How I made the rental built in closet less eeeky.

When you rent in Australia, you’re not normally allowed to repaint the place. Lengthy processes of applications and justifications are required for everything. Otherwise, we’d have repainted the entire home in a bright white (or Antique White).

(And enjoyed spots of yellows and kelly-greens and reds on walls here and there.)

While we love the space in this new rental, it’s quite tired. It’s been rented out for a long while so it would benefit from a repaint and update.

For example, we are saddled blessed with cupids in the master flanking our bed. shudder

The damn cupids above our bed in the master bedroom.

The damn cupids above our bed in the master bedroom.

One place I could not stand leaving as is was the insides of the girls’ built-in wardrobes:

The built-in closet as we moved in.

The built-in closet as we moved in.

So I used 3M adhesive velctro strips to line the back of the shelving. Just the one pair of velcro strips and eased the fabric down past each shelf.

I chose a pretty ballerina fabric for Hannah:

The pretty brown ballerina fabric I selected for Hannah's closet.

The pretty brown ballerina fabric I selected for Hannah’s closet.

.. and a cheerful and bright print for Jasmine:

The bright red, white and black birdy fabric I selected for Jasmine's closet.

The bright red, white and black birdy fabric I selected for Jasmine’s closet.

I’m so pleased with the happy and cheerful result:

Jasmine's closet now

Jasmine’s closet now

{JASMINE}

Hannah's closet now

Hannah’s closet now

{HANNAH}

#simpleDIYhappiness!

17 July 2013

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