So to set the stage...like I said we live in a very old house. The original house was built in the early 50's I believe. It was a typical farm house, 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen. Sometime in the 60's I think they added on to the house and added a room in front of the living room. After that, they added on again and added a very large extension. I'm not sure how the original owners used the rooms but for us the original living room is now our master bedroom. The room next to that has been serving as our closet since about 1991 or so. The room itself used to have the front door to the house and windows in it. Those were boarded up when the large extension went in. It's hard to explain so I hope you can get the idea from my explanation.
Anyway, the room next to our master bedroom is just basically a blank empty room. I had put up rods all around the room for our clothes. The windows of the original outside of the house were boarded up as was the door. Outside that wall is now the entry room to the house. We did add the octogon windows.
So, I hope you noticed in the original description of the house that I said the house had one bathroom. Yep, that's right...3700 square feet and ONE bathroom. However horrible that may sound the good news was that one bathroom is HUGE and we just learned to deal with it. With 2 daughters and myself we all had vanity's in our rooms. All make-up and hair was done in your rooms. The bathroom was for "necessity" usage only. But, it was time to do something about this...room...outside of our master bedroom. We had always envisioned it to be a master bathroom and closet. Well this year that vision became reality! I'm completely happy with the transformation so I thought I would share. I hope you can realize that you can take a really trashy space and transform it into something beautiful. Behold...
This is the room pre-makeover. Actually, this picture below was taken after I had taken down one set of the rods. I had taken it down and then snapped...oh yeah...get some pictures. So, there was actually a set of rods over there on that wall of old windows. My husbands suits are all custom made and putting them on this rack even temporarily freaked him out! ha ha ha And, yes, those are my shoes on the shelves there. I freely admit I have a serious shoe addiction.
All of my purses are in those decorative boxes on the top shelves which I also purchased at Ikea. I also have a key which lists what purse is in what box so I can just reference my list when I want a specific purse.
So, that is our new bathroom and closet. We did not do all of the tile, electrical, or plumbing ourselves. We contracted that out and frankly I'm glad. We have done quite a few project ourselves in our house including all of those things but this time we just didn't have the time to spend on it so we paid to have that done. I'm so glad we did too. However, don't let that deter you. If you have the time and the patience, you could do it. The internet is a wonderful source of "how-tos'.