Welcome to my closet! Wow was this a fun project as well as a necessary one! I love clothes as much as I love decorating, but my closet did not reflect that. Join me as I show you how I went from a dark, dis-functional and unorganized space, to a light and bright room with a spot for everything!
Let's start with some before shots of this closet so you can get a feel of the true transformation it went through.
As you can see, it was basically a dumping ground for not only our clothing, but everything else that didn't have a home.
My first step.... clean it out! I took an entire day, removed everything from the closet and sorted through each item. If it wasn't an article of clothing, shoes or an accessory of some kind, I found it a new home! I also removed 6 large (like leaf removal size!) trash bags full of clothing and only one of those bags belonged to my husband! I donated any item that I had not worn in the past year. I also finally got rid of my high school homecoming and prom dresses! Here is the closet now that it is empty.
We are fortunate to have a walk in closet, but it is not super large. It is approximately 6' x 6'. I knew the space could be better utilized with a different type of storage system. I spent some time researching prefab closet systems and decided on an a la cart ClosetMaid system. We picked up all the items we needed from our local Home Depot. We decided on a combination of storage towers and hanging rods for each side with a mix of drawers and cabinet doors to keep things organized.
Before the new storage could be installed, I decided to liven the space up a bit with some fun decor. Here was my inspiration board for the new closet.
I wanted to incorporate blues, white and copper finishes. I wanted a large leaning mirror on the back wall and a fun area rug!
I used a dottie (dalmatian print) stencil on the back wall as a focal feature. I purchased my stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils via etsy and used Valspar paint in Dark Stormy Night. I loved this dark navy so much I decided to paint one wall solid as well.
As you can see here, I also switched out the old light fixture. I took a basic workshop style pendant in silver and spray painted it aged copper.
The building of the ClosetMaid system was completely straight forward. Time consuming, but easy to follow instructions. It took me 2 days to remove the old shelves, patch and paint and then assembly and installation of the new storage.
I also spray painted the hardware that came with the closet storage in aged copper to match the light fixture. Special touches like this make a big difference!
Now it's time for the clothes to come back in! I separate clothing by items, dresses, blouses, sweaters long and short sleeve, etc. I also hang by color. This just keeps the closet looking tidy and helps me find exactly what I'm looking for when I'm deciding what to wear.
The space feels so much bigger now. I'm glad we decided to not install any shelving or rods along the back wall. This left room for the large leaning mirror.
For "my" side of the closet I chose a storage tower and added 3 drawers as well as the upper cabinet doors. I found those adorable wire baskets with the copper handles at the Dollar store!
One of my fave additions of the new storage is having space for my shoes! Now granted, it is not nearly enough, lol, but it's a start! There are 3 additional pair of tall boots behind the first row and I keep my remaining apirs in a downstairs closet. The shoe cubbie holds 15 pair of shoes I wear most often. I keep the rest in roll out storage containers under our bed!
Behind the doors I decided to store some of my good handbags to keep them dust free and easy to get to! The baskets are holding my clutches and wallets and scarfs and boot cuffs!
On my husbands side (except for the back corner, I needed that space too!), we went with an additional storage tower with 3 drawers and a smaller, open shelving unit for the floor for his shoes and slippers!
His wire baskets hold his fun and colorful socks as well as belts and ties.
The decorative items like the mirror, rug and stool are all from Overstock.com.
So, what do you think of my closet makeover? From beginning to end it is quite a difference right? I worked on this project for a week and it was time well spent. I find myself just standing in the doorway staring! I have had bigger closets than this in the past, but I've never had a prettier one! I hope you gained some inspiration and ideas to take to your home and closet! As always, thanks for joining me, let me know if you have any questions and I'd love for you to join me on Instagram or Pinterest if you don't already!
Happy Friday friends!