Spring improvement projects

Our home has definitely been under construction for several weeks. But it feels great to see things changing that we have put off forever!

Here are two things we’ve been up to…

Main bathroom closet makeover:

With it’s oddly-spaced, less-than-attractive wire shelving and inconvenient door that always banged into the main bathroom door, we knew we had to do something. We decided to do a mix of pre-bought solutions and DIY.

The top square is about two feet of wasted space. 1, 2 & 3 are the wire shelves. 4, 5 & 6 are the original wooden shelf braces nailed into the plaster.

Naturally, the first step was to rip out all the shelves and braces. Jeremy was just the man for the job. 🙂

I'm taking the picture into the mirror. I hoped you could see the tight spaces we were working with here.

Let’s just say, they didn’t go down without a fight. Since our walls are plaster, the wire shelves’ anchors took chunks of plaster out with it. And the old wooden braces were nailed in. With four-inch nails!

All the ruckus made Bear very curious. Can you see the boards and nails behind him?

On the fun side, when the boards came out, we found stuff that had been hidden behind them for who knows how long I’m assuming it’s stuff that fell against or behind them and then never got noticed and each time the closet got repainted, it sealed them in a little more.

Here is a safety pin and a penny we uncovered!

It’s also funny to see that it was originally white, then bright green at some point and most recently, the soft yellowish-green color we inherited.

The next step was to clean and spackle.

It was a lot of patching and spackle.

Then, after it dried, sanding!

He was cov.ered. in a thin white coating by the end.

So much so that I could track his every move. Like this one where he obviously came to the kitchen to get some water.

Haha, no sneaking around possible.

The nice part about it being in the bathroom was it was easy to just jump in the shower. Then we cleaned up the room, wiped down all the walls and he got to painting it back to a crisp white.

We left the very bottom wooden braces attached and built a shelf on top of it. Then we assembled some Closetmaid assistants (on sale at Target!) and started organizing.

We had to put all of THIS back in. Truthfully, a few things never made it. They were wither moved or thrown away. Like the six free gift lipsticks I got in 2004. I can probably not put those back in.

And voilà!

One happier closet.

Living room light replacement:

So, the light in our living room was sad.

Really sad.

It was crooked, too small for the space and it looked like crazy boob (you can blame Young House Love for calling them that, haha).


Thanks to a coupon at Lowe’s, we made an unplanned purchase a few weeks ago of a beautiful drum pendant. Then the following Saturday, I woke up to clanging and drilling noises. I stumbled out to the living room at 8 in the morning to find Jeremy up on a ladder…finagling with this:

Hmmmm. I don't think that was put in correctly by whoever had the brilliant idea to "make it work." No wonder it hung crooked!

Apparently, I was getting my new light fixture! Isn’t it funny what you find that you’ve “inherited” buying older homes?

Luckily, with the power off and little know-how (and a couple repeat attempts), he had the new fixture up before breakfast!

9:30 a.m. and looking good. 🙂

It’s so fresh and clean looking during the day and has a wonderful warmth to it when it’s on.

Let there be light!

And with the placement and design, it is so. much. brighter than the old light.

Mucho light. In person it's even better. No more cave feeling--hoorah.

Ta-da!  So that’s what we’ve been doing. We also have another project–the biggest one for the house yet–but someone else is tackling that since it means a lot more know-how in masonry, electrical and more. More details to come. 

What’s happening in your house? Any spring projects? And in case you’re wondering, finally cleaning the lint trap counts to me!


6 responses to “Spring improvement projects

  1. Just found your blog. So fun! Big improvement with the light fixture. Looks so clean and up to date. Nice choice. Bathrooms and closets are so hard when you don’t have any room to move. You guys did great.
    Look forward to more.

    • Thanks, Stacey! Isn’t it amazing what a difference just finally spending an hour on a project can make?! Glad you visited and let me know about your blog as well. You’ve done some amazing work and I LOVE that you got to meet the architect.

      • Those little changes can really make you feel great about your space. I get too caught up in the fine details sometimes and it drives my husband crazy. The architect was a creative little guy. His 80+ year old friends love looking at our blog or (blob) as they call it. HA! to see what we’re doing to the house. He was a cool person and we feel honored to have it.
        Thanks for looking and I’ll definitely keep up with projects.

      • Those little things can make a big difference in how you feel about your space. I tend to get caught up in the details and it drives my husband crazy! The architect was a very creative little guy. All his 80+ year old friends love looking at our blog or our (blob) as they call it, to see what we’ve done. They are hilarious.. and he was awesome. We feel really privileged to have the house. Thank you for looking. I’ll definitely keep up with your great projects.

  2. sorry… the first reply seemed like it didn’t post so it wrote it again. DUHHH.
    Forgive me.


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