Hello friends! I’m finally here to share my closet with you. It is one of the first rooms we completed shortly after we moved in, but I took the time to design and organize it many months after that. I am excited to share it with you today!
But first here a walk into the past …
The obvious advantage of my closet is that it’s HUGE. I almost peed my pants the first time I saw it! I knew that with a bit of TLC it could easily become a dream closet. After customizing my final closet, I had a good idea of how much is possible with a little tinkering.
So what did we do exactly? I sketched out what parts of the closet we could keep and update and some parts we could demonstrate and replace (like the storage along the back wall). Collin removed what shouldn’t be used, then built a few new shelves and storage items – like a long dress area and the back storage shelves (learn more about building storage shelves here). Lastly, he cut it all out and gave the old dresser an appearance of inset drawers and moldings along the top to tie it all together. While I don’t know the exact price of this project, I can tell you that it cost hundreds (if not thousands) to upgrade than it would cost a brand new cabinet system for a cabinet of this size.
Since the closet is in our main bathroom, there is a chance that we could reconfigure it later. Right now I have no idea as I haven’t even started dreaming about this design, let alone planning it. That’s just one more reason why I was motivated to reuse what was there instead of installing a whole new closet system. I also really enjoy the creative challenge of low-waste renovation. In my early years of blogging, this was the only option I had due to my tight budget. But over time it became something I enjoy doing because it makes me proud to improve on what I have (if possible) rather than replace it.
Anyway, that’s enough backstory! Are you ready for some photos? I’ll show you section by section.
My first section is shoes. The original closet came with this shoe rack that I adapted to accommodate three shelves of boots below and smaller shoes above. I also hide all of my trainers and slippers under the long dress section.
We added floor-to-ceiling storage compartments along the back wall. I like that they are very versatile and that I can stash everything from jeans and t-shirts to my roller skates (which I have to hide from my kids now, lol) and bags.
Mirror / West Elm, Pouf / Shop Lucky Collective, Baskets / Target, Carpet / Vintage (similar here), wooden hangers / Amazon.
On the left side I have hangers for tops, skirts, short dresses, coats and jumpsuits.
I collected all of these fun headbands during my quarantine last year. They’re cheap, and I found most of them on Etsy. I love how they make an outfit look more polished and conscious.
Headband Organizer / Amazon, links to some Etsy headbands: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Just curious, did you collect something in 2020 or develop unusual hobbies?
I have a couple of special occasion bags (which I proudly bought used). I store them in these cubbies and look forward to getting them out for real date nights in the coming year!
I love the built-in drawers. In these drawers I store underwear, jewelry, yoga sets and lounge clothes. Above the drawers, you may notice that I used the extra tiles from my coffee station in my office. It’s so pretty and since this was a tiny little room I was able to add a tile backsplash there that was just scraps.
I love the look of this acrylic necklace display. There’s one behind the door too.
Thanks for taking a tour with me. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them! xx- Elsie
PS My tracksuit is from The Home Edit x Summersalt Collab (top and pants). Funny story: My kids BOTH said they wanted an outfit like mine the first day I wore it. I wish it was available in kids sizes too.
Credits // Author: Elsie Larson. Project assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Kelly. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.