Closet Case

It’s no secret that my closet has always been an issue.   Small closets are one of the drawbacks of living in an old home.  Mr. Man and I have shared the tiny thing for 12 years now.   I dream of a closet kinda like this:

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Well, that’s not gonna happen.  But I have been working with a professional organizer, and she’s managed to find a way to rework our storage so that Mr. Man is FINALLY out of the closet! Ok, that didn’t come out quite right . . .   anywho, we are using a pair of armoires in the bedroom that will enable us to shift some clothes around.

Very similar to Mr.  Man’s new closet

The closet isn’t very large, but it’s MINE, ALL MINE!!!   So what can I do to make it fabulous?  I have a few ideas . . .

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I know I want it to be colorful and fun.

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I’d love to paint the interior or wallpaper it.

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I definitely want it to be super-organized.  A place for everything and everything in its place!

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There’s only one problem – or maybe a few.  It’s really ugly,  and I’m not exactly sure how on earth I’m going to tackle it. It’s cedar-lined, but it’s really cruddy looking and stained from past water damage.  If it’s not pretty, I will never be able to keep it organized – that’s just how I am!

Ugly Cedar-Lined Closet

Help!  If you have any ideas how I can make this closet a little jewelbox, please share!  I need to make some major decisions before moving forward – I really hope there’s a happy ending to this closet case . . .

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Julie Eps
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Julie Eps

Are you going to take the cedar down? I’m going through a gold phase and think that painting the slats alternating white and gold would give it some glamour. I’m still afraid of wallpaper (my mom, a former interior designer told me that most homeowners remove wallpaper ONCE since it is such a PITA to remove. After that, you never use it or hire someone else to take it down. Lol.) I think a gorgeous, glam mirror is a must. I’d go with an ornate frame in white or gold. Then maybe a shock of bright color–turquoise or blue/green? What… Read more »

amy@maison decor
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Ok, get out the paint! I would paint the whole thing either white or aqua, and then on the one wall behind the shelves do a beautiful wallpaper in a floral or damask. I would wallpaper the pipe too…

Hannah Dee
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I have to say I’m for getting rid of the cedar and drywalling it. Then you could box out the pipe. It would be a total clean slate!

Amy
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Don’t forget that there may be a reason why that closet was lined with cedar …. Wouldn’t you hate to take it all down only to find out?! Wonder if you could just put in new cedar? Before you paint it, make sure that painting it won’t hinder the good effects of the cedar. Remember your house is old and surrounded by large trees in the south….:)

I will look forward to seeing how you tackle this project! My closet needs intervention too!!

Christina
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Christina

We’ve been researching better ways to organize our master closet, too. Hubby really wants cedar installed. I’ve read that it’s the oils in the wood that repel moths. After a few years those oils have largely dissipated but you can resand to prolong the effectiveness. Sounds like a lot of work when you can just dry clean then seal up woolens in garment bags and then your clothes don’t smell like a hamster cage. Dry wall, paint, wallpaper and new lighting sounds awesome. And the easiest, quickest closet trick for making everything automatically look nicer I ever did was throwing… Read more »

Karina
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Karina

I just read in my Country Living magazine (March 2012) that York Wallpaper company makes an easy to remove wallpaper that they make for apartment dwellers. You could wallpaper sections and paint others. I would remove the cedar. If you do want to do a traditional wallpaper I have a friend who hangs wallpaper for a living. Not sure if you ever met Dawne Harris. Her daughter went to Granbery. Let me know if you want her number. Good luck! I can’t wait to see how your closet comes out after you transform it!!

Mary
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Mary

There are some good ideas here. I like wallpaper, the glam mirror and the chandelier.

I can’t tell how much room you have to the right of the pipe but perhaps that is where you can place the mirror and then flank it with iridescent silk-like drapery, with tie-backs, to make it look like the mirror is peeking out from the drapery – it hides the pipe (if heat is not an issue with the pipe). The new lighting will make the drapes shimmer.

I like Jocelyn Warner’s wallpaper. http://jocelynwarner.com/products/wallpaper

Anne Casson
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Anne Casson

I’d find a fabulous fabric and staple it over the cedar.

Anne Casson
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Anne Casson

…and you can then attach shelves, hooks etc to the cedar through the fabric.

Donna McBroom-Theriot
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Donna McBroom-Theriot

You are right. That is a really ugly closet! I’d tear the cedar out, have Hubby drywall. I’d paint or paper with pretty colors. Hanging at the top, shelving cubbies on the bottom half. The peg board would be really great, repainted, and hung on drywall and installed with hooks for bags (purses) and scarves, etc. as art. A nice wood floor (hopefully you have that with it being an old house) and a pretty rug. I like pretty – can you tell? 🙂 I have a very small closet but it lives large. I have pictures on my blog.… Read more »

joy
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joy

I thought you just did a fantastic job on painting the wood paneling… so why not do the same here. Holes are easy to take care of I think, just fill them before painting. yes, do make sure painting cedar does not hurt the function of it.

Sheila Zeller
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Okay, I’m not for getting rid of the cedar. I think you should Annie Sloan Chalk Paint it and maximize it’s vintage look… cover over the the peg board so you can wall paper it with something fresh and glam, and either wall paper the pipe to match, OR paint the pipe to match Annie’s colour and then wrap the pipe in a burnished metal mesh similar to what is used when boxing in old radiators. I saw old pipe covered this way at the Edison Hotel in NYC and it was awesome. I’m all for a glam chandelier and… Read more »

Colleen
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Colleen

I was going to suggest painting everything white, including the pipe, to start…. but I see many others before me suggested painting it as well! That would really lighten it up. Another thing you could try is buying those new slim hangers which allow you to hang more as they take up less room on the rod, and you can get them velvet lined, all the same color. This would bring in some unison and the velvet prevents clothes from slipping off the hangers. BTW, I think painting the cedar would be better than removing it as it brings in… Read more »

Barbara@thetreasuredhome.com
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Good morning! I think the drywaller’s are winning, hands-down. I love the first suggestion of alternating gold and white shelving. I’m on the slow road to having my husband build enclosed closet cabinets, because open shelves always look messier than I’d like. My doors, if the project ever gets completed in my lifetime, will have mirrored inserts with frosted stenciling, to look etched…I hope! P.S.: how does the hub’s feel about being sent out to pasture?

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Adrienne Mikulka
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Adrienne Mikulka

Just came across your blog. Fabulous writing style and love your ideas. I am left wondering… what ever happend with the closet? Couldnt find a later post. I am completely inspired by your black door sophistication technique and am ordering a dutch door for my kitchen. Will most certainly paint it black. Lower cabinets are medium grey, upper cabinets are white. Havent chosen a wall color yet, may go with very pale grey. still looking.

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