Has it really been 3 weeks since our last post? Nothing major has been happening at Biohazard Manor, just ongoing little fix-y and tweak-y things each day. Today we kicked into cleaning and fixing overdrive though, because we’re hosting Xmas at our place for my family. If you’re anything like us, inviting people over is usually the kick in the pants we need to actually straighten the house up, so yay for the holidays!
As we worked on cleaning and (still) unpacking today, Jack was able to put the finishing touches on one space in the house that makes it the OFFICIAL first part of the house to be completely decorated! *thunderous applause* are you ready for the big reveal? That space is…
Yes, it’s not as exciting as a full room, but for me I’m in heaven. I’ve been getting dressed out of suitcases for the last 3 months while waiting for the closet to get an overhaul, so to have everything DONE is glorious.
Let’s first go back to the original look, shall we?
My closet is a small walk-in (yay!), but was of course completely nicotine-stained (boo).
It had originally been painted pale pink to go with the pink marble in the vanity area, but years of cigarette smoke left it sort of a dirty mauve. In this shot, you can see the original vs aged/nicotined shades of pink, where we peeled off some big faded flower stickers.
The 2 things I actually liked about the closet: 1. the funky ceiling light fixture…
And 2. the linoleum floor, inlaid with cutouts of navy blue glitter butterflies.
Given the nicotine damage, we were going to have to prime every inch of the inside of the closet and start with a blank slate — the walls are a bit textured (probably paint over textured wallpaper), and so scrubbing the brown stains out was going to be near impossible. So for the colors, I figured we’d match the walls to the cream linoleum floor… And for the trim, I decided to play off of those navy glitter butterflies in the linoleum, and do all of the shelves and trim in navy metallic paint.
I love how it came out in the end!
Given the size of the closet, the wall space gave me the opportunity to hang some old photos from Vogue that I’d had framed a million years ago.
And even though the original light fixture was cool*, I just couldn’t resist swapping it out for something a little girly and glam — a mini crystal sputnik chandelier!
Woo-hoo! So, yay for one teeny bit of the house being complete *checking off the box*, and yay to what is hopefully continued momentum to keep feathering our nest!
*if you like that light fixture, we actually have it up for sale on our Etsy page — you’re welcome to it!