Today my friend Michelle is sharing her amazing linen closet makeover. She transformed this small space from cluttered to organized and very stylish & pretty.
LINEN CLOSET MAKEOVER
My name is Michelle Westling and I love good design. I work full time and am also a wife and mother. My family and are lucky to live in the beautiful Bay Area in northern California. Between work, raising a beautiful toddler, running a household, and trying to squeeze in some personal time, life is pretty chaotic and crazy. So, in my “spare” time I love to decompress by following interior design trends on blogs, websites, and TV shows. Pinterest has become a bit of an obsession lately. It’a a bit addicting but you can find so much inspiration. You can follow me at http://pintrest.com/mwestling. Floral design is also one of my true passions and I could look at pictures of beautiful bouquets all day. When I’m not at work or behind the computer, I enjoy exploring the Alameda Antiques Fair looking for one of a kind treasures and also am always on the look out for yard and estate sales in the area. Most of the time I am cooking up ideas to organize and beautify our home, while asking myself, “When will I have time to take some action?”
So, when Toni asked if I wanted to present an organized space in my home on her inspiring blog “A Bowl Full of Lemons” I was more than thrilled! I immediately thought of our little linen closet. It’s an area I have been avoiding for a while and this “public” project was the perfect excuse to finally tackle it. I knew the before and after pics could be pretty dramatic, considering the current state. So without further adieu, her is what my neglected linen closet looked like before:
Our linen closet is upstairs right across from the only bathroom in the house so it has served as storage for more than just linens. It houses our bathroom cleaning supplies, oral hygiene products, first aid items, toilet paper, hair styling items, pillows, towels, and other miscellaneous items. In order for everything to fit, I donated the extra pillows and moved the blankets to a hide-away storage under our bed. I thought it best to start with a clean slate so I cleared everything out. There, better already:
I knew I wanted to add some color so I swung by the local Benjamin Moore paint store and checked out their sample section of paints and found a fun bright yellow color for just 2 dollars! If I didn’t end up liking it, it was not much of a risk, so I went for it. Since it’s such a small space, I thought it could handle a bright pop of color but I didn’t want it to be overwhelming either , so I decided to use a striped pattern and paint every other shelf. Next, I cleaned the shelves and decided not to paint them because the wood was such a beautiful color. Then I needed to find some storage containers so off to Ikea, Target, and The Container Store I went. With so many choices it was difficult to decide what kind of storage to use but I ended up with a combination of baskets, tin bins, white boxes, and a dresser. I also found a use for a vintage metal piece I had picked up a while back at an antique store in San Francisco.
With the walls painted, shelves back in place, new dresser, baskets, and accessories….this is the final product. I have to say it’s sort of my dream linen closet
Now there is plenty of room for our towels, toiletries, toilet paper and misc products. Most of the mess that was visible before is now neatly hidden away in the dresser drawers. The bottom drawer is deep enough to house shampoo, shaving cream, and other taller containers. While working on this project I did throw away many of the bottles we were storing because they had expired or hadn’t been used in so long, so there is definitely less to store and I hope it stays that way. Now for some close up pictures:
Hope you enjoyed the photos and maybe you will tackle a project soon that has been calling your name for a while. There is plenty of inspiration on Toni’s website for sure!