“Cottage” Closet Makeover

Making over my daughters closet was really just a trial run for my own master bedroom closet. Not that she didn’t need it. I just needed to build up my confidence a bit.

Unfortunately when we moved in she only had two clothing racks in her closet, one on each side.


This was a poor use of the space. She is a 30 yr old woman with all of the clothes that a woman of her age has and seems to accumulate more all of the time. So I wanted to try to use the space better.

The first thing that I did was sketch out a plan. I measured the height, back wall and side wall to door. Then sketched out my plan for the built part.

On the opposite wall my plan was to have two clothing racks. I googled how high my lower and upper would be.

So once I figured out where my double racks went I got to work. I removed the racks from both sides and inserted them exactly as they were installed in their new locations. The first was places 40″ from the floor and the upper was at 80″ from the floor. I located where the studs were and secured my support boards to those locations and reinstalled my shelfs. Easy peasy!

For the build wall. I used 3/4 ” Sande Plywood. I purchased (2) 4×8 boards and asked Home Depot if they would cut them into 3rds lengthwise. Doing this made it easier for me to handle (3/4″ plywood is heaaavy in 4×8 sheets). This gave me a total of 4 boards 16″ each and 2 at 15 1/2 “. Apparently the saw shaves off some of the wood. LOL Maybe this is obvious and actually made sense as I looked at the saw dust on my garage floor but at the time I couldn’t figure it out. DUH. This was ok though because I need some shelves for her hall shoe closet ( more on that later) and those measure 15 1/2 ” x 19.

The depth of my build was 16″ so getting my boards cut this way worked perfectly!

Next I made my cuts .

  1. (1) 16″ x 35.5″ – top shelf
  2. (2) 16″ x 66.25″ – shelf sides
  3. (3) 16″ x 17″- shelves

I left 30″ at the bottom of the shelves to store her laundry basket.

I used liquid nails to help secure the board to the side wall and used my brad nailer to also secure it to the studs. I used one of my cut shelves as a spacer to make sure that the next board was the correct distance so that i could secure the upper shelves to the walls. I forgot to mention that I used a Kreg pocket hole jig to create pocket holes for the shelves to be secured to the sides.

Can you sense how excited I was!

Now I primed and painted it in the paint that I have been using for all of my projects. Behr “Alpaca Blanket”

To add those cottage touches to this closet

  1. hung a mirror

We had a full length mirror that was wobbly and in the corner of her room. I removed it from the base and hung it on the wall.

2. I added the accordion holder to hold belts, necklaces, etc.

3. I used baskets to hold her handbags and other items on the top shelves.

4. I applied rub and buff in antique gold to her light fixture.

Look at that space!
Love it
Check out my YouTube Channel for more on how I made this closet happen !


The Kids Thanksgiving Table and Fun Activities

This years kids table

When I was able to host Thanksgiving at my home a few years ago, I thought it would be fun for the kids to decorate the kids table. This was on my original blog valeries homemade home. That was a lot of fun and the kids were mesmerized by the effort that was put in.

This year the kids are quite a bit older and I wanted to do something a bit different that didn’t cost a ton of money.

The tablecloth was found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $18! What a deal! The chargers I had originally purchased at Walmart and had stored away. I found the teal plates at the Dollar Tree and everything else I already had. The turkey plates you might have noticed from my original Thanksgiving Table many years back. These were purchased at Pottery Barn kids and I pull them out every year for everyday meals in the month of November.

What I am most excited about is the little QR code on the Turkey place card holder.

When you point your phone camera at the code you will be instructed to open the document, just like you do in restaurants these days.

The first few times that I tried it but i think that the document has been getting a lot of hits so it may take a while to get into. I hope you are able to get in, its a lot of fun.

The second activity I made is a scavenger hunt.

The kids and adults have fun with this activity. For the entire hunt, be sure to download the document above. My plan is to cut the paper down the middle and use the right side of the paper as the clues and left side is the instructions. Have Fun!

LOL This is going to be so much fun!

I can’t wait until Thanksgiving! I hope that you will be able to enjoy this Holiday with your family! Happy Thanksgiving!

Lots of Love,

XO Valerie


DIY Board and Batten Stairwell

After I saw how easy it was to do this to my entry, I couldn’t wait any longer to get started on my stairwell. I wanted to make sure that I figured it out correctly so I downloaded an app on my IPad Pro called Morpholio Trace.

This app allowed me to take a picture of my wall or a room and would give me grid lines so that I could try to correctly sketch out how my battens would look. I have seen on Pinterest so many different ideas for board and batten. I have seen it go to the ceiling….with large grid patterns.. and so many other patterns that I knew that I needed to keep it simple. My whole reason for doing this to my walls was to add detail and add paint without having to paint up to the 20′ ceiling. After taking the pictures of my stairwell and seeing how it would look I made my plan.

I used the 1/8″ hard board as the background, just as I did for the entry wall. This allowed me to have a smooth surface to paint on.

The bottom landing board was roughly 3′ x 3′ and the other boards going up the stairs and on the middle landing are 2′ w. As you can see from the picture the bottom baseboard was lower than the stair boards so the extra height allowed them to match up.

Ehem…now going up the stairs. If I were to recommend that you do anything differently it would be that you mark out were your batten spacing would be so that when you attach the last hard board going up the stairs you could then cut that at the place and in the angle of the batten that would cover it. I didn’t do that on mine and while you don’t really see it anymore it would have saved me a lot of time in floating joint compound so that it would be covered up.

Now I know!

I attached the hardboard with liquid nails and added 1 x 6 as my top horizontal board. I then attached 1×4 boards as my end vertical boards (Just as I did on my entry wall). I then cut 1×3 boards for my battens and spaced at 16″ OC. Which is the center of one board to the center of the next board.

Once all of the boards where attached with a nail gun I used painters caulk and primed the walls. I once again painted with Behr “Alpaka Blanket”!

It adds so much character to that big white wall.

If you get a chance check out my YouTube channel and please subscribe while you’re there. I have posted a quick video on this and many other things I’ve been working on.

Thanks so much reading and have a great day!

Lots of Love,

XO Valerie

DIY Board and Batten Stairwell


A little about me :-)

I am a single mother ( can you say that when your kids have flown the coop?) well I waaaas a single mother. The kids are grown now and mostly moved out (my daughter and grandson live upstairs). The reason I mention this is because money was always tight and my décor relied heavily on hand me downs and thrift store finds. I had to be resourceful when decorating, unless of course it was tax refund time ;-). I had even grabbed things from the side of the road a time or two and this started my love for repurposing and rehabbing furniture for my home. I often surprised myself with how much charm these things added to my home, so much so that I began to document it in my first blog Valerie’s Homemade Home. There were many reasons why I didn’t keep up with that blog, the kids moved back in… then out… and then I sold my house. That actually was probably the biggest reason I didn’t keep up with it, I lost my inspiration. Then a few years went by and more life happened. Now I am at a point in my life when I needed to settle in somewhere again and stop living in limbo, so I bought a new home!

Its in a great location and conveniently located close to my mom and brother. I also have a grandson now and want a place to be at home in. He already tells me how much he loves our home :-).

Date night with my grandson!

I will be 50 yrs in February and hope to start a business doing what I love, that I will hopefully be doing for the next half of my life. This is what this blog is about, rediscovering what I am capable of and sharing it all with you. Thanks for reading and hopefully joining me on this adventure. My two worlds will more than likely intersect (my precast concrete sales and my youtube/blogger life) and I plan on taking you there with me. So sign up and subscribe to both my YouTube channel and this blog and let’s be friends!