Movie Closet Project

Hey everyone, today I’m going to be talking about something other than books. As you may know if you’ve been following me for awhile, my husband and I bought my parent’s house over a year ago and we have been slowly doing projects around the house, making it our own. One of the most recent projects we just completed this past week and I am super excited about it. Besides books, I love and collect movies and tv seasons. I have a pretty large collection and they’ve been housed on mismatched old bookshelves which ended up making our downstairs living area look a little cluttered. Excuse the mess in the below BEFORE photo… this area has been a bit of a catch-all the last few months.


There is a closet space in the downstairs that used to have an old fridge. We got rid of the fridge and started working on finishing the space to turn it into a movie closet. We started with just plain concrete floors and drywall. Ethan added these carpet squares and the baseboard trim. Eventually he will also be adding the trim around the closet opening. For now it’s just raw until he can get the last of the supplies.


Originally I wanted to fill it with Ikea Billy shelves to match my library shelves but the closet wasn’t quite big enough for what I wanted to do so we came up with plan B: making our own shelves. We decided to go a little bit of the easy route and get the shelving racks you hang on the wall and then jazz up some wood boards to add to them.



Our favorite way to add interest to plain pine is to sand them down, torch them to bring out the grain, and then stain and seal them. The above photo is after Ethan torched two of the boards. Once all of the boards were finished, we added some simple bookends to the ends of each board and mounted them on the brackets. We ended up having quite a bit of extra room at the bottom so we talked about adding another board to the bottom. But we ended up going with something we already had at the house that allowed us to add double the storage space.


Here is a closeup of the awesome shelves. I seriously can’t stop looking at them and love how they turned out.


I had so much fun filling the shelves up with all of our tv seasons, blurays, and dvds. Started to run out of room at the bottom so I’m really glad we had these other media shelves that fit perfectly underneath the last shelf. We also decided to add another full bookcase on one side of the closet to house some of the bigger special editions and all of our puzzles and board games.


Here is the finished product! I’m really happy with how everything turned out and I love having them all in one place. Makes it so much easier to find something to watch. Mini tour: top three shelves are TV series, next two shelves are blurays, then DVDs. At the bottom in the media shelves, the left half area all kids movies, and the right half are the rest of the dvds.Not a great photo with the light glaring from above but hey, it’s a basement closet so that’s as good as it’ll get haha. If you’re interested in a more detailed tour of the shelves to check out my collection, let me know in the comments and I will do a more in depth post.

What are some of your favorite tv shows and/or movies?

Top Ten Movies I Watch Over and Over Again

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Movie Freebie — top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top ten rom-coms, top ten 90’s movies, top ten action flicks, top ten tear-jerkers, top ten movies your favorite actor/actress is in, top ten movies with PoC leads, etc. etc.).

I absolutely love watching movies, almost as much as I love reading!  I also love to re-watch movies.  I really enjoy reliving the story and characters even though I already know what is going to happen.  I have some movies that I have watched so many times that I have lost count and these are my #1 go to rewatch!

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  • Gone With the Wind – One of my all time favorite movies. I am obsessed with this movie and the characters.  I love them all.
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005) – Most P&P fans prefer the version with Colin Firth, and while I love that one too, this is the version I continue to watch over and over again.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – I love ALL of the Harry Potter movies but this one is my favorite book and movie so I’ve seen it a million times.
  • The Two Towers – Again, I love all of the Lord of the Rings movies, but The Two Towers is my absolute favorite of the three.  Maybe it’s because Legolas has more screen time 😉
  • Mansfield Park – I really love this adaptation of Mansfield Park.  Not many people like MP but it’s one of my faves.

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  • Little Women – I mean, come on… who doesn’t love this movie?! I always wanted to be just like Jo when I was growing up.
  • Anne of Green Gables & Anne of Avonlea – I love these two nearly equally and I usually watch them in the same sitting together even though it gets really long. These are such feel good movies. I love Anne, Matthew, Marilla, Diana, Gilbert, etc.
  • Leap Year – One of my favorite sappy rom com movies. I’ve seen this so many times!  I love the setting – Ireland – and I love the storyline! Amy Adams and Matthew Goode make such a cute couple.
  • Queen of the Damned – Honestly I am not sure why I love this movie so much. It’s not the greatest by any means but it’s one I always come back to. I watch it at least once a year.
  • The Family Stone – Another one I watch at least once a year. I fell in love with this movie the first time I saw it.  Funny story… I had just watched this movie and I knew my BFF would love it too so the next time we got together I said to her, “Laur! I just saw this awesome movie you would love!” and she excitedly replied, “The Family Stone!!!” Great minds think alike! I just love the family dynamic in this movie and all of the actors are just awesome, especially Diane Keaton. I love her.

What are some of your favorite movies to watch over and over?

Halloweeny TBR & TBW

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It’s October!  You know what that means!  It’s almost time for Halloween.  To get in the mood, I have prepared my entire month of reading and watching movies around Halloweeny type things.  I’ve tried to include a little bit of everything: witches, paranormal, vampires, zombies and slashers.  Although I didn’t include any paranormal in my movie list, I have plenty for backup if I run out of movies to watch.


My TBW includes:

  • Hocus Pocus (witches)
  • The Craft (witches)
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (slasher)
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (slasher)
  • The Crazies (zombies)
  • Scream 1-4 (slasher)
  • World War Z (zombies)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (slasher)

UPDATE: Brandie reminded me that I completely forgot one of my all-time favorite movies!  PRACTICAL MAGIC!  I am officially adding it to my list of movies to watch!


My TBR includes:

  • The Witching Hour by Anne Rice (witches)
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (zombies)
  • Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (vampires)
  • The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (paranormal)

The Witching Hour is over 1000 pages so I have only selected 4 books for my set TBR.  And for backup books in case I finish all 4 books, I have selected a few alternates.


  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (vampires and witches)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (vampires)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (monsters)

And just in time, I got my awesome Halloween bookmark pre-orders from Happy Hello Art!


I am so excited to start off my October with some creepy reads!  I am going to start with a re-read of The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich so I can finally read it through with the finalized pages.

HAPPY OCTOBER!  Are you reading any creeptastic reads this month?

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 12

30 Day Book ChallengeDay 12: Your favorite book turned into a movie

I want to do my best at not posting about the same books for multiple posts.  Sometimes it is unavoidable but for this post I’m going to skip my first three favorites and move to the next.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I LOOOOOOOOVE the book and I love the movies just as much.  I can watch them over and over and not get tired of them.

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“Hey, carrots!” – Gilbert Blythe

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I love all of the characters and the storyline.  And I love being able to see it all in front of me.  Green Gables and the little fictional town of Avonlea have always been magical places for me.  I definitely want to visit Prince Edward Island someday and see some of the sights that Anne would have seen (if she were real).