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Master Closet Reveal

Welcome our Master Closet!  Is it beautiful and fabulous? Here is the view when you walk in the room.  *Swoon* :)  Yes, this is my side of the closet!  You can see we did an upper and lower rod system for shirts and pants, as well as an upper rod for dresses next to my amazing shoe shelves.

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View looking into the room from the hallway and a close-up of the shoe shelves.

Master Closet Reveal | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

We were able to use a large 5’x3′ mirror from Matt’s parents bathroom remodel.  We mounted it on the wall, but I am still planning on doing some molding around the frame to make it look more “finished”.

The chandelier was an awesome thrift store find this past weekend.  It was $26 and while I couldn’t confirm that it worked (not tested and no refunds), I took a gamble, and it worked perfectly!  I love it in the space and we are really glad we went with an island as that allows the chandelier to hang lower since we don’t need to walk under it.  It is a great anchor for the room!

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Shoes!  I plan to use the 2 regular size shoe shelves above my boot shelving for seasonal shoes that I will likely wear more often (aka: now you can see it is all closed-toe shoes).  In the summer/spring I can switch them out for the most frequent shoes worn in those seasons.

*p.s. don’t you just LOVE how the wood turned out?  It is the perfect color and pattern to give a rustic look, while still looking polished.  I knew this room could potentially sway very female so I wanted to be sure I used materials to make it gender neutral so Matt could love it as much as I do (well, OK that’s not possible, but didn’t want him to feel like he was in a girly room either!)

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Here you can see the whole shoe shelving system.  I love love love the boot shelves!  I keep my boots standing with rolled up magazines in them and I actually enjoy putting them away and seeing them “on display” in our closet.

You can see where we decided to put my vanity, in the “closet of the closet”, or my “nook” as I like to call it.  This is definitely still a work-in-progress but I have a “nook” project in mind that I’m excited to post about soon!  Matt was able to put an outlet in my nook for my hair appliances as well as a switch for my own light for good makeup lighting.  I also opted to keep the nook white vs. painting it the charcoal gray to keep it nice and bright for my makeup/hair area.

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You can see Matt’s side below :)  He made out pretty well with an upper and lower hanging rod, his own dresser, and half of the island.  (OK, maybe I “lease out” a little bit of his space :).  Oh and more shoe-love below.

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Well, summary of moving:  I have a lot of shoes!  The top of the rod system was the perfect place to store all my “off-season” or “special occasion” shoes.  Plus, I love looking at them.  I think they double as utility & accessories!

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It is crazy to think how far this room has come in the first month we’ve been in our new house!  It was definitely a huge undertaking but we are so happy with all of our stuff finally organized and in it’s place!

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Spare Bedroom Turned Master Closet

I am one lucky girl and am exciting to keep posting and keep you updated as we continue to put the finishing touches on our master closet!  This totally makes sense for our current lifestyle and it is a room that we use every single day. :)

Walk-In Closet – Plan Progress

Walk-In Closet – Plan Progress. More closet talk?  Anytime, I love to talk about my closet :)  If you recall, last time I left you via posting, we were here:

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Now just over 2 weeks into our new house, we have made some serious strides in giving our clothes their new “home”.

I used a notebook and tape measure to cut and tape together strips to represent the lengths of clothes I mapped out above to help plan where we needed what rod space.  I also did so for the dressers to see where they would best fit in with the rods.  It was nice to be able to move them around and play with the layout without having to physically move the furniture or guess on the rod space!

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We weren’t sure what type of wood/material to use in the closet.  In the tiny house, we used the pre-finished white melamine board, but we wanted to go for a more high-end look in our fancy new house/closet.  We hit the jackpot of luck when my Dad graciously gave us a bunch of “spare” wood he had in his pole barn for the closet.

After seeing how this wood took to our stain, I was in love with the outcome.  I knew I wanted to darken the wood and bring out some character/make it look more distressed/old.  The wood is pine (in the photo below- “before stain” is on the left, “after stain” is on the right) and the stain actually isn’t a stain at all, it is a “Danish oil” (in snoody-voice).  But don’t be to fooled or intimidated, it is right next to the stain at the hardware store (I got mine at Ace Hardware).

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This next photo pretty much sums up our last 2 weeks: staining.  Wipe on, wipe off, repeat!  Think you are done for the night, then watch Matt carry in 4 more boards…keep. going.

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Now, a few things about moving in January in Minnesota and DIY-ing a project like this.  (1) It’s cold.  Our garage currently is not insulated/heated (future project I foresee), so the only thing we are currently doing in there is cutting the wood.  Once the wood is cut, we bring it inside to stain.  (2) Staining.  Staining inside is not ideal, but it’s all you have when your options are a non-heated garage (where the stain probably wouldn’t dry correctly in frozen sub-zero temps).  We started in our “dining room” area but the stain aroma quickly became an issue.  We moved to the “office” bedroom and laid down plastic under our saw horses and declared it the “staining room”.  We have a fan to circulate the air and crack the window open to help with fumes.  We are toughing it out!

Walk-In Closet - Plan Progress | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Walk-In Closet - Plan Progress | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Finally, a little “teaser” sneak preview of the boards actually going up into the closet!  Excited to share more!  We feel like we can finish the “structure” work this week, then it’s onto “dressing” our “dressing room”!  Ha!  Can’t wait to décor it up and see our final product!

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Enjoy!

mallory

Designing our Walk-In Closet

Designing our Walk-In Closet

Are we spoiled?  Yes.  Do we know it?  Yes.  But hey, if you move into a 4 bedroom house and are currently a DINK couple (double-income-no-kids) or a DINKWAD couple (double-income-no-kids-with-a-dog), you can certainly justify allowing a bedroom to operate as a walk-in closet- right?  Well, at least we can!  (p.s. we are currently a DINKWAC couple – double-income-no-kids-with-a-cat :) – Enter: Designing our Walk-In Closet

Although I drool over custom closet systems with everything gorgeous, matching and perfectly retrofit for the space, we will be doing our master closet DIY-style with using the pieces we currently have and designing the space to work for us, without breaking the bank.  (But really, Pinterest closets are just jaw-droppingly amazing, like this here, *swoon*):

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Ok maybe that’s over the top…. still fun to look at.

If you recall our tiny house we did the same, although that room was arguably too small to be a bedroom anyway.  Now, we are starting from scratch using the bedroom across from our master to be a walk-in closet.  The room is a good size, about 9’x11’.  Move in weekend we tackled the scary-bright lime green walls and painted them Benjamin Moore’s Sweatshirt Gray (so appropriate for a closet!)  We love how it turned out.  Covering the lime green only took 1 coat of Kils primer and one coat of Sweatshirt Gray.  We are keeping the carpet (for now) but we know there is hardwood under it too, so perhaps a future project…

Before:

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After:

Designing our Walk-In Closet | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Now apparently we have a lot of furniture/dressers to fit into this space.  Ironically Matt & I had iKea furniture that was destined to be together without us even trying, giving us a plethora of iKea black/brown dressers.  Here is the lineup:

 2 iKea Malm 3-Drawer Chests – color black/brown

1 iKea Malm 6-Drawer Chest – color black/brown

1 rogue iKea black/brown Chest that we found at a garage sale (I can’t seem to find it on their website)

1 Vanity (Craigslist find)

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We are planning to somehow use the 2 matching dressers for an island in the closet since our overall plan is to have hanging clothes around the perimeter to make the best use of space.  Here are some inspirational closet islands I love:

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In the last few weeks at our old house, I took a detailed inventory of our previous closet to figure out how much space we currently took up and where we’d like more.  Our previous closet was spacious by typical closet-standards, but lacked organization to, well- my standards :)  Plus the hangers were so tight you couldn’t sort through (pet peeve).

I categorized and measured the width needed for each category, here are my {OCD} notes:

 

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 I know what you’re thinking, jeez, Matt is so greedy needing all his space compared to me :)

More to come as we continue to plan the layout and work through the details.  Our clothes are just dying for a place in our new home!

Cheers!

mallory