One Room Challenge Week 6 – EasyClosets Installation

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

It’s week 6 of the One Room Challenge from Linda at Calling It Home. Normally this would be the week where I share the big reveal, but Linda decided that due to numerous natural disasters affecting participants’ plans, the challenge would be extended by one week.

So next week I’ll be showing pictures of my daughter’s bedroom update. This week is all about our EasyClosets installation.

Storage is one of my top priorities in this girl's bedroom redesign.

Closet Design plan

In my week four post, I shared the before pictures of my daughter’s under-utilized bedroom closet. We were debating between some DIY closet system options, as well as professional installation.

After some deliberation, my husband and I decided that would be the best route. I read about several other blogger’s experiences with installation and decided it was doable for us.

In week four, I showed my initial closet plans that I created using the EasyClosets design tool. Once we decided to go with an EasyClosets system, I tweaked the design a bit and added some extra shelves for shoes.

Storage is one of my top priorities in this girl's bedroom redesign.

It was really exciting (and just a little overwhelming) when the shipment arrived and we took inventory of all the materials.

I’ll be honest that this is one of the most complicated DIY projects that my husband and I have done together. I’d done my research and felt fairly confident we could handle it, but there were a lot of pieces on our living room floor.

The closet was emptied, all the holes were patched, and we were ready for installation.

EasyClosets makes it easy to design and install a closet system that best fits your needs.

EasyClosets Installation

The key to the stability and security of the EasyClosets system is properly installing the steel rail on which the rest of the pieces hang. This was basically the hardest part of the whole project.

We double and triple-checked all of our measurements and the location of the wall studs. Unlike the helpful installation video on the EasyClosets site, our studs were not all 16″ apart. Nevertheless, we managed to get the rail in place.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

Once the steel rail was securely in place, the installation moved a lot faster. The vertical pieces hang from the steel bar and lock together using shelves with special cam screws. As soon as all the cam shelves were in place, we started to see the closet come together.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

Drawer Installation

After the vertical panels and cam shelves were secured, we assembled the drawers. The drawer boxes are pre-built, so we only needed to screw on the drawer pulls and attach the drawer face to the box.

I have to say that the EasyClosets instruction manual is incredibly thorough and easy to understand. We had no trouble following the directions to put the drawers together and install the drawer glides.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

After we installed all the drawers, we cut the rail cover to size to hide the steel rail. This is our least favorite part of the system. The plastic cover feels a little flimsy and tacky, but it does the job of disguising the steel rail, and will be mostly unnoticeable once the closet is filled.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

When it was all said and done, the EasyClosets installation probably took about 4-5 hours. The instruction manual was detailed and easy to read, but I highly recommend watching the installation videos on the EasyClosets site. Sometimes having a visual demonstration was very helpful.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

I’m so happy with the end result. This underused closet is now chock full of storage options. Our experience with the EasyClosets installation process was really positive.

As one blogger put it, it’s an easy closet, not a magic closet. It does take more skill than just pulling it out of the box, but it was a simple enough process that we would definitely use EasyClosets again. *Also I just want to note that this is not a sponsored post. No product was provided, and obviously all opinions are my own.

I’m excited to add the finishing touches to my daughter’s room this week and share the big reveal! Don’t forget to take a look at some of the other guest participants in the ORC here! There are some really talented people sharing some amazing transformations.

Check out all the progress of my daughter’s bedroom update in these past posts:

Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Week Five |


The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

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One Room Challenge Week 2 – Girl’s Bedroom Design

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

It’s the second week of the One Room Challenge. I’m working on an updated girl’s bedroom design for my nine year old daughter.

My goal is a slightly more grown up style infused with plenty of fun because I don’t want her growing up too fast! I’m also planning some new storage systems to help keep her room organized.

You can check out all the before pictures in this post.

Ideas to update a girl's bedroom.

The existing furniture is working well for the most part. As far as the bed, dresser and desk go, we’re in good shape.

She currently has two small Ikea shelving units that store books and toys. I’d like to exchange these for a larger unit for her books and incorporate toy storage into the closet system.

I’m on the hunt for new bedding and window treatments. I’ve been on the lookout for wall decor too. The to-do list is long, but apart from the closet and painting the walls, it’s not too labor-intensive.


Fun inspiration for a girl's bedroom design.

Hobby Lobby

Project to-do list

Paint Walls

Find window treatment

Buy bedding

Plan & install closet system

Wall decor/art

Find bookcase

Be sure to take a look at some of the other ORC guest participants here!

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One Room Challenge Week 1 – Girl’s Bedroom

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

I’ve gone back and forth about launching into another One Room Challenge, but I finally decided to go for it.

My daughter has been asking to change up her room since the beginning of the summer. I casually mentioned in passing that maybe we should paint her room, and she’s since launched a full scale campaign.

The ORC is the perfect opportunity to push through plans for an updated girl’s bedroom design.During this round of the One Room Challenge, I'm updating my daughter's bedroom with a slightly more grown-up design.My daughter is nine years old now and in the fourth grade. Overnight it feels like she’s started shying away from anything remotely childish. No more hearts or butterflies on her clothes. She wants to watch tv shows that “aren’t so babyish.”

Most of all, she wants the space she calls her own to be as grown up as she feels. Excuse me for a minute while I have a complete breakdown.

Though I would love for her to be a child for as long as possible, I also remember what it’s like to want to feel grown up, and at nine, there are only so many ways you can do that.


The first thing we talked about changing is the wall color. The pink is so over. When we bought our house three years ago, I brought home some paint color options for each kiddo. My daughter chose the brightest pink possible.

To avoid complete overkill, we compromised by painting only the top half of the wall pink. The bottom stayed white, and I ran chair rail along the dividing line to give it a more finished look. The added bonus of this plan: we only have half the wall to repaint!

My daughter wants turquoise on the walls so we’re looking at some softer options. I think we’ll bring in some gray and coral with some fun gold accents. I’ll share some of the inspiration next week.

Closet & Storage

The closet right now is a whole situation. Basically we had a little bar for hanging items and my son treated it like a jungle gym and pulled it out of the wall.

This closet is 108″ wide and we removed the enormous, heavy doors when we moved in so it’s fully open at all times.

I really want a full closet system in here that can help organize not only clothes and shoes, but games and toys. I think it would be fun to add some sort of wall treatment with paper or paint.

Obviously we cleaned especially for these pictures 😉 There’s a sneak peek of the wall color we’re testing out.

During this round of the One Room Challenge, I'm updating my daughter's bedroom with a slightly more grown-up design.

I’ve got my work cut out for me, but we’re both really excited for the final result. Check out the other One Room Challenge guest participants here.

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One Room Challenge Week Five – The Living Room

I can’t believe it’s week five of the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home! I’m making good progress, but I’m going to have to bust a serious move in the next week. Considering I’m posting about week five a day late, there’s a good chance I won’t be at 100% by next Thursday, but it’s looking good anyway. This week I tackled the biggest DIY project – taking basic Ikea shelving and creating the illusion of a built-in bookcase.

Take a basic Billy bookcase from Ikea and turn it into a DIY built-in bookcase.

How to fake the look of built-in bookcases

The standard Billy is very basic in terms of design, and I want a little more visual appeal. I assembled three of the short Billy bookcases from Ikea. Then I bumped the center bookcase forward 3 inches to create the effect of built-in bookcases. Using 3/4″ MDF, I added topped all three bookcases to disguise the gap behind the bumped-out bookcase. The MDF was 11 1/2″ deep on the two end bookcases. The center piece was 14 1/4″ since the trim adds about 1/2″ to the overall depth.

Transform basic Ikea bookcases into built-ins.

Finally, I added trim to the front, following this general plan from I Heart Organizing. I used a miter box to cut trim pieces from some leftover chair rail that we had. Then I nailed everything on with a hammer and sunk the nails with a nail-set.

Transform basic Ikea bookcases into built-ins.

I caulked all the nooks and crannies, and painted the MDF and trim with a bright white to match the bookcases. This project would be easier with a nail gun and power saw, but I’m proud that I was able to do it without power tools. My arms are tired but I’m so happy every time I look at our new “built in” bookcase.

Transform basic Ikea bookcases into built-ins.

Here’s a list of projects that needed to be tackled to complete this room. I’ve crossed off everything that’s done so far.

Hang new curtains

New sofa & chair

Built-in bookcase project

Game/project table with benches

Console table behind sofa

Style bookcases

Hang art

Dresser or console on empty wall

Paint & stain railings

Throw pillows for sofa & chair


Good luck to all the other challenge participants in this final week!

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A Wizard of Oz Halloween

I’m aware that it’s a week into November, but I have to share our Halloween theme before we’re too far gone. Right before Halloween last year I found some amazing inspiration from Brooklyn Limestone. Every Halloween Stephanie goes above and beyond with her amazing ideas. Unfortunately it was too close to the big day so I promised myself I would follow through the next year. So here we are all decked out and ready for some serious trick or treaters!

simple DIY wizard of oz decor

wizard of Oz halloween

I used a projector to focus images of the flying monkeys and wicked witch on black poster board. I  traced the images with white chalkboard pen and cut them out.

wizard of oz halloween
You can see our yellow brick road (so easy with some yellow chalk although I did have a major fingernail situation when I was hurrying to finish!)
wizard of Oz halloween
 Our yellow brick road led to the front door, which was wrapped in green plastic table cloths to look like the entrance to the Emerald City. A creepy sign was draped in cobwebs.
wizard of Oz halloween
Witch legs peeked out from under the house right near the front door. I scored those witchy shoes at a local thrift shop for $2.
And of course no Oz theme would be complete without the ruby slippers…
wizard of Oz halloween
 I loved how everything turned out and it was pretty inexpensive. Now I just have to come up with a theme for next year!

Linking up to…
Design, Dining & DiapersProject Inspired @ Yesterday on TuesdayMonday Funday @ Becoming Martha, The 36th Avenue, Think & Make Thursday

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