So you know when you have a problem area in your home and the work it would take to actually come up with a plan and carry out said plan seems almost impossible but you know you have to follow through or you might actually drown in junk mail and craft supplies?
Yeah. That’s where I was when I showed you those awful before photos of my office. But I knew that if I publicly embarrassed myself it would hold me accountable and I’m happy to say that the biggest. hugest. change has officially occurred in my office and things are lookin’ up!
We turned the standard closet in this room into a beautiful built in cabinet and display space for all of my supplies and it is life changing!
You’ve got to see this transformation!
We started with this standard 70 inch wide closet.
The instructions warned me that I needed a buddy to assist me in hanging it, but the only person around was my 3 year old, and well, he would have probably had other plans for this pretty paper that mommy wouldn’t have agreed with, so I did it myself.
I started by drawing lines that were perfectly plumb to use as a guide. I wanted the pattern to be straight and couldn’t rely on the ceiling line for this.
I hung it in 3 pieces part way down because I planned to install my built ins on the bottom half and this way I only had to buy one roll.
By the way, I sprung for the repositionable kind, and I’m so glad I did because it caused a lot less anxiety when I needed to make a few minor adjustments along the way.I had a little overlap on the side corners which were easily taken off with a sharp utility knife.
My mom was nice enough to come over and participate in a Ikea furniture-building-a-thon with me one day and we put together these 3 Ikea Brimnes dressers.
I really like that the top has a frosted glass front to add a bit of something to the space and I also liked using the 2 different sizes to make it feel a bit more custom and less like I threw a few dressers into a closet.
The problem (which you’ll see in a minute became an amazing bonus) was that I had 8 inches left over so I could have centered the dressers and used wood to cover the space, or even better I could push them to one side and use that 8 inches.
Which is exactly what I did. 8 inches of space is a lot to give up when you have a lot of crap to store! Right?
The dressers were pulled forward to cover the hole in the carpet that once was the closet door track and framed it all in with inexpensive wood painted white.
The top got one continuous piece of thin white laminate so that there were no seams.
The handyman cut a piece of laminate and glue laminate stripping on the edges to create this door for my 8 inch gap so that I would have a place to store all of my cutting mats and rolls of photo backdrop. I’m glad I had him do this because he was able to drill holes for those really nice hinges (just like the soft close ones at Ikea.)
I love this spot because these are the types of things I never knew where to put and they were always getting in my way!
Ok. Let’s just take a minute and step back to admire that amazing wallpaper and all of this handy work!
The hubs helped me install shelves on the top half for even more storage. I was really careful not to add too many because I wanted the wallpaper to be the star of the show in here but I’m definitely excited about playing around with the styling of these shelves and switching it up as I get even more settled in here.
This room is off to an amazing start. I still need to get things organized and the finishing touches complete so definitely stay tuned!
It might have to happen in 10 minute bits of time since my little one is giving up his nap on most days but this momma is determined to make this space happen because the fact that I can now find a pair of scissors in 5 seconds flat is a definite productivity changer!
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Thanks for stopping by today to see me on my way to redeeming myself! Can’t wait to show you the end result!