Master Closet Reveal (Beadboard, Sloped Ceilings, Kilims, and More)

The master bedroom closet is done!  And here it is, in all of its beadboard-ed, sloped ceiling-ed, expanded, Ikea-hacked, white painted, black window-ed, and Kilim rug-ed glory:

master closet white beadboard kilim rug

  master bedroom after 3

kilim rug white beadboard modern chair

white beadboard closet kilim rug

After creating our new organization and storage system with the help of a couple of bookcases from Ikea, I went to town with my paint roller.  I didn’t stop with the walls or ceiling, but went for the white painted wood floor as well.  And as I shared on Instagram, I also added glossy black paint to our window for some contrast and drama.


painted white wood floors

Then I moved in.  Woot!  No more getting my clothes out of my kids’ closets!  I moved in before M so got first pick on all the shelves – of course I went for the window side.  I ended up using all the storage in the sloped area of our closet for things like hats, scarves, purses, and off-season shoes.  And in front of that, I hung up clothes on our new clothes rod.  I can see over the top of the rod right into the back of the closet, so nothing is really too hidden.

master closet reveal

sloped ceiling storage

off-season storage sloped ceiling closet

hidden off-season storage closet

For the storage in the middle of the room, I added drawers and some shelves for shoes and more clothes.

all white master closet

white beadboard closet kilim rug

Amazingly, there is storage to spare -  I credit my ruthless closet purging when we decided to start this closet project.  I’m pretty sure a year from now I may have regressed.  But onto happier things!  Like this rug:

kilim rug master closet

kilim rug white painted wood floors

After a similar rug “got away” from me on ebay, I kept looking and finally found this one.  So I bought it and then let it sit unused for months.  Well it turns out it is the perfect bright spot for our master closet (especially in the sea of all our boring black/gray/navy lawyer-suits).  I also squeezed in a chair – technically for sitting and putting on shoes but I’m sure the reality will be for piling up clothes I am too lazy to hang.

master bedroom after 3

Now that I’m done with this project, we are really happy with the outcome.  Especially when we look back on where we started:

master closet before 1

master bedroom closet demo

master bedroom closet before 2

And we’re really glad to check one more room off the list!  I’m loving this.

hidden closet storage sloped ceiling ikea hack

master closet white beadboard kilim rug

And if you want to catch up on the progress on this closet, you can see more about the demo here, the beadboard installation here, and the built-in storage here.

Okay, I guess it’s time to get back to our kitchen now…

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Blogiversary, Houseiversary, and a New Look

Woot!  Lots going on here – I’m celebrating a one year blogiversary and a four year houseiversary (a few days late) with a new blog look.  Check it.

new blog layout

I like that the redesign is lighter, brighter, and generally seems more cheerful.  Cheerful should totally be a blog thing, right?  Maybe a little more pink than I’m used to, but I am a girl after all.

In comparison, the old blog design seems a little heavier and just doesn’t seem quite as happy.

HU homepage screenshot

Also in the new design I’ve added a new section on the right showing my latest pins on Pinterest.  Fair warning:  lots of kitchen pins these days to inspire our in-progress kitchen reno.  Time to start making some decisions on that…

I’ll probably still make a few tweaks to the new design, but if you have any problems in the meantime, just let me know.

And finally, a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of my blogging hobby – you guys are the best!  I just do this for fun (no advertising, financial gain, or internet glory) and I’ve really enjoyed sharing our house updates with all of you.  Most of all, I love the new blog friends I’ve made and sharing ideas with other home improvement addicts.  So thank you!


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Organization and Storage for Sloped Ceiling Closet

Our master closet is not a normal closet, people.  Frankly, in an old Seattle 1924 house, we are very lucky to have any closet space at all.  And we appreciate that.  But all of our bedroom closets are built into the eaves which means they are a weird shape.  Coming up with organization and storage solutions for our sloped ceiling closet was a real challenge.  But here is what we’ve got going so far thanks to building in a few pieces of Ikea storage.

built-in ikea storage for sloped ceiling closet

In setting up the closet, our goals were to maximize storage, keep the window uncovered (that was a debate), and to orient the room so we could stand upright instead of picking out our clothes on our knees. I decided to install off-season storage in the shortest part of the room and to put our clothes on hanging on rods in front of that storage (not yet done, as you can see in the pic, above).  In between the hanging rods, I added a taller Ikea bookcase for some drawers and shelving.  To give you a little orientation, this is the shape of the closet as if you were standing in the doorway.

master closet beadboard drawing

And here’s an overhead view which shows the footprint of the space but everything in gray is under the sloped portion of the roof:

master closet slope

Such little headroom for regular height people!   But I have finally convinced myself that this is charming, rather than annoying.  For our storage, first I grabbed these two Besta units from Ikea.  The bookcases weren’t quite as deep as I wanted them to be, so I pulled them a little bit away from the wall and then added a counter on top with some 1/2″ mdf cut to size.

built-in ikea besta shelving units with counter

To hold up the counter, I created a little ledger board on the back wall (with scrap wood and nails) and also added some supports in between the two bookcases (scrap 2x4s, glue and nails).

ledger board supports ledger board for shelf supports for center shelf

You’ll note in those pics that I totally cheated on my beadboard install - I didn’t have it go all the way to the floor because I knew it would be covered.

Then I put the taller bookcase in the middle (this Ikea Besta unit), in front of the counter.  It was a little too tall so I cut off the side and back pieces with my miter saw and then reattached the base with glue and my nail gun.

master closet sloped storage

Then I trimmed everything with some 1x2s I had on hand.  I wanted it to look really built-in instead of like I threw some Ikea storage into the closet.  I think the key to making Ikea furniture look built-in is trim and caulk (I did it for another piece in our entry, too, which you can see here).

sloped closet storage 2 built-in besta shelves with trim

Finally after caulking and painting, here’s how it looks,

built in storage with beadboard trimmed storage shelving units built-in ikea storage for sloped ceiling closet

I’ve still got to do things like install the clothes rods, the shelves, and the drawers, and then move in!  Oh, and share what’s happening with those ridiculous floors.  I hope to have the full reveal next week…

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Mid-Century Marble Tulip Side Table

Remember when I shared my vision for our window seat?  Well, part my mental vision was having a Saarinen-style, mid-century marble tulip side table in front of the window seat for me to set down my book, my sunglasses, my cup of tea glass of wine, and whatever else that needed a landing spot.  And now I’ve got it.

top view marble tulip table mid century marble side table

I looked for options less expensive than the DWR version and found a great option at Overstock.  But it was sold out.  So I signed up to be emailed when it came back in stock (such a great feature!) and the minute I got that email, I googled for a coupon and then ordered.  I was a little nervous about how well the marble would ship but Overstock packed it really well.

Overstock white marble side table packing

Once I pried apart the wood packaging it was really easy to put together, just a few screws, an allen wrench, and my big arm muscles.

allen wrench tulip table

The marble that makes up the table top is really nice white marble (carrara?).  I didn’t know how it would look in real life but it looks great.  I like it even better than the carrara marble we have on our Pottery Barn vanity in our family bathroom.

white marble table close-up

Even though the window seat has been pushed to the back burner while I’ve been working on my closet, our kitchen, choosing flooring, and another not-yet-shared big project, I am really glad to have a new little bright spot in our house in the meantime.  I’m considering the price of the table to be well worth the motivation for me to stop starting new projects and start finishing the ones already started!

saarinen style marble tulipc side table

So, anyone else hunt for a cheaper version of a classic?  Or love that “email me when it’s back in stock” Overstock feature as much as I do??  What do I need to sign up to order next…

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DIY: How to Install Beadboard on Walls and Ceilings

You’ve already seen our really ugly wallpapered master closet and while it may be bigger now, we had a long way to go to make it look better.  To start, we decided get our DIY on and hang beadboard everywhere.  So here’s the scoop on how to install beadboard on walls and ceilings (or even weird angled closet walls).

DIY how to install beadboard on walls and ceilings

The process isn’t too difficult and it was totally worth it to us to have a fresh, clean closet.  Here’s where our walls started:

master bedroom closet before 2

There just was no way for us to take off all that wallpaper (trust me, I tried).  I think it isn’t really wallpaper but is some sort of ancient wall covering that was was attached to wood with something akin to industrial glue.  It wasn’t coming off.  So we embraced the beadboard look that we already have in our family bathroom and in another closet.

To get started on any beadboard project, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4′x8′ sheets of beadboard (ours was from Home Depot)
  • trim pieces (if necessary)
  • nail gun + nails
  • construction adhesive (liquid nails)
  • sandpaper or sanding block
  • caulk and wood fill
  • level
  • paint
  • muscles

Our closet is a funny shape so we decided to put our beadboard up one wall, across our ceiling, and down the sloped wall on the opposite side so that if you are standing in the doorway to the closet, looking toward the window, the beadboard (shown in red) would go on the walls like this:

master closet beadboard drawing

We kept the window wall bead-board free (I mean, we didn’t want it looking like a fun-house or anything).  So while this room is a weird shape, the same principles apply for installing sheets of beadboard to any wall and ceiling.  Here’s how you do it.

1.  Measure.  I measured every area surface that I was going to beadboard and then calculated my cuts based on the 4′x8′ sheets of beadboard.  I wimped out and instead of using my b-day gift table saw for the first time, I just had my friendly Home Depot helper cut the sheets to my specs.

2.  Hang your beadboard.  Even before hanging, it’s best to test fit your beadboard.  Assuming your cuts are accurate, start on one side of your room and attach the sheet of beadboard to the wall with construction adhesive on the back (in a squiggly shape) and then with lots of nails.  Use a level to get your first sheet straight and the rest will follow.  Each sheet of beadboard should butt  up together very tightly – you’ll need to really use your muscles to hold the sheets together while nailing it (did that sentence sound wrong to anyone else?).  It is possible to do it on your own (I did some that way) but so much easier to have a second set of hands (again, really awkward language here).

how to install beadboard on walls installing beadboard on walls

3.  Add Trim.  Our walls were all wonky so we used trim to make sure that everything looked nice and neat where the walls met the ceiling.  Again, bust out your nail gun for this.

diy how to install beadboard on ceiling and walls trim corners of beadboard

4.  Fill and Caulk and Sand.  You want your beadboard to look seamless, so fill every single hole with wood filler.  Then sand to make it smooth.  Then caulk every seam.  And caulk where your trim meets your beadboard.  Here’s a progression of a seam and nail holes to show how it looks:

collage of finishing beadboard

5.  Paint.  I used a 6″ roller to just roll the entire thing with white paint.  I would have liked a brushed look better but hell, it’s a closet, and I’m in the middle of our kitchen reno so a little rolling saved a lot of time.

floor to ceiling beadboard   DIY how to install beadboard

And that’s really it!  The biggest challenge is hoisting up those sheets of beadboard but once you’ve done that, the rest is pretty smooth sailing.  And now it just looks so much better – not that that’s saying a lot considering where we started.

Okay, next I’ll share our organization and storage solutions for this really awkward-shaped closet.  I feel another Ikea hack coming on…

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