Monday, January 11, 2010

Dressing room is done!

It's finally finished, peeps.  I will try to keep the commentary to a minimum, since I know you just want to see the PICTURES!  There are tons in this post, so without further ado, let me show you the finished room! 
This room makes me DIE of happiness and use an abnormal amount of exclamation points!  I knew I wanted open clothes storage in this room because I have so many colorful and beautiful clothes, I felt they needed to be seen.  So, we went to Ikea the day after Christmas (in a blizzard) to purchase three TJUSIG hat racks and two SMADAL bookcases to use for clothes storage instead of their intended purposes.  I love the way they look all together, and I also love the way the wicker baskets on top tie in the dresser!
I have determined I have a cardigan sweater in every color of the rainbow.  How embarrassing.  And awesome.  Embarrassing, yet awesome.   
Clothes that don't fit me right now Overflow clothes and shoes are in the closet:
I used a low rack we had laying around for boots under my pants and skirts, it also does a good job of concealing the ugly plumbing access doors.  And it was free.  Muahahahaha!
I love this picture because all the clothes are 'framed' by the mirror above the dresser.  They are like art!  Exclamation point!
Because I wanted to be more proactive about picking out my outfits the night before instead of trying on everything I own at 7:45 am and being late to work (again), I installed a robe hook near the closet door to hang said outfit.  I bought this dress long before I had picked colors for this room.  Isn't it funny how you can get inspiration for your home decor from your wardrobe?  I found I have lots of gray/yellow clothes as I was putting stuff away.
This is a Pier 1 bench my wonderful mom bought for me last Christmas.  It absolutely looks divine in here!  I love that I can sit on either side and put on my socks and shoes now that it's not shoved against the window.  I also won't let it be as much of a 'catchall' because it is the focal point of the room.  I think.  Maybe the clothes are?  Or the light?  Whatever!
The leaning mirror was part of a big mirrored closet (identical to the one in the guest room) we tore out of the master bedroom when we moved in.  The mirrored doors had been chillin in the basement since then, and I was wracking my brain trying to think of how I could afford a huge mirror for this room.  DUH!  The epiphany hit me one day, and all I did was spray paint the metal frame white and call it a day.  I could put moldings on the metal one day, but for now it works just fine.  And it was FREE!  Muahahaha!
My favorite part of the room is a tie between the capiz pendant and THE RUG.  It is so lovely.  It almost makes me glad that the Rugs USA bullcrap happened.  I've had my eye on the 'Pineapple' PB Moorish Tile rug since it came out, but never saw where a yellow rug would fit into my home.  When I saw that this 8x10 bad boy was on ebay for almost half of the retail price, I had to jump on it or forever regret it.  I love that it almost covers the entire floor, it's like really swanky carpeting.  It is so nice to have warm feet in the morning, and the price is more than justified by the daily use this rug will get!
My curtains also turned out pretty good, huh?  I just finished all the edges with iron-on hemming tape and hung the panels with clips.  They were easy, yet extremely time-consuming.  I personally love ring clips for curtains because they slide easier, so I will definitely be doing this trick again!
I will have more posts this week about the lighting installation and the curtains.  I did spend a chunk on this room, but half the total was the rug....and I wouldn't change a thing.  Except the stupid Behr color-matched paint, that was a big mistake.  I know you want all the dirty details, so here ya go from most expensive to least expensive:

Room breakdown
8x10 Pottery Barn Moorish Tile rug - $400 (including shipping from ebay - a great deal!)
Ikea Smadal Bookcases (2) - $140
Ikea Tjusig Hat Racks (3) - $90
World Market Capiz Pendant - $50 with coupon
Paint - $50 (Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray $33, ooops Behr color-matched gallon $17)
Pier 1 Bench Cushion - $48 with coupon
Pier 1 Baskets (4) - $20 on clearance
Gray Target Pillows (2) - $19 on clearance
Curtains - $10 ($5 for clearance fabric and $5 for Stitch Witchery)
Replacement Light Fixture - $6
Pier 1 Bench - FREE (I think mom paid $160 for this, a gift for me last xmas)
Leaning mirror - FREE (used to be a closet door from master bedroom!)
Total: $833.00 - Still less than 'Design on a Dime' and much better looking, in my opinion!


Things I had already, and what I THINK I paid:
Ceiling Medallion purchased a year ago - $10
Pier 1 Dresser purchased 7 years ago (I AM SO OLD!) - $350
Pier 1 Mirror also purchased 7 years ago - $80
Gray Primer purchased a year ago - $15
Bed Bath and Beyond Hangers and clips purchased over the course of the summer ~$70
TJ Maxx Crystal Lamp purchased 6 months ago - $30
Clothing purchased almost everyday of my adult life - $1,000,000
Total if you include everything but the clothes - $1,388.00.  Still less than most of the 6-drawer dressers from Pottery Barn!

Oh yes, and here is the before-before (from when we did a walk-through):
And the Britney-Spears-circus-nursery OOPSIE before:
You can probably understand my happiness with this room after seeing these!

67 comments:

Amanda said...

Okay I didn't hate the pink when I saw it before, but now that I see the gray and yellow after it really puts the pink to shame!

And WOW you have a lot of clothes. Wow! Exclamation point LOTS OF CLOTHES! Hahaha

Great job!

Heather @ McKinney Living said...

WOW!! This is the kind of room DREAMS are made of!! It's drop-dead gorgeous and what a wonderful place to start your morning! :)

Sara said...

Bravo!! This turned out fantastic! Can you plleeease come to my house next?!? Okay, I suppose I can just settle for seeing pictures of yours :)

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

It looks aaaaaaaaaamazing! I don't know what I'm more jealous of though- the room or the clothes :).

Danielle and Clint said...

HOLY COW!!!! It is awesome!!! You did a fab job, Sara! Great color choices and to be honest, the rug looks great! Congrats on a job well done!!

cottagewish said...

Utter jealousy! You did such a great job.

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Moviestaralicious!!!

WOW ... what a great dressing room Sara. Love everything ... the wall colour, drapes, the rug(mmmmm delicious), the capiz pendent, the bench, to say nothing of all your clothes.

I don't know how I would colour co-ordinate all my black clothes ... it might lose something in the translation!!!

Fab, fab, fab.

oneluckycouple said...

This looks FABULOUS!!! Can't wait to see the how-to on the curtains. Don't worry... I think I have about as many cardigans as you. LOVE THEM!

e.louise said...

OMG I love it! I am so jealous of your dressing room :)

Centsational Girl said...

Absolutely gorgeous ! What a stunning before and after. LOVE that rug choice, despite the whole mishap, it turned out perfect in the end. Your colors and chandy are amazing ! Well done girl!

Meg said...

Be still my beating heart! I love the colors, the fabric, the rug and the capiz!!

You have no idea how jealous I am right now!

Maggie@Okay, now what? said...

Awesome job! What a dream room. I wish I had a dressing room like that.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Your blog is one of my new favourites:)

LeeAnn

The Brick Cottage said...

Wow! I would love to start off every morning in a dressing room like this. Pure envy! I love that the inspiration came from $5 fabric~what a great steal! Absolutely amazing job!

MsAnnieBelle said...

incredible job! i love the use of yellow :)

annie @ livingwithannie

carrie said...

That's pretty incredible. I love the gray & yellow.

Melissa said...

Amazing! I can't believe how good that turned out. Has me motivated to start work on my closet.

Angela said...

The room looks great! I love the chandelier and rug as well. Nice job! :)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Thank you all so much! Funny how the $5 fabric really did kick off this entire project....so I'm all for finding an inspiration piece and running with it! I will admit I'm a little scared now that I won't be able to live up to this room going forward....ha

micah @ the yellow front door said...

It's gorgeous and deserves many exclamation points!!! I would never leave this room. That rug is FABULOUS.

Kim said...

OMG - that is absolutely gorgeous!! Love the grey and yellow! It must make getting dressed in the morning SO MUCH FUN!!!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

ZOMG this is beautiful! Can I live in your closet? ;)

Katie said...

WOW! i love how the room turned out! great job on the wall color and i'm impressed with the curtains :-) i also like how you put the bench in the center of the room. i agree with a comment above though - all of my black and gray clothes would look kind of boring in a room like that...

Hailey and Stan said...

Yowzer!!!

I jized in my pants...(I hope you get that reference).

Love it...and uber jelous. I don't think my husband would be willing to give me a WHOLE room, just for my clothes. You are one lucky lady...and have an amazing room to show for it now.

Kristin said...

I die! So freaking fantastic. I LOVVVVVVE grey and yellow. Not that I am prego, but I think I want to wait to find out the sex, and I think grey and yellow might be my new inspiration for a gender neutral room.

Hillary @ The Sweet Maple Life said...

This looks A-MAY-ZING! I am so wishing I had an extra room in my house to have my own dressing room!!!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

Love.

Love love.

Love love love.

Do you feel like a princess? The rug is fantastic! The mirror is awesome! The drapes are perfect! Hooray!

Mrs. Chic said...

LOVE IT!! Your space looks amazing, form the floor up - love your rug it really grounds the room without over powering everything.

Again very pretty! Oh and I love your mirror! perfection on the cheap

Lavender and Lilies said...

The dressing room looks great!

Keeley said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing the details. I was going to ask where you got that full-length mirror... then I read the details. Brilliant!

Anna, Sydney said...

OMG. I want to throw up. Because I'm so JEALOUS! How FABULOUS does that look! I'd be surprised if this isn't picked up by a mag any day.

Kerry said...

Ahhh, this looks AMAZING!! Great job! :)

I love it all, but I'm especially jealous of your fab find in that giant mirror!

Amanda said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Love the light, love the rug, love the bench, love the dresser, love the curtains, love it all!! Great work! You've successfully made us all insanely jealous. :)

Wanderluster said...

If I had a dressing room like that, I'd be changing my outfit six times a day just so I could go and enjoy the room. Great job! And I love how you admitted the stripes weren't working and really came up with a fantastic room.

Alexis L. of One Grand Home said...

Yowza. This room is seriously hot stuff. I knew it would be lovely but I didn't see all of this coming. Congrats, congrats, congrats.

Kristi W @ Life at the Chateau Whitman said...

It looks amazing! Nice work and some creative storage solutions. You know, you really should take some photos of your clothes and frame them as art. They are so colorful!

dolores @ "Welcome to My Humble Ablog" said...

Sara, your transformation is a-maz-ing! I absolutely love everything about it. From the rug (fab) to the pendant lighting (super fab). You've inspired me to get cracking and make over my spare bedroom. Looking forward to reading more of your home make-overs!

Just Beachy said...

What a room to die for , you really pulled it all together .
my light is a little different than yours it hangs by a chain and fits two light bulbs in it , I love it , it is such a soft light .

Maria Killam said...

So fabulous!! And the carpet is to die for! Beautiful job, I love it!

stylefyles said...

wow! that was fast! and I love the finished product (I can't lie, I'm sad to see the pink go, but I totally understand). slightly jealous, and loving the open clothes storage!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

What an amazing transformation! I love the color combo and you are right...the rug was so worth it. The curtains and light fixture are also amazing!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

I keep coming back to look at your dressing room - I can't get enough! I think you will be seeing that light fixture pop up on my blog in the near future :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I absolutely love it!! I've been planning out my dressing room for a while and I was so pumped to see your finished product!!

And yes - that rug is amazing!! I'd love it for my bedroom if you are willing to sell ;-)

Cerrissa said...

i'm soooooo jealous that you have an entire room for your clothes!!!!!!!!!! next apartment i'm going to make this happen. Also i think choosing gray for the walls was a smart choice since all your clothes are so colorful. I will keep this in mind for my future dressing room. Oh, the joy of getting dressed in such a room...

Richella said...

Oh, my word. A dressing room. What a heavenly thing to have. And yours looks divine, too! Great job! I know you must be so happy with this!

Stephanie B said...

Such a pretty room! I for one am jealous!

Melissa Stover said...

absolutely beautiful. i sure wish i had all your clothes!

marineswife said...

It's gorgeous!!

Bobbie said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS. IT. IS. AWESOME.

Lovely Little Nest said...

This is FABULOUS! I love the colors and I have been drooling over that exact some rug for MONTHS! Will definitely be checking ebay, thanks for the idea! :)

Stephanie said...

You rock! What a cool, cool room! Everything looks so neat and tidy!Yet chic.

Kristi @ Pink and Polka Dot said...

Great job! I am so in love with gray right now! It's beautiful!

The Scooper said...

Stunning. It makes me want to boot the baby out of his nursery, put him in my closet, and turn his room into a dressing room for moi! {But it's probably best if I just admire yours instead.}

Grace said...

That dressing room is stunning. Absolutely gorgeous. I bet you can find just what you want, when you want.

hairstylin said...

This room looks fantastic! The rug pulls the room together and was worth every dollar you spent. Love that ebay. I'm glad you finally found a real cushion for your bench. Not only are you creative(it must run in the family) but very frugal! Have fun playing movie star. You make a Mom proud.

Christy said...

Absolutely divine!

Margaret said...

Your Dressing room looks great. You may have meantioned this but where did you purchase the fabric for your curtains.

Thanks!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Margaret, the fabric was a clearance bolt at Joann, I don't know what the brand is, but it said 'Bag Girl' on the edge. Sorry I can't help more!

Inez said...

I linked to this post in my blog regarding rugs! I hope you don't mind! :)

Jenny Nicole said...

Love!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at www.russetstreetreno.com have a mirror or another source?


Cheers,
Daniel

Serendipity Chic Design said...

Now I'm officially stalking you. There is the rug I want and what drew me to your blog. You have a dressing room, how cool is that! Love all the rooms in your house that I have seen thus far.

Take care,
Lisa

Sarah said...

Wow, what a dressing room. And to think I thought I was lucky to have a walk in closet.. Clearly I need to up my standards.

Anonymous said...

Hi - I am really happy to find this. Good job!

moorl said...

There will never be a dreamier DIY dressing room than this. Never!

Pine Tree Home said...

Curious how you are liking your hangers? I am thinking of purchasing some.

HGTV Home Furniture said...

Awesome job! Love what you did with this room. I've never thought about turning a room into a big closet but I like the idea!