Hey, it’s Cho, and I’m FINALLY back with another Cho Does Home Reno post! If you’ve never read one of these before, definitely click that link to catch up! So let me start off by apologizing for my long hiatus! I know this was a series that my aunt TT’s audience was just starting to really get into. However, Eric and I are currently endeavoring to make a big real-estate purchase. We’ve been focusing on renovating our other properties and by we, I mean just Eric. If that big purchase goes through, definitely be on a look out for a future post, because that’s worth talking about and will actually tie together with a past post. Hint hint!
Out With The Old
With Eric preoccupying himself with the rentals, we haven’t really done any work on our own home! I’ve lived with him for over 2 years, but until recently, I always had my own townhouse separate from the house we live in. For a tour of that living space, check out my recent youtube video here. Notice anything special about that space? Yes, the huge walk in closet is what got me to sign the lease! It was my first home as an adult, and I truly felt like a real housewife. It isn’t Heather Dubrow’s closet by any means, but a boy has to start somewhere. And by the end of this post, I’ll actually be closer to her status if you ask me!
Moving into Eric’s house was a huge transition for me. While our home is big, beautiful and rich in character, it did not have a walk-in closet. I know, #RichPeopleProblems! Instead, we use a multipurpose room staged as an office, sitting room and closet. As you can imagine, this was fucking wreck and never met any of my needs. A true Jack-of-all-trades but master of none. Eric won’t admit this, but I would argue that it didn’t meet his needs either. We’ll see what he says in the comment section…
In With The New
With me moving in soon, I decided to make some dramatic changes to the multipurpose room with a focus on making it more of a closet. We got rid of all of our traditional furniture and put in the IKEA PAX System. This system is great for many reasons, but the biggest reason is the huge array of customization! I designed both Eric and I’s wardrobe from start to finish to fit our very specific needs. I needed much more space to hang all of my clothes while Eric prefers to fold his clothes and put them away and out of sight. Eric also wanted this super high tech functional hamper that is removable, but I decided to keep my cheap laundry basket.
What no one told me was how expensive this would be and how many trips I’d have to make to IKEA over the course of a month. No, you can’t just go to IKEA once to get all of your needs. Either they’re missing an item, you have to return an item, an item part is LITERALLY missing or a litany of other issues occur that forces you to go back. The 4th time I visited, I told the customer service rep that if I had to come back one more time that they’d better have a cocktail ready for me upon arrival! She laughed, and said that they didn’t have a bar. I told her to make sure I don’t have to come back then. I think she thought I was joking. Thankfully, I haven’t had to go back. Has anyone else had this experience with IKEA???
Someone Is Spoiled
Well, the closet is now 95% done! After spending nearly $4k (and I went with the cheapest finishes), I am elated to have a wardrobe that finally fits my lifestyle! I give it high marks on functionality and convenience. I would have loved to get different colors or higher end finishes, but my focus really was on functionality, and I was trying to stay within budget. Thank god I did, because I had some coins left over to invest during the Coronavirus stock market crash! Side note, my grandmother is convinced that I have Coronavirus. Building the wardrobe wasn’t difficult at all, but that’s easy to say when someone else does it for you. Eric can let you all know in the comment section how difficult set up was. He spent so much hard work for 3 weekends in row, and I love him for it!
Now that you’ve seen the near-finished product, what do you think? Remember that 5% left? Well, we are still debating about the couch. I don’t want a couch in this room at all. It should really only be a closet and an office. We have a WHOLE fucking house to lounge in, so I don’t know why he’s being so obstinate. Eric isn’t budging on this issue. We have 5 non-working fireplaces in our home. The dramatic topic of fireplaces deserves its own post, but one of them just happens to be in our closet, so he wants to sit in front of it during the winter time. What should we do? I’m thinking that upgrading to a modern, more sleek love seat will be a good middle-ground for us.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section, and definitely check out my Survivor recaps! If you’re subscribed to my youtube channel, definitely be on the lookout for a more in depth tour of our closet and everything it has to offer! If you like what I do here on the site, be sure to support me in my other ventures elsewhere on the internet!