Thursday, January 9, 2014

[Little Room #2] Kenley's Closet


(photo courtesy Amanda Sharp Photography)



Let's go back, back to the beginning....

wait...

sorry for getting the Duffster in your head, but let's go back to where Kenley's room started.



This hot mess.


You may remember the closet had sliding doors.  Doors that weren't connected to the floor so they not only slid side to side, but also could swing in and out.  Perfect for pinching little fingers, or adult ones too.



On top of that, they were painted a nasty color I affectionately refer to as poop. With a blue interior.

(really?)


We first removed the doors, cheap wire shelving, and then primed the whole room.  We painted the room and closet alcove to match, with Sherwin Williams Vaguely Mauve, then painted all the brown trim bright white.

Instead of putting the cheap wire shelf/bar back, I used this closet makeover I pinned years ago to inspire and guide us.  We used the same Ikea Expedit shelf unit and anchored it centered in the alcove.  But before we did that, I placed the gold dots from Urban Walls across the back.  After debating if I wanted them equally spaced wide from ceiling to floor, I decided it'd be a fun and different look to have them concentrated across the center peeking out between the upper and lower bars we planned to install.

The 4" dots came on one complete sheet of contact paper with five dots vertical in a row.  I measured the width of the alcove and divided by 10, I had 50 dots (10 rows of 5).  I then figured out how much space needed to be between them and cut them row by row.  I marked where each row would go and then applied them (according to directions) one by one to make sure they were evenly spaced and level.  My only mistake was that I based my calculation on the assumption the dots were exactly 4" wide as the product description states.  In reality, my dots were a few eighths of a inch shy.  Which left me with a gap at the end of closet.  I measured and realized I had enough space for one more row.  I contacted owner Danielle, and she sweetly agreed to send me one extra "row" of five to complete the space, since they are usually sold in packs of 50.

(see the missing row on the right)

Once the dots were up, we anchored the shelving unit to the wall.  From there we measured the height of the unit and anchored two 1x4s to the side walls for the bars to rest on and painted them to match the wall.  We purchased these two of these closet bars from Lowes and they had a small lip at the top for them to rest.  Since the shelving unit didn't have a ledge for the lip to rest for the bottom bar, we had to buy a different one that would rest flush against the shelf for the lower.   Hindsight. 


Right now I have each bar a separate size, 0-3 on upper left, 3-6 upper right, and 6-12 bottom.  Hoping we can keep the closet this organized as she grows and if not, we'll just put some doors back on to contain the mess.  They'll have to be bifold so she can access the middle shelf, but I prefer them to sliding doors since I like to see everything and not just half of the closet at a time.


I decided to keep the bottom left side barless, not to be confused with braless, so we could add toy storage bins, a reading nook, or even something like a doll house as she grows.  I loved playing in my closet as a kid, something about it feeling like an indoor hideout - can you tell I would have loved a teepee!  I used to climb onto the shelves in the back corner and read books and I made a dollhouse for trolls on one of the book shelves.  Right now, I'm just using the free space to contain her laundry basket, so function over fun for the moment. 

And there you have it.  Fug to Fun.




22 comments:

  1. Love that closet! Those gold dots are so pretty!

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  2. Love love love it! Totally saving this for the future!

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  3. I absolutely love this closet! I love how it can grow with her and have space for a doll house or reading nook!

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  4. can you fug to fab my closet too? i'm in LOVE with this!!! kenley is one lucky little girl. . .

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  5. You did an amazing job with her closet! Such a great eye for style! I guarantee this image will be re-pinned and re-created over and over again!

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  6. Wow!! I absolutely LOVE the gold dots. What a great addition! So cute and perfect for a little girl. I'm bookmarking that site...I want gold dots in my closet!

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  7. I absolutely love her closet! Love the set up, and especially the gold dots! You have a great eye for style! Kenley is one lucky lady!

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  8. I can't get over how perfect her room is!! I had a teepee as a kid and loved it!! ;)

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  9. What a transformation! I love the gold dots they really add a fun flair to the room.

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  10. Where is the laundry basket from??! Love the closet

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  11. Thank you, its from Homegoods. Target actually has a bunch of similar styles on sale right now.

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  12. I saw this on Pinterest & absolutely love it, you have done a great job! I love the Ikea Expedit units, they are so flexible & great for childrens rooms. My 8 yr old son is just about to move rooms & you have inspired me to try something similar, love the way you have placed the unit in the centre of the space.

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  13. Love this! Where did you get the bins/baskets that are in the cubbies?

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  14. Hi Lauren! The striped totes are from The Container Store and the basket is from Homegoods

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  15. Where did you get the gold dots and the center shelving ?
    from I love it !!

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  16. Hi! All the details and links are in the post above. The shelf is from ikea and the dots Urban Walls. Thanks!

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