One of the many things we had to do to prep for our new flooring was remove the built-ins from our master closets. The custom built-ins went right to the floor meaning there would be no way to remove the carpet and install new floors without removing the built-ins themselves.
The built-ins were custom, so once they were removed there was no putting them back. Since they were dated as it was, we decided to replace them with some nicer and more modern built-ins.
I never took any before photos, but just to give you an idea…
Enough said, right? I did my best to make them more modern, but there’s only so much you can do.
Because of budget, we chose to replace them with the Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System as opposed to custom. We picked Espresso as our color, which we’re glad we did because it matches our bathroom vanity.
First we hopped onto Martha Stewart Closets and began designing! We put in our closet measurements and began playing around with what we wanted.
Here’s my closet:
Here’s Joshua’s closet:
The online design tool was really handy and easy to use, and I loved that it showed exactly how much your closet would cost. Then you have the option of either ordering it only or buying it in store.
Once we designed our closets we printed out our lists so we could go shopping. We had to visit about four different Home Depots to get all the pieces we needed, but in the end it all worked out.
Joshua began assembling my closet on Sunday and officially finished it last night. Everything went together quite well, and he only had to custom cut a couple of pieces.
Here’s how it looks empty:
And here’s how it looks with my stuff back in it:
All that’s left is some new doors and some more shoes, of course.
Thursday started the annual Apartment Therapy Style Cure in which we work on making over any room in our house of our choice for a whole month.
After doing this I realized my answers hadn’t changed too much from last year’s. Still just as nerdy and modern!
I didn’t get out much this past weekend. I went to Tahoe all of Saturday to visit family, and on Sunday I went to four Home Depots (another post) and to church. Instead I was style scouting online:
The guest bathroom is one of those rooms that hasn’t gotten a whole lot of love since we moved in, and yet it is one of the most frequently used rooms – you’d think it would have been more of a priority. I pretty much slapped a coat of paint on it, put in a new light and shower curtain, and hung up a couple of pictures.
Last year when we tackled the entertainment room it ended up being quite an overwhelming project, and in order to not get overwhelmed with doing the bathroom I’ve broken up the things we want to do for the guest bathroom into two phases.
- Replace toilet
- Repaint walls
- Finish painting trim
- Hang shelving
- Rearrange towel racks
- Add decor and style
- Organize drawers and cabinet in vanity
- Stain or paint vanity
- Add hardware to vanity?
- Replace vanity
- Replace flooring
- Replace tub/shower
Phase I are things I can definitely accomplish during the time frame of the Style Cure whereas Phase II will come at a much later date.
Last night Joshua and I finished The Legacy Journey, a seven-week class that picks up where Financial Peace University leaves off and focuses on baby steps four through seven.
Not only does the class focus on the remaining baby steps, but it also talks about creating a Legacy Box – a box that has all your important documents with instructions, passwords, etc. should something happen to you and/or your spouse.
By the end of the class we’ve been able to get our Legacy Box about 95% done. Our goal by the end of the year is to get it 100% done including having a will in place. One of the big things we’ve learned is everyone needs a will because having a plan says, “I love you.” Sure it’s a little awkward to ask close friends and family, “Hey! If something happens to me, what do you want of mine?” But you can never be too prepared.
It’s been a humbling experience to sit down and think about all the details of who should stuff go to, how we want to be remembered, etc. should anything happen to us. The thing is at any given moment something could happen to myself or Joshua or both, so it’s important to be ready no matter what. Plus watching what my parents have had to go through in the past six years between the death of my two grandmothers and the deterioration of my grandpa has motivated me even more to get everything organized and in place.
The other big thing we’ve taken away from this class is how to manage wealth (biblically) and be a generous giver. Even though we aren’t at Baby Step 7 (build wealth and give) yet, it’s exciting to know we’ll be there soon and motivates us to keep going.
My grandparents worked hard their whole life to build wealth so their future generations could be better off. Before this class (and even before FPU), I didn’t think I would be able to carry on their legacy; I thought the buck stopped at me. Now that we’re on a plan, I’m excited for the future and the legacy we’ll be building. As Joshua put it at the end of our class night, “Let’s change what the name Robinson means.”