Monday, January 18, 2010

Owen's Closet Overhaul - The Big Reveal...


I have three words for those of you considering transforming a closet in your home into a bookcase...

GO FOR IT!!!


Now that the closet-turned-bookcase project is complete and Owen has been living with it for over a week, I can easily say that this is one of the best decisions we have made in making our home work for us.

The last photo I left you with in my previous post was this:


We were working on getting the shelves cut and installed and making sure that the whole thing was stable enough to hold all that we intended for it.

Once the shelves and supports were in place and secured...


the tops and bottoms of each shelf got a good, solid coat of paint. I painted it the same blue as I had painted the inside of the closet so that they would blend in...


Pine trim was cut to face each shelf. I painted it white to match the existing trim around the closet and throughout the room...


Once that was done, we were ready to get all of Owen's belongings out of our room (where they sat during this project) and put into place in a newly organized fashion.

Canvas bins were filled with marble tracks...


dragons...


costumes...


and all of his other multiple-piece possessions.


We stacked all of our family board games up high so that they would stay out of reach from little hands...



And his buildings from his train set were placed on top for display, but are easy enough for us to reach when he feels like building a new track...


A stool for Owen to stand on was all it took to complete his new bookcase...


And then it was time to stand back and admire what we had done!


Everything below the game shelf is easily accessible for Owen.
Easy to get out and, more importantly, easy to put away...



Owen is still getting used to sleeping in a room without his big brother, so I came up with an easy way to give him a nightlight.

A push light hung on a nail on the inside of his closet illuminates his train track buildings and let's him dream up new track designs before falling to sleep...

I thought it was a clever idea.

And Owen loves it!




So, once again, I say...

if you're considering doing this
(and I know many of you are based on your comments on my previous post)

GO FOR IT!

You won't regret it!

What was once a constantly messy, good-luck-trying-to-find-the-floor, little boy's room...

is now an organized, cozy space to be in. The boys are happy to play in there, setting up marble tracks, playing trains and competing in rousing games of Connect Four and Dominoes.

You won't find any regrets here!


But I have to say, I think the key to keeping this bookcase easy and do-able for Owen was not placing any hard rules on where things belong. The canvas bins fit on two of the shelves and his lego bins fit neatly under the first shelf. The shelf above his lego's has been kept open and he is free to arrange it as he sees fit. His canvas bins can be filled any way that he likes. I thought about labeling them, but decided against it. Easy for Owen is the main objective. As long as there is room for everything to fit, I don't mind where he puts it on the shelves.

And, luckily, it has been working!


Along with a closet overhaul, Owen also got a fresh take on his decor...


I am happy to say that Owen's room is finished!

I'll show you how it all turned out in my next post.

57 comments:

crabbygirl said...

I was wondering how it turned out!! It looks great!! I bet both Owen and mommy are loving this. Enjoy!!

Melanie said...

What a great job you did. If my son were younger, I would completely copy your idea:) I know Owen loves it.

pk @ Room Remix said...

I love the way it turned out and the fact that it's going to function so much better for you. Great job!

Your cool friend, Cheryl said...

This is awesome and looks great...one question, though...where are his clothes that need to be hung? Is everything in the dresser now?

Karla said...

Cheryl, Yes - all of his clothes are now in his dresser. He has to wear a uniform to school 5 days a week, so his clothing is pretty limited. All of his shirts and pants we fold and it actually makes it easier for him to get to.

Thanks for your comments, everyone! :)

~Karla

the thrifty ba said...

please do my home next!

Mrs. Wright said...

I'm sorry to even ask, but how much did the lumber for this cost? I have been dreaming of doing this in our playroom but I wanted to be prepared for what it would cost. Do you mind sharing? It looks fantastic and I'm SO jealous!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

We actually spent Saturday Adding a built-in structure to the closet in our room. I love it, especially because we were able to custom build the tv shelf to the perfect height. I'll be sure to send pictures once it's all painted and finished :).

Jenna said...

Incredible! I love this! You guys did a fabulous job!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Fantastic! I wish my son's closet could be done. (we have slanted walls on our 2nd story). We have a closet under a staircase that is currently housing his toys. Great for him, not for me, I don't fit. LOL

The room and closet look wonderful!
~Amy

Kammy said...

Looks great and a super way to organize !
Kammy

Mrs B said...

Your last post actually inspired me to do exactly the same thing! My husband the very next day after reading your post, made shelving for our study wardrobe so we could put all the toys neatly away. Thankyou so much Karla for a wonderful, inspiring blog!
Your wardrobe turned out fantastic and just perfect for your son's room.

Mrs B xxx

Karla said...

Kasey and Mrs. B - That is fantastic!! I would love to see pictures! :)

Mrs. Wright - I don't mind you asking the cost at all! It took 3 sheets of MDF and two 8' 2x4's that we ripped down to use as the supports in the back and the sides and also for the trim on the fronts of each shelf. So all told, that's about $70. Owen's closet is 6' wide and 2' deep, so that gives you an idea of the amount of space we had to fill.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

And thanks so much for all of your comments! We appreciate it! XO

~Karla

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Wow! What a transformation. It looks fabulous. I found you through Twice Remembered "Make Your Monday". This is something I may seriously try to attempt.

Oh, BTW, I'm also a Carla (with a "C" - obviously!) and I have an Owen too! What co-inky-dink, huh?!

Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!
Carla

A Refocused Life said...

Wonderful rewards! Great ideas.

Mama Thompson said...

Love how it turned out...I'm thinking that's the ticket for the "craft closet"...I just need more shelving.

Sorry we didn't get to get together again...hope Ellison got better quickly! I'm hoping for another trip up in the fall...

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love how it turned out - I could dream about it forever. Actually, I'm now considering painting stripes in my sons room after seeing yours.

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

This is so cool! and I'm loving the strips too!

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

i meant to say stripes!

Ashlee said...

This looks fantastic!! My husband did something similar for my scrapcloset that I just love. I would love to do this in my sons room too, but being military it doesn't exactly work for us!

I recognize all those buildings from your trains! My son (3) just got into the geotrax this Christmas & we're having a heck of a time storing all those buildings! How are you storing the trains, people, and tracks?? I have big bins but don't love it. Thanks!!

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Looks great! Look at all that storage!

Maria Killam said...

Great post, what a great use of a large closet in a little boys room (where are his clothes now :) probably drawers are all that's needed!

lkjatl said...

It turned out fabulous! I love it!! I would love to do this in our extra bedroom/tv room for crafts/scrapbooking. Great idea!!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

This is outstanding! Love everything about it, I always enjoy your projects with the addition of the elements your husband's talent brings to the project. Janell

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great job, Karla!! I love shelves with bins...they've made my life so much easier with all my girls' (TINY!) toys. It looks great!

Dawn said...

LOVE it!!!! Just a tiny twinge of PANIC at the thought of no clothes rod in the room, but I'm working on it!! ;) It looks just really, REALLY good.

Carmen said...

This is a great idea!!!! I think this would really work for my living room closet. Owen's room looks great!

Andrea said...

All I can say is....FABULOUS!!! Love it!

Wanderluster said...

What a fantastic transformation! I bet Owen is inspired to keep things looking neat and tidy.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

It came out WONDERFULLY! I love that you weren't afraid to give up the closet space ... we could do this in our kids' rooms because we store all their clothes in their dressers. Great idea! It looks professionally done.

Richella said...

I really, really like this. And I needed a little inspiration to think about my house in terms of what will work for US. Thank you!

Miss Obara said...

That turned out great!

Chrissy said...

You did a fantastic job! I love it! We did something similar in our 5 year old son's closet. http://homekidslife.blogspot.com/2009/10/cupboard-crashing-young-boys-closet.html
I've learned it's best to let my son organize the closet how he wants to and put his things away in the bins that he wants. We just finished shelves in my daughter's closet and ours. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and suggestions. I've enjoyed your blog so much I've added you to my favorites, I hope you don't mind.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

That looks awesome. I have a boy too and since I am renting I just place a low Ikea bookcase into his closet. It fits under the organizer than came with the place. Nice to have a place for all their "stuff". Can't wait to see the reveal though!

Misty said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!!! Great job!

Annikke said...

This looks great! Love it!!!

Karla said...

Love it! I put a short white bookcase and one of those storage bin things in my youngest's closet and love how easy it is for her to pick up. I'm now considering adding shelves to my oldest's closet so she can have the same sort of storage as well though I believe I'm only going to do a few shelves on the bottom half and leave the hanging rod as is since she is a pre-teen and has started hanging up some clothes. (btw, I'm also a Karla)

Michelle said...

Fantastic idea!!

Gray Matters said...

What a genius idea! If we weren't getting ready to put our house on the market, I would definitely beg the husband for this one!

Josten and Sarah said...

Wow, I am so jealous! Way to go on being super-mom!

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Can you see that my face is green with envy?? This is fabulous! I've been trying to figure out my boys closet and this will help!

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

It is so awesome! I can't wait to do this when our master bedroom is done and my daughter moves into our current room that has a wall full of shelves like this for her to fill with her junk :) Love the turquoise paint on the back.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

A great idea and a fabulous job! Love it! Going to show it to my SIL who has 2 little girls with loads of "stuff"

Cheers!

Tina

Shannon said...

The closet looks seriously amazing! So organized! I love it!

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Oh I love this love this love this! My toddler's closet is kind of a weird shape but I hate that dead space!!! This is a great idea and I am so glad you were descriptive and offered advice. Thanks so much for sharing!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I love love love it!! Looks like a page out of a catalog! Fantastic job!

De Javu Crafts said...

Super cute...if only it stayed that clean!!! and i agree it looks like a page out of a catalog...Good job!
thanks for sharing
Amanda

The Little Red Shop said...

Excellent!

: )

Julie M.

Steph said...

That is spectacular. He is a lucky boy!

Katie@Yoga Gal said...

That is really fantastic. I love the stripes in the room, I love the bins (we have the same ones) and I love the push lights. Its so funny, I just bought those exact same ones at Home Depot this morning for under the kitchen cabinets. Great job!

::cottage instincts:: said...

Awesomeness! I'm totally jealous. It makes me want to put those into my own closets :)

Glad you could Mi4M!

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design said...

Love this Karla! I'll be featuring it this weekend!

Kristan said...

Wow, that looks amazing!! I wish we could do that here, but we're renting :(

I found you from blue cricket design :)

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

This is fantastic! We've been trying to figure out what to do with our huge game collection. This might work!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love everything about this closet transformation and this room! The colors are fun, the stripes are cool, the storage looks stylish. Very nice work. I'm a mom of two boys and I recognize the geotrax as well... :) That stuff is bulky and not easy to store, so this is a great solution.

Sarah said...

What a great job. Love the entire look of your sons room. The stripes on the walls, the car coat hangers. Fun details.

Serena said...

This is such a wonderful idea...we are going to start this closet project next month. Would you mind me asking what paint colors you used for the striping and also under the chair rail? Thanks for sharing