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Monday, June 22, 2020

How To Store Your Stuff - Closet Edition

Hello Friends!

This is How To Store Your Stuff - Closet Edition

I have a simple solution to adding more space to your closet
The closet in our Mountain House downstairs bedroom is only 19" deep.. 
That's a problem because 24" is the depth space you need to hang clothes on a hanger. 
You may have minimal hanging space in your closet like we do and need  more space for clothing.

Mr. DIY added some super simple and relatively inexpensive shelving to add more storage space to our closet and you can too. 

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Mr. DIY added something similar in the Master Closet at our previous house.
Link to this post will be at the end of this post. 
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Several years ago, there were so many projects on the Mountain Cottage reno list, and we thought we would build a  custom closet at a later date, so we bought 2 bookcases from Ikea and set them in the middle of the closet. 

The problem was that they were too deep and blocked getting to the hanging items.
But, we lived with it for several years. 
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Mr. DIY decided to make a platform for the bed in this room with them about 6 months ago and then we were left with no place to put folded items, since there isn't a dresser in the small room. 
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We decided to save Mr. DIY's time and a little cash by foregoing the custom shelving and just installing simple shelves in the center.
They are awesome! We both couldn't believe how simple they were.
Why didn't we do this sooner?
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Mr. DIY had already installed a few shelves and a closet rod for long items on the left side of the closet. I place the rod at 60" from the floor for long hang.

19" of long hang is plenty for a weekend home.
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Here's you can see the shelf uprights and shelf standards in this photo.
We bought 11" deep shelves and brackets to fit.
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On the right side of the closet, Mr. DIY installed 2 closet rods. The lower one is 40" from the floor and the higher one is 40" above that.
You can see that the 11" shelves make it easy to reach the hanging items.
If we had regular closet doors, instead of bifold doors, there would be even more space to reach in, but since we will be adding on a bathroom and proper closet in a few years, we won't be replacing them.
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Now we just need some cute baskets to put socks, underwear and small items in.
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Simple,  relatively inexpensive and functional.
A great way to add more space to your closet.

The cost for the 8 shelves was less than $200

2 - Shelf Upright - 72" each - $12.98 each = $25.96
2 - Shelf Brackets PER shelf - about $7 each -=$112
Shelf - 36" x 11.75" - about $7 each = $56
 

If you'd like to see how we added more storage space in the closet at ourlast house, you can see it by clicking HERE.
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Thanks for stopping by!

Pam

Friday, June 12, 2020

Mountain Cottage Update

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Well, hello friends! 

It's been a loooonnnnnnngggg time!
Just before Valentine's Day, to be exact. 
So much has happened since then. Are you still hanging in there?
Mr. DIY and I are doing fine. He's still working and I'm even designing some kitchens long distance! So that's new.
And....our daughter had an elopement in the middle of a pandemic.
Yep, she sure did. We flew to SoCal and joined them. We haven't been sick at all. 
Maybe I'll share some photos of the elopement next time. Everything was so beautiful.
Before flying across the country, Mr. DIY and I spent a week at our mountain cottage. The weather was still a little cool in the morning, but it was gorgeous, even though we had a couple of rain storms. 
We enjoyed our view:



Here's the view standing in front of the workshop. Still pretty!


The two azalea bushes on the view side were in full bloom. 


Mr. DIY was able to finally get out the roots from the holly bushes that graced the side of our house.  We chopped them down to the ground several years ago, but weren't able to pull the roots out at that time. Mr. DIY pulled several roots out on the view porch side, but there never seemed to have enough time to pull the last 6 out. 
So glad they are out as the sharp pointy leaves are nasty and we are glad to be rid of them. 

I spent a lot of time sitting on the view porch in between video calls for kitchen design, lots of house cleaning (I hadn't been there since October) and little projects. 

I realized, I've never shared with you the view porch/deck reno after photo from down on the lawn. 
Our cottage looked like this BEFORE:




And here's the AFTER. 

It's really not the after after. Maybe the in progress pic. We sealed the cedar posts, but plan to stain it. We though we would like them with a clear finish, but alas, we don't, so maybe we'll stain them next Fall or Spring.


We also have plans to paint the house on the view porch so it isn't so dark and we plan to paint the porch ceiling an off white color to brighten things up. 
Last week, Mr. DIY installed an outdoor ceiling fan on the view porch. 

Can't tell you how much I love the look of the stairs now.


In a year or so we also have plans to paint the outside of the house. It will take me that long to pick a color! 
The color will be green again, but not quite so dark. The trim will be an ivory, instead of another shade of green.


Here's the before again:

...and here's the after.


If you missed the view porch deck being built, you will find it HERE

Thanks for stopping by, 

Pam

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