Yes, the moment you have been waiting for has arrived, today is the day that I reveal my first bedroom makeover project.
Remember this closet at the foot of our bed?
When I asked for your suggestions for my bedroom makeover, several of you suggested I paint this baby white. Well that was already on my list. This particular closet is pretty big, both in the sense of high, wide and deep, so with all of its colonial darkness, it was overpowering my bedroom a bit. So I wanted to make it a bit less ‘present’ so to speak.
But before I show you how it looks now let me tell you something about this closet.
When we moved in 6 years ago we had hired a professional moving company to move our stuff. This closet had been in our bedroom in our last home and I wanted it in this bedroom too. The movers took one look at it and decided that they wouldn’t be able to get it up the stairs, so decided to lift it over the balcony at the back of the house.
So they did….
It took six! heavyweight, strong as an ox, highly trained, professional movers to lift and hoist it up and over that balcony wall. At a certain point two men were pushing it up with a broom while four men were hanging on the ropes trying to lift it up. I died seven deaths. I couldn’t watch, I was so afraid those ropes would break and the men on the ground would be crushed. But those guys were good, and they got the elephant on to the first floor.
Let’s move it into the bedroom….
Oh dear, no matter what and how they tried they couldn’t get it into my bedroom. The landing in front of my bedroom door was simply to narrow to make it turn and tipping it over didn’t help either. They tried with all of their professional expertise for half an hour and then gave up. So they moved it back into the room with the balcony.
That would be my current guest room.
My teeny, tiny guest room.
My post-stamp sized guest room.
I found one very bad picture of the closet in that room. You only see the closet and nothing of the room, that is because there was no room left, literally. It obviously couldn’t stay there but after those guys had risked their lives getting the closet up I didn’t have the heart to ask them to hoist it down again.
So it stayed there for a couple of months until I got tired of it, and then we took action.
We put a saw to it….
Yes you read that right, we cut that baby in half.
We took the doors off, the panels in the sides could be lifted out and then there were only the front supports and the back left. And My Love just took a saw and literally cut the closet in half.
Then we could move it into the bedroom.
We reassembled it and put some reinforcements in on the inside.
And in all fairness, you couldn’t even tell. The picture shows the cut all blown up and ugly, but in reality it was hardly noticeable.
Of course if we ever move, I’ll have to perform the same surgery all over again. but who says we are moving….
Ok then onto the reveal.
It won’t be a big surprise that I painted this one white.
And if I say so myself it looks really good in white. For added interest I added a little scrolly iron thing that I had lying around. Originally it was dark brown iron, but I just painted it along with the closet and distressed just as the wood.
This closet really needed to be distressed. It was made using old wood and is full of dents and bruises and gaps everywhere. And the paint will likely chip anyway (we are not exactly known as careful people). This way the ‘state of the paint’ and the ‘state of the wood’ are not contradictory to each other (does that make sense at all?).
Anyway all white the closet blends in much more and is no longer this dark, overpowering, gigantic ‘object’ at the foot of our bed.
I really think it looks so much better now.
But I didn’t stop there. I decided to give the inside a little makeover too.
Paint was one of the elements in this, but I added something else….
Wait for it (drumroll please)….
Wait, hold your breath….
There are birds in my bedroom.
I painted the inside white, covered it with wallpaper and added an extra shelf.
I love it!
Because the closet was so rough, especially on the inside, I glued the wallpaper to some – cut to size- cardboard first. I used double sided tape, but the next time I would use spray glue because I think that would give an even better and ‘tighter’ look.
Songbird has birdies in her closet.
Three different kind of birdies.
One of them is a Blue tit (pimpelmeesje) and while I was wallpapering I remembered that as an eight year old girl I did a presentation in school on the Blue tit. Life has a funny way of bringing memories that were lost back again, doesn’t it.
Ok and to show you the makeover after the makeover. Here is my closet in use. Holding my bed linens and the TV.
I know: a TV in the bedroom! But we love watching Law and Order in bed and rainy Sunday DVD marathons. So the TV is not moving out.
Oh but now I want to buy all new linens, so they match better with my closet….