Walk-In Closet in Progress: The Before & My Plans

Well, I am one step closer to launching my walk-in closet plans… but like many projects it has already started to snowball.

As I mentioned back in July, our plan for our extra bedroom is to one day turn it into a fabulous master bathroom/walk-in closet combo. For now, it’s serving as my exercise room.

Anyways, a few months ago I had the idea to start working on my walk-in closet plans by starting with one wall. That way I can start using it NOW and also pay for it in little chunks, rather than do it all at once with the master bathroom renovation project.

I decided to move forward with my Ikea Pax plans (you can find them in this post, but I did end up changing a few things due to store availability). I taped off the area so that I could envision it:

The blue painters tape on the wall is the height of the wardrobe and the square on the carpet is its exact footprint.

With that plan in mind, we drove up to Ikea on my birthday so I could oooh and ahhh and touch all the things. We bought everything we needed for the project and dragged all 18 boxes up to our second floor so I could look forward to building it.

My plan was to rip down the wallpaper border, install the closet and live with it like that for a few months until my dad is able to get to our bathroom project. Our current plan is to start the full renovation this winter (he says December, which I interpret as early-Spring).

On my lunch break at home on Monday, I decided to give the border a little tug to determine whether its removal would be an easy project or a pain in my butt.

The good news is that the border is peel-and-stick and mostly comes off in larger chunks. The bad news is that the previous owner put the wallpaper up before painting the wall. So now I have a nice thick unpainted white border.


I guess it’s fine though. I mean, I always hated the poop brown color. I might as well repaint the whole room. Even though half of it will one day be a bathroom. Hmm… maybe I’ll repaint just most of the room? Actually, the Pax wardrobe will cover most of the wall. Perhaps I’ll repaint just some walls. DANG IT. Okay, I’m currently undecided on how much painting I’ll be doing… but there will be paint.

My new ‘to do’ list for this room is:

  • Remove border
  • Pick out paint color
  • Sand tops of walls so you no longer feel a ridge between the unpainted and painted area
  • See if I can move my cable/modem setup to a different room
  • Paint the walls
  • Get rid of everything that I don’t want to live in the room anymore (an old hallway carpet, the small TV area with exercise DVDs that I never use, etc)
  • Build the Pax system
  • Live out all my organizing fantasies

Let’s talk paint colors! The room will eventually be filled with the white wardrobe built-in systems, so you won’t really see a lot of the wall color. So, I wanted something that looked good with the white of the wardrobe and the tan of the carpet (which is thankfully in good condition).

I’ve narrowed it down to Greige or Ashberry. Both colors look good in the natural light that comes in the windows. They also look nice next to the white of the Ikea wardrobe and the tan of carpet. I think I’m leaning towards the Ashberry. But as soon as I say that, I start looking at the Greige.

Current Project Timeline:

I pulled about half of the border down on Monday night and I’m hoping to finish that project tonight after work. Then, I’ll give the walls a quick sanding to smooth out any bumps. The old hallway carpet is going to the curb for trash pickup tonight and I already dragged the small TV organizer into the basement.

I’m going to poke around and see if I can move my cable/modem to a different room tonight or tomorrow after work if I have the energy. I think there may be an unused cable jack in the living room, but I need to dig around for it.

So maybe a Home Depot run at lunchtime on Friday to pick up the paint. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be painting on Friday night or Saturday with the goal to start building the wardrobe on Sunday!

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Almost a decade ago, I got into the habit of posting an annual birthday photo. I have no idea why I started, but each year I enjoy looking back at a little slice of my life from the year before. I get all judgy with previous hair colors and take a close look to see if I’ve grown any wrinkles.

Looking back at previous photos to compare to this year is kind of funny. Thanks to the pandemic, I wear less makeup now than I did back when I started this little project. In my 30’s, it would be unheard of for me to leave the house without at least putting on some eyeliner. But now, I’m out and about with a bare face more often than not.

I take better care of my skin nowadays with a gentle face soap and a few lotions and potions. I’m back to dying my own hair because frankly I’m a control freak and was never really happy with the color my stylist would cook up. I feel like I’ve found my style – a mix of comfortable, professional (when I have to be), a little bit of edge, and a sprinkle of I-don’t-give-a-damn-because-I-like-it. And tattoos.

Sure, I still sometimes fixate on those jiggly bits and will never have that flat tummy from my early 20’s. But I’m mostly fine with that. I feel confident and strong when I crush my Peloton workouts. I mentally reprimand myself for negative self talk. I remind myself that I eat heathy for my body and my future. I focus on being strong and fit, not an unachievable goal of becoming skinny. I’m a work in progress.

And here I am at 44:

If you feel like doing a little clicking, here are my previous birthday posts: 43, 42, 41, 40, 39, 38, 37, and 36.

And just for funsies, here are my last 8 birthday photos. If you click through really fast, it’s like I’m aging right before your eyes…

This year I didn’t really do anything too fancy to celebrate. Travis, Jack and I had a delicious brunch and then we went to Ikea so I could make my walk-in closet dreams come true. My husband helped me carry multiple 79 pound boxes up to our second floor without any complaints, so that was a birthday miracle. My man hates stairs! In the evening, we had a wonderful dinner with my parents at a local restaurant, followed by ice cream. It was a pretty perfect start to year 44!

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Loving Right Now: Lucifer on Netflix

Source: Netflix.com

I first started watching Lucifer in early 2020 by randomly choosing to watch season 1, episode 1 on my lunchbreak at work. And BAM, I was into it! I immediately started binging the series and luckily seasons 1 – 4 were all loaded up on Netflix waiting for me to watch them.

Then, the series was renewed for season 5, which was supposed to be its last season. But the fans were rabid for more Lucifer, so they ended up giving us one more bonus season!

Which brings us to today. Season 6 of Lucifer came out on September 10th and it is SO GOOD as always. I’ve been binging the season this week and will be watching the last episode today on my lunch break. The last episode. Ever. {sob}

Here is the trailer for the very first season with a good introduction of what you are getting into:

Ironically, when I toured the WB lot a few years ago, I actually was on the Lucifer set… before I watched the show. I wish I had watched a few episodes before that trip because I probably would have lost my mind on the Lux set, rather than just politely looking around.

Anyways, if you are looking for a fun, flirty solving crime kinda show with a side of sass… you may want to give it a try!

UPDATE: Finished the series. Loved, loved, loved the ending. Perfection.

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