Painted china cabinet turned “closet”: before and after

Remember that time we scooped up a china cabinet in a thrift store and turned it into a timeless armoire for our little girl’s room? Dedication to this project was certainly not for the faint of heart but in the end it’s got us all heart throbs over here!

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We tried using a paint sprayer one night after we put Everly to bed.  Picture us under our car port around 10pm trying to get over the learning curve of a paint sprayer while a storm is blowing up outside.  Our work lamps attracting every moth within a 5 mile radius and the moths dive bombing the gooey globs of paint we had managed to squirt all over the cabinet.  YALL. …we went backwards on progress that night.  We ditched the sprayer all together and went for the good old fashioned roller and 2 inch brush method.  We used a liquid sander on everything, two coats of kilz primer, one GALLON of paint (I used latex….I know it’s frowned upon but here’s the deal–we happened to have this color, unopened in our basement….a gallon of chalk paint would have been way out of budget–, and finally a matte varnish to seal the whole thing.  I lost track of the time this took but let’s give it at least a month right? Of doing a little bit of what we could here and there.  I have no idea what it would take if you tried to work straight through…in fact that’s a little scary to think about…

Enough about the nitty gritty, let’s just look at pretty pictures right?

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The intention of this piece was to be a “closet” option for Everly’s big girl room as the closet that this room shares with the next room is TINY (another post on that update later!)  To accomplish this we removed one of the shelves and installed a rod to hang some of her clothes from.

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There is certainly no shortage of storage options!

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The bottom is filled with pajamas, baskets of socks, shirts, pants….

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…a silverware drawer turned little girl accessory storage!

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I wasn’t sure about adding back in the wire panels but I think they help maintain a vintage feel

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…because why wouldn’t you use a $3 cake stand you found on clearance as a shoe stand??

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I love having room for the clothes we need to but I also love having room for some of my childhood things that would otherwise be packed away in a box in an attic somewhere!

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For worried mothers (like mine) it is anchored to the wall.  I guess I will use this space to type a little PSA to large furniture lovers, please anchor your pieces to the walls!! Five minutes of research on furniture and tv child fatalities will have you ordering anchors on amazon prime in no time. These accidents are much more common than you think and they are SO preventable!  This is what we have used personally and have been happy with.  You install them and then slide the furniture back and it’s truly not even visible from the side.

I’ll be back with some full room reveal pictures in the next post!

1 painted basket down, 6 to go!

We are busy around here trying to work on outfitting one of the downstairs closets to have as much storage as possible.  This little space is truly the size of a phone booth and serves as a miniature walkway between what will be Everly’s room and the playroom.  When we renovated the upstairs we used this space to run plumbing and electrical and then we just sort of left all of that exposed because we didn’t have a reason to close it up at the time.   I’m going to do a full post about the closet itself but for now I’ll leave you with where we are currently.  Blake built in a tower of cubbies we can use to store things for the girls.  The right side panel is just covering all of the pipes and wires running to the upstairs.

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Opposite the cubbies is a space for two short rods which we will also make use of but just haven’t gotten there yet.  Anyways, we have a total of 7 shelves here and my favorite thing to use would be baskets because I can quickly toss in bows, shoes, socks, etc. and have things instantly feel more organized.  My favorite place to buy a basket is the thrift store! The same basket that would cost me at least $10 in Target will cost no more than $2.

I started with this square basket I picked up for $1 and just wanted to give it a little more personality for the space.  Using some tape and a paint sample I already had on hand I just added a little stripe around the middle.

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I promise it’ll look more charming once it’s isn’t up against unpainted MDF board…this sweet little pendant adorned a gift basket we received before Everly was born!

1 spot down, 6 to go! Can’t wait to share the after of this space! …I tried to convince Blake we needed to wire a miniature chandelier into this little hallway/closet but I think somewhere between that comment and the mention of wallpaper he stopped listening.

Oh, and if you didn’t believe me about the thrift store baskets….here’s another.  The last pack of gum I bought cost more than that! 🙂

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Would love to hear in the comments if you’ve seen any great ideas for maximizing design and functionality in a tiny space!

 

 

Need a matching bed.

 

When we left off last I had talked about some updates we’ve done to the back patio. Let me tell ya…that patio was worth every pain in the A it caused! We spend SO much time out there.  It’s Everly’s happy place so we spend most evenings with the kitchen door open coming and going.  It’s been a while but we’ve actually turned our attention back to some additional improvements.  For starters….a handrail going down the stairs….so you know, we won’t get sued for someone falling off.

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It all started again when we were tricked into making some sketchy insurance claim over hail (long story. but the short version is some roofer scammed us into thinking we had hail damage and filing a claim and then it turns out we have NO hail damage) Our insurance company was super duper nice about the situation but when the insurance inspector came out he did happen to mention  he “could drop our insurance all together for not having a hand rail on those stairs” [[insert oh Sh*t face here]].  He also said he wants to be invited to all our parties and when he comes back to one there better be a handrail.  SO, this past weekend Blake drilled through ½ steel in TWENTY different places to get the posts up.  Yall. my man. I don’t even know how he did it.  I “helped” during Everly’s nap time which meant I basically sat there and squeezed motor oil onto the drill bit so it didn’t burn up.  I learned an important lesson Saturday.  When preparing a budget for working with steel you better have a gigantic portion allocated to drill bits.

Ok, this is not what this post is about. This post is about…….our new baby that I’m OVER HALF WAY DONE BAKING!

We are going to welcome a second baby girl to our home in late September.  In the beginning when we talked about where to put a new baby I thought “I’ll figure that out later”.  Now, I still think “I’ll figure that out later” but time is FLYING by! So we’ve decided to dedicate our guest room to one of the babies…or both babies. I don’t know. All I know is that I need to clean out the room and make it available for my ideas.

There is also a leak that we just shake our head out and cuss at under our breath.

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We think we fix it, we don’t. repeat.  We had a roofer come out and conclude it’s not the roof.  So we think it’s the windows (this leak has a twin in the kitchen).  Blake has caulked and caulked and caulked and caulked and caulked more. It’s infuriating that we cannot seem to stop this leak.  But obviously there is no point in fixing the ceiling until we do.  My plan is to tear it down and just sit in there during a rain storm and see what is happening.  Blake hates this idea because it obviously would involve a huge mess but I see no other option.  Anyways, this is also not even why I came here to blog.

I came to show you my ideas. First, this room has the smallest closet you’ve ever seen. It’s smaller than a telephone booth.  Obviously with two girls we need more places to put all.the.dresses.  So I found this image on Pinterest which is apparently some store in Europe.

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I became totally obsessed with the thought of doing a built-in that I could merchandise up as the closet.  I decided I needed $1000 (and a WHOLE lotta elbow grease) to create the above from this:

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My mind stores a second category of ideas called “more attainable” and so I logged this picture below into that file and sent my mom the picture saying I needed an old china cabinet if she stumbled across one. This is not the first time I’ve used an old china cabinet as a closet…

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Literally like two days later she sends me this picture and said she saw this in a thrift store but it’s wayyyyy bigger than the idea picture I sent her. I immediately had to have it.  It was as though maybe my two photos could have a baby in the attainable department!

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I took some measurements the next day and fell IN LOVE with all the storage. Ya’ll, it’s like a full size dresser on the bottom and then I have shelves up top as well as a place to hang some rods for ultimate merchandising of beautiful little girl things!

The best part was it was something like $290 less 25% off for senior day discount 🙂 (thanks Mom and Dad!) and then I offset it with $115 I made from selling the “primitive” desk I redid in this post so we got this thing for about $100…sounds way better than my $1000 plan 🙂 Obviously I’ll have to paint it white which is no small under taking but I’ve painted worse so it’s fine.

The vibe I’m thinking for the room is a minty green, peach, pink, light teal vibe. Everly’s spirit color was teal so whatever we choose needs to work with that.  For some reason when I think of this baby I see peach and light pink.

Those initial hooks are on sale at world market right now! Go! Run! get yourself something special 🙂

Everly is still in the crib and she’s going to stay in the crib until she gives us obvious signs she’s ready to move to a twin bed. She does have this sweet little twin bed waiting on her when she’s ready though!  I’m going to still put it in the room (along with a crib) in hopes she’ll learn to at least nap on it during the day. And also so I can put some flamingo sheets on it because will there ever be anything more adorable???.  Please friends, if you love me, commit this bed to your mind and call me immediately if you ever see another like it.  I’ve searched the internet high and low but haven’t had any luck so I need your help! I would love, love, love to have the girls have matching beds eventually! That oval space is calling for a fabric inset with a monogram…

Ok, yes, the reason I came here to blog tonight was really to send you all on a hunt for a matching bed.  So now that everyone has their mission I can wrap up this too long post 🙂 happy hunting!

 

The completed master closet

So in this post I shared a few snapshots of the closet but I never really backed up and took any wide angle shots (how annoying! Why didn’t anyone tell me!) We did share specifics of how the room came together so I won’t reshare that here but you can click back for details. As a quick refresher, here is where we started:

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Then for a while I turned this little room into an extra spot for guests:

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Finally, we absorbed this room into the master bedroom and it became our closet:

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In 1941 there just wasn’t as big of a need for closet space so we didn’t have much choice other than to turn a room into a dressing room. I’m certainly not complaining. We LOVE our closet. Here it is now as a part of the master bedroom (Note: we didn’t do the drywall in here so someone else is to blame for the wavy lines!…and yes there is A LOT of trim that needs to be refinished. Looking at it makes me yawn 🙂 )

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I discussed in this post using a kitchen cart as a mini island:

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You can read about how we took a thrifted china cabinet top and turned it into a shoe cabinet in this post. I think this was like $35 and it has such an impact!

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We’ve tried hard to make sure the little things all have a home

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I asked for this hanger holder for Christmas. I can’t stand empty hangers left on the rack. It adds a step to putting away laundry to have to go and search for them all so I can hang up clean clothes.

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I am really glad I went back and took these photos because there are a couple things I noticed that need to be done in here. First, this room is overwhelmingly new wall white. It needs paint. The hanging doors and the walls. Even if it’s just a darker shade of white this looks too “new drywall” to me. I’m considering painting the ceiling a different color. This isn’t a tall room though so I want to be careful about what color I may use. I considered not using paint but using wallpaper instead as we did in the downstairs bathroom but my child needs a father…. I’m not sure Blake is up for round two of putting wall paper on a ceiling.

I also want to consider some artwork for the space. I like the idea of framing shopping bags but, for me, it feels a little too materialistic. I think I’ve settled on some sketches of important outfits (wedding dress) or just some favorite outfits that have meaning (I totally remember what I wore on our first date!)

This room has come a LONG way! I think it adds a lot of value to our home. Painting the floor black was a scary move but we absolutely think it fits the space perfectly and are so happy we did it! We are also happy to report that even with high heels grinding into the floor almost daily it doesn’t have a single chip!

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If you want to read all our posts about the closet you can click here!

and then there were three.

Holy behind on blogging.

Our sweet Everly Blake arrived December 2nd. Her delivery was smooth and easy (post epidural) and a blessing for our family. We live about 40 minutes from our hospital and I went into labor right during morning rush hour. There was a brief moment of time where I thought if we got stopped at another redlight I would get out of the car and kill the next person who decided to block the intersection. Obviously I’m typing here and I’m not in jail so we finally made it!

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Everly has truly been the best gift we could ever ask for. She’s two weeks old today and time is flying just like I thought it would. Blake and I are working hard to soak in all the details and treasure all the moments while we can. I was gifted a legitimate camera for my birthday and so I took some pictures of her nursery for the camera’s maiden voyage! This post will just be tons of pictures because typing with one hand takes FOR-EV-ER.

Here is the view when you walk in

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Her crib is borrowed and the Picasso lithograph was gifted to us by my parents. I’ve always loved the Alexander Calder mobiles so I wanted something similar for Everly instead of the stuffed animal mobiles from the baby stores. We found hers at Wonderland Studios for just $25 and I think it goes perfectly with the artwork. I hope she learns to love the arts!

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We shared before the changing table and it has been amazing. We have changed every single diaper here with the exception of one I had to change in the backseat of the car. I got peed on. Welcome to motherhood.

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The table has been so convienient and we love having everything in one spot. A couple things to note: we secured the lamp to that shelf so clumsy hands don’t knock it off onto baby. We also have the switch on a remote (however it stays on 24/7) but that way we aren’t having our hands bump it around trying to turn it off or on. The little mirror we hung is pretty perfect. I’m not sure if she can see that far yet but she does like to look over there during changes.

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the raskog cart from IKEA has also been great!

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I love this picture because it shows that in all of this new we have tried to maintain some old with that doorknob!

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We shared how we outfitted the closet space in this post but i wanted to show an update. I bought her a little laundry basket and when we got it home i realized it didnt fit in the closet like I thought it would. I took the doors off the bottom cabinet to make it work.

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My aunt handmade this quilt we have hung on the wall!

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Everly’s aunt made her the blanket you see in the bottom right corner of that picture. Also shown here in one of her newborn pictures taken by my Dad.

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If we keep rotating around the room we get to her hutch (full picture here) which is full of her special things.

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Speaking of special things, we have also kept all of her cards. Some we filled the frame shown below with and others are in her very first gift bag (thanks Katrina!)

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Here is a wide angle shot of this side of the room. It looks SO busy in this picture but I don’t think it looks that crazy in person…

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I love the view out her window! It seems to go forever and the right time of day you can see the mountains in the distance. She can also keep an eye on her puppy dogs in the backyard 🙂

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I also wanted to share one more of her newborn pictures. In one of my favorite gifts Santa gave me!

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We still look around the room almost daily and say to eachother “remember what this used to be?” and we feel so very proud. From the worst room in the house to the most special it’s amazing what can happen in two short years (and a few months worth of Blake’s hard work)!

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One of the MAJOR things that happened upstairs which isn’t shown in blog worthy pictures is the fact that the week before Everly was born we had central air installed in the upstairs. It’s now the same temperature in each room, all the time. We can’t explain what a huge, HUGE difference that has made for us…and for Everly! 🙂

That’s MR. China Cabinet to you

Tonight I finally got around to taking care of the shoe cabinet. Here was the cabinet the day we brought her home:

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We realized the top was just too big for the little room. The moulding was beautiful but left 6 inches of overhang on every side which was just not a cute look for this room. We took some inherited MDF board and made a top which I painted black to jive with the floor.

At first I felt like this would look weird but I didn’t really care because we talked about this being a “phase one” top until the day we decide we will add thinner moulding and reinstall the lights. Turns out, we both really love the way it looks! It’s sort of crazy how masculine a china cabinet can look! I’ve been referring to my china cabinet as a she but this china cabinet had a sex change. It’s a boy china cabinet now. We even put in the shelves (also black) which add to the darker look.

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Trust me it looks good in person 🙂

PHEW.

I’m totally in a blog rut and have just been waiting it out. So here we go….let’s all catch up to speed. Since the last time we chatted I had the opportunity to help photograph a beautiful wedding…

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which is ridiculously easy when you have the most photogenic family ever to photograph 🙂

Sort of am half way to having a finished closet/dressing room. I tell ya, moving baseboard is a real pain in the neck. You have to pry it up, strip the old caulk off and pull out old nails, cut to new lengths, nail back in, puddy the holes, recaulk, repaint. It’s for the birds.

We should talk about why we are putting a closet in the upstairs when we live downstairs anyway…

We want to move upstairs because my father in law told us we could raise the rafters and create higher ceilings. So this fall we will be posting about our (hopefully successful) attempt to literally “raise the roof”

Here is the floorplan now:

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Here is what it will (hopefully be) later:

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So, this closet is hard to photograph because of the awkward shape. Just know that what you see here looks more cozy in person 🙂 Here we are when we moved in:

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Here we are a couple of weeks ago:

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Here we are after this weekend.

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The doors are in operating mode (sans handles because we had to get different screws). For those of you who are visual (like me) the clothes go behind like this and the doors just slide back and forth on a track

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This is how strong the rods are

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We hung the ironing board hanger thing & curtains

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We moved the baseboard around to make the shelves look more built in (still have to caulk & paint)

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We are getting there. It’s just SO TEDIOUS. Thankfully the “construction” phase is almost over and then we move on to the cosmetic phase where I finish painting and touching up everything. Hallelujah!

Ya’ll, I actually googled this week “socks in a bird cage”. I mean, we better finish this closet before I lose my mind. But really, ….who doesn’t want to think about creative ways to store their business socks.

Other items of business:

1. What is going on with the white bird of paradise? Is this what plant death looks like? The whole thing is slowing spreading out and falling over. I think I might try a bigger pot and tying the stalks to a stake or something.

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2. I drew this picture of our friends Charli & Rex’s dogs. Dog cartoons are sort of adorable and fun and it’s a shame you can’t make a living off of that.

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3. We hung our American flag & went to Greer’s “Freedom Blast” It was SUCH a beautiful night and I feel so thankful and blessed we live within walking distance of downtown.

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4. Today I got to photograph our friend’s baby. She’s just the cutest 🙂

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I feel busier than I have in the past year so bear with me…my goal is to finish the closet THIS WEEK.

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