I tried to trace back my memory lane and see if I had ever lived in a room without a closet. After some deep digging for a couple of hours, I sort of remember my parents' first house in Hong Kong didn't have a closet either. What they had, I think, was a stand alone wardrobe system ... simply put: a plastic shield over a 3D rectangular metal rack. How on earth would I even remember this? I was only 5 when we moved to the second house. This wardrobe must be MEMORABLE!!
Anyways, the finishes I inherited in this bedroom didn't exactly inducing to any romance.. . see for yourself:
MLS listing: MUST SEE.. spacious bedroom with great light beige walls and hygienic wall-to-wall carpeting! The magic of advertising... and lots of imagination.
The first thing I did was painted two walls in warm white, two walls in a warm soft grey, and the ceiling in white with a slight blue undertone. Then, I replaced the carpet and installed the same laminates that run throughout the condo. An Ikea bed sprayed in dark grey, a custom headboard, new drapes, and a couple of irresistible side tables ($20 each!) after, I finished the first phase of my bedroom makeover.
As you can see, I have an lovely storage unit here and also four large drawers under my bed. The problem is, the two front drawers aren't easily accessible, since the two side tables are in the way. And really there isn't enough storage with just four drawers (well two were handicapped) and a shallow repurposed media unit... or is this just my excuse to redo it my bedroom again?
So I started to plan my ultimate closet solution.
Inspired by all the ingenious designs (repurpose and dress up basic Ikea pieces) Sarah Richardson has shown me on TV, I decided to build the basics with pieces from Ikea and the rest will need to be custom built. Here is my plan:
Pax system in the birch finish. I was going to have them all sprayed anyway, so the finishes really didn't matter much to me. I also found two doors from the AS-IS section as well for only $20 a piece! I then ordered four kitchen cabinet frames and doors to complete my trip to Ikea. The order came in three weeks later and I had all the pieces sprayed by Benjamin Furniture Refinishing. Noel did a great job and they totally looked light years apart from their Ikea brothers.
Work in progress and Paul was hard at work: Thanks Paul.. .couldn't have done it without you!
Here is the custom bedside table before being installed. Love the natural walnut finish. It matches the new dresser I got from Style Garage!
The custom units also include pot lights for reading and they are on dimmer for romance... heehee. Thanks to the great suggestion from Chris, these bedside tables were designed to be "floating" and so access to the drawers under my bed would be a breeze!
To take it a step further and not Ikea looking, I installed crown moulding at the top and also baseboard all the way around to unify the pieces.
Here is the finished product. .. a long process but I have achieved a bedroom with lots of storage!
and to finish off this entry... here is fab Mr. Bunny:
Update: Thanks Design Sponge for featuring this bedroom makeover on its website again. Will have to start working on the Dinning Room now... stay tuned until my next entry.