A Post About Closets?! What Could Be More Exciting?..

Closets.

They hide all our crap that we can’t live without, but that’s not pretty enough to leave out for the world to see. They keep our things conveniently close by without having to store them down in the basement or up in the attic. They house my beautiful, expensive designer clothes. Just kidding. I mean my t-shirts and yoga pants. They really are the unsung hero of the house.

I love our closets. For being an old house built in the 1890’s, we have awesome closet space. Does that mean I have a luxurious walk-in closet in my bedroom? No. But I can definitely work with what we’ve got. The size of our closets isn’t really the issue for me, it’s the layouts that I have a problem with. I think with the right layout, we could double the functionality and solve a lot of our storage issues.

I’ve decided to start with Hollis’ closet. I’m already getting her room designed anyway, and while I’m patiently waiting for her carpet to be installed (everything out here in the country takes waaaaaay longer), I figure this would be a great time to revamp her closet before she even moves in. My goal is to get to all 10 of our closets eventually. (Our master bedroom closets are next!) They all have cracks that need to be filled and all are in need of a fresh coat of paint. And most of them need new shelving, racks and a whole new layout.

Here’s a look at Hollis’ closet so you can see what I’m talking about.

Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.comIt’s hard to see in these pics, but those back boards are covered in little hooks. (you can see the shadows of them) The hooks are nice, but not really functional for a clothes closet.

Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.comAnd while there are shelves and a clothes rack, they are just not large enough and don’t utilize the space well. Everything is just sort of stuffed in the left side of the closet, while the rest of the closet is just wasted space. Definitely not enough room for clothes for any girl I know.

Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.comSo far my plan is to gut the whole thing, carpet and all. Then I need to address all the cracks and get a fresh coat of paint on everything. I’ve been playing around on closetmaid.com and I think I’m going to change the layout to something like this pic below.

Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.comOn their website, you can choose from pre-designed closets, which is what I did. Or you can choose to have a designer help you with your layout for a small fee. I might try their service for one of my trickier closets. This is not a sponsored post, and I’ve never used Closetmaid before, but I will let you know how it all works out!

Give Mommy Your Candy

I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that Halloween is only a couple of weeks away. Which means Christmas is basically tomorrow (or at least if feels like it). I love Halloween, but I have zero decorations up and am just now realizing I better get a costume for my child. Hollis is only one, so this is the best Halloween age….for me. I get to pick out her costume AND get dibs on all her candy!

I know I only get a couple of good Halloweens like this. In just a few short years, she will be begging to dress as some princess that all of her other classmates are dressing up as. And I will have to pick out candy from her stash while she sleeps. So for now I am going to enjoy choosing her costume (ie. something simple that I can make myself) for her.

I love homemade costumes. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with store-bought costumes, but I never had store-bought costumes growing up. Mostly because they looked like this, but also, I had a ‘super mom’ who spent her spare time sewing our costumes.  I appreciate homemade costumes that are cleverly thrown together by things people already have lying around the house. Some people’s creativity just blows me away.

I haven’t picked a costume for Hollis yet, but I’m getting really inspired by these movie character themed costumes.

 864c341b8ba3df8f33a7d311686a9b17A League of Their Own

 sandlot1-680x1024The Sandlot

 28681e175353687044d99c82d5eaeab0E.T.

 6252c151ef77308a38306de7fabb3cfdThe Big Lebowski

Thanks to Pinterest, we no longer have the excuse of not knowing what to be for Halloween. You can literally type in ‘last minute Halloween costume ideas’, ‘cheap Halloween costume ideas’, or ‘super easy costume ideas’ and pages of things will pop up. The hardest part for me is narrowing down the options!

Inspirado: Hollis’ Bedroom

I love designing nurseries. LOVE it. I loved designing Hollis’ nursery in our old house while I was pregnant. I was excited to get to do another nursery for her. But since moving, we’ve been tackling rooms that needed our immediate attention. I never thought that we would be here six months before even starting on her room. Poor kid.

I really think the waiting has been a blessing in disguise.  I initially thought when we moved, that I would just recreate the same nursery here in the new house. Now that we’ve had to wait, she is no longer an infant, she’s a toddler and her needs are similar but they have changed some too. She has also formed quite the little personality and makes it clear what she likes and doesn’t like (funny how they do that at such a young age). I really want her new room to be sweet and happy and show off her funny, quirky little personality too!

I’ve been slowly collecting ideas over the last few months. I also still want to incorporate things from her previous nursery. She will be inheriting a queen size bed. The queen size bed makes the room feel a lot older,  but we really need the versatility of the queen size for when we have company (and we like to have company!) Plus we already have it so it’s more cost-effective for us to just use it instead of buying a new twin size bed. I’m hoping to make it more of a daybed, or adding a canopy to keep it more toddler-friendly and youthful. Here are a few ideas I’ve been kicking around:

Pink is our main color inspiration in case you couldn’t tell. I’m pretty much sold on pale pink paint and white bedding like in the top picture. I’m a sucker for white bedding, it’s so easy to transition into every room and it’s easy to take care of (hello bleach!).  I love the fun colors going on with the pink walls in the middle picture. And the last picture….well I pretty much love it all! I’d love to sleep under that sweet floral canopy. I’m sticking to pink, gold and white as the main color scheme with hints of bolder colors. The details of her room keep changing. I know I want it to include some vintage touches, but also feel fresh and modern too. Here is a mood board of things that I want to incorporate:

Toddler Bedroom Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.com

Clockwise from top, left: White Ruffle Bedding (similar), Floral Print, Gold Bunny Silhouette , Benjamin Moore Ballerina Pink, Flea Market Finds; Vintage Deer & Ceramic Kitten Lamp, Gold Curtain Rods, Pom Pom trim curtains (DIY), Gold Side Table

 I can’t wait to get going on it! We picked out carpet the other day, but we are still waiting on installation. Hopefully I will have some progress pics up soon!

To Finish or Not To Finish…

I have FINALLY started on miss Hollis’ bedroom. The poor kid has had no room to call her own since we moved, oh….six(ish) months ago! I have had an idea of the direction I want it to head in, but I don’t have all the details worked out just yet. I bought my paint (pink!) and went ahead and got started covering up the paneling.

Whilst spending all this time in her room painting, I began to notice a very unpleasant smell.  Once I noticed it, I couldn’t stop noticing it! This is the only room in the house that didn’t have “newer” carpet in. (And by “newer” I mean less than 30 years.) So I knew the carpet was going to need a good cleaning…or like a hundred good cleanings.

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I got about half the room painted, then I just couldn’t take it anymore. The carpet had to go. Right now. I dropped my paint roller and grabbed a pair of vice grips to pull up a corner. I was really scared at what I would uncover under the grossness, but was pleasantly surprised at how easily the old carpet and pad both came up. And the wood floor underneath was in much better shape than I was expecting.

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I cut the carpet into strips to make it easier to roll up and throw away. After I got the first section up, Brian came up and helped me with the rest. He also suggested we chuck it out the window so we didn’t have to haul it down through the rest of the house since it was SO dirty. (I love those brains of his sometimes.) We got rid of everything but the tack strip for now.

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Now that all the carpet is up, we have been trying to decide what we want to do. The floor has a very significant seam down the middle. The room was expanded at some point in its life, so you can see on the right is the newest flooring, and the left is the original flooring. I honestly don’t mind that they don’t match exactly (it’s hard to see in this pic, but the newer floor boards are quite a bit skinnier than the older ones), I think it’s kind of charming. I would be okay with sanding it all down and staining it to all match.

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And that’s exactly what we thought we were going to do until a few days ago. The more we thought about it and went over the pros and cons of finishing the hardwoods, or replacing the carpet, we are now leaning toward replacing the carpet. It’s so not like us, we are such hardwood kind of people!

But…

That seam creates a little bit of a lip that we are afraid may stub some little toes, and there are a few holes that we aren’t 100% how to fill in and look pretty. We have never re-finished hardwoods, but we know it is a big job. I’m just not sure either of us is ready to jump into such a large project right now, especially since Hollis is patiently awaiting a room of her own to be finished. Our other thoughts were that the floor is very noisy to walk across now and the room gets pretty chilli. Overall, since this room is for a one year old, we think the carpet will just be more baby friendly. I mean, the girl still has lots of years of playing on the floor left!