This month I am celebrating the third anniversary of this blog! I must admit I haven’t accomplished all that I’d hoped to at this point, but I’m chugging along doing the best I can. Thanks to everyone who has read my posts, tried my tutorials and contributed comments!! I appreciate it!!
I decided to use this opportunity to share the most popular posts from my blog over the post three years. So sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy perusing the site! (Click on each photo below to learn more.)
THE 10 MOST POPULAR POSTS FROM STUDIO 36
WEST ELM INSPIRED DIY DINING ROOM TABLE
DIY CUSTOM BATHROOM VANITY TUTORIAL
MY NEW DINING ROOM REVEAL
MANTEL STYLING TIPS
MY POPULAR IKEA HACK BUILT-IN
As I mentioned a while ago, I’ve been slowly removing all of the old wire shelving in every closet in our home and replacing it with custom wood/mdf shelving. With a total of eleven closets in our home, it’s taking me awhile. I just finished our guest bedroom closet and my daughter’s bedroom closet. (My daughter’s closet overhaul was the first step in giving her room a makeover.) Now I only have one closet left to do and I’ll finally be done!
Here are the two closets I recently finished, they are nothing fancy but better than the cheap wire junk that was there:
my guest bedroom closet
my daughter’s bedroom closet
Here’s a photo from my walk in closet that I redid a while ago:
All of my closet overhauls have inspired me to share some tips on organizing and beautifying closets! If you feel like your closets need a new look and a little order, you could hire a closet makeover company, but that will cost you a lot of money. You could also gut your closets and install a completely new storage system on your own like I did, but that will cost you a lot of time. (If you do want to install custom closet shelving like I did, the process is really quite simple it just can be a little time-consuming. If anyone has any questions about the shelving I installed, leave a comment below and I’ll reply.) If you’re limited on money and time, you can still give your closet a brand new look for an affordable price all in a weekend. Just read on!
It really comes down to two steps. First, purge and group the items in your closet. Second, find some ways to bring some pretty. It’s that simple.
So I LOVE organizing and beautifying any space but in case you’re not a big fan, I’m going to start by giving you some inspirational photos of gorgeous well-organized closets…
Has that gotten you motivated to bring some beauty and organization to your closets? Okay, you may not be able to transform your closet into some of those in one weekend, but you can certainly bring some noticeable improvement!
Time to get started…
I am so excited to announce that I am done with the renovation of my kids’ bathroom!!! Bathroom renovations are never fun as you usually have to spend some time living without a useable bathroom. We spent three months without a fully functioning bathroom, including the holiday season when we had guests staying with us, but fortunately we do have two other full bathrooms in the house. I literally had a couple days in December where I spent all day out in the garage building the vanity, working hard, covered in sawdust and paint, and then quickly had to clean up to look nice and rush off to attend a Christmas party. It made for a unique and extra busy holiday season but it was all worth it!
Let’s get to it… Here’s a reminder of what the bathroom used to look like:
And here is the new bathroom!
I wish I could have gutted the tub/shower combo and replaced it with a new tub and tile surround, but our limited budget kept me from being able to do that. As much as I wish I had a nice new tub area, I still feel like it was the right decision to not invest money in that.
So let’s get to the details of this reno…
My bonus room makeover is finished! This room started out as a playroom for our young children. But a full decade has since passed, and they are now teens/pre-teens and no longer need a room to store their toys. Instead, what they really need is a room to hang out with their friends. So we turned this room into a second family room. That allows me and my husband to be able to have the family room downstairs all to ourselves while all of the kids are upstairs.
I didn’t want this bonus room to feel like a totally teen room though. I wanted it to be a room that my husband and I could still use to host our friends and it feel “mature” enough for adults.
I focused on a mid-century modern style with some industrial accents. Overall, I’m happy with how the room turned out. Even more important, my family is happy with how it turned out!
My goals for this room were:
- improve the lighting
- add comfortable and flexible furniture
- provide storage for video gaming equipment, books and board games
- alter the look of the outdated TV nook
- create a casual comfortable feel that works for both teens and adults
So let’s see the before photos…
And here is what it looks like now…
Here are the changes I made…