This week, we finished facing the book nook, installed 4 can lights in the room, and ordered a pretty light for the middle (can’t wait to show you!) and we also started on installing the wardrobes–week 4 was a busy one.
That same angle used to look like this:
A few weeks ago, we talked about how we were going to tear out those closets in favor of Ikea Pax wardrobes and we loved reading all of your positive experiences with Pax! It made it even easier to swing the hammer and get the closet out.
The room looks twice as big and so much taller without the header board. Then we got to building. We knew we would have to take the carpet out of the closet because we got the taller Pax–for that dramatic floor-to-ceiling look–and we were about 1/4″ too short in here with the carpet. Although we do plan to add carpet back into the center and trim everything out so it’s seamless. Here’s the quick version of how it went down:
We had to build and install the wardrobes in a vertical position which proved to be a challenge (Oh, Ikea, you almost had us stumped!), but we couldn’t be happier with the direction this side of the room is headed. The rest of the room, including the bunkbeds, is going be a warm white, and last week, I was second guessing going so stark with the wardrobes. But now that they’re in, I love the black cabinets all over again. We have a lot of high contrast areas throughout the home which is why I initially designed it this way and once we get the dark wallpaper I ordered from Hygge & West (sneak peek in the mock-up below) installed in the center–and maybe in the book nook too?–it’s going to be a swoon fest over here.
We still have to install the interior drawers and attach the doors before we can get to wallpapering, but I couldn’t resist a lighting visual. Fun fact: This double sconce was the very first thing I ordered for this room–before I even knew what we were doing.
We’re charging full speed ahead. This time, next week, all the dirty work will be done! (fingers crossed).
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