Before I moved into this house in April 2015, I knew I wanted to maximize the already large closet. The builders wanted to simply have one wire rack on each side of the closet….. ummmm No.
This was before IKEA closets were even a thing. I used their billy bookcases to display shoes and add folded clothes to one side and doubled up the wire racks on the other. Now there are sooooo many options, but this still works perfectly for us.
I had also repurposed some shoe racks I had (back in my Florida closet actually) to hold purses and what not. I stacked two but they had messy appearance and were never connected to each other or the wall so some shaking was possible. It worked and it could have continued to work, but also I wanted to tidy it up and give that area more of a stand out look.
I mapped out the space. Here are the things I knew I wanted:
- An Accessory Corner: I wanted this space to be its own space within the space. Accessory corner that holds the things but also let’s you ‘get ready’ there as well. Ideally a counter space with a mirror.
- Wall Accents: The whole closet is white which is great but I also wanted to add some depth to the space and take one step more towards a more custom look.
- Closed Organization Space: The previous system was open which means it gets dusty and it doesn’t look as clean, so closed was a must for me.
Despite what you may see everywhere, this take timmmmmme. Nothing is done immediately, and like we discussed with the bathroom updates, there is also something so needed in a step by step process. You learn about your space as you do things one at a time. You learn what works that you hadn’t considered, tweaks that might be necessary and honestly, time to just think about how the new way works for your day to day life!
So we started with the building of the new storage system this week. I learned that I need to add a magnet system for this to close like I want it to. Also, with the big bags I need to store in it, storage containers to keep them contained on that bottom shelf is a must.
Now we come to the wallpaper. I have been dying to wallpaper something and this was the first project for me! Never have I wallpapered and this smaller space with straight lines was the perfect starting project. I purchased my wallpaper and wallpapering tool kit from Amazon and did my research. The wallpaper I chose is also available at a variety of other retailers. With my calculations, one roll would perfectly fit my space so that was simple.
Then came the install…
- Evaluate your walls and see if they are level. There is a high possibility that they are not. Based on if your walls are level, draw a line down your wall so you know you are going straight (I had my shelves to keep me in line here)
- Cut your wall paper to the length for install. you want to add extra space on either end for cutting after the install is complete.
- Pull back around 12 inches of the backing so that you can begin the adhesive process.
- Align your first piece and be sure it is level and straight. Don’t be afraid to remove from the wall even after it is stuck if it is not laying to your liking. It take a little bit to get the first piece going, so don’t let yourself get frustrated or down, it just takes some time and patience.
- Once you get it going, it goes much faster, use the smoothing tool (with felt tip) to smooth. I advise smoothing to the sides rather than the downward motion to get the air bubbles out.
- Once the full strip is installed, use the knife from the kit to cut along the baseboards/ceiling. You can use the non-felt side to assist with the cut to make sure you stay straight.
- When starting your next panel it is important to see how your pattern aligns before beginning.
The hardest part for me was the aligning the second panel, but I do know the next time I wallpaper, it will be soooooo much easier. So many projects, you have to start and try to understand and do. With so many projects you have to understand that worse case scenario is starting over. It’s just wallpaper (or paint or whatever) that is pretty minimal if you actually think about it, so don’t be afraid to start! That’s how you learn!
I also decided that removing the backing from the storage piece allowed for the beautiful wallpaper to shine through and you could get a glimpse of the details in another way. So off went the backing and I am just loving how it shines through.
I’m excited to get the rest of this corner going, but again, one step at a time!