The Interior Frugalista: February 2014

February 27, 2014

Master Bedroom Closet Expansion

You have no idea how excited I am to FINALLY have more closet space in our modest master bedroom from the 60's. The idea to figure out a way to carve more valuable closet space has been 15-years in the making. It took selling a piece of furniture and staring at the empty void for inspiration to strike. Today I'm sharing our Master Bedroom Closet Expansion and how we carved a small and narrow piece of real estate from our master bedroom to build a second closet.

Master bedroom closet expansion

As I mentioned above, our home was built in the 60's and the rooms are a modest size by today's standards. Especially lacking in homes of this era is adequate closet space. Our master had one closet with the traditional single rod running from end to end and one shelf above it. In dire need to maximize this space, we installed a double rod system a few years ago. It helped maximize the space but with two people sharing the closet, our clothing was squished like sardines.

Pictured below is the one and only closet...

Existing Master Bedroom Closet Before Expansion

As Mr. Frugalista's wardrobe has expanded for his job and mine for...ahem...we won't discuss that, using a small closet was no longer an option.

Mapping The Master Bedroom Closet Expansion

After giving the small bedroom hutch (pictured below) a Small Armoire Makeover too pretty for a bedroom and selling it, I kept pondering how we could convert the small 12-inch narrow space into another closet.

Old Bedroom Hutch before Master Bedroom Closet Expansion

A few weekends ago I presented Mr. Frugalista with a scaled drawing of an idea that I had. Hearing the desperation in my voice construction immediately began.

A Master Bedroom Closet Expansion Using A 12-Inch Narrow Space 

Day One - Framing and Drywalling the new closet

Framing the Master Closet Expansion

By the end of Day One, we had this...

Drywalling the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion

Day Two - Prepping the drywall for paint

By the end of Day Two, the drywall was taped, patched, sanded and ready for a fresh coat of paint.

Prepping the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion for paint

Day Three - Paint, Trim, and New Closet Doors

By noon the closet had two coats of fresh paint. If you are wondering about the color it is Wedgewood Gray by Benjamin Moore HC-146.

Trim matching the existing closet was installed by mid afternoon.

Because of the narrow footprint of the closet and wanting to use all 12 valuable inches of depth, installing bi-fold doors was not an option. We did purchase bi-fold doors, that matched the ones on the existing closet, but instead of folding in the center we joined the doors together.

How we did that was by joining them together with the hinges that came with the bi-folds (and then stopping them from folding by installing metal brackets in four places across the joints (see picture below). The doors were hung with regular door hinges onto the frame.

Installing adjustable shelving in Master bedroom closet expansion

Day Four - Installing shelves

Metal shelving uprights were installed on the back wall of the closet so the shelves could be adjustable. Sheets of 12" x 8" white melamine were used for the shelves. They were cut to fit the width of the closet and then ripped on the table saw to 10-inches deep.

Day Five - Organizing Day

Despite the shelves being only 10-inches deep, they are perfect for housing pants, t-shirts, sweaters, purses, and shoes in plastic shoe boxes. I'm thrilled with how much room is now in our existing closet for hanging clothing and how much space is available for folded clothing in the new closet. You can see in the photo below, there's room for more!

Organizing the master bedroom closet expansion

Day Six - Clothing Shopping

Now that there are empty hangers and shelves in both closets this is going to happen...

But first, with coffee in hand, I want to admire the little project that could but only took 15 years. One would never know there was only one closet in our master bedroom.

Master bedroom closet expansion matching the existing closet

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Master Bedroom Closet Expansion Before & After

Considering we were on a roll, I gave Mr. Frugalista another scaled drawing of an idea I had for this room. He liked my idea and you can find it here on our Custom Built-In Window Seat and Bookcase post.

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February 23, 2014

Neoclassical Style Side Table

Mr. Frugalista surprised me one day with a Neoclassical Style Side Table that he found on Kijiji.  He bought it from someone who was selling their grandmother's belongings and I have no idea how old it is.  It was in terrible condition but had such gorgeous details that I knew with some TLC it could be transformed into something pretty.
Neoclassical style side table after makeover
Needing to break free from my Proven├že rut Love, I painted this table in Paris Grey and Louis Blue ASCP Chalk Paint.  

The table top had been slathered in a thick brown gel stain. I had already removed a couple of layers when I realized that I hadn't taken a Before Picture.  

Neoclassical Style Side Table before makeover

I was thrilled to discover the top had an inlaid wood finish beneath all the gunk!  

Neoclassical Style Side Table with inlaid wood underneath

After I carefully removed all the stain and gave it a light sand using the mouse sander, I got to the task of filling in the nicks and scratches on the legs.  Look at those pretty metal tapered arrow feet!

Neoclassical Style Side Table tapered arrow feet

At this point I still hadn't a clue how I was going to make this table over but I knew for sure I wanted to gild those adorable feet in silver.  I gave them a bit of a sanding to reveal some of the gold underneath.

Neoclassical Style Side Table with tapered arrow feet gilded in silver

Then I decided to gild the grooves in the fluted legs silver as well and thats when I knew the legs needed to be painted in Paris Grey.  After the paint dried I thought it was pretty but needed more somethin somethin but I didn't want to go with a high contrast.  I decided a soft Louis Blue would compliment the Paris Grey quite nicely.

Neoclassical Style Side Table with fluted legs

There was no way I was going to paint over the inlaid wood so I painted the parameter in Paris Grey.  I wasn't liking how the Paris Grey looked against the natural wood so I decided to leave the sides grey and painted around the inlay in Louis Blue.  Much better!

I then applied several coats of Lemon Oil onto the inlay with a foam brush and let absorb overnight.  

When I came back into the workshop the following morning I stood over the table while enjoying my morning java and decided it was begging for a graphic.  So off to the Graphics Fairy website I went and found one that I thought would be perfect.

Neoclassical Style Side Table with painted French Graphic

Using carbon paper behind my graphic I traced over all the details on the paper with a pen, pressing hard enough that the image would transfer onto the wood.  Then using a Black Paint Pen I traced over the details and voila! I was worried the paint wouldn't take to the oiled surface but it worked like a charm!

After the paint dried for a few hours I gave the entire table a coat of clear wax.  Then I gave all the painted surfaces some dark wax and wiped away the excess.  The following day I buffed the entire table with my handy dandy horse hair shoe brush and declared the makeover complete.

Neoclassical Style Side Table painted in Paris Grey and Louis Blue chalk paint.

When I went to put it in my furniture holding cell Guest Bedroom to await a buyer I realized how perfect it looked in the space.  Dang, now I can't part with it!   

Neoclassical Style Side Table in guest bedroom after makeover

Oh well, I wasn't madly in love with the table I had in there so I'm going to tweak it's makeover and sell it instead.

Okay, here's another look at the table because I'd love your help...

Neoclassical Style Side Table

I've been doing a lot of research to find out what decade (I realize we're not talk'n century here) it was made in.  I'm also trying to find out what style it would be classified under.  It certainly has a lot of Hepplewhite features (reproduction of course).  Anybody have any ideas?




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