My friend Jenny, who also lives in Sonoma County, has a gorgeous traditional American style home in the hills near the Pacific Ocean.
With its spacious floor plan, high ceilings, gorgeous hardwood floors and gourmet kitchen, she and her husband have a home most people only dream about.
Jenny loves her home and she more than enjoys taking on DIY home projects. Her husband teases her, saying Jenny will paint anything that doesn’t move. He even threatened to start buying only bare pine furniture since everything ends up painted anyway.
But furniture is not the only thing Jenny likes to get her hands on. She recently completed a fantastic closet makeover inspired by a blog (of course!). She had this to say about how her project came about:
“Every time I opened the door to our utility closet I’d say to myself, ‘I really need to clean this closet out.’ Then I’d quickly shut the door! That was until one day when I stumbled upon Honey and Fitz’s blog and her beautiful blue pantry. That’s what my closet needed, a coat of blue paint! So, in one weekend I emptied, painted, “weeded” out stuff that didn’t belong, and then put it all back together again. Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing!”
Jenny and her husband already have a spacious pantry. Their closet, pictured below, is used to store everyday stuff, such as: laptops, cameras, cleaning supplies, the broom, mop, garbage bags, vacuum, etc. But if she ever needs another pantry, this closet would do quite nicely.
This is the tired and overflowing utility closet “before”. Stuff is piled on any available space.
The inside corner of the closet, where more items are piled, especially on the floor.
The only item she purchased for this project was a gallon of paint (Glidden – Cool Dip), which cost around $20. Everything else was already in the closet, including all the canvas bins, they were just buried under papers and “stuff”.
Jenny cleared out the closet and got it ready for paint.
First coat…looking good!
“Cool Dip” is on the walls and ready to go. Isn’t that color delicious?
Jenny makes sure all of her binders and books are orderly going back into the closet. She’s such a painting connoisseur, she has an entire binder devoted to paint chips she’s collected over the years.
She typed up labels for the canvas bins on her computer and printed them out on card stock. And purchased the bins over the years from various stores, such as Michael’s Crafts, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Marshalls and Big Lots. They ranged in price from $5 – 15.
This is the completed closet’s far inside corner. She keeps the cleaning supplies, broom, mop and dusters in this area.
A small foot ladder hides the ugly house alarm box which can’t be moved. Their printer sits on the cube shelf on the floor. It’s much more convenient having the printer in the utility closet, rather than upstairs in the office, since they print mostly from their laptops and not the dinosaur of a desktop computer upstairs.
Here is the final product
Closet Makeover Complete!
Didn’t Jenny do a great job on her closet?
Would you consider painting your closet or pantry a fun color?
I know I’ve been picturing my pantry walls in a warm terra cotta or celery color
and our clothes closet in a powdery blue or Tuscan yellow.