The day after Christmas, we drove up to
Illinois (14 hours) to spend some time with our
middle daughter's family and help them
renovate their heavily used coat closet.
This isn't actually the real "before" as Jaysa and
Mike had already removed the folding doors and
moved all the winter coats to another closet.
The picture below shows how far we got before
we had to come back home. We call this phase one
as we plan to finish the bottom half next trip up.
We took this old bench up for them to use
temporarily until we can build in a full bench
with room below for more baskets.
Here's some pictures of the work in progress:
Painting in a small space is always a challenge.
It got even more crowded when Superman
(almost 5) decided to lend us his superpowers
by helping us paint. He soon lost interest after
just 10 minutes of helping put on the second coat.
Lucky for us, his little sister (18 months) was way
too busy running down the hallway the other way.
Thankfully, she wasn't that interested
in the work going on at the opposite end!
Wild Bill (AKA Grampy) installed a
wide board on the top for adult coats and a
smaller one on bottom for the kid's.
Above the adult's board, Grampy installed a
shelf wide enough to hold baskets. There was a
gap between them, so we decided to add
some trim to cover the gap.
We weren't able to bring all the tools and
saws we needed to do a perfect job, but
we found we could depend on Lowes and
Home Depot to do basic cuts for us.
Luckily, Grampy brought his power drill as
Jaysa's wasn't strong enough to install the hooks.
He gave Jaysa a quick lesson on controlling
the speed, and she installed the hooks where
she wanted them.
When Grampy saw this next picture he
thought Jaysa looked really determined to
get those screws in and under his breath
he said "straight in Jaysa, straight in."
Are you wondering why we didn't paint
everything before putting up the hooks?
Well...snow and ice was forecasted and we
needed to leave early. In fact, it started
snowing as the hooks were being installed.
Little Livvie stopped running long enough
to model her hook...
Here's a shot of the trim all painted.
Lowe's didn't have enough hooks for the sides
of the closet so Jaysa is waiting on them.
On our next trip, we plan to help Jaysa add
more trim at the bottom and top of the boards,
along with building in a permanent bench.
Our daughter seems to have a problem
picking paint colors just like her mama!
Here's a shot of the outside of the closet,
which is in the laundry room:
I've heard Rome wasn't built in a day.
So many colors, so little time...
Here's another look at phase one.
When we got home, Santa Claus ordered
Jaysa her own drill just like Grampy's so
she'll be able to finish the hooks and cover
the top of the old bench, as well as help build
the new bench when the time comes.
The wall color inside the closet is
Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy and the white
is Behr's Swiss Coffee in their paint and primer
mix. The baskets are from IKEA, which we
borrowed from the kid's playroom to use until
Jay finds something she likes better.
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