Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What's In Your Closet??

I thought I was being really clever with the title of "what's in your closet?" and then I realized that the T.V. commercial is actually "what's in your wallet?"  Since there is nothing to show you in my wallet we will stick to the closet. We recently went through a closet make over!

We live in a classic neighborhood where everyones house is built by the same builder, a cookie cutter house if you will.  While I LOVE our house, there are some things that just aren't quality made.  The closets for example.  Such wasted space!! and weak shelving!!  When I was pregnant with the triplets Ryan helped my dad do closet makeovers to the closets in the three bedrooms.  It has been a few years now and our walk-in closet in our master bedroom was in much need of improvement.

I'm kind of embarrassed to share, but this was our pitiful closet....

That ugly dresser was given to us right before we got married.  It was falling apart but in a closet it served its purpose.

Ryan had things piled in the corner because there was nowhere else to put them

 I was trying to be organized by keeping things in labeled totes but the shelves couldn't handle the weight.  It was bowing on both sides of the closet.  And there was such wasted space between the totes and the ceiling!

My shoes were piled on the ground

A girl at my church, posted on facebook, that her and her hubby were renovating their kitchen and were giving all the old drawers from the kitchen away for FREE!  I said Me, Me, Me!  I was so excited! My Dad had always said that if I could find drawers, it would make building cabinets in my closet that much easier.  So I told my Dad what I had and my ideas for a new closet.  He had some good ideas as well!! He is sooooo good at what he does! I trusted that everything would come out perfect.....

We had to plan it out just right because we couldn't be without a closet for too long, having all of our clothes and stuff piled in different rooms makes life just that much more chaotic than it already is :)

Ryan did the demo-ing the day before my Dad was ready to build, (see the yellow hue of the lighting...Ryan replaced the lighting too and it looks so much better in there!)

My dad works long days and then he would come over in the evenings to work on the closet.  It took him about a week to install everything.

Here are the drawers I got for free (repainted and with new hardware)

He built a shelving unit for shoes and a nice sturdy shelf around the top to hold my totes

(and the new recessed light Ryan installed)

I took advantage of having everything out of the closet, by going through and purging out old clothes and things we not longer need! We will be having a garage sale soon and donating a lot of things.  It feels good to de-clutter.

The boys had fun in the closet while I was organizing and putting things into their new closet home.

Angry Birds on the Nabi Tablet
The double poles give us so much more clothes space.  And all the shelving and drawers....I don't have near enough stuff to fill every spot and that is a good thing!!

I LOVE not having our shoes piled on the floor anymore!

And my totes look FANTASTIC up on their new shelf.  Half of those totes don't even have anything in them.....yet.

A HUGE BIG GIGANTIC thank you to my Dad!!! for working so hard at this project and making everything look beautiful.  And thank you to my friend for the wonderful drawers. 

Ahhhh I love our new closet.

(oh and I'm just noticing that Landen put Jessie and Dottie in a time out on the top shelf of the shoe unit.  Guess they were really naughty....that has been like a week long time out!)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

4 Boys 2 Rooms

I grew up sharing a room with my sister and Ryan grew up sharing a room with 2 of his brothers.  Since sharing is how we grew up we didn't see it as a big deal to have the boys share a room.  It was actually a no brainer to have Vincent and Landen share a room, since they are twins and all.

Jacob had his own room for the first two years of his life but since Cruz came along and he is another boy we figured why not have Cruz and Jacob share a room too! We still have an extra bedroom that is currently our "storage room"  It started out being my scrapbook room but lets be honest here...I don't get much scrapbooking done these days.  Maybe it will turn into a toy room, or a game room or something else, but for now it's a catch all room.  Currently I'm sorting items and clothes for a JBF sale and a garage sale so the room is piled to the max! 

Anyway I did a blog post on Vincent and Landen's firefighter themed room already but that was back when they were still in their cribs.  We turned their cribs into toddler beds and used them like that for about a year and then at the beginning of this year we bought some nice captains beds from IKEA. I found the quilts I liked online, but they were a ridiculous price and then I had to multiply that by two! I showed my mom and she said she could make them for half the price!  I am so thankful for a sew savvy mom! I LOVE how they turned out!

Jacob and Cruz's room is finally done!  I used a lot of things I had in the room from the twins and Jacob but added a lot more gray.  Cruz still doesn't sleep in his crib at night yet....but I have a feeling that will be happening soon.  But he does take most of his naps in there.

This is the picture I have on the short wall when you enter the room....cannot get enough of these 4 little boys.

Jacob is still in his crib.  (He knows how to climb out but he stays in it until I get him out...not sure how long that will last yet but I'm hoping to move Cruz in for the nights before switching Jacobs crib to a toddler bed) 

Both cribs are on one wall.  I kept Jacob's newborn photos on the wall and just added a big "C" and Cruz's newborn photos to it.

I found this nail word idea on pinterest.  (the plaques were originally used for Vincent and Landen's names)

I had found this used green bookshelf/dresser when I was redecorating the nursery for Jacob.  So I just changed some pictures out and added this sweet birth plaque my friend Amy made for Cruz.  AND the blankets on the right were all specially made for Cruz.  White from my Grandma, Light blue from my friend Sandra and darker blue from my friend Stacey.

When I decorated the room for Jacob I used this curtain rod to hang one of the quilts my mom had made for Vincent and Landen (since Jacob would only be using one, I decided to hang the other one on the wall as decoration)  

So instead of taking the rod down, I just changed some things. I added these metal baskets (with their monogram on the sides) and I made a collage of framed wall pieces.

This one was pinterest inspired

"Best Friends"

I prayed for both of these children!!

My sister has done a birth date cross stitch for all of my babies.  So she did Cruz and Jacob's to match since Vincent, Landen and Karissa's all match.

(the coloring on this picture is really weird)

And on the narrow wall next to the closet I have a couple pictures of Jacob and Cruz together.  So sweet to see how much Jacob loves Cruz.  I hope sharing a room only makes their bond stronger.

That is the last time I will be changing that room for a baby!!! Next time it changes will be when the boys are older and need a new "big boy" feel to it