Dressed to Kill…or to Be Really Organized

We have officially stepped up our organizational/storage game. Last weekend, we were traveling to Jersey City for a friend’s birthday and we couldn’t resist a “quick” pit stop at good old IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ (the closest IKEA to us). As I mentioned in my last post, (which you can read here), we devised a plan for moving our dressers around + purchasing a new one to create more storage space. Here’s a quick re-cap:

We had 1 dresser in our office dedicated to a lot of Andrew’s clothes.
Office IKEA Malm Dresser

We had another dresser in our bedroom, which was for my clothes:
Bedroom IKEA Malm Dresser

The idea was to move the dresser in the bedroom, into the office, and place the 2 IKEA Malm dressers on one of the larger walls in our office, pictured here with the keyboard, pre-move:
Office wall

We purchased 1 new, 4-drawer IKEA Malm dresser for the bedroom. So I have gained 1 drawer and Andrew has technically gained 3! Wall space in our bedroom is limited, so we figured if we can’t go out, go up! The 4-drawer IKEA Malm dresser was just the right height to fit right under our wall-mounted TV, so we didn’t have to move that at all (whew)! Here’s what the bedroom dresser setup looks like now:

IKEA Malm 4-Drawer Dresser

Is it me, or does the room somehow look bigger?? You probably can’t really tell from this picture, but for some reason, this dresser makes things feel a bit roomier. Maybe because it’s taller than the previous it’s drawing my eyes up, creating the illusion of more space? Or maybe I’m just lost in space, who knows…either way, I love it! My things are at a better level and, of course, I gained an extra drawer. Now I can stop over-stuffing drawers and lay my clothes neatly…at least until I go on another shopping spree.

As for the office, the new setup looks like this, ‘music nook’ and dressers on the inside wall, respectively:

Office music nook Office with IKEA Malm dressers

This I really love! We have definitely lost some floor space in this scenario, but this just makes more sense to me. I think this wall was meant to have these dressers spanning the greater part of it. In addition to gaining 3 more drawers in this room, we have also gained some more surfaces. I can’t wait to spice this space up with a little more decor. We’ve got some great plans for the surface of the dressers, as well as the wall space above them. As of right now, we’re thinking of definitely adding a table runner across the width of the dressers. Then maybe some new framed artwork and some other decorative finds. For the wall, we’re definitely thinking of finding a cheap/old mirror to gussy up and eventually hang above, maybe with some other accents around?? We’re not quite sure yet, but we’re pretty excited about this new take on the office.

Stick with us as we make more DIY and design decisions in our Fresh Nest! Andrew’s got a great post coming up about a project he tackled recently. In the meantime, follow me on Pinterest to see what’s inspiring me lately AND ‘Like’ us on Facebook to see some “behind the scenes” photos from our life.


All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go…

Until now! I guess it’s pretty true that with a new year comes new changes. I had another epiphany recently; not another living room epiphany, (although that was a pretty awesome one that you can read about here), but a dresser epiphany.

One of the biggest challenges in our house is storage. Like most older homes, closet space is very limited in our house, so we’re always looking for new storage solutions. There is currently 1 dresser in our bedroom that’s filled with all of my clothes. Andrew’s dresser is in our office. He uses the office closet and I use the bedroom closet. It works out pretty well anyway; since Andrew gets up so early for work, it gives him a separate space to get ready. This way he doesn’t feel as though he’s bothering me while I catch some extra ‘Zzzz’.

But anyway, back to the epiphany…in our previous apartments, we were able to put our 2, 3-drawer Ikea dressers side by side. There’s enough room in the office to do this now, but not in the bedroom, so why not go up? The plan right now is to purchase 1 new Ikea (Malm) dresser for our bedroom, but this time we’ll get the larger, 4-drawer guy. Then the 3-drawer that’s currently in the bedroom, will get booted to the office, where it can live side by side with its mate, the other 3-drawer. Here’s what the current setup looks like:

Bedroom:
Bedroom IKEA Malm Dresser

Office:
Office IKEA Malm Dresser

Office wall

With the new, proposed arrangement, I will gain 1 extra drawer and Andrew will actually gain 3 (but we may share a few or use a couple for storing other items that are currently taking up space in our office closets).

All we need to do is re-arrange the office a bit. The 2, 3-drawer dressers will live on the big wall that currently serves as a space for our keyboard. The keyboard will move over to where the 3-drawer dresser currently is, and voila! We’ll be ‘dressed’ to kill.

Stay tuned because in the coming weeks, we’ll most likely have a follow-up to this post so you can see the new arrangement. In the meantime, definitely don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook to see what we’re up to and Follow me (Megan) on Pinterest to see where all of our inspiration is coming from!


More Door Stories!

I know, just what you wanted…more boring stories about our interior doors. Unfortunately, this is the extent of our home renovations at the moment. Replacing all of the interior doors is a really long and drawn out process.

First you have to paint one side, wait for it to dry, then paint the other. Then you have to cut the door knob, chisel the hinges and hang the thing. It doesn’t seem like much, but it took us 1 full day to hang 1 full door (as you read in our 2-part door saga last week).

Office Before

That’s our office the way its been for a few weeks now. As Megan mentioned in our first post about the doors, we ordered the bathroom door and 2 bi-fold doors for our office closets. The bathroom door arrived first, so we tackled that right away. Last week, the bi-fold doors came in. Between work and our busy schedules, this become a week-long process. I painted the doors during the week; one side one night, the other side the next night, followed by the sides of the doors (the side you’ll see when the doors fold in) on a 3rd night. The key is allowing enough time to dry between sides, so you really do need to take your time. We rushed the bathroom door and did it in one day. We ended up having to repaint a few spots after it was hung.

Painting Bi Fold Door

Once the painting was done, we could get right to hanging. Unlike the regular doors, the bi-fold doors didn’t require a door knob installation, so that was a bonus. They did, however require us to install a track for them to run on.

Bi Fold Track Installation

The track is a fairly easy concept to grasp, and I enjoyed how quickly the doors went up. The track system is fairly simple and combines a track installed above the door, and a bracket on floor screwed into the jamb.

Once the doors were hung, they needed some adjustment. Then as soon as they closed properly and we’d stepped back we noticed there was a lot of extra space above the door. Also, the exposed hardware doesn’t look great. I cut some of the 1/2″ wood I’d used above the bathroom door, and painted it white. It fit like a charm!

Bi-fold Door Shim

That’s it. For now! The office has come a long way but that concludes this segment of our door project. This is certainly not the last. I have a feeling the segments will get more boring as the project rolls along, but who knows. I couldn’t have predicted half the stuff that has happened with us and this house thus far.

Office Before & After