With a step daughter in medical school, a step daughter in college, and one daughter in high school, it's time to get rid of a number of things in our house. However, I wasn't ready to part with some of the items we purchased when the girls were small because frankly, they're still very functional. The only problem is that some of the items are too cutesy, as is, for my taste. Case in point, the 10-drawer multicolored chrome metal storage cart. How many of you have something like this?Since I'm still on my spray painting kick, I decided to paint the metal frame with Rust-Oleum's Pure Gold and the drawers in Rust-Oleum's Matte Citron. I had to remove the drawers and thoroughly wash the frame and drawers. I also unscrewed all of the knobs to spray them to match the frame. I bought five cans of the Matte Citron and sprayed approximately 3 coats over the drawers. The darker colored drawers needed a bit more attention. Like all good DIYs, things don't always go as planned. I didn't love the finished product. Then, my muse (my daughter), suggested I use chalkboard paint so that I could write on the drawers directly to label them. This is why two heads are often better than one! The project obviously took a little longer than planned because then I painted over the citron. My newly revamped storage cart will hold the marketing materials for a new job I recently started. I make regular donations to the Salvation Army, but this is one piece I'm glad I decided to hang on to!
How long does it take? Carrie spent about three hours at my house, going through my clothes, having me try on different pieces, matching items, taking pictures, and giving me feedback on what fit and what didn't. I was also given a homework assignment prior to her visit. First and foremost, I had to clean out my closet. (Carrie didn't tell me to do that, but I thought that it was time for some spring cleaning.) I organized and refolded clothes, I made a pile of clothes to be donated or consigned, and a pile that needed to be mended or taken to the dry cleaners. Then, per Carrie's instructions, I pulled out a few of my favorite "go to" outfits, so she could get a sense of my style. I also selected items that I was excited to wear this season, but that I needed help in how to mix and match them with other items. Continue reading A Closet Audit (or What Not to Wear)
"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." ~ Coco Chanel