Every girl dreams of a custom closet, right?
When we moved into our house all the closets had those wire closet systems. Which are fine, but love them I don't. Inevitably I would want to wear something that would be piled beneath a gazillion other things. You have to dig it out and then spend precious time ironing the waffle pattern from the shelved out of it.
This is our closet before.
Nice huh! It's just hard to make those wire shelves look neat and organized. Even harder to keep it that way. So what to do?
Rip'em out of course. The Hubs is great at demo work, I usually do the detail work. You know filling, sanding and painting the patches he leaves in the walls.
So we ripped out all the wire shelves and I spent hours filling and sanding and painting. Those anchors for the wire shelves tend to leave gapping holes when removed.
I happily went on my merry way out of town for a conference. Hubs said he was gonna get started on building the new shelves.
Minor snag when he texted to tell me about the 4 inch hole he knocked in the wall I had just spent hours repairing. I was out of town so I didn't get a picture of it. Hubs doesn't see the value of documenting the errors..... Can't imagine why :-)
So the big new hole in the wall was in upper left at the top of the shoe rack. He built a shoe rack!!! My love, my hero!! Every girl wants/ needs/ must HAVE a shoe rack. It won't even begin to hold all my shoes, but it's a start. Short of converting an entire room for shoe storage, it will have to do.
See my built in shoe rack!!!!
I big sparkly ❤ this man of mine!!!!
After seeing that, the new hole in the wall?!?! Not such a big deal anymore.
So he framed out the closet and then I get to jump in. With what else..... the patching AND the sanding AND the Painting.
The detail work.
Since this is a project we did together, I didn't get to snap a lot of "in progress" pics. I was out of town and then he was, so we kind of had to do our separate parts.
It's not even close to being filled back up yet. This project took some time, and I am so impatient.
It's just not that fun to dig through a pile of clothes on your dining room table looking for something to wear. That went on for three months. Yes, three months. Sometimes we're just slow. Or life gets in the way. Or those pesky
real paying jobs get in the way.
Here's the biggest thing I learned.... ready?
Prime/ paint those shelves BEFORE the go up!! Seriously, this was tedious work. And the light in the closet is not great. I kept finding spots that needed more paint. If
when we remodel one of the closets, I will paint first! And you know now that we have this under our belts doing another closet should be pretty simple, and we're even still speaking now that it's done!
So if anyone needs me I'll be sitting in my closet enjoying the bliss that is my shoe rack.