Sure, our bedroom furniture will transition to the guest room eventually, and those lamps need new shades, and most importantly we've still not ordered new windows. But past that, this room is clean and new, and nearly done.
We took out a tiny closet full of slanted shoe shelves to make a normal size door into the bathroom. Our old stainless medical cabinet has been pressed into duty, with some baskets to hold products and my favorite ironstone punchbowl full of soap. I need to refold the towels (currently stashed in an armoire) and stack those in there too.
Also fun was the little bit of "shopping" I did through the house. I won't do too much as we'll move to the master eventually, but we'll be here for a while so I thought a few accessories would be nice. We're also pretty proud of our closet door handles. They're actually cabinet hardware, but chunky and heavy and nice. The shocker was the price, five bucks and change from Locks & Pulls out in Overland Park.
And finally, to break up the dark floor, the 9X12 seagrass rug. Overstock.com, $280, shipping included. Yes, I wish it didn't have the canvas border, but I've looked and I can't find borderless rugs. If it doesn't exactly disappear, it doesn't call too much attention to itself either. We're pleased.
Sadly, we don't have a Henredon gallery here anymore. Fuhr's used to have both Henredon and Baker galleries but they're long gone. And while the website directs me to Madden-McFarland or Dillard's I'm doubting either keeps one of these on hand.
You can order Henredon through the Design Center at Nebraska Furniture Mart (if you can stand wading through all the Ashley and La-Z-Boy to get to it), but I miss being able to put my hands on things while I browse.
Just as exciting as the closet doors, is the closet system itself that we ordered from EasyClosets.com. How about a product review?
Let me start by letting you know I have no affiliation with EasyClosets.com, other than I've just ordered and installed their product.
Their online design tool was really very easy to use. You pick the type of closet (say reach-in versus walk-in), input your measurements, and start building. Tall hanging, double hanging, drawers, baskets and hampers are all available. There are also a variety of drawer fronts, hardware options, and accessories such as tie and belt racks. There are a range of available laminate colors and wood grains. Because this bedroom will eventually be used as a home office/project room we went with plain white laminate.
We ordered our system last Saturday afternoon. I received an email Monday morning saying that our boxes were shipping and would be delivered Thursday, and they were. All nine of them. One small thing I thought was pretty smart, each box was labeled "Corner Bedroom," the name I gave our design. If you'd built and ordered multiple closets you'd know exactly where everything should go.
We opened all the boxes and familiarized ourselves with what each piece was, and opened the instruction booklet. It came with a plan drawing printed in with the instructions. Not exactly the easiest to follow, but not difficult either. The main thing is to mount the back wall track at the right height, perfectly level, and screwed into studs.
The rest of the system was a breeze. Vertical panels simply hang on the track and receive cam pins. Horizontal pieces get cams inserted and then set on the cam pins. One turn of the screwdriver and everything tightens up. If its not in correctly you'll know. Even installing the drawer glides was no problem with the included self-tapping screws and a drill fit with a phillips head bit. Instructions even tell you how many open holes you need above your drawer rail for the next one.
Finally, scoring the plastic track cover with a utility knife allows it to snap straight and it mounts right over the track to cover the metal. With that you're done.
Overall I'm happy with the product. The closet system we used at the condo was very similar, but bigger and quite a bit heavier, but also a lot more expensive. I would probably not use EasyClosets for our master closet, opting for real custom cabinetry instead. But for this office bedroom or the guest room (the next closet we'll need to outfit) I think it's perfect. And I can't argue with the ease of customizing to fit whatever the need, the lightning fast shipping, or an installation that really was no big deal.
Northwest corner looking east:
Just inside the hallway door looking west:
Brett emailed Dan the floor guy to let him know we didn't think it was looking so good, and we never heard back. Happily we came home to a floor that had been given a second coat of stain and is now...even, and charcoally and dark!
I'm not taking a picture now. The floor has three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane coming and then Bill will return to install the base moulding and doors. With that the room will be done (with the exception of the windows, which we're still looking for), and I will shoot. I'll post the original before to remind you of the horror, and the final result, which I think we're going to be rather pleased with. Thank you for your patience.
Here is your before. This is actually in the living room but trust me when I say it's a sea of tattered in every room.
And here we are after the first pass. I'm not sure if it's obvious or not, but the different is stunning. We've had a bit of a glitch in that Dan forgot to tell his guys that they needed a grey stain, so when they painted two brown patches and had us come look we had an awkward moment. But they've called Dan and are going to finish their sanding and treat the wood (a sealer most likely) and will come back for samples tomorrow. One day is no big deal if it means we get exactly what we've been dreaming of.This is the most amazing part to me, the closet. There were asbestos tiles glued down in here before. I'd tried to pry some off and came up with some jagged bits, leaving horrible blobs of dried adhesive. We thought at first that they'd simply replaced the wood like they did where we removed a closet and there were voids, but no, this is what was underneath the tile.
Below was our table, designed by the Avila College design department. It was a font theme and very graphic. Fun.
There are always some asian inspired tables. In fact should Brett's firm ever sponsor a table and I get to design, that's the route I'd go.