… I started blogging about our closets. And then I stopped. I think it’s time I finish explaining what we did, don’t you?
We started by designing the layout we wanted, then buying some cheap wallpaper which took a lot of patience to put up. Before mounting the boards inside the closet, we painted the floor white so it would look like a bottom shelf, and added some narrow trim to finish things off (there was a gap between the floor and the wall, and the wallpaper wasn’t very nicely finished up to the ceiling, so the trim helped a lot by making everything look more polished). After cutting all our boards to fit – turns out the walls aren’t as nicely flat as we think, so this step took longer than expect – we put everything up with help of more trim that would act as a ledge and another dose of patience. Seriously, the walls get a LOT narrower as you go up!
Then it was time to accesorize the inside. This is when my boyfriend’s job came in handy. He modified some bath accesories he had to fit perfectly inside the closet (a rod), plus we also bought wooden hangers at Ikea and a “pants accesory”. You know, one of those things that you can pull out and neatly hang your pants.
Then it was time to fill up the closet… you might notice that most of the clothes are mine. That’s what happens when you’re not fast enough!
Since we didn’t have a full length mirror anywhere else, I bought this narrow mirror from Ikea for 15€ (perfectly sized for the space we had) and glued it on the inside of one of the doors in our bedroom. I’ve never really liked how full length mirrors look, so having it hidden inside is the perfect solution for me.
The finishing touch was to change the knobs. But it was actually a two step process: first we spray painted the original ones from shiny gold to satin black…
(This is a picture of the shiny gold one in the kitchen, since I don’t have a before of the closet doors. Obviously we also painted all the doors’ hardware!)
…and since we still didn’t like the round knobs – I think they were way too small for the long doors – we bought some cheap ones from Ikea that are way nicer. What do you think?
So, to recap, we:
- Designed the layout.
- Painted the floor white so it looks like a bottom shelf.
- Picked a wallpaper and sweated big time to put it up.
- Finished the gap between the floor and the wall, and the ceiling and the wall with a simple trim.
- Put up the white MDF shelves and dividers with some more trim and screws.
- Accesorized it a bit (hangers, pants hanger that sort of looks like this one from Ikea).
- Added a full length mirror to one of the doors, on the inside.
- Spraypainted the original knobs, decided that we still didn’t like them and changed them for larger ones from Ikea.
Right now, they’re gonna stay as-is, but we’re already thinking of adding some decorative molding or trim to the outside of the doors in a square(ish) design, since they’re so long and white, they lack interest. But this may take a while!