Home projects, old closets & embarrassing photos

Cutting molding & bead board from the Home Depot

Hello Hello!

I’ve been slightly M.I.A. on the blog lately.

I guess that’s what happens when you take on more than you & your husband can possibly do…

There’s always drama when you try to remodel an older house.  Our house is almost 100 years old, I wrote about our home & neighborhood in this post a few years back.  It has amazing bones, but some places are in GREAT need of a MAJOR facelift & than some!  The boys’ room  is my current project.  It used to be an apple green & yellow room with the funnest ric rac & ribbon trim for the nursery.  Well…it’s been way overdue for a major overhaul.

I couldn’t take it any longer.  My mom & I had modge podge that ribbon trim on the walls 7 years ago.  The only solution other than tearing up the wall while removing the ribbon was to cover it up.


We got some delicious thick molding & bead board from the Home Depot & went to work, painting & framing out the boys’ room.  I made an easy decision with the paint color.  Because I love the color of our Breakfast Room, I decided to use the exact same color.  Extra bonus, I had almost a gallon of that paint sitting in the basement.

Making Progress - Boys' room redo

Of course, my husband & I can’t just work on one room at a time.

We have to tear up the entire house & have a project going on in every room.

The photo below is Madi’s closet in her room.

Old cedar closet revamp

For the record, older homes make you say a lot of bad words once in a while.  You see, since our house is almost 100 years old, the previous owners had to install the A/C.  And the only way to make an air vent go to the upstairs was through this closet.

Oh the joys.

Yes, that is a cedar lined closet, but remember this closet will be for a girl.

A girl who at the age of 4 already LOVES her clothes.

I swear I have a Carrie Bradshaw on my hands, already!

It truly would be a jewel if it didn’t have that eye sore of an air vent in there + a huge hole in the wall from a recent plumbing job we had done on the other side of that wall.  Oy.  So as of right now, a frame is being built around the air vent & we hope to line her closet with the white bead board.

Can we talk about the lack of closet space in a 100-year-old house???

Well…I am sweating to show you this photo below – but it is what it is…

this is the boys’ closet.

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Isn’t this an awful picture?  I’m posting this to make you all feel really good about your messy house, because I have you beat!  I took this while I was painting.  But look inside that closet…it’s not even deep enough to hang an adult size hanger!!!!  AND 2 boys will be in this room!

We have hooks everywhere in this room, but I’m so tired of all the excess & clutter that brings to the room.

So this closet is also on our list of things to revamp, if possible.  I do believe this closet will be the ultimate challenge.  We cannot make it bigger.  There’s a bathroom on the other side of that wall.  So this is it.

Oh the joys of a 100-year-old small house.

To be continued…

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