I can!
The soaps are lavender and make the bathroom smell wonderful!
I think the Before and After shot really shows the HUGE improvement!
I hope you enjoyed this “little” bathroom makeover. While the installation part of the planks and trim were by no means hard, the amount of caulking, hole filling and painting was pretty time consuming. I think I’m going to take a little painting break!
I love the results of the bathroom makeover and I hope to never have to paint this area again!
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Even though I say it’s finished, I’m still thinking about my stenciling and maybe putting up some crown molding… so lets just called it finished for now ok?
This is what we started with…
Pretty boring right? Everything was your basic builders grade and not really something I was digging.
So I started with painting the room, I had a good amount of leftover paint from the Family room so I used it in here as well. The color is Smoke & Mirrors, it’s part of the Color Stories series by Benjamin Moore, it changes color significantly based on the light. The color is basically a gray but can shift for a brown gray to a purple gray, kind of cool right?
I stenciled one of the walls (still deciding if I like the one wall stenciled or not) with “Forest Floor Damask” by Royal Design Studios. I love the stencil, it’s the focal wall I’m still deciding on…
I painted the vanity with “Smoke Signal” by American Paint Company, it’s a clay and chalk based paint. I just cleaned the vanity with Formula 409, then painted it with 2 coats of the paint… super easy… no priming necessary!
After it dried I distressed and sealed the vanity with wax. I also filled in one of the holes on the doors and installed new glass knobs instead of pulls.
My SAH replaced the sink, faucet and top with a beautiful marble, pump style faucet and Kohler under mount sink. I replaced the light fixture and mirror, you know the “easy” things to replace…
I’m the caulker around here so I caulked all of the seams on the marble and touched up the paint around the backsplashes. I LOVE everything about this new vanity & sink! We chose to install a smaller sink than what was there previously so there was more marble visible… who needs a big sink in the powder room anyway?
I’m enjoying the change and pretty happy to have checked this project off of the list!
I am still working on the girls bathrooms and will be able to show you those updates soon!
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I hope everyone who got snow enjoyed a little snow day! I know we did here, we got about 5 inches of powdery snow so I took the opportunity to get some pictures of the Sunroom to share with you.
This Sunroom is hands down one of my favorite rooms in our new home here in Kentucky. One of the reasons I like it so much is because of the view, it feels like you are in a tree house!
BEFORE (picture taken this past August)
The Sunroom leads out to the deck and has a cased opening over the kitchen sink (seen to the right).
This is the view from the room looking back through the kitchen eating area into the Family room. All the floors had JUST been refinished prior to us buying the house… so thankful for that because they really are pretty!
In addition to the green paint there were also some not very well covered up ceiling stains from a roof leak which has now been repaired. The first thing we did was apply a primer to the ceiling stains and paint the ceiling.
Also during this time we had all of the windows on the back of the house replaced, something like 25 windows! We would have liked to have replaced all of them, but the investment was quite substantial for just the back windows and they had the most issues. The back windows get hit with the afternoon sun and a lot of the seals on the original windows were broken, which allowed moisture in between the panes and gave them a foggy, dirty appearance. They did NOT look good…
In addition to the broken seals the original builder grade windows were just not very efficient. Particularly in the Sunroom which was hot in the summer and cool in the winter, not a good combination for our favorite room to have.
We chose a vertical style window in order to have an uninterrupted view and we could replace 2 windows with one unit, a HUGE savings in addition to being gorgeous!
The Sunroom is back in business just in time for Christmas!!
The paint color is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (HC-170), it is a light gray / blue color.
I did choose to reinstall the original blinds, I really like the texture they bring to the room. I will replace them at some point, but for now they work perfectly. With our new windows I don’t have to close the blinds in the afternoon to keep the room from over heating… the only time I have to close them is to keep the sun out of my eyes!
This is such a cozy spot!
I have two of these vintage stands I bought off of Craig’s List a couple of years ago, they are very versatile and adore them!
This is another favorite piece of mine, I got it at auction, it has adjustable height iron legs and at one time had a hinged top to it. I added the marble piece to the center and now use it as a small side table, but I think it may have been a piano stool… if you have an idea of what it was originally please let me know!
The rug I purchased from Joss & Main, it’s thick, soft and just the perfect shade! I also bought the poufs from there too, they are indoor / outdoor so they can also be used for extra seating on the deck if need be.
I found a great use for the extra Christmas balls we decided not to use on the tree this year…
This is my favorite spot to relax, I get to look out into the tree tops! The vintage frames I originally had in my office with picture of past projects, but I changed out the photos for nature shots I took on vacations. I love looking at them and remembering the trips, easy instant art!
I have finished the Family room too and will share that with you soon, but we just started the Dining Room, I’ll share a little sneak peak with you…
No that’s not black, it’s navy blue and I am in L-O-V-E with the transformation! I’m hoping to finish the painting today!
I hope you liked my Sunroom makeover! I know I am enjoying relaxing in it and enjoying the fact that it is DONE!!
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