January 13, 2012

Out of the Closet


We finally finished the closet renovation last night and a little birdie told me you might like to see it. This really seemed like the project that wouldn't end.

This is what we started with, minus the rickety bi-fold doors. Sorry about the blurry pic. The hideousness of the closet gave me the shakes.


 Note the old, unraveling carpet, the lack of storage and the dingy walls.


For some reason some of the walls and the ceiling did not have drywall. This house has a lot of what we fondly call "jackassery" and this is just another example of it. That awesome man of mine even had to build in wall studs to do this project. He is my hero. Swoon.


Here is a shot of the ceiling. Directly above it is the attic so you can imagine the draft that was coming down from there.


Here we are now. The walls have all been paneled and painted. 


The ceiling has been  covered and trimmed out. Three levels of shelves have been built in. This job was like a big woodworking jigsaw puzzle but luckily I married the smartest man in all the land.


After pulling up the carpet it became clear that this was not going to be best case scenario so it was on to plan b and a new surface was added over the old. Add some grey floor paint we had sitting around and we were good to go.


I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I also couldn't be more proud of the job my man did in this space. He's a keeper! I'm amazed at how far his skills have come over the years. We are such a good team and I truly love doing these projects with him. I do the creative, pretty parts and he does the brainy, muscley parts. It's a great collaboration.


Today I'm finishing up some furniture painting and then I'm going to spend the weekend rearranging and reorganizing and fluffing and maybe even some playing. I'm only coming out for food and sleep. Maybe not even then!

40 comments:

  1. Your new closet is indeed lovely! What a blessing to have such a great partnership. :)Sounds like perfection.
    -Revi

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  2. We girls that have men like that are so lucky aren't we? What are you planning for that closet now that it is so pretty?

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  3. Looks fabulous! And your marriage teamwork is beautiful, too!

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  4. lucky, lucky girl to have such a handyman around the place. Looks
    so cottagey Jen I know you are thrilled cannot wait to see how you
    tweak such a divine space. Maybe you
    should take some rations in with you
    in case you don't come out for a few days. Just love it.

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  5. That came out gorgeous! My hubby and I are the same kind of team. :)

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  6. This is looking awesome Jen!!! Thanks for the peek...now, can hardly wait to see the "finished product" You always come up with such neat things!

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  7. It looks beautiful Jen. I love the grey floor. Will the space be just storage or will you squeeze a small desk in there, too? Patty

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  8. It really did turn out cottagelicious. Awesome job by your man. I think it's great the way you smother him up with praise for a job well done. We should all remember to do that for our men. It does their heart good. :)

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  9. Great job on the closet.What a difference. Smiles, Susie(She Junks)

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  10. Amazing! It looks so great and I can only imagine how much fun you are going to have filling and decorating those lovely shelves! Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. I love it! It (almost) makes me not dread my upcoming closet reno! I'm actually really excited-but mostly for it to be finished!

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  12. Wow!! Gorgeous! Great job you two!!

    janet

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  13. That is lovely! Much to pretty to be a closet behind closed doors!

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  14. It looks so lovely, Jen. I love the paneling and the shelves - the brackets are gorgeous!

    xo
    Claudia

    I'm sorry to say my husband is not one bit handy. It something has to be built, I will have to do the building.

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  15. This is beautiful! We recently did a little closet/nook reno too.

    I've spent the last 10 years finding more and more 'jackassery' in my house.Not to mention a really old bag of weed(!!!!) and Easter grass(????) up in the ceiling tiles.

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  16. That is probably the prettiest closet I have ever seen. Love the brackets!

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  17. Looks absolutely fantastic! I love everything you guys did!
    Yes- you are very fortunate to have a man who is handy!

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  18. Wow this looks amazing! Love that you and your hubby are such a good team...much more fun that way!

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  19. Now that is one beautiful transformation! I am impressed!!
    Good job:)

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  20. There's nothing quite as satisfying as seeing a great transformation like this. It's GORGEOUS. Great job, great team! ~Lili

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  21. It looks wonderful! Tell hubby he did an awesome job.

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  22. Jen, wow, looks fabulous and yes, he is a keeper. Really love the choice of grey on the floor...

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  23. WOW! I've never seen such a beautiful closet!!! Great work!

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  24. I am in love with it. It will be wonderful...cannot wait to see the final project.

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  25. Oh my goodness ... the "jackassery" comment is so something my hubby would say!!! It looks amazing : D

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  26. That is the cutest storage space I've seen! What an improvement. I feel lucky to have a hubby who is handy too. Jacinta

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  27. Wow! That is one amazingly awesome closet! Love! Definitely worth the hard work.

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  28. looks great, cant wait to see what you do with it.i especially love the wood paneling and the floor. hey, i married a handy hubby too. i love it that i dream it and then hubby makes my dreams come true. we just finished sprucing up our laundry room. hubby did most of the work.
    http://teacozyhouse.blogspot.com/2012/01/evolution-of-laundry-room.html

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  29. Now that is one beautiful closet. Just love those horizontal boards and those shelf brackets. Very, very pretty!!

    P.S. I'm jealous. I want a cute closet. Hee hee!

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  30. Oh my goodness, I'm in LOVE!
    I could just move into that space!
    It's SO pretty! :-D

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  31. Love the closet and love the little red bird. Hubby is a good boy.
    xo, Cheryl

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  32. oh jen, it's gorgeous. the simple design and the colors you chose are just gorgeous!

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  33. Beautiful job and how fun it will be to organize. We just had a friend over who is willing to barter with my husband to finish off our attic floor. My husband is a professional artist and they want one of his paintings. I am so excited that within a month my attic will be finished off and I can organize everything.

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