Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Extra Storage in a Bedroom

Alright! Alright! I'll write my blog.....
a person takes a couple of weeks off from the grind of pushing out blog after blog after blog.....
and all she gets is grief!!!!!
now I'm back
So there.
Let's continue with my good buddy Kris's youngest child's (Kieran's) bedroom.
Which is hardly ever used because he is now a big fancy schmancy college graduate.
And has flown the nest.
Which means that we will soon be tweaking this room.
We just wait to be sure that they (the chillin's) are
not coming back...... 
before we rip apart change their bedrooms.
Since it's been two weeks, I will show a couple of pictures of the room so far, to refresh your memories.
Not that I'm dissing your mental faculties....
some of us aren't as young as YOU used to be!!!!!
As you guys can see,
to the right of the desk is a wall of cabinetry.
When I started working on this room.....
It's like magic!
I just wielded my little pencil, drew a few lines and presto chango, 
This is what happened.
There was a small crappy closet in this room.
Since this house was built at the turn of the last century,
people must not have had as much shit stuff as they do now!
So they just had small, tiny, teeny, little, cramped closets.
I was going to tell you how I incorporated the depth of the closet into the new built-ins.....
but I can't remember what I did.
It has been over 10 years.
Give me a break, I be old.
I designed this wall of storage so that Kris could use some of the cabinets for her stuff too!
The units were so large, that the cabinet maker had to hoist them through the bedroom windows.
Lots of drama ensued!!!!
I wanted these cabinets to look original to the house, so I had the crown molding wrap around the top, and the baseboard wrap around the bottom.
I designed a simple recessed panel, as that would have been a more likely design at that time.
I had the problem of what to do with the heating vent.
I designed the cabinets as if it wasn't there, and then created a false drawer and framed the vent with the molding of the baseboard.
To have it work with the boyish overtones of the rooms decoration, Kris and I chose large wooden knobs.
Now that Kieran is a college grad, with a job and an apartment.....
Kris's stuff is migrating into these cabinets.
It's a wondrous and mysterious phenomenon that is experienced across the nation!!!!!  
The movement of Mom's stuff into grown children's rooms.
I'll never forget the first time I came home to visit my parents after I had moved to my first apartment down in Georgia.....
Not such a subtle statement.
 But I understood the memo.
At 22 my childhood was over.
I would always be welcome in my parent's home.....
but it was time to create a place of my own.
But Kris is old school, and it's happening in her house.
We be soul mates.
Kris and Me!

On that note,
Latah, Gatah


bmayer said...

Love those cabinets! I think I'd asked about them the first time I got a glimpse of them in one of the first posts about this room. When I went away to college in the early 70's, my parents moved from our family home to a ONE bedroom condo! They sold MY furniture (in particular an Ethan Allan desk they had GIVEN to me for my 13th birthday) and I had to sleep on a pullout sofa in the living room when I came home for breaks.

Mary said...

Beautiful cabinets. You are so talented.

My older son is shocked we didn't keep his room as a "shrine" It is now my craft room.

Unknown said...

The day my son grew wings I gained another room that could become mine...all mine! Oh how I danced around the room with glee with visions of what this room could be. Then the phone rang and upon answering it I heard...mom?

Your little pencil drawing became a magnificent built in cabinet and to think of all the crap they can hold would be a dream come true for me. :)

Di said...

Glad you are back Betsy. You never fail to make me laugh, loudly!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog Betsy.
You be funny!
Glad you are back....I missed you.

Pondside said...

Thanks for the timely post - timely for me! We have bought a 1927 bungalow with a dearth of closets. We spent last evening looking at floor plans and trying to figure out how to get even a little more storage into the bedrooms. I'm saving this photo - helpful right down to the way to incorporate the heating vent.

Janice said...

Glad you are back and your timing is perfect. Want to add a "closet" like this to a 1855 home we are lovingly working on.

Jaybird said...

Hi there,
Just a smile for your day....
I buy most of my magazines second hand...much cheaper and I can pick and choose....
This past weekend, I picked up a country décor magazine from 2006....nothing special caught my eye, but I like country décor and COLOR, so I knew that I would enjoy the articles.
Lo and behold, who shows up....Betsy Speert!!! How fun was that!!! and I L:OVED the pictures and script!
Thank you for being so versatile and making my day.......8 years later :^)

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