Re-creating a Closet (or two)

by Rachel Blackburn in ,


It's funny how renovation projects have a domino effect.  In order to fix a funky floor plan in the guest bath, we are ripping out a hall linen closet and demo'ing and reconfiguring Caden's bedroom closet, both of which have to be done before we can finish renovating Caden's room.

The hall bath is shaped kind of like a "s".  The hall coat closet backs onto it on one side, and the original master closet backs onto the other side.  It's awkward.  

When we talked to our realtor about 86-ing the hall coat closet, she wasn't all that keen on the idea.  Apparently coat closets are actually used here in Portland.  I, being from Southern California, have never really seen the need for a coat closet.  I hang my hoodies in my bedroom closet thankyouverymuch.  Oh well.  If it'll sell the house, we'll keep the coat closet.  But it has to move, because that bathroom layout is hard to live with.

The hall had 2 closets: the coat closet and the linen closet.  We decided to make the linen closet the coat closet, turn the original (small) master closet in our room into the linen closet, eventually absorb the hall coat closet into the guest bath and build a giant walk-in closet in our room.  Problem solved.

It just makes Caden's room a little more complicated to renovate.  

Before

Before

After

After

This is Caden's room: 

Lovely wallpaper, don't you think?  I think it's lovely.  It peeled off over the course of 2 evenings, one spent pulling satisfying large chunks off the wall by hand (wallpaper that is so old it's crackly is great!) and another spent with the steamer.  Lovely wallpaper.

Phase 2 was staining the ceiling.  That took 2 evenings.  It could have all been done in one day if Michael's arm hadn't been in danger of falling off after the first night.  It's all good though - he could move his arm again 2 days after he finished.

Phase 3 was demo'ing the closet and hall linen closet, since they back onto each other.  

The kids had fun playing peek-a-boo with that.

The master bedroom is on the left, Caden's room is on the right.

The master bedroom is on the left, Caden's room is on the right.

How many kinds of wallpaper can you see in that shot?  Hint: there would have been one more if we hadn't pulled the rose wallpaper down already.  Total count of wallpaper prints in the 3 rooms we've touched so far is now up to 7 with the discovery of one print hidden under Caden's baseboards and another hidden in his closet.

Next came rebuilding the closet.  Framing and drywall are the name of the game.  So is white noise, because our white noise kept the kids from waking up as we worked on the room in the evening.  They can sleep through a chop saw in the next room if the white noise is on.

Currently Michael's still working on drywall.  It's going slower than i had hoped, but honestly that's a good thing.  It means we're getting more sleep and spending more time with friends and family than we are working on the house.  

We'll keep you posted as we move along with this room!  It's going to be be-YOU-ti-ful (to quote Caden) when it's finished!