Bathroom Closet Makeover


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).  :)

bathroom closet

This is the bathroom in the master bedroom…

bathroom closet makeover

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…

traditional bathroom

The only closet in our master bedroom was behind this little door…

bathroom closet makeover

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…

bathroom closet makeover

Yikes!  Aren’t you lovin’ the brown on the back of the door that we never painted?

bathroom closet makeover

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.

bathroom closet makeover

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….

bathroom closet makeover

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!

bathroom closet makeover

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.

bathroom closet makeover

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!

bathroom closet makeover

I love it!!!!

I love having the ironing board hanging on the door.

bathroom closet makeover

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.  :)

bathroom closet makeover

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.

bathroom closet makeover

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.  :)

bathroom closet makeover

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.


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Here are the before and after pictures….

bathroom closet makeover

bathroom closet makeover


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 [email protected],

or message me on my facebook page.  (You might see them show up on my blog!)  :)

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Organizing our Master Bath Vanity


Warning:  This post is lacking the “wow” factor.  :)

In this “Pinterest Perfect” world, I struggled with this post because it’s really nothing big.  It’s just my unorganized vanity getting organized. 

But this is real life.

And I wanted to show you that I am trying to get organized JUST LIKE YOU!

If it weren’t for this series on my blog that I am sharing with you, I probably wouldn’t have organized our vanity yesterday.  And I am SO GLAD I DID!  My hubby is too!

So I am going to share with you my VERY highly specialized way of organizing called…

3-d's of organizing

Yep.  Impressive I know.  

Let me show you how The 3 – D’s of Organizing works!

Here is what my side of the vanity looked like before…


Step One:  DUMP

Dump all of your stuff into the floor like this…



Step Two:  DITCH

Get rid of all of the stuff you do not use anymore by throwing it away, donating to Goodwill, or giving it to someone else.  

(I threw most of my stuff away.)


Step Three:  DIVIDE

Divide all of the stuff you do want to keep in appropriate storage containers.


Our vanity is an old antique dresser that we turned into our bathroom vanity, so it is “old” looking inside, but I love that.  You can see how we did this project HERE.

dresser turned vanity

I divided my stuff into a wire container on the top shelf that holds all of my cotton balls and cotton makeup circle-thingies.  I used a plastic container on top of that to hold all of the travel size bottles that I use for my trips. 

For my taller items, that are always falling over, I bought this “freezer container” at Marshalls and put them in it.  It is a long, narrow container that works perfect in this space.  These are items I do not use very often, but just need a place to store them.  (I do use my toothbrush often, just not that one.  I use that one to clean my jewelry with toothpaste.   FYI:  Toothpaste is GREAT for cleaning your rings!)


Then I had enough room to put a basket for my hand towels and wash cloths!  Something I didn’t have in there before.  Yay!


I applied the 3 – D’s of Organizing to these spaces as well…

My top drawer…


Cy’s top drawer…


Cy’s bottom cabinet…


I took all of these photos on my phone, so sorry it is not the best quality.  

I was able to divide all of Cy’s stuff in just two containers:


So you get the idea.  I dumped.  I ditched.  I divided.

I also wanted to show you want I did to help my boys stay organized in their bathroom.

Each of the boys have their own basket below the sinks in which to store their toiletries.


However, their toiletries would fall all around inside the large baskets.

So for Christmas, I picked up these blue caddies at the dollar store, and filled it with all of their favorite toiletries.  (I can’t believe I had to buy Jonathan some razors!)


Then when they are getting ready, they just pull their caddy out and sit it on the vanity.IMG_3616


When they are finished, everything goes back in the caddy and into the basket.  Out of sight!!!  (Mama likes.)  :)

Now for the reeeeallllly embarrassing photo.  Just keeping it real, y’all.

This is my dressing table where I put my make up on…



Mama mia!  (Don’t look too closely.  Why do I feel so exposed right now?!)

But yesterday, I bought one of these makeup organizers at Marshall’s and voila!


I LOVED getting ready this morning!  So much easier to find everything!


So that’s it!

Nothing big, but man, does it feel better!

Alright now!

Are you organizing your bathrooms, ladies?!!


I showed you my drawers, now you need to show me yours.  



You will get the chance to share on Friday!

Just remember to DUMP, DITCH, and DIVIDE!

Have fun!




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Tips and Tricks to Organizing your Bathroom!


Welcome to week 2 of my “Organize your Heart and Home series!”


I hope you enjoyed all of the posts about organizing our kitchens last week.  

This week we are focusing on BATHROOMS!


Most of us have bathroom vanities, drawers, or linen closets that are in need of some reorganizing. 

Well, here are some ideas to help get you started.  Click on the picture or the link below it to visit the source.


I love how the Shanty Sisters made use of their wall space by making their own bathroom storage case.  The best part is the mirror on the outside!  It serves two purposes!  Genius!





Okay, y’all might think I am slow, but I have NEVER thought about using a utensil organizer for toothbrushes!!  Have you? (Please say no, so I don’t feel so stupid.)  :)



Look how pretty this vanity looks!

It is amazing what baskets and containers can do to help you get organized!

bathroom storage



You can purchase a package of three of these plastic bins at the dollar store for one buck and attach them to your vanity door with 3M clips.  These would be great for toothbrushes too!

bathroom door



My boys don’t take baths much anymore, and we certainly don’t have bath toys everywhere, but we used to!  This next idea is incredible smart!  Just use a shower curtain rod and some plastic bins to store bath time toys!




If I had a house full of girls, I’m sure I would be implementing this idea…


no source


This is clever.  If you have a small bathroom and need some extra storage space, create a shelf above the door!

shelf over door




I have seen so many of these privacy walls by the toilets in so many homes.  What a great way to use it for storage!




If you have room in your bathroom for a piece of furniture, that would be a great way to add extra storage!  I would love to add a piece like this one to my bathroom…



Okay, so are you ready to organize YOUR bathroom?!


Let’s do this, ladies!  


Pick which bathroom you want to organize and get started.  


Come back on Friday and link up to my linky party.  


(Or email me your pictures if you do not have a blog.)


For more ways to organize your bathroom, click on the button below!



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DIY Shower Curtain for Boys’ Bathroom


Well, I finally made a shower curtain for the boys’ bathroom. 

Because we built our own shower, it wasn’t a regular size.  I knew I would have to make a custom shower curtain to fit it.  I also knew that I wanted to do some type of horizontal stripes on the shower curtain. 

So I was super excited when I found two window curtain panels that were extra long at Marshall’s for $25!  I KNEW I could turn these window curtains into a shower curtain. 


Where, here is where I should show you the complete tutorial of how I did it, but I don’t have any photos.  

I know.  HUGE blogger fail.  :(

Let me explain.  I DID take pictures. 

I just can’t find them.  

But I do have pictures of the finished shower curtain.


 I didn’t even use a sewing machine to make this curtain!  I just used fusing tape to attach one curtain panel to the other curtain panel. 

And I bought a grommet kit from Hobby Lobby to create the hole for the rings at the top of the shower curtain. 

We had to purchase the shower curtain rod online.

 The curtain works perfectly for this space.  We are very glad that we tore the tub out and created a corner shower.

Cy built the vanities himself, and installed a butcher block countertop.  As you can see, we decided to leave the countertop natural instead of staining it.

 We still need to figure out what type of lights to put above the mirrors.

 And I am going to install a window shade this weekend.

I am decorating the bathroom for Christmas and will share it next week.

 But for now, the boys are loving their new space.  They each have their own baskets full of their own toiletries.  Luke and Adam on the left, and Jonathan and Eli on the right.  :)

 I will share more details about the bathroom soon, but I have a lot of Christmas decorating to do today.  The boys will kill me if I don’t have their Christmas stockings hung when they get home from school today.  :)

Have a wonderful day!!

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Boys’ Bathroom Update


I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This bathroom is just days away from being completely finished!  Whoop!

This has been the eternal project!

Last time I posted about the bathroom, I told you were going to be doing a little demolition.  Usually demolition happens in an old space, not a new one. 

Well, we had originally planned to have a tub/shower combo in their bathroom.  So we installed a tub.

boys bathroom
But neither Cy or I ever liked the look of the tub. 

It butted up right to the doorway and made the bathroom feel crowded.  It just didn’t look good. 

boys bathroom

We tried to figure out how to not have a third (back) wall in the tub so the space would feel more open, but we still didn’t like it. 

We both knew it had to go, but we didn’t want to make this project take any longer than it already had.

Well, we eventually bit the bullet and tore the brand new tub out.  And removed some of the tile from the wall.  And hung new drywall and layed new tile on the floor.  Ugh.

We bought a square shower pan and created a corner shower for the boys.  Even though we would rather have a tub in this space, the stand up shower just worked better for us. 

boys bathroom
I’m going to try and find a cute shower curtain for it.  :)

So here is what the bathroom looks like today. 

boys bathroom
I bought those oval mirrors at Home Goods.  I “think” I like them.  What do you think?  Should I go with a different shape?

They are framed in that old brown metal, which I like.  I’m just not sure about the shape.  We haven’t hung them yet, so maybe it will look better when we do.

Now that the tub is gone, the bathroom looks sooooo much bigger!

boys bathroom
Now I need to find some cute baskets to put on the vanities Cy made.

boys bathroom
I found this cute piece at Hobby Lobby. 

I am going to hang it on the wall and use it as a towel holder by the shower. 

boys bathroom
I still need to figure out a window covering and lights above the vanities.  But at least the bathroom will be “usuable” soon, and I can kick the boys out of the downstairs guest bathroom. :)

boys bath
Have a blessed day!

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A Change in the Boy’s Bathroom… (and Kentucky Bottle Cap Art)


Happy Tuesday, friends!

Last week, I showed you the DIY Sawhorse Desk that we made for Jonathan and Luke’s room.


I have had so many readers ask me where I bought or how I made the Kentucky Bottle Cap Art that was hanging on the pegboard.

bottle cap state art

That was a project that I did last year, and you can read how I did it HERE.

bottle cap state art

(It’s super easy.)  Smile


I also wanted to tell you about a little change we have decided to make in the boys’ bathroom.

We had originally planned on making concrete vanity tops, but decided to go with butcher block instead.

I drove to IKEA the week before last to buy some butcher block countertop like we did for our kitchen makeover, but they don’t have it anymore!  UGH!

So we found out that our local Lumber Liquidators in Lexington now carry butcher block countertops!  Yay!  So we bought an 8 foot piece of maple for the boys’ bathroom. 


Cy cut a hole out for the sink and hooked up the plumbing, and now the wood is ready to be stained.

But I kind of like the natural look. 


What do you think?

I was going to stain it “Provincial” which isn’t a very dark stain.

It would be similar to our guest bathroom, but not quite as dark.  The bathroom vanity is made of oak butcher block.

how to build a butcher block vanity

I’m trying to decide whether to stain or leave it natural.


I would LOVE to hear your opinion!


Have a wonderful day!!!

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The Boys’ Bathroom Update


Oh my goodness!  I cannot believe how long it has taken us to get the boys’ bathroom finished!

I’m kind of embarrassed about it.  It’s been so long that most of you have probably even forgotten that we were even doing it! Smile

Well, Cy and I are trying to knock it out this week.  So yesterday, we started adding the wall treatment to the walls.  I was wanting to do something different than board and batten (which I love,) so we are going with a horizontal wall treatment.


We finished two walls yesterday, and today, I am going to fill in all the nail holes and sand them down to get ready to paint.  The wall will be painted white all the way up to the top piece of wood. 

photo 3

We’ve been struggling with completed their shower/bath.  We have two walls tiled, but the third wall has been giving us fits.  We originally had the wall going up about 6 feet, but it really chopped the bathroom in half and we didn’t like how it looked visually.  photo 2


So we cut the wall down to only about 4 feet.  We are going to have to be creative with how we do the shower curtain rod, but we think we know what we are going to do. photo 1

I know y’all are probably like, “Huh?  What are they doing?”  But I promise it will look great when we are finished.  Smile

We are hoping to make the concrete vanity tops this week too.  I am dying to get this bathroom finished so the boys can use it!

They’ve been using our guest bath downstairs, and it is time for them (and their messes) to be UPSTAIRS!

So that is what we are working on this week!

What have you been up to lately?!



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Seeing RED! {Upstairs Update}


Hey friends!

I hope you are having a great week!

I’ve had an emotionally draining one, but I have to tell you AGAIN how much your sweet comments on Saturday’s post have blessed my heart!  They keep coming in, and I want to respond to each one, but I think it is up to almost 200 sweet, supportive comments.  That’s crazy!  You guys have definitely out done yourselves. Smile  Wish I could hug you each in real life.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?!

Anyway, I wanted to give you a quick update on the boys’ bathroom upstairs.

A few weeks ago, I showed you the vanities that Cy was starting to make…

diy bathroom vanity

And I mentioned that I wanted to paint them red.

Well, I did.

It’s REALLY red!

diy red bathroom vanity

But I like it.  Smile  Totally boyish!

I think it will look great with baskets on the top shelf and fresh, white towels on the bottom shelf.

diy red bathroom vanity

We are still trying to decide what type of vanity top we want to use.  It’s between concrete, galvanized metal, or chippy wood.

What do you think?

As soon as we figure that out, we can get these vanities finished!

We are also almost finished with tiling the shower.

diy red bathroom vanity

We have to build the third wall in the shower and then grout it.

To finish this space, I am going to do a wall treatment, install new lights, and find some mirrors for above the vanity.  Still trying to decide the “look” I want.

Anyway, that’s it!

This bathroom has taken way longer than we had planned, but we are finally getting there.

Do you have a project in your home that has taken waaaaay to long to finish?

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Details on Robin’s Bathroom Makeover (and bedroom)



Well, I knew you were going to love Robin’s Bathroom Makeover!

bathroom makeover

AND I knew you were going to ask a lot of questions about it.  Smile

I am still getting comments and emails about the details of her bathroom.

The number one question I keep getting asked is “What paint color is on the walls?”

bathroom makeover

I knew I was going to get that question asked.  A lot.

You are probably wondering why I didn’t include that information?

Well, there was a reason….

I didn’t have a paint color to give you.

Robin created the paint color by mixing together two paints.

I know!  She’s a stinker!!! Smile

Doesn’t she know that she can’t do that in blogland?  Oh wait.  That’s right.  She’s not a blogger.  (hee.hee.)

But she did give me the names of the two paints she mixed, so here they are:

Valspar Notre Dame is the main color.

She added some Valspar Blizzard Fog to lighten it up.

Wish I had the exact measurements, but I don’t.  But maybe that will give you a start?



Here are more answers to your questions…

The chandelier was purchased at Lowe’s.

bathroom makeover

The blue chest was purchased at Kirland’s.

The adorable chevron bench and pillows were purchased at Gordman’s.

bathroom makeover

The lovely wall art was found at Marshall’s.

bathroom makeover

Someone wanted to know about the cute little owl covering his nose on the back of the toilet.  Robin purchased that at Burke Outlet.

bathroom makeover

Her bedroom is painted the same color as the bathroom.


The comforter and euro pillows are from HomeGoods.

The Mr. and Mrs. pillow are from Marshall’s, along with the other pillows on the bed.


Did I miss any more questions that you may have had?

If I did, please list them in the comments, and I will answer them.


If you missed the full reveal of all the amazing before and after photos of Robin’s bathroom makeover, you can view it HERE.


Have a blessed day!

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Robin’s Bathroom Makeover Reveal {Part Two}


UPDATE:  Click HERE to see all the details on Robin’s bathroom, including paint color and accessories.

I hope you enjoyed Part One of Robin’s bathroom makeover yesterday.

If you missed it, you can read about it HERE.

Now I get to show you the whole beautiful bathroom!

But first, I want to thank Robin for letting me share her bathroom with all of you.

“Thank you, Robin!”  Smile

Robin did an amazing job decorating her new bathroom, and I know you are going to enjoy these photos.

Let’s look again at the before…

bathroom makeover reveal

And now the after…

bathroom makeover reveal

Remember the old linen closet and vanity?…

bathroom makeover reveal

The linen closet is gone, and the old vanity has been replaced with a beautiful custom double vanity…


bathroom makeover reveal

The old corner tub?

bathroom makeover reveal

See ya later, Alligator!…

bathroom makeover reveal

The old, bulky shower in the middle of the wall had to go!…

bathroom makeover reveal

Robin bought a beautiful blue dresser to go where the old shower used to be, and the now the new shower is tucked perfectly in the corner providing a lot more space in the bathroom and making it appear larger.

bathroom makeover reveal

Speaking of the shower….

I think my hubby did a great job creating that custom arch and tiling the shower!  Smile

bathroom makeover reveal

And I am in love with the custom glass doors that Robin picked out for her shower. bathroom makeover reveal

Here is a look at the bathroom from another angle…


bathroom makeover reveal


bathroom makeover reveal

Robin picked out the beautiful granite vanity top, and Cy installed it.

bathroom makeover reveal


bathroom makeover reveal

Did you notice all of the beautiful bead board that Cy installed around the bathroom?  Love it!

bathroom makeover reveal

And I love Robin’s new tile flooring too!

Here is a look at the old toilet area…

bathroom makeover reveal

Cy installed matching granite on top of the knee wall by the toilet, and I love the way it looks now!

bathroom makeover reveal

And Robin hung this pretty word art on the wall where the linen closet used to be…

bathroom makeover reveal

I hate to say goodbye to Robin’s beautiful bathroom, but I hope you enjoyed the tour!  Smile

Before we leave, I snapped a quick picture of her beautiful bedroom on the way out too because I knew you would love seeing it.

neutral bedroom

Thanks again, Robin, for sharing your beautiful bathroom makeover with us!

To find out the decor details of Robin’s bathroom, click HERE.

If you like this bathroom makeover, you might like these as well!  Just click on the picture to check them out.reveal

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Also, if you live near Lexington, Kentucky and have a remodeling or insulation project that needs to be completed, I might have some connections. Smile

Just shoot me an email!


Have a blessed day!

*I’m linking this post to Home Stories A to Z’s Tutorial and Tips Linky Party.

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