How was your day today? Hubby had a short day so we decided to go to the movies (used a giftcard that we got for Christmas) to see "The Hobbit". I read the book when I was about 11-12 years old, so I was surprised to see how much I still remembered. It was fun!
Otherwise, I worked all day and also cleaned a ton. We are having a little Christmas get together with my sister on Sunday, so I tried to make this house at least somewhat acceptable for hosting.
So I'm absolutely exhausted today and my brains are not functioning properly. That's why I thought that instead of a long post full of goals and plans, I would share with you our last big project in 2012.
You might remember that for our carpet in the living room we saved a little over $600. Well, turned out that we only needed $400 out of it, so we had about $210 left. After we used $30 for a Christmas gift budget shortage, we were left with $180. First, we wanted to just put it into savings but then we decided to finish a project I've been dreaming about for a while.
If you ever watched "Clean House" I always drool over those nicely organized closets that Trish creates. When we were buying this house, the walk-in closet in master bedroom was definitely one of the selling features. It's not big and very soon we realized that it doesn't have enough storage (or more, that we didn't use it wisely). Here's what my Hubby's side looked like:
Yep, no comments...And this is what my side looked like:
Well, it's a little better... But these huge bookshelves that were holding my shoes and sweaters were just taking up way too much useful space. So we decided to re-do our closet and make it look fabulous but all on a budget.
First, of course, we took stuff out and cleaned it:
Then we re-purposed a few things we already had. First, I sanded, painted and primed a little shelf that my MIL gave us a few months ago. As usual, I forgot to take a before picture but it was a basic oak shelf:
Then we used a little storage unit that I originally bought for a bathroom (on clearance at Walmart for $12.50) but it turned out to be too big for the space. But it works just perfect in our closet:
The rest of the materials we got from Lowes- some pre-made shelves, brackets, millions of screws and anchors...Here's my cute Hubby installing it all:
Isn't he a cutie? :) And cutting straight to the chase, here's a finished product:
Love it, love it, love it! Here's another picture, already with clothes (and shoes:) :
I added a small kitchen rail from Ikea (only $2.99!!) for my scarves:
And some hooks for jewelry (and hey, if you decide to rob me, there are no diamonds here :) I'm one of those crazy girls who would rather get a gift card to Home Depot for a special occasion than bling bling...I do like flowers and candies though :) :
I love that now I have a personal space for MY things like jewels, purses, and make-up:
We have a small mirror on the door, so it works perfectly. Total cost of the whole project: $176. All paid for with cash. And now I have my (almost) dream closet for a fraction of the price of what it would cost us if we used a pre-made version.
And here goes our last big project in 2012...Phew, now I need to go and get some rest...
PS. - and just so you know, it was actually finished two weeks ago, and Hubby's side still looks perfect and organized. Aww, I'm so proud of him :)
I shared this post with these great parties:
Blissful and Domestic
DIY Project Parade
Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After