Before there wasn't enough shelf space and the whole thing was laid out in such a way that it was really awkward. We didn't really have enough room for all our clothes and my shoes, so as a result our clothes and shoes tended to pile up on the floor. (Some may argue and say that that's a poor excuse, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.) Here are some befores:
Yep, a bunch of Chris's stuff is still in a box from when we moved in...
So Saturday morning, we moved all our clothes into other closets and once we started taking down the rods and shelves, we realized that the walls were in pretty bad shape and that we'd have to patch and paint the whole thing to really do the job right.
It's hard to tell, but there's a lot of lumpy drywall here.
We think the closet used to be smaller and originally ended at this weird pole thing. It appears to be structural and for whatever reason, someone covered it with molding.
Also, this shelf-thingy wasn't screwed into a stud, so it wiggled around quite a bit. Quality.
Anyway, after patching and sanding, we chose to paint the whole closet with Martha Stewart's Enamelware blue and I'm tickled with how it turned out.
Rather than removing the molding and patching the drywall around the weird pole thing, we figured we'd just paint over the whole thing to make it visually disappear. Much better.
Griz never ceases to astonish me with how calm she is with big projects and lots of noise.
Anyway, yesterday the shelves began to go up:
Then we added some more:
We added a small space for long things like dresses and garment bags.
And here it is mostly done!
We still need to add a few more shelves, but that's going to have to wait until next weekend when we have time to dig out the power tools again. We'll also probably add a small rug and a mirror, but that can wait too.
All in all, I'm thrilled with how it turned out. It's already a lot more functional and spacious and I think the color just makes it feel fresh and clean and special.
What do you think?