did it…closet before & after

Have I told you one of the best things about our new house? It has a walk-in closet!!!!  I really should put that in all caps to try to convey my level of excitement about this feature that is new to my life.

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Listing photo

A walk-in closet was not on my wishlist at all during our house hunt, but it is AMAZING now that I am used to it. Our closet isn’t big compared to many, but it is just right for us. It is connected to the master bath by a drywall opening. It also came with some basic white built-ins. They required a lot of scrubbing when we moved in, but they have proved super useful to us. The hanging rods allow a good amount of hanging space for Kipp’s clothes right at wheelchair level, which is ideal. We pretty much put his clothes and shoes on one side and my clothes and shoes on the other. Then, we kind of share the back wall…Kipp has the drawers and I get everything else.

Speaking of drawers, I loved the basic white finish but the basic white drawer pulls were really depressing, boring, and dated.  After living with them for a few months, I thought new pulls were in order!  I measured the distance between the existing mounting holes and looked for a replacement.  I had trouble finding pulls that would fit the existing holes without blowing my budget.  So, I decided I wanted to DIY some leather pulls.  After a lot of research, I couldn’t beat the ease and low cost provided by Etsy shop LeatherEU.  She provided leather strips and Chicago screws.  They can fit any width of pre-existing mounting holes.  I am so happy with the outcome!

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After

My brother-in-law’s wonderful family helped us when we moved, and his mom Lynn and sister Sara ended up moving all of our things into the closet. Lynn figured out that my hanging shoe storage from the last house fit perfectly into one corner of the closet. Thank you, Lynn!

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Finished closet

After getting settled and organized, it was apparent that we actually don’t have enough hanging clothes to use all the rods in the whole space. No, we are not minimalist, but I guess we just don’t have tons to hang. I realized that the non-shoe corner of the closet could be the perfect spot to put a hamper. We had a big sorting hamper in our last master bedroom, but I never filled it up all the way; I also didn’t use the sorting feature.  If you know me, you know that I am very particular about homekeeping, but my dirty little secret is that I never sort laundry (unless something tends to bleed).  So, the sorting hamper was sold to a nice family via Craigslist.  And, I picked out a new hamper…suited to our closet corner and on wheels for easy movement to our laundry room.  I picked a really cool hamper from Steele via Crate & Barrel.  It is very industrial, made of a metal frame and canvas with four casters.  The wheeled base makes it easy for me and for Kipp to push it or pull it to our laundry room on the other side of the house.  We love it!

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Steele laundry hamper

The finishing touch for our closet (for now) was a new light fixture.  The light fixture in there was very basic, and I wanted something with a little more character.  I found this vintage fixture through one of my favorite local vintage stores, Maven Collective.  It is perfect for the space.

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Vintage light via Maven Collective

Eventually, when we re-do our master bathroom, we plan to include the closet.  We will re-paint the walls and tile the floor to match the bathroom.  For more on my bathroom dreams, see my last post, wish it…master bath inspo.

 

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