Thursday, March 11, 2010

Closet photos.....finally and the nerve of some people...

Back in January I suggested to dh why not build a closet in our bedroom.  That shouldn't take him that long to do.  Two months later we are finally getting close to finishing it.  So I thought I would show you some photos.

A good friend of mine lent us three of these temporary closets to use until we got some closets built.  Thank you Paula.

We built the closet at one end of our bedroom, so it is around 10 feet wide and about 2 feet deep.

This is what the closet organizer looks like. It was bought from Solutions and is custom made for our closet. It took dh and I about an hour to install it. We have used this type of system before and it's really good quality and well worth every penny. We also paid a little more to have a bronze finish rather than a white finish.  They generally have closet sale in January/February.  Dh has still to change the sockets in the closet.
It didn't take me long to fill it!!

These are the doors; the one on the right is what they looked like before I started to stain them.

This is what the doors look like hung on the closet. They had one coat of stain on them, Minwax English Chestnut, and then three coats of Minwax clear varnish semi gloss and then one cost of Minwax clear varnish gloss finish. The two at either end slide behind the two in the middle.

We still have the handles to put on the doors.  The ones that came with the roller/hanging kit, are a bright brass colour and look cheap and tacky, so I need to find some, just haven't got around to it.  We still have to get the ceiling fixed in the room, still waiting on a quote for that.  I have the cornice molding to sort out, wood filler and stain on that.  Also there is some shelves to put in a small "closet" that we moved from one end of the room to the other.  I'll take a photo of that when it's done.  I also have to make a lace curtain for that as well; it will all make sense when I have taken the photos.

Now for the nerve of some people story.  So I was talking to "R" who is our next door neighbour from our old house, and it turns out the people who bought our house last year have put it up for sale.  Now being the nosy person that I am, I wanted to know how much it was up for and see if there were any photos of it, to see what they had done with it.

I email Sue our real estate agent to get me the info, and she emails me the info back.  I look at the main photo and think something is odd, so I then look at the next photo and think, that hall table just looks like ours.  I then look at the next photo which was the dining room, and yep that is our furniture.  They were using our photos????

So I email Sue and tell her what's what.  She emails me back to say she has put in a formal complaint to the Toronto Real Estate Board and they have 24 hours to remove all those photos, or else be disciplined by the board.  Can you believe that?

I have got more sewing done, but will post photos of it all on Friday, as I have rambled on enough for one day!!

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Savings Pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

It cost us $525 for the closet organizer and an hour of our time to hang it up.  For a closet company to come in and do the same we would be paying at least $1,000 to $2,000.  We still got the custom closet feel for half the price and it is a super simple thing to do that will add value to the house.

Total cost for our closet, probably around the $1,200 mark, as we had to buy more expensive trim to match the rest of the trim.  We bought solid pine doors, at a cost of around $325, then the organizer was $525.  However it has added value to our house and looks as though it has been there since the house was built.

16 comments:

LizBeth said...

Beautiful job on those doors. That's a lot of work!

Liz, in the Republic

CambridgeLady said...

Cool wardrobe - worth the wait!

Yes that is cheeky of the new owners - and lazy, especially as digital pics are so quick and easy now. Clearly they have rotten taste in decor and had to use your furnishings to attract buyers instead. It's a veiled compliment really!

Amy said...

wow! that looks fantastic! I have built in wardrobes but I hate the colour as they are white and too 'in your face' I want them darker or even cream.

looks great xxx

Lou's Mum said...

wow, that is rude! but I suppose you can look at it as a form of flattery... your photos are obviously able to sell the house! still, rude!!

QuiltedSimple said...

the closet looks fantastic! And i cannot believe they thought they could actually get away with using your photos!
Kris

Josie said...

lovely wardrobes, they look great!
as for the new owners, the cheek!

Josie x

ps) as 'your' photo's are selling the house, ask for commission , perhaps half of the sale!

CannedAm said...

The nerve! What the heck... Some people!

Love the wardrobe. I'm wondering though -- you said the outer doors slide behind the inner doors -- do the inner doors open? How do you access the center of the closet?

Prairie Farmstead Ponderings said...

You did a great job on the closet doors, Gill. That is the same pine door we chose for our pantry door. Heehee!

flowerpower said...

It was worth the wait and is absolutely very classy looking.
Sue.M

Tracey said...

It looks fantastic! As for them using your pics, it just shows that you had better taste! xxx

Cherie said...

It looks great!

~Kim~ said...

I love the doors and all the space you now have in the closet! We downsized our closet space when we moved to where we are now. Some of our things are still in boxes--Maybe this will be the year I finally unpack--I wonder why the buyers of your previous home are packing up and moving?

Karine said...

Your closet looks lovely Gill! You sure did an amazing job staining those doors :o)

Callie said...

The closet look beautiful! Great job!

Evelyn said...

I can't believe the nerve of those real estate agents! hope they remove the photos pronto! WTg on the closet, pillow and apron. they are all projects to be proud of.

Pat's Addition said...

The closet looks great. Love the photo story...obviously you have much nicer thing than the new folks in your old house! Nice flowers too.