A SECRET CLOSET: Adding Storage to Our House
I hate wasted space and I love a good coat closet. While I loved a lot of things about our Berlin, Md home, I really wished I had a coat closet. Lucky for me there was also wasted space under our staircase. I got the big idea that Brad could use his magic hands to wainscot the wall under the stairs and build a secret closet while he was at it.
This was the view when you walked in the front door when we bought the house. Complete with shiny striped wall paper, and carpet.
Like every other project, it has to get messy before it gets better! The ceiling had water damage so most of it had to come down. The carpet came up, floors were sanded and refinished (see more about that here). Then there were the many layers of wallpaper. Check out the so called progress:
Next drywall went up and my secret closet begins to take shape.
Our wainscot is really a faux wainscot because we applied the trim directly to the drywall, not to a wood panel. But no one but us will ever know when we are done.
Fitting the closet on wheels was a real challenge because the old floors are not close to level. This caused hours of frustration on Brad’s part, but I had faith in those hands! Take a look at our finished hallway with new closet!
Now this is the view when I come in my front door.
Look closely, we added crown molding, door trim and base board to match the living room and check out my new light fixture.
I picked up this light fixture at a Ocean City Home Show for $12. It was a lamp with an in-line switch, but we cut out the switch and hard wired it into the existing ceiling electrical box.
Finally, I added one of my furntiture redos and some homemade clay creations.
Now, I have a nice entry to my home. I’m a happy girl!