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Rarely do I see a pin on Pinterest that makes me go, "wait, I want that!"
The pin below stopped me mid-scroll! I saved the pin and pondered how I could do a similar design in my small primary walk-in closet.
Well, one thing led to another and I figured out how I could make it work using primarily what I already had on hand.
When I realized the three old Ethan Allen seventies cabinets I already had would work as the base for the countertop, the design came together quickly.
I had several goals in mind as this closet was gutted and put back together:
Once everything was removed from the closet and all the wire shelving was out and the wall spackled and painted, it was time to install the new hanging clothing rods. We installed two closet rod brackets for the rod which will also hold a shelf. The new clothing hanging space is installed in one end of the closet. The opposite end will be wall hung shoe storage.
Initially, we had two full length rods here, but after using the space for a while, I decided I wanted to bring my longer clothes back into the closet. We cut the the lower rod and added a bracket to create space for longer clothes. Bonus, the one suitcase I keep in here, fits under those longer clothes quite nicely.
Once the rod was cut, it proved to be a perfect fit! Note, there are caps you can buy to finish the cut ends. We added a simple shelf on top. The wall was the original color, but did get touched up. It's Behr Paint in "The Real Teal" color. I've used it in several project as I really like it. Many years ago, I saw a picture of a credenza painted in this color on the front cover of HGTV magazine. I immediately went to Home Depot, picked up a gallon, and painted my dining room credenza in "real teal!"
I wanted the closet countertop which can be seen from the bathroom to mimic the look of the Cambria quartz bathroom countertop. I thought these color chips from Rust-Oleum would give me the look I wanted. But, first, I sorted out all the black chips as I only wanted the mix of grey, white, and metal silver. I was unable or unwilling to remove the tiniest specks of black so you'll see those in the countertop. I like them as it give a little more depth to the look.
The closet was basically finished and I had been using it for weeks when I decided I wanted to raise the cabinets to counter height! Counter height is much more comfortable for folding clothes. Plus, the drawers are six inches higher making it easier to put things away. We built a very simple riser out of a couple of 2x6 boards. The finished base was painted in the closet wall color. Pro tip: those long clamps were a hazard while they were in place. We put a pool noodle on each end so if (when) we ran into them, we wouldn't impale ourselves!
So, this is the second time we moved the cabinets and added the countertop. At this point I thought we were finished but, later on I decided to completely redo the front edge of the countertop! Here you can see the original color of the cabinets. Also, do you see something else that may be wrong here? I'll let you know at the end.
We decided to add a natural, warm element to the space by reusing this old mid-century shelf. Here we are trying it out for size. That piece in the front, also from the same old shelving unit is going to sit on the top like a ledge. In the original design, a round mirror was going to sit in that groove on the top of it. Be sure to watch the blooper at the end of the video to see how that did NOT work out!
Everything now has a place making it easy to access things and to put them away. I especially like my wall hung Wall Control "medicine" cabinet. I like having the essentials at eye level and easy to reach. I have always had paper towels in the bathroom, but I dislike the clutter of them on my countertop. This Wall Control accessory holds the paper towels right inside the closet door so I can easily grab one when I'm cleaning.
I've purposely kept the countertop clear in order to have space for folding towels and clothes. And, in keeping with the "it doesn't have to be new to be awesome" theme, I've decorated with some vintage ornate over-the-top frames that I've collected over the years. On the sheIves I've added some of my favorite milk glass vases and my mom's vintage wedding gloves from 1951.
At the beginning of the year, I didn't know I needed this closet makeover, but, I'm so glad I found that original pin which inspired me to tackle this mess of a closet.
What is not shown in this project is the project that had to happen before this one could start.
I had painted one of the closet dressers many years ago and had been using it as a nightstand. The other two were buried in my laundry room closet.
To get them out, I had to remove everything from that space. Once that space was cleared out, that closet got a makeover as well. All the wiring shelving was removed as well, it got fresh paint, the floor was cleaned and a new portable shelving unit was purchased and assembled to use in that space. It is a much more clean and functional space thanks to needing to get the dressers out!
Anyone else have projects snowball like this one? Do tell...
*Did you spot what was wrong? I didn't until, I got ready to add new a magnetic closure to the doors in the middle piece as they wouldn't stay closed. After installing one of the latches, it was then I discovered that after painting the doors, I had installed them back onto the piece upside down! As my eyes traveled down to the bottom of what was actually the top, I saw the latches!
It was a DUH moment for sure!
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