ORC Week 4 – Demo Time!

For this week’s ‘s semi-annual One Room Challenge (ORC), our existing closet is coming down!  For those of you new here, the ORC is a six week series hosted by Calling It Home where bloggers tackle a one room makeover and document and share their progress.ORClinkingparticipantCIHIn week one, I introduced you to my closet.  In week two, I went over my issues with the layout and decided on a layout.  Last week, I shared my closet and jewelry organization inspiration and introduced a mood board.  This week, it’s demo time!removing existing closetFortunately, The Hubs was around for this leg of closet makeover because the existing closet came down by brute force alone.  Anak has been an active participant in our closet makeover, too.anak helping to vacuumHere he is vacuuming up debris with our new wet/dry vacuum that we purchased shortly after becoming homeowners.  He puts his little backpack on when he needs to get down to business, like a little Ghostbuster : ]removing existing closet supports After removing the existing closet, the walls needed some touching up.  In one spot, The Hubs even installed some new drywall.  It happened pretty quickly so I don’t have photos of the process but I did manage to watch and was surprised by how easy it was—not at all intimidating like I imagined.  Basically, you use a box cutter to remove the old drywall and take out a strip long enough to reach two studs, one on either then.  Then you cut a new piece of drywall to fit into your hole and nail it into the studs.  That’s it!cementing dry wallThen The Hubs mixed some stucco and got to patching the walls.  I am adding stuccoing to the list of non-husband approved tasks (also on the list is anything involving caulk).  I’m grateful for his help but in the long run his stucco job only created more work.  He bought this fast drying stucco so he only had about a five minute window to get the stucco on the walls.  The results?  Little mountains that I had to wet and shave down.  It was a time consuming mess.cutting closet dividersWe had bought melamine board to construct the closet but unfortunately the miter saw was difficult to use to achieve the cuts we wanted so we went back to Home Depot to have them cut it for us.  Perhaps there is another table saw in our not-too-distant future…?spray painting L bracketsI wanted to use plastic L brackets to install the closets (mostly because of their look) but we couldn’t find any (and The Hubs insisted that metal was sturdier which no one would argue with) so I gave the brackets a few coats of white spray paint.constructing closet organizer prior to installingWe tried a few different methods to get the center closet installed and ultimately decided it was easiest to build it first then install it.  It was about this time that we realized just how slanted the wall is.  Like, the top of our closet dividers were over two inches from the wall by the time it got close to the ceiling.  So I made the decision to make the closet dividers flush to the wall even if it meant that the dividers would slope a bit.organizer and poles installed in closetAnd here we are at the end of this week.  Things are starting to take shape!  Next week, I’ll be shaving down those stucco mounds and generally getting the walls up to snuff.

How do you motivate yourself to complete projects?  What do you find to be the most difficult obstacle to overcome?

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DIY Faux Pull Down Map

10 - completed faux pull down map

As you may recall, in our previous condo Anak’s room had a nice large world map .At the time, I just had it taped to the wall.  It wasn’t a permanent solution but it got the job done for the time being.  I was really careful about preserving it during the move (it did suffer a tear when I was initially removing it from the wall) and finally came up with a better way to display it. First I had […]


ORC Week 3 – Closet & Jewelry Station Organization Inspiration

Modern and Girly Hers Closet Mood Board - Brave New Home

We’re halfway through Calling It Home‘s semi-annual One Room Challenge (ORC).  For those of you new to the challenge, it’s basically a series where you have six weeks to complete a whole room makeover.  I *think* I’m halfway done with my closet makeover but sometimes it’s those pesky details that take the longest time to hash out.  We shall see!Today I wanted to share which ideas (and not necessarily looks) are most inspiring my closet makeover.  Most exciting of all […]


Creative Uses for Vinyl Wall Decals

10 - vinyl decal bunting

Ever since my blogging friend, Julia, transformed her closet and hallway with vinyl decals, I knew it was something I wanted to try.  But first, I need to introduce you to someone new.The Hubs suggested getting a new dresser to replace the old Ikea one I had that kept falling off of its rails.  I think he got tired of me asking him to help me fix it every other day.  That had to have been the first time in […]


ORC Week 2 – Closet Issues, Plans & New Floors

hers closet with wood floors and baseboards

I’m back for week two of the One Room Challenge (ORC)!  As a reminder, the ORC is a six week challenge to complete one room.  Last week I shared with you my closet when we first moved in.This week, I’d like to go over the issues I have with the space and take you into my design psyche a little bit more.  And for progress’ sake, I’ll share a photo of our new floors. Now while I’ve mentioned I’m always […]


DIY Bunny Garland

1 - DIY Bunny Garland - Brave New Home

So this project is absolutely nothing groundbreaking or novel but it was such a hit with the little one that I couldn’t help but share.  I found these foam bunnies in one of Target’s dollar bins and fell in love!  They are so cute, modern, graphic and neutral.  And neutral can be a hard color combo to come across during the throngs of springs.The foam was just perfect for my three-year-old since I didn’t have to caution him the way […]


One Room Challenge: Hers Closet

ORC - Week 1

I’m back with a little Thursday bonus post! I just found out yesterday that Calling It Home it hosting their semi-annual One Room Challenge (ORC).  It’s a series where 20 home-design bloggers come together and each tackle a single room makeover chronicling their progress over the course of six weeks.While I’m not one of the 20 featured bloggers, I will be playing along as a linking participant.  I really enjoy these little challenges.  It’s so easy for projects to drag […]


A Mini Tour of Our New Home

front exterior

It’s been a little over a month since I shared our good news of buying a new home with you. I think I’ve already shared most of these MLS listing photos with you when I first introduced this ’60s ranch house as a potential contender for our new home.  I’ll supplement with a few others I took close to the time when we first moved in so you have a better sense of the space.As I mentioned in my post […]