Our Bonus Room Transformation
Many of the homes in our neighborhood are VERY old. Our house, for example, is 85ish years old. Back when these homes were built, people just didn't have as much stuff as they do now! They didn't need as much space or as much storage. That means that many of these homes have very few closets and a small original floorplan that's been added onto over time. This method usually results in awkward flow from the front of the house to the back or very obvious "bump-outs" where the home's addition is just stuck onto the back. Ours looks like that, which is a little unfortunate, but it has a really great flow compared to many of the homes we looked at. Upstairs, however, the bumpout just created this little bonus room that you have to walk through a bedroom to reach. The previous owners used it as a nursery, but it's not connected to the main HVAC system and get's a little too toasty in the summertime, so I didn't want to do that. We thought about making it a bathroom, but that's $$$. Then we considered doing an office or something, but the most glaring need that we could see was the lack of closet space. So we just decided to go for it, and built our own built-in closet. It's technically janky, I'm sure, but I still really love it.
This is what it looked like when we bought the house. The photo is AWFUL, I'm sorry. The carpet was really thin and stained and nasty, so we replaced it (Birthday present from my Mama) with a luxurious plushy gray carpet.
We built the shelves out of MDF boards, which are 0.75" thick and very heavy. It was probably overkill. I'm not really a DIY-er, and I was just going off of another Pinterest project I had seen. However, they're sturdy and hold up my clothes and that's all I need them to do. I reeeeally regretted not painting each piece beforehand beforehand, though. By the end of it all, I think everyone was tired of trying to reach the backs of the shoe shelves.
I believe we painted using the Benjamin Moore Advanced line, but I'm not 100% positive because I was in the midst of growing two babies that were making me verrrry sick. The Advanced line is nice because it cleans up like Latex with soap and water, but dries hard like oil. In my past experience, latex can stay sort of "sticky." Like, if you set a heavy object on it for a while, it sticks when you try to pick it back up. That's not whatcha want.
We built the closet to hold plenty of shoes, long hanging clothes, hanging shirts and 8 bins for tossable items like socks, swimsuits, undies, etc. There's also quite a bit of shelf space for folded clothes like jeans, scarves and my husband's T-shirts and sweaters.
There's enough space that we can make it whatever we need to be, and I love that. Don't love the air conditioning unit at all, but we've put enough money into this house and finding a way to connect this room and the sun room to the main HVAC system would cost way too much money. Plus, there's a limit to the number of projects my husband will take on. He's not out of his gourd, like me :). Another feature I'm pretty happy with is the big slab on top of the bin spaces. It's been nice to use it as a sort of standing vanity, or just a spot to toss things as I'm getting ready.
Like I said, we are not big DIY-ers but I am so happy we decided to take on this project. It has been such a fun spot for us to get ready and keep our things. But it's also been a great place for Laurel and Rebecca to play! When they were little and not crawling yet, they loved to lie on the carpet and play with their toys.
Anyways, would you take on a project like this? Does this inspire you to use a blank space in your home in a more creative way?