Getting shelving installed in the master closets has been on the “honey-do-list” since we moved in 9 years ago.
In the meantime, I had a mix-matched “system” of shelves that were on clearance at some point and I tried to do the best with what I had.
Earlier this month, we finally gave ourselves the green light to move forward with my closet. My husbands closet will wait a bit.
Here is a before picture.
The shelves were dark and made the space look smaller and as you can see I didn’t have enough shelves for my things. It was organized chaos. Nothing “Graceful” going on in there!
I got everything out of the closet. The perfect opportunity to get rid of items that needed to be tossed or donated. Needless to say my room was a mess for days.
I knew I wanted to paint the closet walls since I had chosen white cabinetry. My husband tried to “sell” me on the idea that we should leave it white. He is smart and avoids having to pull out the big ladder.
I told him not to worry for one minute. I would paint the closet all by myself. ALL. BY. MYSELF.
So he helped me by patching up the holes in the closet, which were many.
As soon as that dried, I happily embarked on my painting project!
The color that I chose was Behr’s Graceful Gray. It really was my favorite gray and the name was a total coincidence!
I have painted walls on my own before so I wasn’t at all intimidated. I painted the bottom of the wall and then pulled out the ladder and started on the trim.
And then…I ran out of steam with two walls left.
So I did what any sensible woman with a good amount of self-respect does. I walked into the kitchen and sighed (really loudly) for my husband to hear and he immediately turned around and said “are you done already?!”
And that’s when I whined…ALOT. I am not above whining.
And it worked. He loves me. That man loves me.
I kept doing the trim but he helped me with the roller which was great because my arms were hurting so much! So we were done in no time.
We just waited until the next morning when the cabinetry was scheduled to be installed. I couldn’t wait!
I was so happy to see it come together!
I left a big space on top of the small dresser (from IKEA that we had previously to the install) so that I could add a big mirror and bring a little charm to the closet!
The dresser looked like part of the cabinetry that had just been installed. I was so happy that it was a perfect match!
I found this little tray for rings and I thought it was perfect.
And it looked great alongside the little plant from IKEA.
Time to add the clothing!
I added them in a color coordinated manner which is how I had the closet before. It takes a while to do initially but it makes the closet look so much better and its easier to find what you need.
All my hangers are from Crate and Barrel. I am not a fan of felt hangers. I prefer smooth hangers so that clothing slides off easily. These are slim, plastic and really inexpensive.
Shoes that were rarely worn I placed in these boxes from Target. They are from the Threshold line.
The rest of my shoes are in the very center of the closet.
I did have to get rid of some of my shoes in order for them to fit but it pushed me to purge items that had been taking up space in my closet for years!
Am I the only one whose feet have grown after having kids? I used to be a size 7 and now I am a 7 1/2.
I wanted a chair or a bench to sit on while I put on my shoes and this one was large and small enough for the space. Also, it is extremely light-weight and easy to move about.
In the top I have a couple of bins. I labeled the shelf instead of the bin.
One has belts.
Small scarves or fabric belts.
My purses also have their own spot.
I folded over some of them in order to fit more per shelf.
I now have a belt rack attached to the cabinet.
This frame was definitely the finishing touch. I had it for years tucked away behind a couch and I spray painted the frame to match the rest of the closet.
The quote says “One shoe can change your life” by Cinderella. Shakespeare didn’t have any shoe quotes.
In the other end of the closet, I put away boots, chunky scarves…and other things that Miamians buy just for looks.
That’s the closet! I am so happy with it! I waited to have it for so long and now I am that much more appreciative for it!
My husbands closet is next.
I think he should leave it white.
So what do you all think? Share with me your thoughts on the master closet…