Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Closet Love

We have a nice big closet in our downstairs bathroom. I have never put much in it because I have had little kids running around for so long, and it was really easy to get into.

We also had a really old dresser that was given to us. The drawers were broken and most of them would not close. I was about to take it to the recycling barn when I realized we could take the drawers out, build shelves and have a small hutch instead. A hutch for the closet that we never use.

This was a fun, quick project that we did in two nights.

First, we took off the closet doors, and the hardware, covered the holes and painted. I painted the inside of the closet a slightly different color than the white walls and trim- cottage white, by Behr. I hung a curtain on one side to hide the vacuum cleaner hose that is hanging on the wall, and the mop. The curtain is actually a queen size white sheet I already had. I used a curtain rod and curtain clips, so there was no sewing involved.




I made a curtain for the hutch using a piece of utility fabric I had in my stash. Under the curtain I keep my sewing machine, a swiffer duster and a small carpet cleaner. This was all we had in the closet to begin with, so it worked out really well.





We painted the shelf that was already in there white, and added a small piece of crown moulding. I put all of my cleaning supplies up high, and the paper towels and toilet tissue in the basket.

I wish I had a wide lens camera so I could take a picture of the whole thing. I am really excited about the way it came out.







I am really into showing off closet spaces now. Wait until you see what we are planning for the pantry!




28 comments:

Marsel said...

You create such lovely spaces. I really admire your touch!

FinnyKnits said...

I'm tempted to make an inappropriate closet-related comment, but I won't. I know you keep it clean around here.

Instead I'll just say that that is the NICEST closet space I've seen. Ever.

To be a guest in that house!

Avery said...

Great way to use every inch! What do you store behind the brown curtain that the kids can't ruin? Just curious :D

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

Just Beautiful

kim said...

Oh, I just love this so much. Did you make the monogrammed pillow? Lovely!

Donnelly said...

This is lovely! We live in a rented house so I am stuck with white walls. I love to see all of the delightful ways you use white, makes me want to create spaces using yours as insprirations. Thank you for sharing.
Have a great day.

Holly said...

What a pretty way to store everyday essentials. I like the cottage white paint color that you used and I love the pitcher and bowl.

Ashley said...

come do my house!

:)

Katlyn said...

What a great little project!

The Wooly Wumpus said...

What a way to transform a space! Beautiful! I have Cottage White in my front hallways - isn't it the perfect neutral? Yours looks wonderful!

cathleen said...

You are one clever gal and so talented when it comes to decorating. It looks clean and fresh and quite elegant. Lovely!

lucky knitter said...

What a wonderful reuse of an old dresser! That space is just beautiful!

beki said...

You always amaze me :)

QuiltedSimple said...

What a great way to dress up a closet! I love it.
Kris

elliebelle said...

Everything you do is so gorgeous!!!

Heather said...

OK, so here's the thing. First of all, even your cleaning products are beautiful. I mean, I don't even see Windex or SoftScrub. AND you are totally blowing my theory about design magazines. I look through them thinking that no one can really live there, because they don't have normal things laying around. But see, your house looks like a magazine. And you live there. And you have 3 kids there. Thanks for blowing my theory.

PS. The closet is sensational.

Steph said...

Awesome!

amandajean said...

gorgeous!!! i'm going to have to fly you out so you can help me decorate my house.

a friend to knit with said...

katie, katie, katie.
i just love what you do.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Wow - you have such a way with decorating! How wonderful to transform a utilitarian space into such an attractive corner of your home!

stitching under oaks said...

that does look amazing. I love how all your cleaning supplies look so lovely. Mine aren't that attractive. I'll have to watch out for prettier cleaning supplies next time I run out!

Renee said...

What a lovely makeover. You could publish a book with home decor ideas.
As always, you inspire! Can't wait to see your pantry. :)

Shannon said...

Just lovely! Great work!

tiennie said...

I could sit here for hours - it's so lovely!

Elizabeth B said...

Hello! Apartment Therapy just featured your dresser re-do and I had to subscribe to your blog. I love this! I'd also love to know where you got that wonderful pitcher. Thanks. :)

Jennifer said...

I also found this via Apartment Therapy! You mention a curtain rod and clips, no sewing for the white curtain. For the curtain on the hutch, it looks like you used a tension rod, and then just a quick sew to create the pocket for the rod to go through - is that right? I have a table I want to do something similar to, but I fear it may be too wide for a tension rod to be reliable....

Philigry said...

hey Elizabeth and Jen!
Thanks for coming over and reading! I got the pitcher at a flea market. the bowl came with it. i think it is a transferwear piece. I have seen some on ebay and etsy too.
I did sew the curtain for the tension rod. I do like the look of the clips and the heavier rod for a heavier curtain. i hope i helped you guys!

Elizabeth B said...

Thanks for answering my question so quickly. Yes, you definitely helped! :) Have a great weekend.