Classy Closets of Phoenix: Helping You Prepare for the Holidays

Happy October, Phoenix! Fall is finally here- and with it comes the promise of cooler weather, fun-filled holidays, great sports on T.V., and loads of family and friend time. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome fall and everything that comes with it.

Chances are you’re starting to think about getting ready for the holidays and fall visitors. It can be overwhelming to think about beginning to de-clutter and organize your home or to try and create more storage space before your guests arrive. Classy Closets can help! We are experts in helping people get organized for the holidays season. One of our favorite things about fall is helping people to create beautiful home storage solutions just in time for the holidays.

It’s best to start preparing for the holidays earlier rather than later. This will help save you stress and let you have fun while preparing. If you have been wanting to spruce up your home by creating a custom entertainment center or by giving your kitchen or bathroom a face-lift- now would be a great time to contact us.

Recently one of our designers, Lori Hamblin, created these custom masterpieces for one of our customers:

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This custom entertainment center streamlines storage and beauty. A custom entertainment center can double or triple the amount of storage space you currently have in your television room. Imagine watching football or a great holiday classic with friends and family around. Creating your dream entertainment center would be the perfect way to start the holidays!

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This office space will help you to organize and de-clutter just in time for the holidays. Turn what is an eye-sore space into a sleek and beautiful way to stay organized.

We can’t wait to help you enjoy the holidays! Schedule a free in-home appointment with one of our designers at classyclosets.com or by calling 888-294-4984.

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Latest Buzz: The Space-Saving, Sleek Wall Bed

One of the very best ways to save space in your home is by installing a wall bed. Wall beds allow you to instantly turn any space in your home into a bedroom and back again in just seconds. If you need a spare bedroom on occasion, but don’t want to dedicate a whole room in your home for a guest bedroom- a wall bed is a great option. Wall beds can help to free up extra space and can create a sleek and clean look. Take a look at some great wall bed options that can be created for your home by Classy Closets:

Wall beds can give you the extra space that you are looking for. For more information about our custom wall beds, please visit the Wall-bed page of our website: http://classyclosets.com/wallbeds.php. Now is the perfect time to start thinking of creating a wall-bed; change any room in your home into a space-saving, sleek guest bedroom just in time for the holidays.

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Classy Closets is “Falling for Gray”

A trend that we really love right now is gray in the home. Home designers everywhere are teaching us that gray is neither drab nor dull. Gray is a versatile and classic color that can be used in a traditional or contemporary home. Depending on the color of gray that you choose and what other furnishings you pair it with gray can look clean or inviting. Gray is not merely a combination of white and black but it can be made using almost any other color- blue, green, brown, purple, etc.  There are so many different shades in which to choose- from light and subtle to dark and eye-popping. The color of gray that you choose will impact the overall feel of your living space. Also depending on what other accents you have in your home- gray can look sleek and contemporary or warm and traditional. Take a look at how some of these home gray home furnishings are paired with other decorations to create a certain aura:

Gray is the perfect neutral pallet to begin or end with. For example, if you begin with gray cabinets or a gray entertainment center you can add pops of color throughout your home that can be easily replaced as your tastes change. Try changing an area rug, pillows, a lamp, or colorful books in order to change up your home. Gray is a classic color and is not likely to overwhelm you or feel dated and will allow you to decorate as your tastes grow and change.

However, if you are more prone to bright-colored walls and bolder trends, gray can be a perfect complement to those. Gray will stabilize and balance the look of your home- allowing you to feel engaged but not overwhelmed.

We love the look of gray- and think it’s a great companion for any home and design aesthetic. If you are digging the look of gray cabinets, entertainment centers, countertops, and other home solutions as much as we are, call and schedule a free in-home estimate with a Classy Closets designer and let us help you “fall for gray.”

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How to Spruce Up an Old Dresser

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Hey Phoenix!

We all love the look of those refurnished vintage dressers that are all over the Internet and HGTV. But if you’re trying to buy one for your house, they can get pretty expensive. A quick, easy remedy for this is to make your own! We all have that dresser from the 90s that we’ve never gotten around to throwing out. However, with a fresh coat of paint, you can give it new life and change its outdated look to make it the focal point of the whole room!

Materials:

Paintbrush

Sander

Wood block (optional)

Damp cloth

Paint

Knobs

1. Sand the dresser with heavy and medium grit sand paper following the grain. Start with the heavy and then go back over the whole dresser with the medium grit sand paper to smooth any ridges the heavy paper has left. Always use long, even sanding strokes with applied pressure to remove the paint. You don’t need to get down to bare wood, just past the shiny finish. If you are sanding without a machine, try wrapping the sand paper around a wood block. It makes the sand paper easier to maneuver and gives your hands a break.

2. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the residue left by the sand paper. Check for any shiny spots left and sand them away. Allow the dresser to dry.

3. Apply your paint color to the dresser. If you don’t want to prime it, use two coats of paint. Be sure to stay with the grain to give your dresser a smooth, finished look.

4. Finally, add matching knobs to your dresser!

This new, updated dresser will save you money and revamp any room, whether it’s a guest room, kids room, or your own!

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DIY Headboard from Reclaimed Wood

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Hey Phoenix!

A great way to give your bedroom a shabby chic style is to use reclaimed wood. An inexpensive, but beautiful way to use the reclaimed wood is to make your own headboard with it. This way, your headboard is as unique and interesting as you are! And with a couple tips, you’ll be on your way to personalizing your bedroom to exactly what you want!

What you’ll need:

Wood – Old barn wood, reclaimed wood, wood pallets; use whatever kind you want!

Wood screws (make sure to measure the thickness of your wood so you get the right size screw)

(2) 1” x 4” x 64” boards for legs

Scrap wood

Fine grit sanding sponge

Stiff-bristle scrub brush

2-3 cans of clear, flat finish spray

Saw

First and foremost, you need to design your headboard. To do this, measure how big your headboard will be (without legs). Then chalk out those dimensions on the ground. This will give you a space to move the wood around and decide which design you like best. Don’t cut your wood just yet, though. Lay the wood on top of each other to figure out a design and mark the places you want to cut with a pencil. Then cut the wood with your saw.

After you finish cutting, flip over the pieces of wood so the back is facing up. Cut your (2) 1” x 4” x 64” to the desired length for the legs and attach them along the two vertical edges (2-4” from the top) with your wood screws. Then, attach your scrap wood to every seam to hold the wood pieces together. For extra support, you may want to attach another 1” x 4” to the middle section of your headboard. To make sure the surface is free of splinters, sand the entire piece with the sanding sponge and then with the scrub brush.

If you want to personalize your headboard even more, now is the time to do it. You can write a message in chalk or paint before you put the finishing spray over top.

Finally, spray your headboard with 3-5 coats of a flat, clear finish. The flat spray will keep the wood looking natural and weathered. You might want to consider adding a couple extra coats at the bottom, where the sheets will rub against the headboard. Let dry for 24-48 hours, and you’re done!

Even if you don’t like the shabby chic look, you can use wood pallets and either stain or paint them any hue you like for a more polished look. We hope you enjoy this great, personalized headboard!

For more unique tips like this, check out our Pinterest page!

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Make Your Own Bookshelf

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Hey Phoenix!

Every family has their own unique style and their homes are a part of that! Make your home one of a kind by building your own bookshelf! A great and easy one to start with is the spine bookshelf. Unlike traditional bookcases, the spine bookshelf is minimalistic and doesn’t waste space. Although you can buy this bookshelf, building it yourself with save you money and will allow you to personalize it to your home and family’s style.

1. Go to your local home improvement store and get wood. You’ll need a 2×4 (get it as long as you want your bookshelf to be tall.) This will be the “spine” of your bookshelf and will eventually be screwed into the wall. Next, pick out some sturdy planks for your books to be placed on. Be sure they are wide and deep enough to fit the books. Finally, pick out some heavy-duty screws.

2. Prime and paint! The color and texture of your paint will enhance the style of your home, so make sure to pick a color that you love!

3. Screw the planks of wood onto the 2×4 at the desired widths and screw the spine into the wall.

No matter what room you put this in, the spine bookshelf will bring a unique design element without looking bulky.

Check out our Pinterest page for more noteworthy home décor!

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Creating Your Own Chalkboard

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Are you becoming bored with your home’s décor? A great, inexpensive way to spruce it up is to make your own chalkboard! Whether it’s for a daily meal planner or the entire wall of a playroom, chalkboards are a fun and easy way to decorate.

What you need:

  • A cool frame (look at flea markets or second hand stores for pretty, unique ones)
  • Particle board to use as your chalkboard
  • Saw
  • Primer
  • Chalkboard paint
  • A paint roller to apply the paint

First, outline the shape of your frame onto the particle board and cut the outline with the saw. If your frame already comes with a board, just sand it down so it’s smooth.

Apply the primer to the board and let it dry.

Apply the chalkboard paint to the board. You can either buy your chalkboard paint at any home improvement store, or you can make your own. A Beautiful Mess blog has a great tutorial that allows you to choose the color of your chalkboard paint. Allow it to dry for three days.

Enjoy!

For more cool ideas like this, check out our Pinterest page!

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Keep Your Closet Smelling Fresh!

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Keeping your clothes hanging in your closet for months at a time without use can leave them smelling stale. Dressers can have the same effect. With these crazy summer schedules, there is little time to throw it back in the wash to get that fresh scent back. However, simply hanging a sachet in your closet can provide a remedy. Sachets are linen or cotton muslin pouches filled with your choice of ingredient. You can choose anything from thyme or cloves to lavender or cedar. These will give your dresser or closet a natural, long-lasting fresh scent. Preventative sachets can keep moths out of your closet and the holes out of your clothes.

Here’s a great tutorial on how to make your own hanger sachet by Martha Stewart!

Don’t want to make your own? Go to Etsy for cute, affordable sachets with your choice of scent, or go to Hippie Shop for a lavender sachet.

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Storing Tips for Boots

Hey Phoenix!

Now that winter is behind us, boots are being used less and less and are pushed into the back of the closet once again. However, incorrect storage can misshape boots and make a mess on your closet floor. With a few, simple organizing tips, you can clear the floor of your closet and keep your boots in perfect shape!

Because booties don’t typically fit into normal sized shoe cubbies or shoe racks, shoe shelves or boot boxes will help you organize them.

All your other boots will fit into boot stands, holders, and shapers.

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Boot stands will hold your boots in shape, while keeping them together.

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Boot holders clip tall boots together while also keeping them upright.

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Boot shapers provide shaping for boots along with a hanger. This keeps tall boots from slouching and creasing.

Which boot storage idea is your favorite? Comment and let us know! For more organizational tips, visit our Classy Closet Pinterest page!

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DIY Drying Rack

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Hey Phoenix!

With the summer heat pushing electricity bills higher and higher, saving money wherever you can becomes a priority. A great way of doing this is to hang dry your clothes. Instead of wasting electricity to use the dryer, you can build your own drying rack! One unique idea is to upcycle an old, wooden ladder. Upcycling old items around the house is a great, easy way to save money and decorate at the same time!

To start, get a wooden ladder, whether it’s sitting in your garage or waiting for you at a swap meet. Depending on how long you want it, you can cut your ladder down using a saw to match your exact specifications. If you don’t have one and don’t want to buy it, consider making one with a couple 2x4s and some thick wooden dowels.

After you’ve obtained your ladder, prime and paint it to match your laundry room. If it’s an older ladder, you might consider sanding it first to keep chips of wood out of your clothes.

To use, you can either prop it up on the floor against a wall or hang it up on the ceiling. For the former, you’re done!

For the latter, pick up some chain and hooks at a home improvement store. Screw four hooks into the ladder, one at each corner and then attach four more on the ceiling at the same proportions. Finally, attach the chain from the ladder to the ceiling and you’re done!

With this drying rack, we hope that your home can become a little more economical and unique!

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