Monday, March 25, 2013

Before and After- A Storage Space Turned Guest Room

One thing I learned when I moved in with Andy: Cohabitating leaves you with a ton of shit that has no home. We unpacked all the essentials, and just kept being like "I'm not sure what to do with that, just put it in the guest room and we'll figure it out!" Sleeping bags? Guest room. Christmas tree? Guest room. Spare furniture? Guest room. (This is a very familiar story.)

Do you like how I moved the clipboard wall from the office to try and add some ambience? What a drastic, stylish difference. I had a guest coming in (the lovely Hernandez, from the amazing new blog Within Color) and I wanted the room to be a little less institutional and try and play with what I needed to fill the big empty wall. It was really just a last-ditch "lipstick on a pig" kind of effort.

I swear it didn't look *exactly* like this when she stayed here, but to be honest, I can't promise it was all that much better. But at least that box of disposable cameras full of unknown pictures and my George Foreman grill had a home, right? Do you like my window treatment of a big chalkboard so that my neighbors can't see my guests getting undressed? Pure class around here.

Now, I have a pretty decently sized apartment, but it doesn't have a lot of storage. We only have two closets, and each is only big enough to hold about 30 hangers. So that's cool. This meant that instead of just organizing all the crap from guest room and storing it elsewhere was not an option. So step one was sort, trash, donate. And it took fucking forever. But it got done! So let's just go to the after because you don't want to hear about piles of garbage.

It doesn't have the waterslide I was hoping to work in, a la Blank Check, but since our budget for the guest room was like, thirty bucks, we had to make due with what we had. The only things we purchased were nine yards of muslin at $1/yd to make the curtains, and some storage that we will get to. Also, the bed was slightly neater before the shot got a volunteer model.

But I have no self-control when it comes to telling this face no.

Maybe at some point I'll add a rug, or some more pillows, but after the crap tornado that this room was before, just seeing simple crisp whites and empty floors is soooo nice.

Because we didn't toss every last thing from the guest room, we did end up needing to use the closet as storage rather than have it be open for guests. That's okay, even when it had space, no past guests actually put anything in there. But there was no room for a stand-up clothes rack, and we are using our spare dresser in the foyer. Thankfully, I recently found the blog Mint Love Social Club, spent two hours reading all of their archives, and found this idea for a DIY Corner Closet Pipe Rack that would work perfect for the space.


It's easiest to assemble everything and then mount it. So the pipe (mine was 3/4") will go into the mouth of the elbow joint, and then screw the elbow joint into the flanges. Both of those steps are easy, and can be done with no tools or muscle by one person. Just make sure that if you have the pipe cut, rather than buying a precut piece, that you have it threaded at the hardware store. Threading is just having the ends of the pipe cut in that spiraly way that makes them screw into the elbow joints (think like a lid going onto a pop bottle.) It's free, and it's an essential step! But 18" pieces of pre-threaded pipe are pretty common.

From there, Andy held the pipe up while I drilled it into place with standard drywall screws. 


It's the perfect amount of "closet space" for a guest staying for the weekend, and when its not in use it holds fancier dresses that I don't wear as often, so that they don't take up precious closet space.

I didn't need anchors or anything to keep it firmly in the walls, since it seemed pretty secure and wouldn't be holding more than a few pounds. If your guests come with a suitcase full of like, riot gear or something you might need more support.

Wow, this post ended up a lot longer than I expected it to be. But there you have it, a guest room makeover and a DIY corner closet rack! 

PS: Thanks to Remodelista for featuring r/p! And thank you guys for helping the r/p Facebook page get to 800 likes! You guys are amazing.

xo,
z

22 comments:

  1. Ahhhhhh it's so pretty and beautiful and perfect! Counting down the days until July FOR REAL...

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  2. Love the mini clothing rack.

    And thank you for the Within Color mention!! Wholeheartedly jealous that you'll be hangin with Hernandez.

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    1. sadly, she was already here! but we're all campaigning to get her to come back (...permanently.)

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  3. This is such a brilliant solution! Thanks for sharing

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    1. god bless pinterest haha, but thank you!

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  4. Cute dresses you got there! I have to try that DIY corner closet for when I get my new place. Thanks for sharing xoxo Midge

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    1. thanks!! and you should! i was surprised at how easy it was haha, once i left home depot in the dust

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  5. Your place is looking AWESOME. Also, I'm obsessed with your dog.

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  6. Great use of space! I love the idea of hiding a tiny rack in the corner like that. Awesome! I am happy to have found your blog via Apartment Therapy!
    ~Kelly @ www.cornerofmain.com

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  7. i love it! it's very 'why am i not clever enough to think of stuff like this?'!

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  8. I love this idea for wasted corners!

    This is random, but where did you get that mint green dress? I need to find one for a wedding I'm in this summer.

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    1. i ordered it from the target website!

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  9. I am so thankful for this corner closet trick! We just moved into an older home where there are no closets! Instead of building anything too permanent we will be doing this corner trick in the 2 small bedrooms on the main floor while we redo our upstairs. Keep blogging on you are one of my favorites!

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  10. DIY fail... went with hubby to the Home Depot and they didn't have any 45 degree elbows that matched their steel pipes OR flanges :/ any suggestions?

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    1. oh no!! did they not have anything threaded or just none of the right sizes at all? do you have access to another hardware store? my mom and pop store also had pipes/flanges/elbow joints!

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  11. I came across this post via Design Sponge and I love that walnut print on the wall of the room - where did you get it??

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    1. believe it or not, it was $20 at ikea!!!!!

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  12. Just came across your blog and this post via Design Sponge. Nice work! Love that walnut print on the wall - where did you get it?

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