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Master Bedroom Closet Makeover on A Budget

Hey everyone! I’m soooo excited because today is the day we finally get to share our master bedroom closet makeover! We’ve been working on it slowly for a couple of months around other projects and, well, life.  It’s been 8 long years living with these pieced together racks so it’s time to get organized. I can’t say that I’m not embarrassed to be showing you this but here’s what needed to happen:

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover organization to do list - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Organizational to do list - Life on Kaydeross Creek

OUCH, holy cow, that hurt. So, here’s what we did to make the most of the space we have. I started by measuring out how many inches of clothes we each have (tops and bottoms) and then added a few inches to be on the safe side. For example, I needed about 60″ of hanging space for my shirts.

We also had stuff in there that does not need to be like heavy fleece jackets that can go downstairs in the mudroom closet. This was also an excellent opportunity to purge the stuff that we don’t wear anymore (let’s be honest, none of us are getting any smaller around here 🙂 ) Once I knew exactly how much space we needed for hanging stuff and folded stuff, I made a plan on paper.  It’s a bit crude, but it was definitely effective! Truth be told, I worked in retail for over 20 years so that may have had an impact on my design. 🙂

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Putting the plan on paper - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I also drew out plans for the other two corners of the closet but they are much more simple. My brother, Jamie, who is a builder, helped us get started and suggested we build  each section in a cubby or “box” and then attach them all together. We used birch plywood for the boxes, MDF for part of the base and pine for the rest of the trim.  The other thing he suggested was that we use a dado blade (a special blade for a circular saw) to make grooves in the plywood where the shelves would slide in and also connect the corners of the boxes more securely.  As the dado set spins, the two outside blades cut the dado walls (grooves) and the chippers remove the waste material in between and smooth the bottom of the dado (groove).

We wanted the boxes to be 20″ deep so we had someone at Home Depot cut the sheets of plywood that come in 48″ in half for us. That way they were easier to transport and to rip down (cut) at home to 20″. Then hubby measured and marked out where the grooves would need to be. One at the top to connect the pieces and one 12″ down for the top shelf.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Putting the plan on paper - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once the pieces were cut we started assembling the first box. You can see the notch at the top where the other piece will fit and be glued and nailed together.

 

Master Bedroom closet makeover - building the boxes - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s the first box installed…

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Box assembled and placed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We learned a lesson with this one because we built it downstairs and then had to carry it up. Um, not smart. We decided to build the other three boxes upstairs. Here is the storm before the calm. Holy cow, what a mess!

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - The storm before the calm - building the boxes in our room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We added a few more shelves to two of the boxes and then started placing them in the closet. Hubby used 2×4’s to attached them to the floor which also provided a bit of a toe kick.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - installing the boxes - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

When all of the boxes were placed, he screwed them all together and to the walls. We’re almost there with this master bedroom closet makeover!

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - boxes installed before trim - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then he added a 1.5 inch pine trim to the front and crown molding to the top. Let’s just say I spent A LOT of time spackling all those nail holes and caulking the edges.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - built in cubbies with the trim added - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After it was primed and painted twice (I went through a gallon of paint just on the cubbies and trim and pretty much didn’t leave the closet for what seemed like days) it was time to put the bars in. We bought a long metal bar and then cut it to the size we needed for each hanging section and then I spray painted the pieces to match the cubbies. They were installed with little metal cups.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - side wall completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

OK, so you can see the new light fixture in this picture. I really didn’t want to spend any more money on this project and I had this old fixture in the basement which I had used in my store. It’s the match to the one I used in my daughter’s room.  I just needed to remove the “crystals” and give it a good coat of spray paint.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - new light fixture -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The last thing to address was more storage for linens and a place for the laundry. To make the best use of this space, I decided to go up. We picked up this old TV armoire at the Salvation Army for $20 some time ago.  I planned on using it for storage somewhere and then the closet project came up. I love using these old pieces for storage and you can see one of my other armoire transformations HERE.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Armoire used for storage before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The problem was it was too short. We didn’t need any more shelves so it would have been wasted space above it if we used it as is. Since we still needed a place for the laundry baskets we decided to build a base to put the armoire on top of. That way they are much more accessible on the bottom.

 

Master Bedroom Closet makeover - adding the base for the armoire - birch plywood - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We made it out of the same birch plywood and trimmed it out with the 1.5″ pine trim to match the cubbies.

 

Master Bedroom Closet makeover - the base for the armoire - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After giving the armoire a good sanding,  a couple of coats of paint and new glass knobs, here’s what it looks like all assembled.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - More storage using an old TV armoire - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I know, right?!? I think it’s my favorite part. 🙂

Here’s the other opposite side.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Hangbars in for more storage and dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - full view - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I. LOVE. IT! Here’s the best part. We spent less than $500.

The birch plywood, trim, paint and bars/cups cost about $400. We spent $20 on the armoire and I had the dresser that we put in the side cubbie. You can see that project HERE. We also had to purchase the dado blade set which I think was about $55.

I have to admit it was A TON more work than I thought it would be but it was worth it!  I still have to add hooks to the wall for my scarves and a rug but it’s so nice to walk in there and be able to actually find what I am looking for. Now let’s just hope we can keep it neat.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - closet organization with built in cabinets - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover for under $500 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Not sure you want to build something but still want organization. Here are my Amazon picks to make the most out of your space:

Thank you so much for spending some of your time with me today! Do you have major project or mini projects in the works? I’d love to hear about them!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

Laundry Room Organization For Under $100

Today I’m sharing our long overdue laundry room organization for, believe it or not, under $100! When we were building the house almost 10 years ago, a huge beautiful laundry room just wasn’t in the budget. It’s more of a laundry closet really. Regardless, I still spend quite a bit of my time in that space so why not have it be enjoyable, am I right? So after looking at a not-so-inspirational space for so long, it was time.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Eeekk. So not only was it a bit dreary and boring but it was also not the best use of space. Here’s what we did to make it crazy functional and much more interesting. First things first, a new coat of paint.  I had this paint left over from a project we had done a few years ago. I think it’s called Embarcadero by Valspar.  It was just what the space needed to brighten it up. It looks a bit purple-y in this picture but it’s really like a cement block gray.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

To add a bit more personality and interest, I decided on stripes. I used a 4 foot level and a ruler to outline 8 inch stripes in pencil on the wall and then used painters tape to mark off the lines

 

Laundry Room Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Adding personality with stripes

 

Truth be told, I ran out of painters tape and had to free hand some of the stripes. That is when a really good quality brush comes in handy 🙂  This shade of white is called Creamy White by Behr and it is the trim color you see throughout our house.

Here are the completed stripes. Crazy better, right?!

 

Laundry Room Organization Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So to make better use of the space we wanted to take advantage of the height and added more shelves. We used MDF which comes pre-cut in 12″ x 8′ boards from Home Depot. I think they are in the closet section. We’ve used MDF on prior projects like our Mudroom. Now, the thing about MDF is it bubbles when it gets really wet so I gave the boards a thick coat of primer and then 2 coats of the Creamy White paint just in case the laundry detergent leaks or something.

For the shelf brackets, I picked up these inexpensive white ones at Home Depot and spray painted them Oil Rubbed Bronze for some contrast.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Add Shelves to make better use of space

 

Here they are spray painted…

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Adding the shelves

 

I also wanted to add a space to hang shirts straight from the dryer so I used an inexpensive wooden towel bar I picked up at Walmart mounted upside down on the top shelf. It was a bit too long at 18″ so we cut it down to fit the space and then I painted it to match the stripes/shelves.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Hanging space using an inexpensive towel bar

 

The space would not be complete without a DIY sign so I made this cute little sign out of an old piece of wood and some stencils. I always write it out on paper before I paint so that I can make sure it will fit and the spacing is correct.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Another key element of good laundry room organization is storage so I added some baskets for storing cleaning supplies. I threw in something pretty for a pop of color and with everything installed, here’s the final product…

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

 

So much nicer to open the doors and see a bright cheery space when you have to do a chore. I thought about adding cute beverage dispensers with the little spout for the detergent but, honestly, I have read that they just get clogged and I really didn’t want to spend the money. Here is the breakdown of what this update cost:

  • (2) 8′ MDF boards – $22  (I already had the short one)
  • (6) metal shelf bracket $24
  • Wooden towel rack $10
  • Paint – Free – had it
  • DIY Laundry Sign – Free
  • Washboard – Free
  • Baskets – already had these but if you had to purchase them at Michaels you can get them at 50% off for like $10.
  • Glass jar with chalkboard label – had it but if you had to purchase it you could find it here.

So even if I had to buy the baskets, the entire project would have cost $76. What it really cost me was time. It took about 12 hours to complete but it was worth every minute. 🙂

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100!

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Using Paint and Creative DIY projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint, DIY Projects and Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have any room updates on a budget in your future? How do you save money on your projects?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Farmhouse Mudroom Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Mudroom Organization – Farmhouse Style

I’m so excited to be finally share our completed Mudroom with you today! It’s been a long time coming for this mudroom organization project which we actually started in February. You can see the original build here but this is what it looked like when we started…YIKES.

 

Mudroom before renovation - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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No where to go but up, right? First things first, we needed more light so in goes the window. It was harder than we thought it would be but so worth it.

 

Adding much needed light to the mudroom with a new window - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Now for the organization. I wanted each of us to have our own space so we built cubbies.

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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For organizing our “stuff” I picked up some baskets to put on the shelves we planned on adding and crates to go on the bottom of the cubbies at Michaels. The baskets will, hopefully, make it easier to find hats/gloves etc. and the crates corral our shoes.  The crates were unfinished when I got them and I wanted them to be darker so I stained them with Minwax stain in Early American.

 

Mudroom organization using crates to corral shoes - Life on Laydeross Creek

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The bottom of each crate is a bit rough and I worried they may scratch the cubbie so I added self adhesive chair pads to the bottoms.

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Now that the organization part is done, it’s time for the fun part. What’s a farmhouse mudroom without a few farmhouse touches?

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies and farmhouse touches- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I picked up the empty window frame in someones garbage. I’m not above dumpster (or side of the road) diving. The poultry farm sign is not a sign at all but was a pleasant surprise when we pulled out the bottom of an old dresser to replace it. The dried hydrangeas are from my neighbors yard and the shoe form is just fun.

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies and farmhouse touches- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I am SO in love with this egg crate basket. It’s definitely not something you see everyday. We picked it up at the Warrensburg Garage sale back in October and it goes so well in our home. The cutting board someone gave me at different garage sale. It was broken and dirty but cleaned up nice. The pitcher I got at Marshalls years ago but you can find a similar one here. You can never have too many white pitchers. 🙂

 

Farmhouse Mudroom Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The stain on the crates matches the baskets and the wood flooring we used for the background.  The larger spaces underneath the shelves that the baskets sit on are perfect for big school backpacks.

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies and farmhouse touches- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The chalkboard on the right I picked up at a garage sale and the little gray stool underneath it is a previous project you can see here.  The EXIT arrow is from Hobby Lobby and while it’s not part of the mudroom organization, it’s quirky and unique and i love the personality it adds to the space.  The paisley rug is from Target.

 

Farmhouse Mudroom Organization and Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It’s hard to see the sign above the doorway on the left but you can see it better in this picture above. It’s actually the side of an old crate.

 

Farmhouse Mudroom - DIY Projects and Garage Sale Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I LOVE the way everything turned out! I think it will help us stay organized as long as I can get everyone to put their stuff where it goes. One can only hope.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share my final mudroom organization project!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Organization – TV Armoire to Office Space

I LOVE craigslist. I check it once a week or so even if I don’t need anything just to see what’s out there. Earlier this year when we were re-doing the Master Bedroom, I found the most beautiful armoire for $100…

 

armoire outside

 

It totally matches the dresser in our master bedroom I also picked up on craigslist for $100. The plan was to add shelves and use it for storing linens in our room. Not sure what I was thinking when I planned this space out when we were building but there is no linen closet in our room or bathroom. Oh, what I would do differently now!

Anyway, so plans change, right? We have a house guest staying with us for a while and I have had to turn my office/craft room into a guest room. I moved most of my stuff I don’t use that frequently into the basement but the stuff I use all of the time I wanted to have where I could get to it easily. Hmmm, what to do? Turn my armoire into a craft cabinet/ office!
Here is the inside before…

 

armoire before inside rs

 

So I started by adding shelves. I made them out of birch plywood (about $30) which I stained to match the armoire. I had thought about painting the entire inside a cool blue color and/or doing something crazy like wallpapering the inside but no time for that and it will probably go back to linens at some point anyway.

The materials…

 

plywood and brackets

 

In order to add the shelves, we had to install these brackets to the inside. They are super cheap (about $7) and really easy to install. Once measured out they are just snipped with shears to the length you need. They simply screw into the wood.  The little clips that come with them are adjustable so you can put the shelves anywhere you’d like.

 

brackets

 

Once we (I mean hubby) cut the board into the 2 pieces needed for the shelves I stained them with stain left over from some other projects. I had to mix 2 different colors together to get the right color.

 

armoire shelf

 

After the shelves were installed I laid out what I had to organize. I had the 3 drawer organizers already from my craft room and some of the other plastic containters but I made new labels using Avery stickers. I picked up the little square cork board at my local thrift store for next to nothing and used sticky squares to attach them to inside of one of the doors. It’s a great place to put pictures of new projects I want to do or just inspiration.

 

cork

 

armoire inside done

 

The printer fits perfectly and the nice part is that since it was meant for a TV, there was already a hole cut in the back for the cord.

 

armoire inside done whole rs

 

I love how it turned out! It was a simple, inexpensive project and really didn’t take that much time to do.  Organization – a place for everything and everything in it’s place! Once the craft room is mine again, I can move most of it downstairs as is. Do you have favorite storage solution?

Happy DIY’ing!
Col