So today I finally have my organized walk-in closet to share with you. Now if you are thinking that I ripped out everything, then I have to disappoint you. I know that the standard wire shelves are hated very much in the design community (I'm not a fan either) but ripping them out was not within my budget. And since we talk about moving every now and then, a major expensive makeover wouldn't make sense for us. Now I could justify ripping them out if they weren't functional but they are working just fine. And lets face it, nobody really walks into my closet to check out what's in it.
This is where I have to rephrase now, someone will probably walk into my closet soon and that's the entire reason I got myself into gear to get it organized. I have been holding out on you my friends and I'm very sorry for that. I just wasn't sure if it was going to happen or not, but I can happily state now that DIY magazine will be coming to take pictures of our home and our family right after Halloween. I'm giddy with excitement as you can imagine. This is the reason why I haven't decorated much for Halloween this year, I have been trying to get some unsightly things fixed behind the scenes.
So back to my closet! The goal was to make it prettier and to work with the wire shelving.
In order to draw your eye up and to distract from the shelving, I decided to wallpaper the ceiling in my small 73"x84" closet and my friends at wallpaperdirect were kind enough to provide me with the paper. I picked wallpaper by Lindholm and you can buy it HERE. As usual I was smitten with the graphic black and white pattern.
Isn't it cool? I can imagine this wallpaper in so many other rooms!
Now I had all intention to have a great wallpapering tutorial but I underestimated trying to wallpaper a ceiling in a tiny dark closet and having to take photos along the way. So sorry about that but it just so happens that my friend Amber at Wills Casa just wrote a great tutorial. So I'm going to be a lazy blogger and just direct you to her post. If you want to learn how (or just look at her gorgeous home) ;) then all you have to do is click HERE.
Do you want to see a very ugly before picture? I just have to throw some in here to refresh your memory. I know some of you have seen it right after I returned from Germany.
Ahhh yup not so pretty!
So lets move right to the after again shall we?
Here is the ceiling:
That awesome copper goodness is an Ikea fixture that I spray-painted copper. I just couldn't get THIS copper fixture that I saw in Germany out of my head.
Doesn't the wallpapered ceiling look fabulous? Wire shelving? I don't really even notice it anymore!
I painted the old brown Ikea boxes pink. I now wish I would have used blush but I had the pink. I didn't want to paint them white because I could have never matched the existing white of the other boxes and I didn't want the old ones to look dirty which would have resulted in me having to paint all of them. Lazy blogger again ;) here.
The boxes hold all my seasonal clothing and bedding sheets. Because their content is changing frequently, I didn't want to put labels on them and actually prefer the clear windows to show me what is in them. Having to print new labels all the time is too much work!
The dresser is one of my Ikea nightstands with the gold ring pulls that I hoarded in bulk and I have to buy another one quickly!
Here is a trick of mine. Do you see the faux sheepskin on the floor? Well behind it is a mirror leaning against the wall. It serves many purposes. I can see my shoes when I try them on, it makes the closet look bigger and the sheepskin as well. That small mirror makes a big difference.
I have a full length mirror on my closet door so I don't need to hang a large one into my closet.
It looks like I have two stools but it is that mirror trick again ;)
I used the Ikea Tjusig door hanger to display my necklaces and Ikea Godmorgon for other random pieces of jewelry.
So what do you think? So much better than before and working with what you have can be stylish too.
I'm almost ready for DIY magazine to come to our house.
Thanks for the visit my friends.