Y’all…I have been hiding for way too long. I mean, my closet, that is, and by outing myself, I am driven to rectify this problem! Hear me out…
I tried to tackle the closet earlier this year and I realized that midway through organizing and purging, that it wasn’t a lack of needing to get it done or that I was being lazy, but it was my barebones walk-in closet. It’s not designed in a way that is conducive to my lifestyle and wardrobe, and as a renter, I thought my options were limited. A late-night Pinterest rabbit hole (can you feel me?) made me realize that I can install shelving myself to mimic built-ins! Once I started seeing other people’s projects, I realized that I could do this with minimal damage to the existing property.
I love participating in One Room Challenge. It definitely breaks up the monotony of whatever is happening at the time, and with the lifestyle changes that COVID has brought, One Room Challenge is a welcomed change of pace. After talking it over with my fiancé and evaluating what I could reasonably do while serving my coaching and content clients, I decided to focus on the walk-in closet in the Master Suite for this fall’s One Room Challenge.
One Room Challenge: The Before
This closet is located in the Master Suite of our townhome, accessible from the en suite bathroom, directly next to one of the sinks.
One thing to consider is that access to the attic is through the closet and there is a pull-down from the ceiling that I cannot alter.
But, this is the closet! This is what it looks like on a day-to-day and…for lack of a better term, it sucks. I know I’m blessed to have a space like this, but for me, this just doesn’t let me see what I have to even wear or what accessories I have to pair with my outfits. It’s just a room that I can pile things in because “nothing has a place” beyond hanging clothes.
The Inspiration for the After
When this is over, I want a luxurious dressing suite with some art deco touches that make me feel fancy every day, even if I’m putting on sweatpants. I think if the room turns out anything like this mood board, I can call this One Room Challenge a success!
I can’t help it, I always say I’m moving away from art deco, and then here I am (again), choosing some dramatic crane wallpaper to adorn the walls! After using wallpaper for last round’s One Room Challenge, I am in love with how easy it is to make such a bold statement in a room. If you’ve been here for a while, you know I love my brass touches, so I plan to bring some the warmth out of the wallpaper out with some brass adornments like rods, hooks, dishes and the doorknob.
I didn’t think paint was going to be part of my One Room Challenge plan, but I think in order to maximize the brightness in this room, I’m going to need to paint the closet white. Because it’s a small space without windows or another light source besides one overhead, finding “the right white” will be essential.
The (Starting) To-Do List
- Decide how many cubes vs. racks I want
- Measure the appropriate length for rods, shelves, etc so I know what size wood + hardware to pick up
- Research new hardware for racks, knobs, and hooks
- Install cut pieces of wood + racks onto existing framework
- Paint white and add stripping to newly installed wood
- Install wallpaper on chosen walls/backs of shelves
- Install shelf to act as a dressing table
- Narrow down bench vs chair vs pouf for dressing table
- Secure all storage containers and organizers
- Lockdown mirror options
- Install new light fixture
- Enjoy the hell out of it!
I’m so excited to get started!
Be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge participants, the Featured Designers, and the guest participants like me, too! You can follow my everyday adventures + ORC coverage on Instagram – I’m @thekachetlife. You can also be inspired by checking out the #OneRoomChallenge and #BHGORC hashtags.
Here we go!