My husband is so cool! He built this closet and installed new flooring! A huge shout out to DecoArt paint for supplying the many, many jars of Satin Enamel Pure White paint that took the beauty of this thang to the next level.
I have to apologize for the mainly cell phone pics taken during this transformation. This makeover happened during the peak of my pregnancy-sick-yucky-time and a large percentage of the time I was laying in bed while Ben did all of the things.
He seriously blew me away with this project. He's built amazing things in the past (like our entertainment center!) but this one is the biggest, most time consuming project I've seen him create. He worked on it over the course of a couple months, starting with removing the insane amount of things we had in there followed by a ton of measuring and figuring out what would make the most sense for our needs.
Here's an embarrassing before pic!
Our master bedroom is a decent size, but we like to have as few pieces of furniture in it as possible, so we had been storing our dressers, hamper, and a bunch of random stuff (space heater, air purifiers, etc.) in it. Since we could close the door and our bedroom would magically look clean - we dealt with the chaos for a long time!
We knew we wanted something with better storage - I had been using Ben's grandpa's shallow tool storage dresser that I had refinished but couldn't hold all of my things. Ben had a beautiful dresser (that is now Baby Howard's!) but it was too big for the closet and his shoes and jackets spilled all over the place.
So he designed a space that would have a dresser on each side, with plenty of storage shelves above, plus two long shelves on the back wall for storing books, boots, and some of Luna Bear's things. He painted and installed a clothes rack along the back wall and to the right and left there was a couple square feet each for us to use to store our uglier things - like the air purifiers! - so no one would see them.
First step was removing all of the items, then the trim and carpet. He taped off where things would start and end to give us an idea of height for the clothes rack and where the shelving would start. Then he started building the bases for the dressers:
After creating the base, he built the frame that would hold the dresser and the shelves.
Next came building the drawers, followed by the shelves.
Below shows how it looked before and after many, many coats of Satin Enamels Pure White paint!
He did a great job installing the flooring, especially since the box of flooring that I found at the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store wasn't enough to fully cover the entire floor. I got an amazing deal on this beautiful flooring - less than $20 for the box! But since it was missing a couple panels, Ben had to improvise.
He ended up painting and staining extra wood that he had in the shed to match and once he installed the trim it all flowed together great!
A big shout out to my father-in-law, Tom, who helped Ben with the final two massive shelves that took over the back wall!
After giving it plenty of time to dry, it was time to put out clothes back!
So even though our closet has been done for a while now, today was the first day I had the chance to take photos with all our clothes in it. I was sort of dreading it, used to the days where it would take hours upon hours to tidy up our closet - but after less than TEN minutes, it looked like this!! So grateful for this new space!
Since Ben and I are doing our best to remove all excess furniture from the house in preparation for baby, the more we could store in here the better. So the shelf holding my books is extra special because we no longer needed a book case! I've been slowly covering my books with pretty paper because I'm a freak and so that everything flows together nicely, here's a close up!
All about the cool tones - just about every piece of maternity clothing I own is blue or green :)
I'm so thankful for my Ben. Not only for creating this masterpiece of a closet, but for simultaneously taking care of me during this hell of a pregnancy - which was particularly unpleasant during the time that he was building this. For months, each weekend, and so many weekdays, we spent in our bedroom - him working so hard, while I alternated between laying in bed, and throwing up in the bathroom with the fan blasting to try to spare him hearing. He agreed to break our "no TV in the bedroom" rule so I could watch episode after episode of Parks and Rec and Pretty Little Liars as a distraction. He made sure I was drinking, always asking if there was anything he could do and comforting me when all I could do was cry like a baby. I am so lucky to have this creative, loving, goofy guy in my life.
I am so excited for our son to get here so he can see how amazing he is :)
I'd love to hear what you think! Are you in the process of making over any space in your home? Tell me about it in the comments below! :)
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