Let me preface this post by stating that I’m really lucky to have a pretty sizable walk-in closet. And I get it all to myself.
But before you start thinking this is what I walk into every morning…
(That’s Yolanda Foster’s closet for you RHOBH fans… And we can all dream together.)
… This is the reality:
(Yes, I have a bit of a shoe problem.)
As much as I love the ample space and storage, I have been less than excited about how blah it is. And, while I’m sure this California Closets configuration was super awesome (and probably $$$) in the late 80’s/early 90’s, it’s showing a little bit of age. Like those drawer pulls. Woof. And the carpet has seen better days.
But considering the major renovations we have in our very near future (hello basement of my dreams), I knew that any serious changes were out of the question. But a few Pinterest searches gave me some inspiration to give Kelly Kapowski’s dream closet a little facelift.
Say hello to my makeover arsenal:
Painting supplies – $14
A quart of Valspar’s low odor, zero-VOC paint in Urban Sunrise (this just baaaarely covered everything) – $14
A super cute light fixture found at Lowe’s – $39
A set of drawer pulls from Target that ended up not fitting. Whoops. Always measure first. – $20
A rug that I originally purchased from Joss & Main for the foyer that ended up being too small – $0 (but seriously – measure first)
And this guy. For moral support. (Not pictured: my iPad and 5 episodes of Law & Order SVU)
The worst part of this whole closet project was the prep. Apparently the previous owners of our home had never dusted the top of the closet shelves. And I definitely hadn’t looked up there since we moved in a year and a half ago. I even found a few articles of clothing from the previous owners totally covered in dust and, because I’m a crazy person, thought one million spiders were probably living in them and screamed accordingly. So after removing all of my clothes, shoes and accessories, adding some items to my ever-growing “donate” box, and dusting every surface, I was finally ready to get started.
All of the corners from the built-in closet organizer meant A LOT of cutting in with an angled paintbrush. I strangely enjoy that part of the job much more than rolling, but it took much longer than expected. So five hours of painting later, plus Brian’s light fixture installation skills, and a return trip to Lowe’s to pick out new drawer hardware (10 $5 knobs…. so $50. For knobs. Eeek.), my work was done.
Oh hey there, pretty.
I’m super obsessed with the light fixture. And it’s something that Brian could never be convinced to love in any other room of the house, so I like that it’s dressing up my own private hideaway. I told him that I’m going to put up a sign that says “Keep Out. No Boys Allowed.”
There are still some tiny tweaks to be made – baskets for loose things (like my surprisingly large hat collection), a tray or two for perfume and accessories, and a framed print or two from Etsy – but mostly, I’m in love.