It’s been a very busy two weeks, y’all! When I was trying to decide what space to do for the Choose Your Own Adventure Room Refresh hosted by Jeweled Interiors, one of the reasons I opted to go with my closet (besides the fact that it desperately needed a makeover) was because I thought it might be a little easier time-wise and project wise than taking on a larger room. This space still ended up being demanding on both fronts. Of course, part of that was due to me critiquing every little thing.
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Thanks to Hudson Valley Lighting, Minted and SEI for providing products for this makeover!
I’m so glad we gave this closet a makeover though, y’all. It has given us a load more of functional space and it’s a true testament to how readymade plain Jane store bought products and DIY projects can come together to create a beautiful, organized and super functional space.
The Master Closet Before
After: DIY Walk-In Master Closet Makeover
The Closet Exterior
I was already pretty pleased with the closet exterior, so I didn’t do too much here. I did a bit of sprucing up though by editing, adding art and styling.
I’m still a big fan of the color and texture the carpet wall adds to the space and how this table and details like the closet door medallions, the lamp, rattan basket and other items give it a “traveled and collected” feel.
I wanted to add in more of that traveled feel and color with some art though. I went with Toro, Fonte Mourisca and Rome or Bust from Minted. Minted offers custom framing with all their art prints and you can choose from a wide variety of frame styles and sizes. I wanted the art to stand out and needed to keep the frames neutral since they were going on a very bold wall, so I opted for thin black metal frames. This way, they will also work with just about any other decor style if we ever change it up.
I got Toro in a larger size since he was a good neutral and he also adds some masculinity to the rest of our bedroom, which sports pink walls. He was also approved by Grunt, so brownie points there.
The bookshelf on the other side of the closet doors desperately needed some styling help. I had scored the bookshelf for $10 at a thrift store a while back, but had never really worked to make it “pretty”. I kept the travel vibe going here as well.
These shelves hold lots of mementos from our trips – a seashell Grunt found on the beach the day we got married, a nod to my favorite city, pictures from our trips, a vase we made during our Booze No Baby trip 😉 and more.
I found this guy at a thrift store and he fit perfectly in here too – guess we also have a bull theme going. ?
I added in another art piece from Minted here as well called Curaco. It pulls in a lot of colors from the space and of course continues the traveled feel.
The Closet Interior
Here’s where we really put in some work…
And yes, one closet door edge is black and one is white. Of course, it’s by design. 😉
This is just your basic closet system we bought at Home Depot when we moved in about three years ago. It’s nothing fancy, but I feel like we were able to make it fancy (and functional at the same time!) by partnering it with pretty storage bins.
That leopard print rug helps out a little too, doesn’t it? Can you believe that bad boy was only $15?!
The top of our closet system wasn’t really all that functional before. You couldn’t tell, but the shelves didn’t go all the way to the back of the wall. There was a pretty good sized gap between the back wall and the shelf’s back edge. And they also bowed in the middle. We were just so tired of renovating when we finally moved in, we just used a lot of what we had and called it a day. Grunt switched all those out this time around though and they are much more functional now. The green bins hold handbags, seasonal items, work clothes, etc. – things that you don’t need on an everyday basis. That cute little step stool makes it easy for us folks with short girl problems to get to the top shelf. 😉
Isn’t it darling? It was a super fun and really easy little makeover I did with a stool I found on clearance at Home Goods – tutorial for it is here!
I did do the one thing I had said I wouldn’t do – switch out my coat hangers. I am so glad I did though, y’all. These take up less space and they truly do keep those slippy sliding tops on the hangers. I searched the internet land over to find the best deal + best reviews on hangers and these were the winners. They were the best price per coat hanger and had great reviews. A reader emailed me though and said she got some at Aldi for a heck of a deal, so if you have an Aldi near you – check there! Switching out the coat hangers also made me realize how many pieces of clothing I had! I did some serious editing!
Putting the bins in were a game changer for this space. Doing this allowed us to move all the things that were in the chest of drawers in the closet and move that big piece of furniture out that was taking up one corner of the closet.
I dressed up the black and white striped bins with this colorful tassel trim. I just used fabric tape to apply it – easy peasy. The black bins got a simple white tassel. Tassels for everything up in here!
The right side of the closet is my most favorite part about this whole space…
This is one of the times when what I envisioned in my head actually turned out better in reality.
If you read my first post about the plans for this space, I told you that I actually do my makeup in here because surprisingly it has the best lighting in our house for that. Previously though, I would be sitting in the floor in front of the mirror on the back of the closet door putting my makeup on. Not anymore though! Now I’m sitting getting pretty at this dressing table.
This wall mounted table was a really easy build (tutorial for it is HERE!) and the front even drops down to reveal storage inside. The Circus had a ball organizing all my makeup into the containers, although she was upset I wasn’t ready to let go of more and give it to her.
I was going for a bit of a Studio 54 vibe in this area of the closet. Y’all know I’m enthralled with all that. The stool, mirror and sconces all help to create that and when I’m getting gussied up now, I can easily channel my inner Jerry Hall or Divine – depending on what the day calls for of course.
When the sconces are lit up, I can really feel the disco vibe coming on. 🙂 They are from the Mitzi collection at Hudson Valley lighting and I love everything about them. They are plug-in, so no hard wiring required. I didn’t want the cords just flopping along the wall though so I customized some cord channels to keep them in place while adding a little color at the same time.
My jewelry and hats had previously been on top of the chest of drawers. Since we moved that out, I had to come up with new storage solutions for both.
For the bracelet and necklace storage, I used acrylic rods anchored on brass posts that were leftovers from my curtain rods and stair rail.
I love both the jewelry and hat storage solutions because now I can see everything that I have right in front of me – no digging for what I’m looking for! To top it off, I added in this Zebra art above it all. I’ve been eyeing that art for years and finally decided this was the space to put it.
Opposite “my” side of the closet is our area for shoe storage and Grunt’s nook. He gets a nook, I get a side. Seems fair, right?
As I told you in the progress post, I had a grand idea for elaborate shoe shelves in this area and as it turns out, DIY wasn’t the way to go there. We ended up buying readymade shoe shelves and stacking them on top of one another. They actually ended up giving us more shoe storage than we would have had with my not so brilliant idea and it was much easier as well. Sometimes, it is just easier and more effective to not DIY!
Halfway through this makeover Grunt asked for a bench or stool of his own to sit down and put on his shoes. I told him sure, but don’t count on it before this whole thing is done. Mama had a list a mile long to get through! On Sunday, he mentioned the stool again. I went and got this one I had bought at a thrift store a couple years back and handed it to him. I told him I thought I had some leftover cowhide print fabric in my closet. He took it upon himself to find the fabric and reupholster the seat himself. I don’t know if I’ve ever been more proud of him in my life. haha! He had already picked out the Not Just a Number art from Minted, so it fit perfectly over the stool. I bought quite a few of the brass wall hooks to add in throughout the closet as needed. These work perfectly in his space to hang his clothes for the next day and other odds and ends.
That’s it for me! What do you think of the new space?
A big thank you to Hudson Valley who supplied the lighting for the Choose Your Own Adventure Refresh and Minted who supplied the art.
A special thanks also to SEI who provided me with the mirror and stool for this space.
Be sure to see what everyone else did during the Choose Your Own Adventure Refresh…
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