My Dream Big Girl Closet - {ReStyle: Part 1}

About three years ago, Triple Threat (my Handy, Handsome, Hubby) asked me what I wanted for the big 4-0 birthday.  That was a simple answer.  A big girl closet.  For our entire married life, which was eleven years at the time, our closet was in a constant state of mess.  And it drove me absolutely crazy.  I consider myself to be an organized person.  If something has a specific place, I always put it back in the right spot.  In my closet's case, NOTHING had a place so it was a giant free-for-all.  It was a vortex of dishevelment. 

Those close to me know about my love affair with shoes.  All 125 pairs of them.  Stilettos were an part of my everyday wardrobe.  I wore them the duration of my pregnancy and against the prediction of my OB-Gyn, to the delivery room.

 

{Source: www.fashupp.com}

{Source: www.fashupp.com}

Now, our closet wasn't built to hold that kind of serious shoe collection.  The only place to store them was on the top shelves so we invested in the plastic racks. About eight to be exact.  We soon discovered the flaw in this plan.  Now, I am 5'3" tall so the only way for me to reach my shoes was a ladder.  It became painfully obvious (not to mention inconvenient) that dragging out a ladder every time I needed to reach my shoes wasn't happening.  In turn, the floor of our closet became a giant swimming pool of shoes. 

Exhibit A:  The most frequently worn shoes in my collection.

Exhibit A:  The most frequently worn shoes in my collection.

The other constant source of frustration was not having any drawers for socks, unmentionables, workout clothes, and anything else your might want to cram in a drawer.  Again, we turned to plastic bins for a temporary solution that ended up not exactly being temporary fourteen years later.

Exhibit B: What a mess! Overflowing bins

Exhibit B: What a mess! Overflowing bins

Triple Threat knew how important my dream of a Big Girl Closet was to me and decided it was the perfect spurge for my 40th birthday.  We starting researching our options and met with several closet installation companies.

Enter Closets by Design.  We instantly connected with the designer, Jessy Busch, who came out to make my Big Girl Closet dream come true.

First, Jessy took measurements of our entire closet, calculated how much hang space we needed and counted all my shoes to make sure there would be a place for everything.  I'm pretty sure counting all my shoes wore her out.  {He he he!}.

Then all the magic started.  She drafted a plan of the new closet and we met to discuss what we liked and wanted to change.  We were pretty on board with everything she came up with and only made minor changes to the original plan.  Finally!  We were ready to get started!  

Or, so we thought.  Right after we met and finalized the plans, our sweet kitty became extremely sick.  So, we had a choice...invest in vet expenses or my dream closet.  Which option do you think we went with?

Of course, the health of our beloved family pet was more important so my Big Girl Closet would have to wait.  Two years to be exact.  Fast forward to the summer of 2014 and we are finally doing it.  My test of patience is paying off!  

Step one of the process was removing the ENTIRE contents out of our closet.  Did I mention I was not excited about this part?  I had no idea how much stuff was crammed into this space.  On the upside, it was the perfect opportunity to sort through everything and make a substantial donation.

Now, where to put the complete contents of a closet?  For an entire week, everything that was once in our master closet crowded our bedroom.  Let me tell you, I am a neat freak and that wasn't easy for me.  

When everything's finally out, we're ready for demolition.  Out with the old and in with the new!  

Ready, Set, Demo! 

Ready, Set, Demo! 

Our closet looked HUGE once the old closet was removed!

Saying goodbye was never so easy.

Saying goodbye was never so easy.

Even our cat loved the empty closet.  

Step two is painting the closet.  We couldn't decided on color so decided to go with both.  Ripe Wheat on the walls and Stable Hay on the ceiling.  We only had one day to get the entire closet painted.  I don't think I've ever painted so fast in my life.

We went with both!

We went with both!

Painted and ready for carpet install.

Painted and ready for carpet install.

Whoa, you might needs shades!  I promise the color doesn't look quite so intense once the new closet is in.  Pinky swear.

Sneak Peek.

Sneak Peek.

Closets by Design did a beyond fabulous installation of my Big Girl Closet and I can't wait to show you the rest of it.  Stay tuned for Part 2 to see the full reveal!