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Akira’s Room Makeover | Part 2

April 5, 2016

Well, this post has been a bit of a long time coming. Last we left you, we shared all about Akira’s room makeover. Need a refresher? Check out the details here. In addition to making over Akira’s room, we also made over her closet.


girl's closet



akira closet makeover 1 |

(There is no natural light in the closet, so please forgive the fuzzy photos!)

Unfortunately, we don’t have many progress shots because we were working on this way past our bedtimes, and neither one of us were feeling enthusiastic enough to stop every 15 minutes to take photos. So you’ll just have to visualize with me…

We started by removing the shelves and hanging rods from the left and back walls. Then we painted the walls and ceiling Dover White by Sherwin Williams.

Around 12am when we were getting ready to stop for the night, I looked at Michael and said, “Okay, don’t kill me, but that paint is dry and we really need to get this fabric on the wall. Can we just do it now, so I can work on the details tomorrow?” To my surprise, he said, “Alright. Let’s go.” That man does a fabulous job at pretending he likes my ideas. So back to the room we went. We shimmied the ladder into the closet and started stapling the 2 yards of fabric (from Hobby Lobby) to the back wall. If you’d like the how to, this is the tutorial that we used.

The next morning while Eleanor was napping and Emerson was watching a movie I used fabric glue to adhere ribbon to the edges of the fabric/wall to clean things up a bit and hide the staples.

akiras closet ribbon trim |

We hung her clothes on the right side and used the shelf above for miscellaneous trinkets (e.g. trophies, keepsakes, etc.).

akira closet right side |

The blue shoe cabinet is actually a metal TV stand that we purchase from Ikea.

Akira closet shoes

On the right side of the closet, we attached two shelves, a mirror, hooks, and a jewelry organizer (all from Target). It’s the perfect place for her to stash her purses/bags, nail polish, and jewelry. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little jealous.

akira closet shelves |

There’s also this fab Zebra print for some added whimsy. The print is from Me & My Big Ideas: Gallery addition (purchased at Hobby Lobby).

closet makeover zebra print |

I love that it has a sensibility about it. The pieces will stay the same but how she uses them and what she stores in here will change. It’s a space that will grow with her, and that was our main goal.

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Garage Clean Out

August 18, 2015

A while back we posted how we planned to save about $100 a month on our mortgage. In short, we’re going to have our house reappraised to see if we can drop our private mortgage insurance, but before we can do that we have a few maintenance things that need to be taken care of. Here’s our current list of to-dos:

  • Fix wood rot on exterior + repaint those areas
  • Change garage door
  • Fix the leaning fence (partially done)
  • Finish landscaping outside
  • Power wash bricks
  • Repaint front door and threshold
  • Finish painting interior doors + trim and finish changing all the knobs / hinges
  • Install a fan in the sunroom
  • Fix holes in bedroom wall (post coming soon!)
  • Fixed cracked tile / grout in master bathroom
  • Refinish / replace tub in hall bathroom
  • Paint girls’ rooms + get window dressings
  • Replace closet doors in Eleanor’s room
  • Organize kitchen desk
  • Update downstairs bathroom (We’ve started this! Check out Instagram for photo)

And something we forgot to add to our original list: clean and organize the garage!

There was stuff all over the place! We couldn’t even fit our 1 car anywhere in the 2 car space. Well, this past weekend that all changed. We had kind of let things fall where they may, because we knew we couldn’t do anything until we got rid of the granite counter tops; leftover after remodeling our kitchen. You can kind of see the largest piece, complete with old sink, behind the ladder in this photo:

ladder as shelf drying station

(It may not look like much, but that one piece was over 6 feet!)

We listed the pieces on Craig’s List, and someone bought them. Don’t know what someone would do with old granite counter tops, don’t care. I’m just happy they’re gone.

Since there was finally space to move things around we took the old kitchen cabinets (also left after the remodel) and moved them over to the side of the garage where the granite used to be. We saved one piece of granite to use on top of the old cabinets to make a really awesome work table. We probably have the finest work bench in the state of Texas.

organizing a garage out-of-control via

We also unscrewed the pegboards (came with the house) from the wall so we could re-arrange it them a way that would maximize the vertical space above the new work table. I noticed when we were removing the pegboards, whoever installed it had not left the proper space between the boards and the wall.  To our dismay, the wall was full of holes (caused by the pegs being forced into it)! So here is a tip to any who want to put pegboard on their walls: make sure you put a frame behind the pegboard to give it some space so your wall doesn’t look like someone really didn’t know where to hang their picture.

We used some extra 1x2s that we had on hand to build our frame for the pegboard. It was a little longer than the pegboards, but I’m okay with that. The edges of the pegboard are screwed into the frame (which was secured to the wall) and the middle has the gap needed to accommodate the pegs. You can see some of the frame sticking out here:

Once we got that up, it really laid the ground work to start putting things away and organizing. We hung up the nail guns and really anything we could find that would make sense.

organizing a garage out-of-control via

We also loaded the cabinets with all of our extra paints (a ridiculous amount!) and various other tools.

organizing a garage out-of-control via


We also loaded the cabinets with all of our extra paints and various other tools.

We went through the extra wood and grouped like pieces. Anything that wasn’t worth salvaging we threw out. We then moved our future projects into the empty space in front of the wood. We placed the kids’ bikes and toys in this area as well. We still have a few things that we need to sell / donate, so once that’s done I’m hoping we’ll have a better solution for the bikes / toys.

Even with the few things that we still need to get rid of, we finally had an entire side cleared, and we were able to park our SUV in the garage! Smiles all around.

After spending 6 hours of our Saturday working on the garage, I wish I could say we were completely done. But there are still things left to be do. We need to fix some of the drywall tape, the mutilated wall, and get the left door replaced (we replaced the right one after it broke 3 years ago) before appraisal, but we’d eventually like to add smarter storage and a nice coat of not-white paint to the walls and the old kitchen cabinets.