DAY 25 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Closet Makeover

For most of us updating our closet is going through our clothes and cutting back. Once that is done, and many of you just couldn’t help yourself during the great purge of DAY 1, it’s time to organize and beautify.

If you came into my closet, you’d think that no one lives in my house. We have very few clothes. We maybe have 20 hangers and not all of them are used. We have two high-boy dressers in our closet and that is where we keep our clothes. My husband and I both work from home and pretty much live in athletic gear. We each have a few pairs of shoes and that’s it. The rest of our closet stores pillows, blankets and towels. This is what works for us. Purging is not necessary in our case. However, you have to walk through the closet to get to our bathroom, so I’d like to make it a little more beautiful. With very few clothes taking up the space, I have room to get creative. So, that’s what my makeover will look like.

For you, you may not be in my situation because you have more than 5 things to wear. So, your closet makeover might look like any of the following:

  • Adding a closet by installing some wardrobes or pantry style cabinets somewhere

  • Organizing a little (after your purge).

  • Hanging more shelves

  • Adding hooks for hats, scarves or jewelry

  • Creating shoe organization

  • Painting the walls or doors

  • If after your purge you have some empty space, you can move your dresser into your closet and free up floor space in your bedroom

  • Hanging some artwork

  • Changing out the light for something more fun, but only if it makes you happy. Don’t waste money because you think this is what you “should” do.

  • Putting in a closet organization system

  • Moving something out and put it somewhere where it makes more sense

This project is something I would tackle if I my closet was a disaster, if I loved my closet (or wanted to) or if I just needed a creative outlet. So, if you have bigger fish to fry, then skip this one. If your closet is creating such a cluster that life sucks (like what is happening in my coat closet), then put it at the top of your list. Sometimes these things have a trickling effect which needs to stop.

DAY 19 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Vanity

Channel the DAY 7 Kitchen Cabinets and DAY 13 Clear Your Counters vibes from the kitchen and whip your vanities into shape!

STEP 1: CLEAR IT

Take all the shit out of it. Take all the shit off of it. Rearrange. Reorganize. Purge the shit. The end.

STEP 2: PAINT

Paint that thing. It will take less than half a day, hopefully.

STEP 3: HARDWARE

Add some. See some hardware I posted about on DAY 7 for kitchen cabinets. Here are the ones in the photo above.

STEP 4: COUNTER

Getting trickier here. Several options here:

  1. Add some stone like we did here with this marble look quartz. This cost something like $300 maybe. I can’t remember. Definitely wasn’t more.

  2. Replace it with butcher block (from Floor & Decor or the like). That is easy to cut if you have a circular saw or know someone who does. Seal it with butcher block oil or poly.

  3. Replace with a simple counter sink combo from Home Depot like this one or this one. Those are nice because they are simple AND include the sink.

STEP 5: SINK

Some people dislike vessels. I get it, it makes the vanity taller. If you have a lower vanity, like the one in the photo, it actually helped to make it taller without replacing the whole vanity. I also prefer the flat bottom vessels, like this one I have bought about 10 times, because the ones that look like a bowl end up spinning and leaking.

STEP 6: FAUCET

No need to replace it if it’s fine, but if you do, refer to DAY 14 for some good faucets to purchase.

STEP 7: STORE IT

Find a place for your toothbrush, your hair spray (do people still use that stuff?), your hair dryer, the hand towel…..all the shit that lays out on your vanity top. Put it away somewhere. Give it a home. Live free of crap in your face.

Check out the before and after of that bathroom with the updated vanity. Click on the photo to see more about that makeover

Below are the resources mentioned above in this post.

Go. Go forth and conquer your vanity and win your space back.