- Category: Rain in Style
- Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017
- Written by Lorraine Serbinski
I know I said that I would discuss my love affair with scarves this week, but I am going to postpone that discussion to a later date. I have news! Do you remember my blog post about my closet quitting me? If you missed it, find it here. Well, friends, guess what? My new closet was just installed and it is glorious. For this post, I am going to give you a run down of my new closet, and some lessons that I learned along the way. So bear with me.
First, the company that I used is called Tailored Living of Fredericksburg - find them here. I loved working with them; they were very courteous and helpful. They sent a designer out to work, and rework, the design for my closet. She made sure I got exactly what I needed to fit my needs. And, you all know, my needs are shoe storage and lots of hanging space. We had to tear out all the shelving, repair the walls, paint and put in new hardwood floors. All of which was quite the task.
I started with removing all the old shelving and brackets. I did this by myself. And it was a JOB. One of those jobs that you want to curse and scream at all day...you know like being a "jack in the box" toy tester (that, my firends is an ELF reference). What lesson did I learn at this step? I learned that with enough brute force, you can pull anything out of a wall. Well, OK, brute force and the right tools. I had to try multiple different tools, before I found what worked. Don't judge me...my specialty is fashion, not tools. That and persistence. Knowing that those mollies and brackets stuck in the wall WILL come out.
After I successfully ripped, I mean gently pulled out, all of the brackets and mollies, I was left with walls that looked more like swiss cheese than like acutal walls. So, onto the next step, repairing and painting the walls. This step was also done by yours truly. And it was equally as frustrating. I wasn't very loving when I took those mollies out, so the holes were rather large, and there were a lot of them. It took a lot of spackle and sanding to get them filled in. Just when I thought I was finished, I was told it wasn't spackled enough, so back for more sanding and spackling. And sanding...and spackling, until the walls passed the "run hand over wall and see if it's smooth" test.
Painting was rather easy; I even painted the ceiling. I don't actually remember most of that part of the job. I blame the paint fumes and working in a small space. I think I might have lost a few brain cells. It's fine...now what was I saying? Oh, a lesson learned here, leave the spackling and sanding job to the OCD person...demolition is fun-ish, but meeting the demands of an OCD spackle inspector is not.
Up next, floors. The carpet had to go and it had to go before we could get the closet installed. So we put in hardwood, which will be done to all of the bedrooms, eventually. The good thing about my closet is that it’s off the bathroom, so there was only a small area that we had to take care of immediately. Lesson learned here: It doesn’t matter how small the area, putting in hardwood floors is annoying, tedious and worth paying someone else to do. That's all I will say about that. Moving on.
Once all of that was finished, the closet installers came and put the closet in. It took roughly three hours, and every bit of the process was well worth it. Ladies and gentlemen, I have my long awaited shoe wall! I will get to that in a minute, because it is worthy of its own paragraph. Here is what my closet looks like currently.
This is the longest wall which is facing you as you walk in the door. I have so much more space then I thought I would have. Hanging here are skirts, dresses, tops and jackets/blazers. Folded on top will be sweaters, and my patterned and colored jeans. In the baskets in the middle are clutches, bags, and maxi skirts. The basket on the right will be light weight scarves. I have another basket for up there which will have my flat sandal type shoes.
Now, I know this wall looks a little messy. But this section is necessary for my closet. This is where I hang all my outifts for the week ahead. I even have enough room to plan for two weeks! Also on this rack, at the end, is rompers, and a few of my pants. The shelves on top, will be home to all of my blanket scarves. I even have shelving under this section and on the other wall too, for more shoe storage!! Speaking of shoes...
My shoe wall is a beautiful thing to behold. I couldn't fit its entirety in the photo, but it is floor to ceiling shoes. Every time I come in here I want to cry - tears of joy of course. It's just so beautiful. The lesson that I learned here is a good one, if you need to solve a problem, and are stuck trying to find a solution, look at it in a different way. I needed to make more space for my shoes, but even with this shoe wall, they weren't all fitting. So, I turned them so one faces out and one faces in. Storing them this way creates enough room for one more pair per shelf! Perfection. Plus this way, I can see the heel type for each shoe. So it's a win win.
Next week I will be back with fall fashion. I haven't forgotten that I owe you a post about scarves and other fall inspired outfits. I just had to share with you my happy place. And, yes, sometimes I just go in there to forget about the sorrows and try on all the shoes...very possibly with a glass of wine...and probably chocolate.