One Room Challenge Fall 2016 – Week 4 – Clean Walls & Closet Transformation

wallpaper removed

Progress, Progress, Progress…

This is the part of the ORC process where there is not much pretty yet, but you are working your tail off, and you can see quite the difference!

Let me remind you where we started…

bedroom before

Yeah, the blue sponge paint…not missing that.  ; )

I am happy to tell you we removed the wallpaper in a day and half, and I wish I would have taken a photo of the aftermath because it was SUCH A MESS!  It came off in layers which was frustrating at times, but I was determined to finish fast!

After the wallpaper was gone, we installed the new trim to cover the gap gained in changing the ceiling from plaster to sheetrock.  Then we added the old picture rail underneath.

wallpaper aftermath

The walls had to be sized and primed, and the trim had to be primed, too.  In the below photo, you can see a peek of all of the stuff crammed into our bathroom!

bathroom view from bedroom

One of the major changes we are making in this room is the closet configuration.  Here is the closet before photo:

closet before

The closet extends about six feet to the left when you open that door, and ends immediately to the right of the opening.  It has always been an awkward space, but the worst part is the floor.  The walls are cedar-lined which is really nice, but the floor is almost like a pieced together sub floor.  This setup has been responsible for a few splinters in our feet over the years!

closet floor before

Widening the doorway will make the closet much easier to utilize, and I am very excited for what we have planned!  Once the initial cuts were made, I could see a dramatic difference!

closet before

I mean, this is a big improvement!

closet door widening

We are putting in all new organizational components once the construction is complete to maximize every inch of storage.  This closet will be my husband’s, as mine is located in the bathroom.  It has been fun to work on a masculine design with his needs in mind.

closet before

The doorway was framed, the hinges started going in, and it immediately felt like a more practical space.

closet opening

The giant old doors I purchased at the salvage yard were installed, and I was giddy!

salvaged closet doors

My vision is coming together, and that is always really exciting!

closet door in

I think the doors will be striking once they are painted the same color as the trim (Farrow & Ball’s Black Blue), but I also think they are pretty when they are open due to the louvre detail.

closet doors open

Originally, I thought I would use these long brass pulls (they are super pretty and beautifully made!) for the closet hardware, but they appeared to get swallowed by the scale of the doors.  When in doubt, I always take a picture.  Design mistakes are often highlighted in photos!  My husband humored me this late night by holding the pulls up when I was fretting over what to do.  I have a new plan for the hardware, and I have another pair of doors in the house these pulls will work better on, I think.

hardware test

You may have noticed the chair below in the top photo of this post.  (I have a pair)

malachite chairs

I bought them long ago, and I adore the malachite detail and the pretty woven seats.  They are old and petite, and I think they will look nice next to the dresser I plan on putting in the room. (can’t wait to get the marble top on this beauty I bought from CEH!)

kindel dresser

Since the closet is small, I wanted to do something fun and play a little bit with the floor.  The majority of our house is wood flooring, and wood felt right for the space, so I thought we could spice it up with a design.  We chose a herringbone to tie in with the Master Bathroom floor, and although it is not stained yet, I love how it looks!

herringbone wood floor

Spoiler Alert: The trim is painted black, and I will show you images of that next week!  I’m hoping wallpaper will go up in the next few days, and even though I feel way better time-wise than I did the last ORC, I still have a sense of uneasiness when I ponder how much time is left!  Reveal Day is in TWO WEEKS!!!!   Oh boy!

Thank you, as always, for following along.

If you need to catch up:

One Room Challenge Week 1

One Room Challenge Week 2 – The Plan

One Room Challenge Week 3 – Ceiling Crash & Wallpaper Calamities

Be sure to check out the other participants in the ORC by clicking here!

Follow me on Instagram to get sneak peeks of this project, plus my client work.

Until the next story.

xo, G

12 Responses to “One Room Challenge Fall 2016 – Week 4 – Clean Walls & Closet Transformation”

  1. Sara October 26, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    I’m nervous for you! But those closet doors, wow! That will be a huge statement in the room. I love it!

    • Grace October 27, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

      Thank you Sara!! We are excited, it’s amazing the difference well organized storage can make!

  2. Jeanne October 26, 2016 at 9:01 am #

    Grace – I didn’t think that enlarging a closet could have such a positive and major impact to a room…and those doors are fabulous…can’t wait to see it all come together. 🙂

    • Grace October 27, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

      Ha, me either!! Definitely exceeded my expectations! Xoxo

  3. lynn October 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    I like that you focus so much on the architecture of a room. It’s interesting too see how much thought you put into the bones before you get into the decor.

    • Grace October 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

      Thank you lynn, this is good to know! Sometimes I worry I explain too much and get too wordy! 🙂 XO

  4. Norma | The House that Will October 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    Wow! Those closet doors are really beautiful. What a statement!

    • Grace October 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

      Thanks Norma, slowly but surely!! Xo

  5. Stacy G October 28, 2016 at 6:28 am #

    It is really coming along. Great work! I love the larger opening. It makes such a difference.

    • Grace November 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

      Thank you, Stacy! It really did make such a difference, more than I expected! xo

  6. Jenn October 31, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Wow! What a transformation so far. Those closet doors are amazing! And I had I chuckle at your before with the blue sponge paint – we recently got rid of the exact same thing in my mom’s bedroom (oh the 90s!)

    • Grace November 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

      Oh man, I bet that was fun! 😉 I know…why Why WHYYYYYYYY. 🙂 xo

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