Move-In Ready Closet Part 2

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…and that is why a woman’s closet never seems to be big enough! Space is always needed because we never have something to wear, or we can’t find the right shoes! Designing my closet was rather easy because I was under the illusion that I didn’t have much clothes and I was going to have plenty of empty space to add to my wardrobe later. A soon realized I had way too many clothes and a shopping spree is totally out of the question! Here is my closet:

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I went with two Billy Bookcase (the same one we used in my husbands closet) which I used for jeans, shorts and tank-tops, I decided not to stack them because I wanted as much hanging space as possible.

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I have tons of sandals and no matter how I organize them, it’s never a clean look. Hanging sandals in a closet rod never occurred to me, here are two similar ideas I found:

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Using infant size hangers

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Using wire hangers

I loved the first idea but decided for regular adult size hangers instead, it seemed more cost efficient since the package brings 20 hangers for $1.18. Aesthetics are important if you are looking for a clean designer look, a standard white rod will work and look perfect.  Don’t waste your money on heavy duty or wooden rods, since you are hanging sandals weight is not an issue, of course, if you happen to run into a sale go for it! Hanging your sandals on a rod not only keeps them visible and organized, it also makes use of that empty space underneath your clothes without making it hard to vacuum or clean the floor! Here’s my take!

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So how about my other shoes?! Remember the ClosetMaid Horizontal Stackable Organizer I used on my husbands closet? Affordable and nice looking solution for any flats, sneakers or small boots.

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And of course, what is a girls closet without heals?! There are cool ways to display your heals, some require space and some make good use of space:

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Use a Bookcase (by withloveveronique.com)

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Both are great ideas. If you have the space: a bookcase would work, if you have the cash to spare: molding looks awesome! In my case I loved the idea of the molding but I wasn’t trilled about buying a plank of molding for $25 for shoes (if you have some left-overs go for it!). I decided to go with good old Brass-Plated Cup Hooks. At $4.46 for a pack of 25 it was a reasonable price that worked for me. My dad (my always on call and hands on handyman!) had the great idea to open up the hook a bit more to make it easier to hang all sort of heals. We used anchors to make sure the hooks would stay put on the dry wall, you really don’t want your heals falling down on you! He even made me, my own reach pole with an old wood broom stick and a brass cup hook! I don’t really use my heals all that much so putting them up on the wall was a great way to use the other wise empty space, it’s kind of hard to keep up with a two year old when you are wearing 3 inch heals! They are also great to hang beach totes on top of the closet door!

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Scarfs falling all over the floor are a thing of the past with an Ikea Cable Management rack! It’s all about shopping with an open mind!

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Our laundry came with a single shelve, we took it down (I have other plans for that space stay tunned!) and re-used it as a second shelve for my closet. All I had to do was get new wall brackets and for $10 I had another shelve for purses and beach wear. Diaper boxes are great for organizing and I will be covered them with fabric later on. I finally found my fabrics among all my bins but I’m tackling bigger projects first.

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So there you have it! A tour around my closet!

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Remember that at the end of the day, you can take any idea out there and make it work for you and your budget, shop with an open mind and you’ll be surprise with what you can achieve!  I’ll see you next week: A Toddler’s Room to Grow!

Move-In Ready Closet

It’s been almost a month since our last posting, and I will say it’s been a very long and exhausting one. Long story short: our closing got delayed, we had a fully loaded U-Haul truck parked for 8 days and it  wasn’t until yesterday that I was able to actually put some of our clothes in our dressers! It’s been a tough couple of weeks but we are here to stay and ready to share with your our projects! Here’s our new home!

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Now, called me naïve but I had this idea that since it was a brand new home it was just a matter of a few personal touches here and there. For me, “Move-In Ready” meant exactly that! Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way complaining but it was sort of a surprise that most new houses don’t even bring towel or toilet paper racks! And so there went our first couple of days in the house… The closets in all the rooms came with a single ClosetMaid shelve, as sturdy as they are, one shelve is definitively not enough and can totally rob you from precious space. Take my husbands closet for example:

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It’s an ackward space to take pictures of, and it looks a lot bigger on paper than what it is in person, but I needed to make sure it fitted all his stuff so he wouldn’t invade my closet, that meant we had to use every wall and empty space in the closet. There’s many things out there that can work as closet organizers that won’t break your budget, it’s a matter of having an open mind and “looking” around before you buy. I found that internet web searches didn’t help much with this, simply because in-stores sales usually don’t end up in the web.


IKEA vs ClosetMaid Cubes

  • Yes, IKEA furniture can sometimes be time consuming to assemble, but their “cubes” took me literally 20 minutes to put together.
  • ClosetMaid units can be found pretty much everywhere you go and they are very inexpensive. They come in different sizes and can be found anywhere from $9.97, one thing to keep in mind is that they are stackable so one might not be enough.
  • They are both made of composite wood yet IKEA’s is way stronger and durable.
  • ClosetMaid stackable units are design to fit most closets but their inner shelves only have a nice smooth finish on one side. It might not be a deal breaker for some people but it’s hard to miss the unfinished composite wood side on the upper shelves.
  • Price wise IKEA is a bit more, but you are getting a stronger more durable unit. It also depends on which furniture line/style you choose. We went for the BILLY Bookcase because it was on sale ($24.99) and it was sturdier than cubes.

Our first stop was creating more hanging space. We carefully removed the “half shelve” (not to damage the wall) and installed two rods with a separation of about 45″ apart, my husband is 5’11” so it was perfect for him.

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There was still a good amount of space between the original shelve and the roof, so we added another shelve rack of six feet ($8.97) right above it. P.S. All folding and hanging was courtesy of my husband!

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Though you could stack IKEA units, we needed the hanging space so we decided to just use one BILLY Bookcase. I found some really nice fabric boxes at the dollar store and used them to store socks, they add quite a manly elegant touch to the cubes! We also bought two ClosetMaid Horizontal Stackable Organizers (each $9.97) and used them to organize some of my husbands shoes. You will notice the Overnight Huggies box on the top shelve, diaper boxes make great sturdy organizing “baskets”, all you have to do is cover them up with a fabric of your choice. For now they’ll remain like that because my fabrics and supplies are still boxed up, we’ll be doing this later!

What is a men’s closet without a tie rack?! I saw this Pin and fell in love with how organized and elegant all the ties looked!

Look closely though, it’s mainly a piece of wood with nails and plastic “tips”. I already had wood and paint in the garage, and we had plenty of nails, I bought ClosetMaid Caps for $0.97 and a rubber coating spray ($3.98) to coat the nails prior to glueing the caps on. The spray safeguards your ties incase the nails rust, plus it makes for a smooth surface for delicate fabrics. Then I painted it with a Semi-Gloss white paint I had, once it was dried I glued the caps with E6000 (steal and rubber might reject other glues). 

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They whole project literally cost me less than $5 and it looks awesome!

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Closets are one of those places you can’t avoid in your house! A well organized closet will save you grieve later on, and the best part is you don’t have to pay top dollars for somebody to make it for you! Here are two other great ideas that I wasn’t able to incorporate in the closet but they might prove usefull to you!

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Jeans on Shower Hooks

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Next stop my closet!

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Good Ideas… Bad Ideas!

With so many DIY ideas and projects we find ourselves totally inspired to get our hands dirty! Unfortunately, we often find ourselves frustrated wondering what we did wrong and why it doesn’t look like the one on the picture! I’m here to tell you that in crafting and DIY projects, sometimes things can be too good to be true! I’ve had my share of “mishaps” (if you can call them that, because technically I was following instructions!) and I will be sharing them with you under a new Category Called: Good Ideas… Bad Ideas! That way you won’t waste your time and your supplies, because there is nothing more upsetting than wasting perfectly good supplies!

If you analyze these, you’ll probably share the thought of “I could’ve told you that!” (no worries, I do it to myself all the time!) but truth be told, even the most experienced crafters might not think of these little/big details, only because they are not mentioned on the instructions. We are always so eager to get started we just don’t stop and think! Is as simple as that! But sometimes, not thinking can cause you!


#1 Cork & Hot Glue 

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DIY wine cork projects can be found left and right on the web, I personally love them! You can do anything with them once you master the art of cutting them. They are extremely versatile, they can hold and withstand water, cold and heat pretty well, making them great for almost any household DIY project.

Bad Idea: Cork surfaces can hold heat so well, that your hot glue will take longer to dry and remain extremely hot and liquid for longer than expected! The wonderful thing about hot glue is that it dries almost instantly allowing you to work at a fast speed. Caution, when working with cork and hot glue you can’t work at a fast speed because you’ll find yourself with a VERY HOT LIQUID glue that drips like water and can cause you a 3rd Degree Burn (…and that my friends HURTS! ).

Good Idea: The key here is to take your time, or use a different adhesive method, which ever you prefer. Cold glue guns will dry before you can really use them so they are not good for cork surfaces. Hot glue guns will work great, just be careful and remember to wait until your glue is completely dry before moving your object to avoid a burn.

#2 Elmer’s Glue on Canvas

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When you search on Pinterest  for this, you will be amazed as to how many things you can “do”, but look carefully. The search pulls up much more than just “Elmer’s Glue on Canvas” and if you are not careful you’ll end up with very disappointing results.

Bad Idea: Before you use “school glue” for any project, remember that it is meant for paper, it’s washable and it dries flat! Yes, it dries flat, and it is exactly why using “school glue” for the purpose of creating visible texture on a canvas is not such a good idea. You might have a “slight elevation” but to be honest, it is barely noticeable unless you are very close to the canvas. Not to mention that if you are planning on painting over the glued surface, depending on the quality of your canvas, the glue might peal off.

Good Idea: The idea behind this technique is a good one, just switch “school glue” for puffy paint. You can find puffy paint in almost all stores at reasonable prices. It is mostly washable and it’s easy to work with, if you don’t like the results you can easily peal it off the canvas once it dries. While you can willingly peal it off, it can also handle painting over without pealing! This was the original thought behind this technique, the “Elmer’s glue” must have been someones idea of ineffectively cutting corners.

Another approach to this technique is writing/drawing with a hot glue gun, it will dry quicker but is less forgiving as it can damage your canvas if you decide to peal it off and try again. It honestly depends on the quality of your canvas and your glue.

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#3 Chalk Paint

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Chalk paint can give your craft or DIY project a very unique touch and feel. There are three different kinds of chalk paints: furniture chalk paint, crafts chalk paint and chalkboard paint.

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There is really no difference between the first two, in most cases you can use it for both crafts and furniture even if it’s not specified on the label. Just keep in mind that it is a very thick paint unlike your ordinary craft paints. Chalkboard paint is meant for any surface you want to use a a chalkboard itself, it makes it easier to write, erase and re-write!

Bad Idea: Any surface painted with chalk paint or “chalk matte finish” will show dirt and dust more than any other surface. If you attempt to clean it with a damp cloth it will show where it was cleaned, sometimes it will even looked as though the painted surface has been damaged. Even small projects can easily get “dirty” if your working area is not spotless.

Never buy furniture or craft chalk paint expecting to be able to use it like a chalkboard! Unless your painting says “Chalkboard Paint” it will not work like a chalkboard, it will only have the feel and look of it, not the functionality of it!

Good Idea: Unless you are literally using your painted surface as a chalkboard, you can salvage your furniture by painting a layer of “Wax” over it. It will make it easy to clean and will protect the painted surface. I suggest buying a wax specifically for chalk paint, the brands vary depending on where you buy them, but they will protect your surface without damaging to look and feel of chalk itself.

If you are working on a small craft project and prefer not to spend money on the wax itself (it can be pricey), make sure your work area is clean. If small areas are dirtied with glue, dust or other paints; just take a dry brush of the chalk paint and brush over the “dirty” areas. Never scrape, rub or wet the areas attempting to clean them or remove debris.

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Keep an eye out for more “Good Ideas… Bad Ideas!”

Happy Crafting!