Awesome Master Closet – Phase III

Phase III, oh how I love thee. The master closet is finished! We are loving it! Phase three was a super fun phase. You can see the mock up in my previous post of where Phase III is in comparison to Phase II and Phase I. We built this section from scratch, which I love. We needed a space for long hanging stuff like dresses, robes and a Dracula cape. Yes, I have one. I don’t know what I’m saving it for. I also needed a place for shoes, a hamper and a bench for sitting on and putting on said shoes. I was afraid that the closet was going to start feeling cramped, so we kept the long hanging section small. I think it’s about 2 feet wide. The shoe cubbies are 12×12 (except the bottom one, which is taller, for boots) . We assembled it as one piece and once anchored to the wall, we started adding to it, like face frame pieces and crown molding etc.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

 

 

Now it was time to start planning the hamper/bench. We just worked with the space we had left and cut our pieces to fit that space. We knew it needed to be 12 inches deep to stay in line with with shoe cubbies and we didn’t want it to go past the plug that was to the left of it. Once the measurements were taken and the wood was cut, we started putting it together. It was really pretty simple.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Once all the pieces and parts were assembled, we did a test fit.

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Pretty darn good for a house that is so not square. Then it was on to priming and painting.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Don’t you just love that metal mesh? It’s beautiful and it provides air flow for the dirty clothes.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

I don’t know why I didn’t get pictures while making the top. It was pretty simple. We cut a 1×2 to length (which would be permanently attached to the back), measured how big the top needed to be. Sanding, staining, poly then we attached the piano hinge and it was good to go. The top is about a 1/2 inch over on the front and side, so you can lift up the lid.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Here’s a little reminder…

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And now…

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We absolutely LOVE it!! It doesn’t even look bad with all our stuff in it. I love going in there and I’m no longer stressed about how bad it looks. We’ve managed to get rid of a lot of stuff, so it didn’t have to come back into the closet.

Well, I sure would love to know what you think of it. Leave me a comment.

Until next time…

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Awesome Master Closet – Phase II

Phase II of our master closet re-do kind of started before Phase I did. My hubby works at the big orange box. You know what I’m talking about right? No, we don’t get a discount. Anyway, he happened to see this $250 pantry cabinet in the back that was marked $50. It looked like it had fallen off a truck. Nothing a little glue, a few nails and some clamps couldn’t fix.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase II

This was it after repairing but before it was painted and before we’d even started Phase I. I needed the storage desperately, so I went ahead and started using it.

We put this piece over in this bump-out. Let me give you a visual of the closet and where the three phases are going.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase II

You can see on the right was Phase I and in the lower left is Phase II. Phase III will be the upper left side.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase II

Here you can see the $50 cabinet after getting painted. It was really hard to paint, very grainy. Even with sanding and priming and sanding, I couldn’t seem to get rid of the raised grain. I decided I could live with it, and went ahead and painted it. We added bead board to the side.

My hubby loves cowboy boots. He has a few. Not a disgusting amount, and he always tries to sell some before getting new ones. In our old closet he used to line them up on the ugly wire shelf. They deserved better than that. So next to the $50 cabinet we added cubbies. We measured his tallest boots and made all the cubbies about an inch taller.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase II

We hadn’t quite finished trimming out the cubbies here, but couldn’t resist a test fit.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase II

Awesome Master Closet - Phase II

So there you have it! Phase II is complete. This closet is getting more amazing by the day. I love it so much, I may just move in!!!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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2015…In Reverse – Our Amazing Master Closet – Phase I

Yep, that’s right, I’m going to post about 2015…In Reverse.  I’m starting with the last project, our amazing master closet (which technically isn’t done, but may be by the time I do this post) and work backwards, but also try to stay current with new projects in 2016.  Sounds highly unlikely considering my track record.  I’m the worst blogger on the planet!  My downfall is the editing of the pictures.  It takes sooooooo long to edit and watermark them.  If I didn’t have to do that, I could crank these babies out no problem.  Anyway, here we go.  I can’t wait for you to see what we’ve done.  We are so excited to have this project (almost) done.  It’s so nice being organized.

This story starts out at the Habit ReStore, like a lot of my projects do.  We love that place. Let me start off by showing you a picture of our closet before.

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Shocking, I know. What happened is, when we moved in, we started out with a million projects…you remember, the fence, the carpet, all the blinds and fans etc? Then we did the shed. So, we just threw stuff in the closet, just to have it out of the way. We knew what was in all the boxes (yeah right!) for the most part, and at least we’d be able to find our clothes.

So this is the plan of our closet. It’s pretty decent size. Not ginormous, but good for us.

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I knew what I wanted in the closet, but I couldn’t seem to get it down on paper. We really do fly by the seat of our pants, and sometimes stuff comes to us! Like I said before, we were at the ReStore, I believe it was 11/21/15. We had just started walking around, when I heard my hubby calling me. He’s like, what do you think?

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I’m like, Mmmm, what do I think about what? That giant black entertainment unit? As soon as I said those words, I started to formulate a picture in my mind. He (my hubby) was definitely on to something. We looked it over, it was filthy, some of the drawer slides were broken, but the image in my head was amazing and it said take this baby home! All three pieces were $132.00. So we loaded it up and took it home.

So, now it’s Thanksgiving and we have family coming from NY and everything was going to have to wait. Once Thanksgiving was over, and we had fully decorated for Christmas, we were back on it. My hubby put together this temporary closet rod in our Gym (junk room) so that we could get the master closet cleaned out.

temp closet rod

Once this was done, we started emptying out the closet. I vowed that there would never be another cardboard box in my my closet. Lets hope I can keep that. Once it was empty, We tore up the carpet (again), and I took down those awful wire shelves/hanging rods. I had a zillion holes (big holes) to fill and patch and sand. My husband managed to get two coats of Sherwin Williams Anew Grey paint on the walls and I got all the trim painted a beautiful white/white. It was just the gallon of SW paint w/o the color in it.

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Now it was time for the floor. I’m so excited about this. It’s going in our entire house, except for the bathrooms, laundry room and mud room. We have over 1600sf of bamboo in boxes all over the house waiting for the day we can install it. It’s going to look amazing.

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So this is our beautiful hand scraped bamboo from Lumber Liquidators. We absolutely love it, and they were a breeze to install. Hope the rest of the house goes as smoothly.

So, back to the unit from the Re-Store. We’d been working like dogs on it. All three pieces were 24″ deep and I felt that would take up too much space, so we cut them down to 18″. We used the Kreg Rip-Cut to do the majority of the cutting, but there were parts that we had to use a hand saw, or reciprocating saw. It was a tough job, but much easier thanks to the right tools.

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We put braces in the cabinets before cutting, so they wouldn’t fall apart on us.

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We had to do the exact same thing to the drawers. Luckily we were able to pull the back panel off the few inches we cut off and re-use it. Just some glue and nails and viola, shorter drawers.

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Now came the fun of sanding. There was a lot of sanding to do.

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I don’t know what was on those drawer fronts under the ugly pulls, but it was like glue. Oh, wait, did I show you the ugly drawer pulls? You have to see these.

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Nice right? So, now it was time to prime. There was a lot to do. We did all the priming with a small 6″ roller and the occasional brush. They were really looking great.

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Finally, it was time to paint. I like to use my Critter sprayer. It’s a pretty handy dandy tool. We had to set up a temporary paint booth in our garage so that there wouldn’t be too much over-spray.

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Not great, but it worked. Luckily the weather was warm for December and I was able to get everything painted and moved into the house. The pieces were heavy and I needed to get them in the closet to retro-fit them, so I could cut out the baseboard. There was a lot of moving them around.

One of the things I decided to do was to add beadboard to the backs of all three units. I love beadboard. This time I wanted to do something special. I decided to use my Cutting Edge Stencil in the Allover Paisley that I’ve used a million times on the beadboard in a lighter shade of gray than was on the walls.

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I absolutely LOVE how this turned out. It’s just a nice subtle touch.

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Here they are, finally up on the wall. You can see the ledger board we used to hold them up there while we screwed them all together. This piece was very heavy. We really could have used another set of hands to help get this up there. We got super lucky with the drawer slides. We thought we were going to have to buy all new slides, but my hubby ended up cutting them down and we got new plastic anchors for the back and they totally worked! I was thrilled. That saved us a lot of money.

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I wanted to add a little something special to the sides of the drawers…can’t just have plain drawers now can we?!

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With painting done on the main pieces, I was thinking about the rest of the closet. This piece was going in the middle of the long wall. We determined that we wanted double hanging on both sides, kind of like his/hers sides. I still wanted a place for long hanging clothes and shoes and we needed a dresser of sorts. The two towers connected to the top part left a big space underneath perfect for a dresser. We needed the storage, because I don’t like dressers in the bedroom, they take up too much room.

Enter this…

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Great right? Another successful trip to the Re-Store. There must have been a hotel remodel, there were a lot of these bedside tables. We nabbed three. We measured and determined that three plus a small filler strip on each side would fill the empty space under the main unit. Once we got them home we started right in. We had to cut these down to 18″ also.

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Did you notice the drawer slides? Those are the expensive ball-bearing slides. We luckily didn’t have to replace those either…Yay! I primed and painted immediately. Once that was done we connected them together and put on a new back.

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2015...In Reverse

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I think they look great in this spot! You can see we stained a piece of 1/2″ birch ply for the top. It’s temporary, but I don’t want to spend more money on a top than it cost us to do the entire closet. Granite would cost over $500. Not going to happen. We’ll keep this for a bit and see what we can find. Now, I had to figure out the drawer fronts. I hated what was on them originally, they didn’t fit at all with the vibe of the other pieces. I was going to do a simple 1×2 frame with some beadboard in the middle. My hubby and I started talking about the original fronts. They were solid 3/4″ wood. Too nice to not use, but I hated that half moon. So, we decided to do a little experiment and see if we could re-use them by filling in the half moon with scraps that we had cut off the sides. I told him we’d try one, and if it didn’t look good, back to the original plan. I really wanted to build those fronts. Here’s how it turned out.

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Not bad right? My hubby and I just love it. It turned out even better than it did in my mind. I love when that happens. Phase I of the Master Closet project is done. Woo Hoo. Now on to phase II

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DIY Brick Mailbox

You know those brick mailboxes that are in front of every house in every subdivision all across the land? We had one at our last house, and we really liked it. It matched the brick on the house and, well, I think it classed up the place. Our new house did not come with a brick mailbox. It wasn’t even an option. So, during the building phase, we collected all the bricks that were left around the house, that would have been bulldozed under the ground. We stacked them in the garage until the day came that we had no impending projects. This would be our last project for 2014. So, it’s November now, but luckily the weather was holding. At least in the beginning of the project. I remember days, or nights really, as we ran out of daylight that we froze our keesters off!

I’m sure you’re wondering how we knew we could build a brick mailbox. We didn’t know. But, we figured it couldn’t hurt to try. We knew we had to pour a footer for a solid foundation. We measured our neighbors mailbox and did a test layout to make sure all the bricks would fit in the designated square footer. Once we did that, we dug out a square hole. Square hole? Um, yeah, square hole. We used 2×4’s as forms, the size of our square hole, and put in rock that we tamped down. Then we mixed the concrete and poured it in the form.

Brick Mailbox

I honestly don’t remember how many days it was from the time we poured the concrete till we started laying the cement blocks and bricks. Most likely it was an entire week, as we only have Saturday and Sunday to work on projects. Anyway, once the concrete was set it was time to begin. It went pretty fast at first.

Brick Mailbox

You start out by centering your concrete blocks on the pad. Then you put on a second layer going in the opposite direction, with cement in between. We started putting down bricks once we got the first 4 concrete blocks set.

Brick Mailbox

Make sure you have the right tools. Besides something to mix the mortar in, we used a wheelbarrow and shovel, you will need a rubber mallet, a level and a few of these nifty tools.

Brick mailbox

DIY Brick Mailbox

Now it was time for the curve. Now I know this is not how professionals do it, and it takes them like a half an hour to complete the entire mailbox, but this is how we did it. We cut some templates, to put around the mailbox, to support the bricks as we made the curve. We added wire mesh to that to hold the mortar..

DIY Brick Mailbox

So curving with rectangle bricks. Not wedged bricks, rectangle bricks. We have a big chop saw, not a miter saw, but a saw that can cut bricks and other super hard stuff. We knew we weren’t going to have enough bricks, so my husband picked up some bricks that were very similar in color. The texture was very different as was the process in how they were made. These were hard bricks and they were not easy cut. We used the chop saw, didn’t work too well and we used a grinder. Worked ok, but man was it messy. My poor husband…take a look.

DIY Brick Mailbox

See what I mean? Luckily, we didn’t have to cut too many. We gave up on trying to wedge the bricks and just used more cement to force them to curve. At one point, it was late, dark and we really hated how it looked, so we tore it back down, cleaned up as much as we could and left it to start again the next day. It was very frustrating at times.

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DIY Brick Mailbox

Figuring out the layout for the back.

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DIY Brick Mailbox

DIY Brick Mailbox

So, here we are, 99.9% done. We were pretty happy with it.
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Now it’s done!

DIY Brick Mailbox

DIY Brick Mailbox

So, that’s it! One thing I would be better at is brushing the bricks to remove the cement off the face of the bricks. Once it’s dry, it’s dry. We didn’t do an acid wash, which might have removed more of the dried cement, but honestly, we were tired. So, if this is something you’ve always wanted to do, go ahead and try it. What have you got to lose? Ok, you might lose a few weekends and some skin off your fingers but when you pick up your mail out of your beautiful new mailbox, you won’t remember any of that.

Until next time…

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My Favorite Project of 2014

So, yeah, I’m still behind in my posts. But I’m about to finish out 2014 and show you my favorite project and then hit 2015 and try to finish it up pretty quickly. Well, you know, so far how busy 2014 has been. I mean, we finally moved into our new house, built a fence and a shed, tore out some carpet and a few other things. It was finally time to add some color to the walls. White walls are not my thing. I like color on my walls because it makes the molding stand out. We don’t have fancy molding, but we did pay extra for 5 1/2″ tall baseboards. Anyway, we painted my craft room with Tango Orange from Sherwin Williams. We painted the living room our standard beige (this may change), and the kitchen yellow, my husband’s favorite color, then we changed it up a bit. We painted the master a gray from Sherwin Williams called Agreeable Gray. We did a feature wall in the Tango Orange. We did the same treatment in the master bath except that I added silver glitter to the gray paint. Here are a few examples.

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

Is that color not fabulous? I absolutely love this room.

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

Yellow is not my favorite color, but I do like how it turned out. It really goes with everything we have. Apparently I didn’t get any pictures of the rooms with gray paint. I mean really, the rooms are still unfinished and look terrible, so those pictures will have to wait until the rooms are finished…someday.

Back to my favorite project. If you saw my posts during the building of our house, you saw the picture of the dining room with the trey ceiling. I love a trey ceiling, but this one was so boring. I would sit on the couch in the living room and stare over at that boring white ceiling with the chandelier that seemed too small. I starting thinking about what I wanted to do to liven it up. In our old house, we had two trey ceilings and a barrel ceiling that were all painted a chocolate brown. I loved them. So, definitely we were going to start there by painting the ceiling.

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

It looks better than white, but I still wanted to do something different. I wanted to do some kind of treatment or stencil to it, but I didn’t know what. One day, my hubby and I were in Kirklands just walking around and we both happened to notice it at the same time. We looked at it and then at each other, with this, do you think it will work look, and the light bulb came on! Why not, it would definitely be different. What am I talking about you ask? It’s a large wood wall hanging thing with cut outs. I don’t really know what to call it, but it was beautiful and it was on-sale. It also had a hole in the middle the perfect size of the electrical box in the ceiling. It was even the perfect color. Here it is. Let me know what you think of the ceiling.

My Favorite Project of 2014

WHAT DO YOU THINK?!!!! This was a challenge. First we had to find the studs (painter’s tape) and hold it straight while one of us nailed it up. I absolutely loved it.

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

So, what do you think? I just love it. It’s my favorite project of 2014. I no longer sit and look at a boring ceiling. It’s really changed up the look.

I would love to hear what you think. Drop me a line with your thoughts. Don’t forget to follow me on social media (links on the side bar) and if you want my new posts emailed to you, just enter your email over to the side.

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