This month’s Lowes Creative Ideas Blog team member challenge was blogger’s choice. The pressure! This basically meant that Lowes Creative Ideas was giving us free reign. My house has been a disaster zone for the last several weeks (insert long story about carpet and closet doors and broken beds and sleeping on the floor here) and so I needed something that wouldn’t contribute to the chaos. I thought about making over my sister’s dining area, but finally decided to fix something in my own space.
We all have things about our houses that drive us nuts, right? You know…stuff you didn’t realize was going to be an issue until you actually moved in. For example, at my house there’s nowhere to put your broom. It has to go in the garage, and that annoys me. Another thing that drives me nuts? My linen closet.
Don’t get me wrong…my house is a nice size for the six of us and I’m grateful for it every day. But that linen closet? Ugh. WAY. TOO. SMALL. My house is a 2 story with all the bedrooms upstairs. This is the only storage space upstairs. We have some under porch storage in the basement, but that’s way way way not convenient. There’s no way you can fit towels and sheets for six in that closet, let alone the “extra” stuff (deodorant, hairspray, light bulbs, etc.) that needs to be stored upstairs. So, I needed a solution.
I picked up this cabinet several (like nine) years ago. It was very country red and very much no longer my style, but I knew it had some potential, so I decided to make it over. I put Keller and a friend to work removing the hinges and knobs.
And then I went nuts with 2 of my favorites:
Valspar spray paint in Exotic Sea Gloss and Minwax stain in Provincial.
Spray paint tip: Start with your piece upside down. Get all the parts that you won’t be able to see/reach once it’s right side up and then flip it over so you don’t have to try to maneuver it when the whole thing is sticky and covered in wet paint.
I did one really good coat of spray paint and then touched up a couple of spots that looked a little on the red side.
Because the wood was not smooth and because my boys make everything look roughed up even when it’s not, I decided to rough it up a bit.
I let the paint dry for 2 or 3 days just to make sure it was really dry and not at all tacky, and then I took my power sander to it. Once I liked the amount of paint I had taken off, I wiped the whole thing down with a tack cloth and then I applied some stain with a rag. I applied and wiped and applied and wiped until I liked the look. I put on some new knobs and…
Then I went back to Lowe’s and headed to the organization section and picked up some of these baskets.
They’re under $15 for the set of 3 and I LOVE them because they’re super narrow and fit on any shelf. I have some in my basement bathroom as well.
I grouped stuff in them, like deodorant or light bulbs or Scentsy melts (yes, I have a problem) and put them in the cabinet.
So, here’s hoping that the unused space at the end of the hall helps me not have linen closet rage!
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*Disclosure: Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to purchase supplies for this project as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team. All opinions and statements are mine.