PAX closet (and SEKKEN sliding doors)

This may not be my most interesting post, but I am very proud of what I did yesterday, all alone. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I assembled¬†a big PAX closet with two 39″ x 93″ sections, SEKKEN sliding doors, and even managed to put the doors on the frame! ¬†All of the instructions show it as a two person job, and the door hanging would have been much easier with a helper, but I did it! ¬†Raaaaaaawwwwwrrrrr! ¬†ūüėÄ

There wasn’t time to install any KOMPLIMENT bars or drawers, and today I am completely worn out. ¬†Hopefully I can manage get that done and finally organise my clothing. ¬†All of my skirts are still¬†in the master bathtub which seemed like the only safe/clean place to deposit them when the movers needed their wardrobe box back. ¬†I’ve been dressing from the laundry basket for far too long and was getting cranky about the disorder, but I didn’t bring the boxes in from the garage until Sunday. ¬†Those things are heavy. ¬†

assembling.JPone section doors are on!

When we moved I was very sad and reluctant to leave behind my beloved 118″ x 93″ PAX and its lovely, sleek, [discontinued] glass sliding doors that I planned to reinstall on new PAX frames (they had been damaged in the last move already and couldn’t handle another.) ¬†I like things to be very organised, and I find that this closet makes me irrationally happy. ¬†Carefully¬†grouped clothing, hanging in easily accessed order, gleaming behind glossy glass: it is a thing of beauty!¬† Uh, what can I say, it is logical to me that it makes me feel serene, but my husband just doesn’t understand why normal closets, walk-ins, or anything else I’ve seen don’t. ¬†He hated the 118″ one, because when I moved into his flat it took over part of the bedroom and left less room for his desk area than he preferred. ¬†When I found that it wouldn’t reasonably fit anyplace in our new house he was annoyingly pleased. ¬†Luckily for me, I could just squeeze the current, narrower, combination with sliding doors into the room that leads into our master suite. ¬†It was originally a bedroom, but previous owners added a second floor master suite and put a spiral staircase where the closet used to be, and I thought it would make a nice “dressing room.”¬†¬†I’ve already assembled a 19″ wide section with a mirrored door along one wall with a tall narrow MALM dresser, and my BILLY shoe-case.

Time to organise my clothes!

“BILLY” bookcase as a dust free shoe-case

Hello and happy 2015!

I sure wish I had written a post or two between the last and now, but things have been really hectic with the holidays, tiling a backsplash for my mother-in-law, and some other things. ¬†Meanwhile I began some posts but didn’t finish them yet. ¬†One project that I worked on will be featured in a post soon: revamping ugly grout with a sealing stain product. ¬†That was‚Ķ interesting. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Aside from that I am about to begin re-upholstering our sofa and will show the process step by step.

The sofa:

Sofa with new cushion and blanket for now

Today I will be cutting fabric and sewing the pillow and cushion covers, but before that I have to repair a broken marble dry-sink trough.  My next post will likely be about mending the cracked marble.

For this post I’m sharing a shoe storage idea that I have used for about two years now and am very pleased with. ¬†Before moving in with my now-husband I, like most people, simply kept my shoes on an inexpensive shoe-rack in the coat closet. ¬†Well, when I moved in with him I was irked that there was no such coat closet, and even if there was we each wouldn’t have had enough space. ¬†Additionally I dislike when things are not “away” and out of sight although a couple of often used pairs for each of us can be left near the door if kept orderly. ¬†ūüėČ

So, at first I bought some sturdy and nice-looking shoe shelves from Amazon, and I installed them as a towering unit in the bedroom. ¬†It was great!… ¬†Until the dust began to build up. ¬†Meanwhile his shoes were on a wire rack in his clothes closet. ¬†Neither of us were thrilled to have to remember to grab the pair we were going to wear before leaving, and the dust became a big problem on mine. ¬†For some reason this building has levels of dust that I’ve never encountered before, and in spite of vacuuming every other day my shoes were coated in it before long. ¬†Nobody has time to periodically¬†vacuum each and every shoe they own inside and out, plus the shelves, so I had to come up with a better solution. ¬†Enter the Ikea “BILLY” bookcase.

Several years earlier I purchased a couple of BILLY units and set of etched glass doors, and I had been using¬†the one with doors for my sewing supplies (and one without doors for books.) ¬†The doors made a huge difference in dusting requirements, so I went off to buy another pair for the bookshelf. ¬†As I perused the¬†specs¬†I wondered if my shoes would fit, measured, and they did! ¬†Wonderful, so I ended up buying another unit, pair of doors, extra shelves, and put everything together. ¬†Every pair of shoes, even boots, has a space, and I haven’t had to dust any yet. ¬†Perfect.

Unfortunately the frosted and etched doors I had bought years ago weren’t available any longer. ¬†I had to clear but etched instead. ¬†My husband would like for me to put rice paper or something behind the clear glass, but I don’t mind the current look with the darkness of the “black-brown” finish. ¬†Currently Ikea doesn’t even have etched glass, which I am sad about, but paper, fabric, or paint can be a fun solution if you want to hide things and personalise. ¬†This certainly isn’t the cheapest shoe rack, but if your shoe size accommodates it (I’m a 37 or 38) I think it is a excellent storage solution.

Here is my BILLY shoe-case:

shoe BILLY  BILLY pair

I didn’t even pretend to organise the sewing BILLY for you. ¬†This is the clutter as we generally see it‚Ķ in our living room. ¬†ūüėÄ ¬†We both cannot wait until we move into the house where I have an entire sewing room. ¬†Aside from that clutter I do really like the look of two+ BILLYs almost like one unit. ¬†If I had reason to I might have a whole wall-full. ¬†*Don’t tell my husband, but I am thinking of using the same set-up in our house, too, but storing my purses/bag in the second unit. ¬†(Right now I only use the same daily backpack-purse even if we go someplace nice, because the others are all in storage above a 93″ tall PAX closet which is definitely not ideal.)