Welcome back to my Organize your Heart and Home series!
We took a little break this morning for my Healthy Living, Healthy Home series, but I am back for my “throwback Thursday” post.
This is a post I wrote when I was organizing (creating) a linen closet for our master bathroom.
Here it is…
(Originally posted on January 24, 2011)
This week I am going to show you how I organized my bathroom closet (which isn’t really in my bathroom). :)
This is the bathroom in the master bedroom…
It used to look completely different because my hubby and I did a complete makeover a few years ago (before my blogging days).
I love my bathroom, although there is nothing really “master” about it. As far as storage goes, there is very little of it.
My husband and I have our toiletries under each of our sinks, and we keep our towels in the bottom of this black cabinet that we added to the space…
The only closet in our master bedroom was behind this little door…
Ain’t it purdy?
Yep, the bottom two panels on the door have had the mesh inserts missing since we moved into the house six years ago. Yep…6.
(This door had to have those mesh panels because it has a vent inside the closet that has to be able to circulate air.)
Now, my hubby used to keep his clothes stuffed in this little closet (wish I had a picture of it, but we had already cleared it out before this makeover, and I forgot to take a picture).
But since we turned the laundry room into a master bedroom walk-in closet, we now had the space to do something different with this closet….it would be our bathroom/linen closet! (It’s just a few steps away from our bathroom.)
This is very humbling…but here is the before shot of this closet…
Yikes! Aren’t you lovin’ the brown on the back of the door that we never painted?
This closet is located beneath our stairs, thus the slanted ceiling.
There used to be a bar than ran across the front of these shelves that my hubby’s clothes hung on, but we took it down.
See the beautiful vent on the floor? Well, my hubby is getting ready to relocate it so we no longer have to have a vented door on this closet! Woohoo!
I took everything out of the closet….
We did not paint this closet when we moved in six years ago. I can guarantee that is has not been painted since this home was built in 1968! It’s about time, doncha think?
Here is a look at the vent and yucky baseboard. So glad my hubby is moving this vent!
I don’t know why the baseboard looks like that. I cleaned it off and it still looks all speck-ly brown with dirt.
So the whole closet got a fresh coat of white paint. I had to use KILZ primer on some parts because it had been painted with oil-based paint. You cannot paint over oil-based paint with water-based paint without priming it first. The paint will not adhere and will just scratch right off.
We also took the door off!! Yeah!
We used the leftover brown paint from our laundry room makeover to paint the back wall. I thought it would help the white shelves stand out, and it did.
This closet is a little dark, so I took the lamp off of my black dresser and sat it on the top shelf so I could see to paint. The picture above only has one coat of brown paint on the walls.
Hey…I kind of like that little lamp in there…are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Now all we needed was a door. Hmmmm…
I got to thinking.
Our next project in our home is going to be the boys’ upstairs bathroom.
It has a bathroom closet that has a door on it.
We are planning to take the door off for our makeover and leave the shelves open.
I wondered if that door would fit on our closet? I went upstairs and measured the width, and whatdayaknow? It was the exact length!
I was so excited!!!
It was a little bit taller, but my hubby just sawed a little off the bottom and we were in business!
I love it!!!!
I love having the ironing board hanging on the door.
I found the adorable chicken wire baskets at T.J. Maxx yesterday, and I had to get them. It was the only money I spent on this makeover, so it justified the $40.00 I spent on all four of the baskets.
The little wash cloth basket had a liner in it too, but I took it out because I like seeing the washcloths behind the wire. I did the same thing to the basket that holds the toilet paper.
I had to had the greenery to hid the cord from the lamp. :)
These are my “his” and “her” baskets. I might add labels to them in the future. They hold our personal items that do not need to be in the bathroom on a daily basis.
The lace had little brown buttons on it that I cut off because I thought it made it look a little too country.
Here are a few shots with the lamp on. It makes the closet so bright and cheerful. I cannot tell you how much I love this closet. I don’t even close the door now. :)
The lamp I already had (paid $10.00 for it at an antique mall last year), the bird was from the dollar store, and the white vase was a dollar at Goodwill.
Here are the before and after pictures….
It was so worth the time and effort to complete this makeover.
I really did love that little closet! It served us well. :)
Come back tomorrow for our
Bathroom Organization linky party!
If you have a blog, I would love for you to link up your projects!
If you don’t, then you can email before and after pictures to me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or message me on my facebook page. (You might see them show up on my blog!) :)