I don’t think that a closet is ever the first thing on anyone’s list to “fix up” when you move into a house. It certainly wasn’t the first item on mine and Grunt’s list when we moved in here.
However, I think the older you get, the more you come to appreciate a functional, well laid out space even if it is just a closet – it seems to make life a little bit less hectic. Our closet is not functional or well laid out, despite it being a good sized walk-in closet. When we moved in here, we bought one of the basic closet systems from the Home Depot for one wall, some shoe shelves for another wall (that have never even came close to holding all our shoes), drug a chest of drawers in on one wall and called it done.
We’ve been tripping on shoes ever since.
And then the amazingly talented Jewel from Jeweled Interiors asked if I wanted to join in on a Choose Your Own Adventure Room Refresh. I threw my hand up like a kindergartener and screamed “Yes, yes!”
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Today, each of us participating in the Adventure Refresh are sharing the plans for our spaces; next week we’ll share the progress and on February 28th, we’ll all be sharing our finished spaces.
I’m betting you’ve already figured out that I’m refreshing our closet. 😉
I went through all the spaces in the house that could use a little refresh and decided that while it would be fun to freshen up the dining room or our actual master bedroom a bit, the master closet was the space in our house that needed the most help and had the most potential to add a little more sanity to our lives.
Master Closet Refresh Plans
Thanks to Hudson Valley Lighting, Minted and SEI for providing products for this refresh!
Toro Art / Fiddle Leaf Fig Wallpaper / Tassel Trim / Black and White Striped Bins / Black Bins / Wall Sconces / Wall Mirror / Stool / Bust Art / Leopard Print Rug / Shoe Shelves
See how I made the moodboard above HERE!
It is a closet, so I’m not going overboard on the design, but I am aiming to create a space that functions better for us and is a place I actually wouldn’t mind spending some time in.
The To-Do List…
Add Art + Lighten Up Exterior
On the outside of the closet. I’m planning to do just a little refreshing here – I still love my carpet wall, no matter what anyone else thinks. I’m going to add some different art to the left of the doors there above the marble table. I’m going to do three different pieces I think – Toro, Rome or Bust and Fonte Mourisca. I’m also debating on whether or not to lighten up the back of that bookcase with some fabric or wallpaper – thoughts?
Make the Current Closet System More Functional + ReZone Items
There it is y’all, the hot mess in all its glory.
We’ll be leaving in the closet system we put in a few years back, but we’ll be doing lots of re-organizing and re-zoning of items. I’m planning to add storage bins along the top and storage bins in the vertical shelves as well. The shoes will be getting a new home.
Better Shoe Storage
This is to the left of the closet. There is way too much wasted space here that has a lot of potential. The plan here is to get all the stuff that’s currently in the dresser into the bins that will be in the vertical closet shelves. Then, we’ll put in some of those shoe shelves you saw in the design board above. They’ll be stacked on top of one another. I’m thinking of adding that fiddle leaf fig wallpaper onto the sides of the shoe shelves to add a little color and interest there.
Built-In Dressing Table + Hook Storage
This is the wall opposite the one you just saw. Again, more wasted space. The shoes will all go into the new shoe storage I just told you about. From there, I’ll be adding lots of different hook storage in here for various things and then I’m planning to build a dressing table into this space.
Sconces / Wall Mirror / Zebra Art / Stool
Funny enough, the closet actually has the best lighting for makeup. I realize this makes no sense at all. The overhead lighting in there is very bright and mimics daylight and since the closet is painted all white, that light just bounces off the walls. I put my makeup on in here (when I actually wear makeup) in the floor in front of the mirror that is attached to the back of one of the closet doors. Real fancy, right now, ya’ll. Looking to change that by creating a built-in dressing table with that gorgeous Harper Blvd mirror above it and flanked by those fabulous sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting. I’ve been eyeing this zebra art from Minted forever now and I finally think I’ve found the perfect place to put it here. And finally, this stool from SEI should take care of seating at the dressing table without taking up too much space.
Those are the big to-do’s right now! I’ll have a progress update for ya next Thursday. You can also follow along on my Instagram stories for updates too!
A big thank you to Hudson Valley who is supplying lighting for the Choose Your Own Adventure Refresh and Minted who is supplying art.
A special thanks also to SEI who has provided me with the mirror and stool for this space.
Be sure to see what the rest of the Choose Your Own Adventure Participants are tackling over the next couple of weeks…
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Ahhhh!!!! It’s going to be sooo good. I love your wallpaper, lighting, and art picks!!!
Thanks so much, Jewel!
Jessica | House Homemade says
I love the idea of making a space like a closet extra special. This is going to be awesome!
Thanks, Jessica! Same here – I’m looking forward to not sitting in the floor in there to do my makeup. ha!
Karen Jerread says
Can’t wait to see it….mwb
Thank you, MWB!
Wowzers!!!! I love it all, but that lighting choice is out of this world!!!
Thanks, Jewel! I feel the same way about those lights!
Jennifer Griffin says
Jenna, this is going to be good! Love that wallpaper and your other selections. You’re going to have to find a new spot for that cutie green chair! 🙂
Thanks, Jennifer! I know – I do still love that chair – gotta find it a home somewhere else around here!
Charlotte Smith says
LOVE that wallpaper. I’ve had it (or a similar one) in my cart a few different times! Can’t wait to see the new space! xx
Thanks, Charlotte! I love it too – just have to figure out where I’m actually going to put it in the space! haha!
Nice. Will you tell me what program you use to create the collage/ mood board? No one else seems willing to share.
Thanks, Sarah! Sure – I used PicMonkey on this one. 🙂
Susan the Farm Quilter says
Oh my…you do love your shoes, don’t you, girl??!!! And to think I’m getting by with 3 pairs of tennis shoes (umpiring pair, yard work pair and “any time I go out” pair), 1 pair of water sandals, 1 pair of flip flops, and one pair of “nice” slide-on flats…and two pairs of boots (nice, leather knee boots and snow boots!). 8 pairs and they still are in the way!! Sharing a closet with some of my dad’s clothing, boxes of Christmas stuff, boxes of old business records, boxes of fake flowers, etc! doesn’t leave much space. Now, at home on the farm…that “walk-in” closet really needs some help, so I’ll be watching to see what you do with your closet to see what I can “steal” to work in my little closet there!! I just know it is going to be gorgeous!!!
Sharon H says
ALL my closets need attention, but last Fall I ramped up my master walk in closet, simply by purging scads of clothes that were not being worn! What a huge difference it made. It’s still an ugly space, though? look forward to seeing yours!
Girl, this makeover really made me take a good look at all the clothes I had – I purged a ton! Felt so good and gave us more space!
Jenna, it’s going to be awesome ! So many ways to remake a closet today.
I have a question. Remember we are both southerners-right ?
Lawd have mercy Jenna, what size are those shoes ? They are beautiful just like you, but in the photo they look so long.
hahaha! They are sevens, Myrna! Not too big!
Stephanie S says
This is going to be a wicked place. Cannot wait for the fun to began.
Stephanie S. says
As always the great design comes out and this is going to be so much fun to see. I love the ideas. The wallpaper will look good on the sides of shoe holder and something inside would be great. Have fun. Days are counting down.
Jean | Delightful Repast says
Jenna, what a great plan! I’ve never had a walk-in closet, but I’ve just about maximized my little 1950s closet. I need to put some sort of light in it, though, preferably not hard-wired, just DIY.
Thanks, Jean! These sconces I’m using for my closet are plug-in – I know what you mean about the hard wired stuff – too much of a pain!
About 6 years ago i spent around $120 bucks on a organizer system for my tiny closet to see if it would help and it expanded my storage options one thousand percent. So I am definitely going to be coming back to see how yours turns out. Can’t wait!
It’s so worth it, right?! Those systems just make everything so much more functional!
Putting a vanity in there sounds great- I’m jealous.
One of the best things I’ve ever done!
Can’t wait to seee