#1 ~ the closet

Today, I'll show you how I renovated the closet in my youngest daughter's room. But, first, a little back story. I'll keep it short and sweet. I need a dedicated workspace to grow my business. It's been decided that the only possible location for this in our home is our eldest daughter's bedroom. This is not quite as cruel as it sounds, she is back to college in a week for her last semester and then after graduation she'll be moving into her own apartment. However, when the eldest girl visits home for the odd weekend, she will need somewhere to sleep. So, we are moving the full size bed from her room up to little sister's room so they can bunk together whenever she comes home. Good thing they get along...usually. Fitting this larger bed into our youngest's not so spacious bedroom is a bit of a challenge and requires that we lose one large storage unit. The only way to make all the toys and books fit is to find a way to store everything, including hanging clothes, in the closet. As you can see from the before photos, the closet was pretty basic, had never been painted, was dark and kind of gross. I'll let the photos tell the story...

this is what I started with...

 and this...everything that had to fit in the closet

and this...everything that had to fit in the closet

 I had boards cut to specific lengths at my local lumber yard....and used the existing side shelves that ran along each end of the closet as partial supports...

I had boards cut to specific lengths at my local lumber yard....and used the existing side shelves that ran along each end of the closet as partial supports...

  mission accomplished...

 mission accomplished...

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 ...and this

...and this

 empty brown shell of a closet

empty brown shell of a closet

 all painted

all painted

 i ran 2 long shelves spanning the width of the closet on the very top, above the clothes bar for books and games and along the bottom to create space for large toy storage bins. three additional shelves span half the width of the closet, leaving room for hanging clothes

i ran 2 long shelves spanning the width of the closet on the very top, above the clothes bar for books and games and along the bottom to create space for large toy storage bins. three additional shelves span half the width of the closet, leaving room for hanging clothes

Next I move on to painting the walls. The design brief youngest daughter has given me about what she wants her room to look like is "kind of harry potter, but not themed, kind of 1920's, with leopard print, teal walls and some purple"...Ummmm, ok, let me see what I can do!

Till next time,

xo Jennifer