Thursday, October 8, 2015

ORC Week 1: Creating a Dressing Room from Chaos

I think I am being too ambitious for my own good.

Out of three past attempts, I've only made it by the deadline once.

But I guess that's why it's called a challenge!

Yes, once again, I am participating as a guest in the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling It Home.  It's five weeks from the Before to the Reveal (even though most people say it is six weeks, it is not). Over the course of six posts, I'll take you through the process of converting an awkward space over at my mother's into a glam --but very budget friendly-- dressing room.

For the last couple of years, I have been helping my mother recover from hoarding tendencies which developed over a long period of depression. When we demolished her bedroom closet during her bedroom make-over (ORC Spring 2014), I promised her we would "do something" with the little area she wasusing as a dressing room--an odd shaped space behind the bathroom.

That promise is over-due.

The area really is weird. Here is a floor plan.

Our plan is to take out those walls in green and make it one big area. (The back wall is thirteen feet long and the main area is just short of five feet wide.) The "wall" by the letter B is no wall at all--just railings for the stairs.

The Befores

The first picture is taken standing at "A" with the camera pointed in the direction shown.

I wish we had the budget for a new fan light, but sadly we don't.

I plan to mount drapes from the ceiling where the railings are--and across this bit here (about the middle of the screen) for a "door." A new wall out of drywall and a real door aren't in thetimeline--or the budget!

Beside the shelves we have a window. It faces west and gets lovely light.

This next picture was taken from point "B" looking at the closet at the end of the "hall."

The carpet is coming out.

Those shelves above the desk used to continue all the way down the wall where the desk is now.

It's a really tight squeeze through those bifold doors into that closet. Stuff gets put in there and forgotten.

So it's coming out. Who needs a closet in a closet?


A previous one room challenge!

I think our drapes need to be a bit more opaque than these, but this is exquisite.

Only thing is, we have more shoes.

Mom really likes this idea for bracelets and necklaces. I've never seen double pronged hooks like that. Anyone know what they are and where I can find them?
source (the original seems to have vanished)

Punch List:
Empty out every last little thing
Take down remaining shelving
Tear down closet
Repair dry wall and rebuild closet bit
Prep and paint walls
Tear out carpet
Lay down new flooring
Install new light fixture (in the old closet)
Find a bench/make one
Assemble Pax Wardrobes
Install closet rod(s)
Install shoe shelves
Figure out Jewellery storage/display
Move clothes back in.

But honestly, no matter what we do, we will not get it all back in. 

Yep, that's the room we created during the ORC, Spring 2014.

Here are my previous ORC's:

Spring 2014: Mom's bedroom (over deadline by a week)
Fall 2014: My Living Room (done on time!)
Spring 2015: My Dining Room (Technically still not finished. Just need to finish one last thing.)

Join us all for the fun! I've gotten to know some interesting people from past One Room Challenges. Check them out.


Anonymous said...

I think the double hooks in the jewelry photo are for a shower curtain (liner plus decorative). Also, on the fan light- I've had great luck painting the blades for a quick refresh, and then finding "new" bulb covers at Goodwill or Habitat. I think the shades that are very plain in shape but a bit frosted are the most neutral and timeless.
Enjoying the decluttering series and good luck on ORC!

Christine Dovey said...

Absolutely adore that glass wall and sheer inspo and Albertina's closet is totally amaze! A devoted dressing room is a dream- excited to follow!

Alana in Canada said...

Thank you, Sarah! I'll be on the look out for those hooks then in a bath shop. Excellent. I love your Habitat for Humanity Re-Store suggestion. We need another light, too, so that's definitely worth a trip. Thanks for your kind words!

Alana in Canada said...

Thanks Christine!

Janina Laird said...

The 2-pronged hooks are definitely shower curtain hooks. I've used them and loved them as I could put the clear vinyl curtain on one side and my fancy cloth one on the other side of the hook. Much easier to deal with than the plastic hooks. I think I bought mine at HomeSense. Seeing that picture makes me wonder where mine went when I moved to this house. I went from 4 bathrooms to just one. BTW, the hooks roll along their 'bar' on little metal beads, acting similar to ball-bearing. Best hooks ever!

Alana in Canada said...

Janina, thank you! I will get to Homesense just as soon as I can. I need hooks for my shower curtains, too! I love the ones with ball bearings.

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