It’s finally time! The main floor looks great, the backyard is fenced, treed with patio and planters, the basement is done.
This is it – it’s my turn. I get to redesign a space that is important to me. My closet…. And this is my story.
I never really took too much notice before. My closet worked for its primary purpose but it was just a place I went in and out of, repeatedly every day without too much thought or worry. After all, no one really sees it, is what I told myself.
I don’t really know what spurred on this particular improvement plan but I am glad it happened!
I knew in advance that there was going to be work involved. I also knew it would all be up to me as my husband didn’t see the value in spending the time or money on this type of home improvement project.
I started with a sketch on paper. I thought about what space was not being utilized in the current closet ie. empty wall space that did nothing for organizing or storing anything. It was fairly easy to do because it seemed basic to me…. I need some long hang, mostly double hang, space for my hampers (darks and whites) which had a home in a corner of my bedroom (not the prettiest idea I ever had but it worked) and most importantly – drawers! I wanted to replace the two mismatched dressers that made me feel like I still lived in my first apartment. I am an adult now and should have a dressing space that says, I am a grown up living in a very nice home but, my closet said something completely different.
I put the order in with my work, incidentally, Simple Spaces. With the welcomed advice my coworkers who are the experts, I made a few small detail changes. I knew the product would take about two weeks to produce for my custom design and by custom – I don’t mean overpriced I just mean, fits to my walls and my specific needs. Those two weeks were well needed as I knew I had some prep work to do.
I made a schedule for the weekend before my install.
Thurs. night I emptied our closet, trying at the same time to delete clothes, belts and awful old hangers that were not going to find their way back to my closet. I thought it was humorous when my husband said, “we don’t need a bigger closet, we just need a bigger bath tub”. That’s where most things found a temporary home for a few days.
Friday night, the kids and I took out the wire shelving. I am so happy my young son is excited about using a drill. He and his friend were a big help. I pulled all of the hardware out myself and was a little surprised as to the damaged that was left behind. Of course there were holes – some larger than others but what could I have expected. Those screws had to be in deep and secure otherwise my old system would have been on the floor. It was in strong – Thanks to Home Solutions when we built the home.
The next morning which was Saturday, I did the next stage which was patching the holes with polly filla. That didn’t take very long, it’s like icing a cake except…easier. My arm got a little tired from sanding but I chalk it up to good arm exercises which I normally do not take the time to do. Yay me! I highly recommend holding the vaccum in one hand and the sand paper in the other. It is quite messy so sucking the dust up on the spot made it a little bit tidier.
That night, I painted the first coat of paint. Totally refreshed the space and brightened it right up. Sunday morning I applied the last coat of paint and then cleaned up my materials. I was now ready for install.
The install crew was fantastic – as always. They were highly efficient and detailed with their craft. Customers often told me this but this time, I experienced firsthand. When I got home later that day I was greeted by my very excited children. They escorted me to my closet so that they could see my reaction. I think they were almost as excited as I was. I was Wowed! It was a transformation that was long overdue.
I felt like this was for me. This is a space just for me…and my husband who once said, “the closet doesn’t matter”. It looked so lovely that I almost didn’t want to put clothes back but of course, I would need the bath tub back at some point. While getting things in order and back in place I was also getting excited to accessorizing my new space. Like I do any other room in my home, I want to add nice(r) pieces. I was looking forward to getting prettier hampers and matching hangers to take my closet from beautiful to…OMG! I know my sisters and girlfriends will appreciate those little details as much as I will.
In terms of the final product, I do recognize that I need to have some adjustments made to the drawer system. I know that Simple Spaces is already working a revisit for this. It’s life, it happens and I know it’s being taken care of.
I am so thrilled with this decision to move forward on this particular project. I enjoy All the spaces in my home now, not just the “main” ones. My husband has a new appreciation for the space as well. He gets it now! I like waking up to my pretty and tidy closet and getting ready for work. Today I actually pulled something out and ironed it – in my closet which I historically avoided doing in the past. I love it!!!
Thank you Simple Spaces. A space for him next…our garage makeover!