Just a warning, this is long and wordy. But at least I have pictures.
Mike has to go out of town this week. To California, jealous. Anyway, he will be gone for three days, and get back home on Valentines Day. hearts hearts hearts. I have always loved valentines day, my whole life. Mike is like iffy about it, like basically he knows I’m into valentines day, so he becomes into it. I want to do something special for him since he will have been gone for some days, and because it’s valentines. Sometimes he gets in these moods, where he feels like our house is messy, or unfinished. Which is totally true. The messy part, that can be fixed (I’m sorry I’m so messy). But, the “unfinished” part, that’s totally normal. We literally just moved in, like three months ago. So unless someone gives us a ton of money and time off of work, decorating and fixing up things is a slow process.
One “problem” area we have is our master bathroom and closet. So, for Valentines day I am going to surprise Mike with a budget closet and bathroom makeover for our master bedroom.
Here is why the closet/bathroom is a “problem area” :
1. I’m messy, so I throw things all over the floor in the closet, leave makeup on the counter of the sink, and make very little effort to form a routine of picking up.
2. Storage in the closet doesn’t match our habits. Mine especially, which is a source of stress for Mike I’m sure. Since I am the type to throw things, it’s hard for me to hang things. One time on “Modern Family”, Mitchell was doing the whole interview thing at the end of the show. He said that people can only change 15%, and that line has kind of always stuck with me. So, I think of myself. I can’t suddenly become a person who is clean, organized and hangs up every piece of clothing as soon as I take it off. But, I can change a little. So, maybe for Mike (and for me, and for the sake of growing up and owning a house), I can make small changes to make things cleaner. Like, using storage baskets, or separate organized compartments or areas within a space that I can throw things into but stay hidden.
3. It’s not inviting and it doesn’t reflect our style. Nothing about the ugly blue bathroom or nasty white closet says “welcome lauren come get ready and be wonderful today”. I deserve to be spoken to much better than my closet and bathroom are speaking to me. It needs to invite me in with color, and accessories, and things that make me and mike happy. Even if no one in the world see’s it but us.
Here are some before pics:
(There is no natural light in the closet, so it’s dark, plus I am using my iphone camera)
Ugly dark light fixture:
View from the bathroom:
Emptying the Closet:
All the clothes had to go in the bedroom. It’s scary to look at. Mike would die if he saw this in real life . Anyone who has lived with me though (aside from mike) knows that this is actually how my rooms have looked. So really, he’s lucky. Your welcome.
The closet is nice and empty now:
Painting The closet:
Originally I wanted a very light blueish green for the closet. I went to Home Depot and right there on the clearance “oops” paint, was a a half gallon of the green I had imagined, just a few shades darker. For $7! So I bought that.
Painting The Bathroom:
I’m on a budget foreal, and time constraints. So, I wasn’t sure if I should makeover the bathroom, but it really needed it, so I did. I wanted a light gray color so that one day when I re-paint the bedroom a dark gray, the bedroom and bathroom can you know, work together color wise. Again, since I am on a budget, I can’t really afford a whole gallon of new gray paint. So, I went the garage where the old homeowners left all kinds of paint, and I found the leftover paint from the bathroom. You can see in the pictures that it is basically a blue-ish periwinkle color. I hate hate it, it reminds me of a kids room and I hate it.
I took that paint to Home Depot and asked if they would put black in it, and they did, for free. I had hoped that it would make it a cool gray paint color. But, it turned out a purple-ish gray which was actually beautiful, but not going to work for my life right now. Ugh. I took the paint home and found some more leftover paint which was an orangish-tan-cream color. Since yellow is the compliment of purple on the color wheel, (and orange is pretty close to yellow), I mixed the two colors together to mute the loud purple and tone it down to a warm gray. Perfect. So perfect. For free.
The lower color on the right stick is the color that I left home depot with, when they mixed black with my blue-ish perwinkle paint.
I wish I had a better picture of the orange-ish-tan-creame paint, but if you look really closely at the paint drips on the left can, that’s the color I am referring to. And this is my foot outside mixing the two colors together. Like a scientist or something.
Painting The Bathroom:
And this is the warm gray color that it turned out to be. So much better than that blue.
Organizing The Clothes:
After i threw everything into the bedroom, I really needed to organize them. I tried to go through Mikes clothes, but it’s hard to say what fits and doesn’t. It’s a task he will have to do later. But for my clothes, I had four piles:
(1.) Clothes I Want To Keep (this is where I had to be really honest with myself). I kept convincing myself that I would maybe one day wear a shirt that I haven’t worn in forever. Then I had to be like “get real Lauren you don’t and won’t wear that!!” The other issue I had was that I totally gained like 23 pounds during the first year of marriage (it’s fine now, I’m pregnant but eat really well and work out so much more than I did. Well, only if swim class counts as working out.) and so a lot of my pants are not the size I want to be after I have baby Ari. I needed to get rid of that so that I could get fit and toned and wear smaller clothes, and make room to buy those clothes.
(2.) Clothes that I can sell. This is where my larger pants can go. Cute and name brand but not for my closet.
(3.) Clothes I want to give away. Cute clothes, but not a brand that is worth anything.
(4.) Clothes to throw away. Or use as rags.
So sad to see some of my favorite T shirts go:
But a few got to stay:
After organizing and getting it all back in the closet, the room looked much better:
and Yes we keep our TV on the floor for now.
Especially after some vacuuming.
Putting Things Back In The Closet:
This was my favorite part because I got to organize clothes by color.
I added a cute little shelf on my side:
Accessorizing The Bathroom To Match The Closet Color:
This is the painting I want to hang next to the toilet/window area:
To Make it match the closet, I painted the edges using the same paint from the closet:
I also added Blueish/Green rocks to the succulent vases and hung towels with the same colors in the closet paint.
Where My $100 Budget Went:
**Total : $104 – $22 from taking clothes to Plato’s Closet
= $82. Yes!
The Closet-Mike’s Side:
The Closet- My Side:
Mitchell: “Can people change? I don’t know. People are who they are. Give or take 15%. That’s how much people can change if they really want to. Whether it’s for themselves or for the people they love.”