One Room Challenge Fall 2014: Week 2
Hi friends, how are you? I hope you’re having a great week!
Did you check out all of the One Room Challenge participating blogger’s spaces yesterday? If you missed any of them you can find the list over at Calling It Home.
This week I did a lot of planning and researching so I haven’t made a ton of actual progress in the closet but the plan is coming together! If you missed last weeks plan you can find it here.
I did get all of the clothes and shoes out of the back of the closet and here they are. This is a little ridiculous, right?!?! Actually it’s not quite as bad as it looks because a lot of this is stuff is worn out (aka old boots) that I haven’t gotten around to throwing away. But there’s still so much I don’t wear.
When I see it all laying there I feel guilty, guilty that I have all of these clothes that go unused. Guilty about what it cost to build up this wardrobe that I don’t even really like. I feel convicted to simplify and donate. I also want to change my thinking about clothes and “things” in general. I want to make better decisions when I’m shopping for something I need. I hope this is going to be as much a part of the story as the design and decorating is!
Here is me showing you the closet again (with clothes in the back gone)! Little man really wanted to play photographer :)
And here are the silly wires shelve. They were held onto the wall with plastic anchors and these weird flat head nails. I thought they were going to be hard to remove but I used a flat head screwdriver to wedge them loose then just popped them out with needle nose pliers.
The holes that were left were pretty big so I had to sand them down and spackle them. I used my finger to press the spackle into the holes first because the holes were so deep and then I used the spackling knife to fill them more and smooth it out. I’ll probably sand and spackle one more time before I’m finished.
So this is the mirror that I already have at home that I’m thinking of using but I think it needs to be much bigger! I’m still hoping to find the perfect thrift store mirror that I can paint.
I can’t believe I’m even posting these pics but little man thought this one was a keeper (me, not so much)!
This is the mirror that I’m coveting from HomeGoods! I think it was $129.99 but a girl can dream, right?!?!
I definitely see some of these colorful hangers from HomeGoods in my closet’s future. And hopefully I’ll have a lot less clothes to hang up so I can afford a few packs.
If there is anything left in the budget I’m going to pick up some baskets to store scarves, belts, hats, etc. These are also from HomeGoods.
I’ve decided that I’m going to move the capiz shell chandelier from my dining room into the closet. This is one of my favorite lights so I would never get rid of it but it’s nice to be able to move things around so they can stay fresh and you don’t get tired of them.
I would say this is probably one of my top design tips! Move things around before you get rid of them and see if they work in another space. This just might rekindle your love for the piece but if not you know you can toss it!
I’ve been dying for this large white drum shade from Ikea so I think this is going to be a little splurge for the dining room!
I’m still trying to come up with a solution for a dresser or chest of drawers. I don’t have a lot of money to spend so hopefully I’ll find something I can refinish. I have an old chest of drawers here that might be an option but it’s not really the style I’m going for so we’ll see.
I’m also still deciding on a paint color or wall treatment for the back wall. I want a bit of drama but I haven’t settled on anything yet. What do you guys thinks? Any suggestions?
You can see my most recent fall home tour here:
and my first ORC reveal here:
Thanks so much for visiting friends and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week! Make sure to check out all of the other linkups here!
I can’t wait to see what you do! My closet is about half the size of yours so I will live through you!
OMG, how did i miss this last week!! I love that you are doing your closet and where you are headed! Totally agree that I love moving things around in your house to freshen things up! Good luck and can’t wait to see more!
Aww, thanks so much Kate!
I’m making over my dressing room and it looks like we have some of the same thoughts! I was actually thinking of getting a capiz shell chandelier for it too! Can’t wait to see your end result.
Awesome Darci!! Can’t wait to see what you do!
Love the idea of moving your pendant in there, that will go a long way in glamming it up! Oh, that HG mirror, smitten! What about a pretty stencil to mimic wallpaper for your walls, a big bang for the buck and you always rock your DIYs!
Thanks so much Pam! A stencil is a great idea!!
I can totally relate to having a ton of clothes that I never even wear. I always intend to…but it NEVER happens. Can’t wait to see the chandelier up. This closet will look fantastic!
Thanks so much Erin! Isn’t it crazy how many clothes we have :)
I just went and donated so much yesterday but I still feel like my closet is way to cramped and those wire shelves are killing me but I can’t get rid of them. They are ugly but functional as well :(
We are so on the same page right now. Love how open your closet feels now. Not like mine at all ;)
Actually heading to Ikea now for some hangers!
We are on the same page Julia, I love it! I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what to do with the back wall in my closet! You are always a huge inspiration for me with wall treatments so I’m perusing your bloggy blog!
I love your attitude about your clothes. I went through the same thing when we moved. I was so sick about how much I did not like and donated most of it. Now, I only buy what I love. Great post. As for the wall treatment, have you thought about stripes? Just a thought. Good luck.
Thanks so much Linda and yes, stripes are definitely in the running! Have a great weekend!
That Cynthia Rowley mirror is fabulous. Hopefully you’ll find the ultimate thrift score to makeover into something just as great!
Thanks so much Melissa! I do love that mirror :)
Love that chandelier and happy you’re using it in your closet. Excited to follow along and get some inspiration for tackling my own closet.
Thanks so much Stacey!
LOVE the chandelier idea! It will definitely look fabulous : ) I think some fun pattern would also look great on the back wall- I did something similar in a neutral color in ours (I have yet to post it- story of my life right now ha!) and love how unexpected it is so far! Can’t wait to see more and good luck!
Thanks so much Jodie! I can’t wait to see yours and a pattern or strips would be great!
I think you made a ton of progress. It’s so true that we all probably have WAY more than we need. I applaud you for trying to simplify. When there’s less, the quality goes up…and you get to buy fancy, pretty hangers. I can’t wait to see how this turns out! xo
Thanks so much Celine, you are the sweetest!
So excited to see how this turns out & get some inspiration!!
Aww, thanks so much Traci!!
Coming along! I think you need the HG mirror…. ;)
Thanks Jennifer! I think I need that mirror too!
CANNOT wait to see what you do! This is going to be fabulous!
Thanks so much Krystine!
I love where you are going with your closet and the capiz shell chandelier will be amazing in there…need to think about mine!!!
Thanks so much!!
couldn’t agree more about moving stuff around in your house….I love shopping my house and my husband always thinks I buy new stuff but is thrilled when he finds out I don’t. I think that chandelier will look amazing in the closet. Can’t wait to see what comes next!! xoxo
Ha! Tara I’m constantly shopping my house too :) Thanks so much!
It’s looking great, Summer!!! I have a ton of clothes too that I don’t wear, so don’t feel too bad!
Thanks so much Rach :)
I love, love, love that he loves doing projects with you! :) Cannot wait to see this closet!
Me too Amber :) Thank you!
Great progress Summer – I’m going to have some serious closet envy when you’re done!
:) Thanks Kris!!!
chandelier in the closet! yay!! can’t wait to see how it turns out
Thanks so much Mariella!
i need to clean out my closet so badly- i don’t really like anything i own right now. ugh. and you are adorable…. little man is right.
Same here Cassie! I don’t like anything right now! Thanks!!