Budget Friendly Closet Makeover

Budget Closet Makeover JerseyGirlintheSouth.com

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I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. While my house may appear well organized and neat, my closets are not! They start out that way but over time we just start shoving stuff everywhere. Every few months I empty each closet and do a little reorganizing. It’s a temporary fix but I am determined for this one to remain permanent! When we moved into our house almost two years ago I lost all steam by the time I got to our bedroom. My husband took his packed cardboard boxes and just stuck them on top of the shelves and then never unpacked them. He has an issue with holding onto things. I wouldn’t say he’s a hoarder per se, but if I was not here to rein him in I don’t know what would happen!

Every season I religiously go through my clothing and get rid of anything I have not worn. Anything that does not fit well or has wash wear gets the boot. My husband just keeps buying more but has a hard time parting with the old. Like I said, he could easily be a hoarder… Here are the embarrassing before pictures. HOT MESS I tell you! I am sharing them to show you how bad it had gotten!!! This is our “Monica closet”. Friends fan will get that reference. Wedding photos, a bag of computer wires, Amazon impulse purchases and a computer tower were all mixed in that mess. All of it found it’s way back to their proper homes.

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I had a good start organizing with my shoe holders. Both came from my last house. Boots are hard to store so this hanging boot organizer from Amazon is perfect! The hanging shoe organizer is another Amazon find and I love it. Shoes can be stored in pairs or separately and since it’s vertical it takes up minimal space. My workout clothing and shorts are also in a hanging closet organizer. Dollar Tree had some awesome brown fabric bins that coordinate with the shoe holder. They were purchased for our hats but can be used to hold anything you like.

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Plastic hangers never hang nicely and stick out awkwardly all over the place. My solution was velvet hangers. HomeGoods had a big selection but some of the packages had damaged hangers in them. While I was looking an employee let me know that her manager would discount them if I wanted to purchase. Yes please! Our closet now feels more like a boutique than a bachelor pad. If you notice my husband’s clothes are also organized by sleeve length and color. Before he just haphazardly hung stuff wherever and it looked very sloppy.

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Our other issue was the lighting. The fixture that came with the house cast off an yellow glow. It was hard to match colors in that light. While browsing Lowe’s I came across a new fixture for $12.98! I was hoping for an inexpensive light and could not believe the price! My husband installed it for me and I could not believe the difference. White pure light makes picking out your clothing so much easier! There are no windows on that side of the room so it was impossible to take a picture with the light off. You can see the details on the box. It is very pretty in person.

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Another change I made was to hang my purses. I had them on the shelf and some of them ended up on the floor. Now they are easily accessible and the totes are all in one place. No more digging through the mess when I am trying to find a bag! Being a decorator I also had to add a fun monogram and art work. My budget for this project was $100 and I came in under!

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Here is my budget breakdown:

Velvet hangers (HomeGoods) $58.97

I Love Us Art (Hobby Lobby clearance) $5.44

Hook (Hobby Lobby 50% off) $6.99

Hat bins (Dollar Tree) $2

Light Fixture (Lowes) $12.98

Grand total $86.38

Are you interested in any of the items I used in my makeover? You can shop my closet!





Budget closet makeover

 

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Spring at the Farmhouse Home Tour

Spring Home Tour

I have teamed up with some amazing blogger friends for the Spring at the Farmhouse blog hop. Each one of these ladies is very talented and has a unique style. Please be sure to visit everyone and show them some love. If you are visiting from Little By Little Farmhouse   I am so happy that you stopped by! Her 1836 Farmhouse is stunning, isn’t it?

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Welcome to my home! I do not have a grand entryway, just this cozy little spot. I’m guessing you noticed the little piggie in the corner.  That’s Neil. He is my shadow and loves to photobomb my pictures. If you follow me on Instagram I often share his antics. He’s a naughty little guy!

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My house is beginning to change over from my darker winter decor to everything light, bright and fun. Second to fall, spring is my favorite season. I am not a big fan of cold and snow. If you are a regular reader of my blog you may remember that I had navy blue curtains and dark plaid throw pillows. They have all be replaced by all white everything! The neutral palette goes well with the pastel colors of spring.

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I have added lots of flowers (faux of course so I don’t sneeze!) to the house. The mantel was kept very simple with a bird’s nest, some forsythia and an adorable church birdhouse. My favorite springtime picture of my boys in a teal frame adds a little pop of color.

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Of course I had to hit up my favorite seasonal shopping place, The Target Bargain Spot, to see what treasures I could find. As usual I was not disappointed! This adorable Hello Spring pillow and the pink wooden tray I used on the dresser made it into my cart in record time. Unfortunately other people in my area have discovered it too so you have to move fast! I love the cheerful colors!

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If you look inside the smaller mason jar you will see the most adorable little nest I found at a boutique near me. The larger jar holds faux robin’s eggs.

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My cozy reading corner received a few spring touches. You know how much I love my bunnies!

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In the opposite corner Harold is sporting a magnolia wreath and I added a fun little chair. It was purchased with the intent of refinishing and selling it but my boys pointed out that it fits here perfectly. They are right! The basket holds fresh eggs that my oldest son collected. My chickens are finally laying again thankfully!

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On the opposite side of the entryway is the dining room. A crisp white linen tablecloth and some fun tulips lighten up this space. On a recent junking trip I found these silver pitchers. My mom is going to have something to say when she sees that I displayed them tarnished but I prefer things to be imperfect (like myself).

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For the centerpiece I found this adorable greenhouse and filled it with dried boxwood plants and some moss eggs. I love a little bit of greenery mixed with the cotton boll.

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My master bedroom also received some spring updates. I changed up the accessories, added some more faux spring flowers and a cute decorative pillow.

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In Virginia it has been unseasonable warm and sunny which made it more challenging to take photos! Not that I am complaining!

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Lastly we head outdoors. This is the first home I have owned with a front porch and I love it. I am enjoying changing it up for the seasons plus I have a great spot to sit and watch my boys when the summer sun is scorching.

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The yard is starting to turn green but still has a ways to go. Crocus and tulips have started coming up!

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We are not the only ones enjoying the early spring weather. My animals are loving it too! Neil loves hanging out on the deck and the chickens beg to get out of the coop and free range. Literally. They will start squawking as soon as they see me. We also have rabbits which will be making an appearance on the blog closer to Easter.

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I hope you enjoyed touring my home for spring. Head over to Little Farmstead next to see what she has in store for you! Be sure to stop by and say hello to my other friends as well!

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Farmhouse style master bedroom makeover

DIY Farmhouse Style Bedroom Makeover

 

When we first came to see this house I fell in love with our master bedroom. The bright sun shining through the arched window and tall vaulted ceilings drew me in. The vanity was the perfect spot for me to get ready in the morning. I could imagine myself snuggling in bed with the kids on weekends and late night Facebook browsing on my phone in bed when I really should be sleeping. (Don’t judge. You know you all do it too!) Then I caught a glimpse of the 90’s trendy textured ceiling and equally dated ceiling fan. They had to go! I am one of those weirdos who hates ceiling fans blowing on me when I am trying to sleep so I opted for an elegant chandelier instead of a new fan.

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My main job was the designing and decorating (the part that I really enjoy).  I wanted a soft romantic feel in this room. In order to save money I also did the painting (which I do not enjoy). For those that do not know me in person I am very clumsy. Like fell off of a ladder injuring my back for life and was out of work for 6 weeks kind of clumsy. My bedroom ceiling is 12 feet high in the middle. Standing on my tippy toes on the ladder caused me to struggle but I got it done without any major incidents. I was very proud of myself and the kids kept coming in to cheer me on aka make sure I was still alive.

I am in LOVE with this paint color, Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper. We also used it in the kitchen and family room in our last home. The little boy’s bedroom in this house is the same color as well. I would consider it a neutral shade and it matches so many different color schemes.

We also removed the carpeting on the entire second floor. The previous owners had a cat and a dog and we are extremely allergic to both. We had the carpet professionally cleaned before moving in but it was not enough to remove all of the dander. My middle son has asthma and breathing is kind of important. We were hoping to keep the carpets as they were in perfect condition but what can you do. The carpeting was replaced with Allen and Roth laminate flooring in Toasted Chestnut. We hired Lowes to install it since my husband would not have had the time. We have been very happy with it so far and the installation went perfectly.

 

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The giant glowing object on my nightstand is a crystal pitcher. It belonged to my father’s grandmother and was given to me at my bridal shower. When the sun comes into the room and hits it light bounces everywhere. The picture is of my father and I on my wedding day. I used to be a blonde!

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It was surprisingly easy to convince my husband to plank the ceiling. Originally I thought about whitewashing it but once it was up I preferred the natural wood tone with our painted bedroom suite. We had worked with these interlocking wood panels before in the kitchen in our last home when we updated our island. It is so simple to do but is tedious and time consuming work.

I plan to write up a tutorial for the ceiling if there is any interest with my husband’s help in the future. He did not use any instructions and just winged it. He amazes me with his on the fly math and measuring skills. I, on the other hand, have trouble hanging a picture without putting a million holes in the wall and like step by step instructions.  He also hung the chandelier and changed out the vanity light fixture by himself. Electricity scares me. We make a good pair.

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This sweet little vanity is just for me! I live in a house full of boys so I need my own girly space. It will be receiving a little makeover shortly.

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My cozy little reading chair aka where the throw pillows live at night.

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I love the view from my bedroom window. It is really cool during thunderstorms to watch the lightening through the arched window.

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The whole room took us almost a year to complete. Sometimes we have great intentions, purchase everything and then take a very long time completing the work (cough…kid’s playroom that still is not finished…cough). I stared at a pile of wood against the wall for about 6 months and the ladder became a new spot for my husband to hang his clothes. It ended up being well worth the wait! I am not a morning person at all but I love waking up in this room.

Source list: (Links have been provided below as several readers have requested more information. I do not receive any compensation from them)

Curtains, rods and bedding: Target

Flooring: Allen and Roth laminate in Toasted Chestnut from Lowes

Chandelier: Allen and Roth from Lowes

Vanity light: Home Depot

Paint: Wall-Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper in Satin  Trim-Valspar Signature Ultra White Semigloss

White chair: Ikea Jennylund

Vanity chair: Home Goods

Furniture: Lane Furniture

 

Would you like to see how we did the ceiling? Leave a comment and let me know!

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