Meet our first victim of the year: our master closet. Technically, our master closet is not actually a closet but a back staircase from the kitchen to the upstairs, which we think may have been the servants’ entrance back in the day when the house was built and people said things like back in the day. Since we are not posh enough for servants, however, the back staircase basically now serves as a private entrance to our bedroom. (Of course, if we shared the house with anyone else, like a servant, for example, this whole “private” thing would be significantly more exciting.)
Want to see some never-before-seen-on-the-blog footage of what our closet/staircase currently looks like, pre-renovation? If you enthusiastically said “YES, I’ve been waiting all my life or at least the last 26 seconds to see Erin and Rick’s closet,” continue reading. If you said “Why would I want to look at Erin and Rick’s closet?” scroll to the end of this post to see someone else’s closet that will never, ever resemble ours.
So, for those brave enough to stick around: the tour. The only thing we’ve done until this point is remove the blue carpet from everything but the stairs, which was the same carpet that was in the kitchen. Here’s the view coming from our bedroom and going downstairs.
This is the staircase to the attic, complete with a bunch of straw filling from an old ottoman that Zoe decided to fling about.
Stairs going to the kitchen:
See the fridge?
A Special Feature of the staircase is the sawed-off wall (seen above) and a giant hole going underneath the attic steps.
The hole is obviously ideal for thoughtfully reading This Old House magazine. Perhaps the servants once enjoyed the same luxury in between cooking and laundry?
And here’s the view coming from the kitchen and going upstairs:
So. We have a lengthy list of items to tackle for this project, some of which are already completed, which I’ll be sharing over the next couple weeks. Among the many to-dos is building shelving for the closet that we can then put doors in front of. We don’t want our clothes on display, especially since the space doubles as a staircase and it’s just of weird to walk up the stairs and be all like oh hello khaki pants and sundresses. Besides, open shelving is just not for us. Our closet would never, ever look like this next picture…and not just because this person has approximately 83 more pairs of shoes than I do and enough purses to set up a stand on some NYC street:
I mean, come on, you saw the before pictures. I need closed doors. Nobody wants to see my mess.
What’s on your list for the first project of the year? Whose closet does yours resemble, the one in the above picture or ours? Is open shelving your friend? Spill. :)
***And speaking of reading This Old House magazine, don’t forget to go here for a chance to win a one-year subscription! The winner will be selected on Thursday!***