I’m skipping wish list Wednesday this week to share an update that I’ve been meaning to post. I’m kinda sad to share this one, to be honest. When I posted a while ago about the amazing little makeover I have given the closet in Ella’s room I was SO excited and loving absolutely everything about it.
You can read about the entire makeover HERE.
It was so sweet, so cozy, so perfect for a little wee girl to curl up and read books or snuggle with her dolls…
But as we often find, after living with it for a few weeks it just wasn’t as functional as I needed it to be. I had initially planned to have it be not only Ella’s little reading nook but also her bed! I thought it was an awesome idea, even though a lot of people looked at me like I was nuts. I guess not everyone thinks it’s normal to have your kid sleep in a closet. LOL.
So, admittedly, the closet went back to being a closet in part because I needed the room, but also because I felt pressure from those around me to not let Ella sleep in there – even though she LOVED it. They BOTH did. Boo.
Just going through these photos again is breaking my heart. What an awesome little space that was. Anyway, it’s still pretty awesome… just a little different and more like a closet once again. To recap, here is the before and (first) after:
Now that Callum and Ella are sharing her room, I just needed the storage. (You can read all about their room HERE and HERE) It’s still a super cute closet and I love the yellow and the butterflies, but now it’s serving its purpose and holding a TON of stuff. The dresser is all things Cal, and the tall open shelves are all things Ella. It’s really convenient for putting away their laundry and one great feature is the light that I hung… it makes a big difference having that large area lit up. I recently put a dimmer on it as well, which is nice. I turn it on low when we’re getting ready for bed and it sets a nice calm tone.
Part of the reason for the change was Ella herself. As much as she loved her little cozy corner, she really wanted a big bed like her brother’s. They are getting closer every day – they’re only 20 months apart, after all – and she really wants to be like him and just HAS to have everything he has. So, we put together her “big girl” bed and suddenly the room became pretty darn small. LOL. It works now, though, and they love it.
It just goes to show you that sometimes what you think you want to do in a space might work in theory, but not in practice. In our next house, when Ella has her own bedroom and more space, I might redo her closet into a sweet little space like I tried to here… but for now, practicality and functionality win. When you’re a family of five living in 1600 square feet, sometimes there’s just no room for cute!
Have you ever had to “undo” a makeover or redesign a space to make it more functional – even though you hated to do it? I’m sure I’m not the only one… at least I hope I’m not! At least I didn’t spend much to update that closet and in the end it still looks great with a fresh coat of paint and a light.
I’m still having a little pity party about it, though.