New Ideas for a Crappy Cedar Closet

I am really starting to get excited about my closet project!  I loved all the ideas and advice you guys offered here.   Since my bedroom is a grayed-down lavender,  my closet is going to be something similar.  I really love the feminine colors of this little bathroom, so I’m going with lavenders, purples, and a touch of pink.  I may need that Keep Calm print, too!

via Pinterest

I’ve decided that since my home is old and I love vintage, it wouldn’t make much since to rip out ALL the cedar and make it feel too “new.”   So,  I’ve decided to rip out JUST ONE wall so that we can update some plumbing and tuck that ugly pipe into the wall.  This is the wall you see when you walk into the closet:

Ugly, Ugly Closet

After the plumbing is replaced, I’m going to put in some wallboard and paper it in something like this:

 via Pinterest


Below is a view to the left as you walk into the closet.  I will paint all the other cedar walls some shade of lavender – I’m hoping Annie Sloan Chalk Paint comes in a similar shade, because then I won’t have to sand or prime before I paint!  Then I’ll cover these crappy wood shelves in more beautiful wallpaper.

 Dark and Dreary Closet

I want to move the pegboard to either side of those shelves, paint them of course, then hang some scarves and vintage purses.  Last but not least, below is the view to the right when you walk into the closet:

Before of Ugly Closet

I’m going to raise this rod a bit so that I can hang another one below it.  Then wallpaper the shelves above, of course.  The  whole thing seems daunting, but after visiting Home Goods this afternoon I am invigorated.  That’s because I found some lovely things to help me organize and beautify my closet!

Closet Accessories from Home Goods

I found these gorgeous velvet hangers – I got three shades of purple/lavender and one set in pink.  I had to have the purple baskets and the lavender hat box – just look how great this goes with my bedding (on the right)?  Guess I’m lucky purple is on-trend right now.  I’ll keep you posted as things progress.  Thank you again for all of your input – it really got me going!

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18 thoughts on “New Ideas for a Crappy Cedar Closet

  1. [email protected] decor says:

    Oh this is so fun Kristie! Love your choices and the home goods stuff looks awesome!! Annie Sloan has three paints you might get samples of to try~Antoinette, Emile, and Henrietta. You can add their old white to it if you want it lighter~

  2. Colleen says:

    Wow! I can’t wait to see what you do! Those velvet hangers are even prettier than what I was talking about as I have only seen them in black. Really excited for you, again, I can’t wait!

  3. Donna Frasca says:

    I had a great custom built cedar closet when I lived in my last home in Pittsburgh and loved it!! I just kept the ‘fancy’ things in it. Nothing like a well organized closet -enjoy it !

  4. sonia says:

    The color choices you’ve made and adding wallpaper to your cedar closet is fabulous and I love shopping at homegoods for decoration!
    I can’t wait to see the finish project
    Have a lovely weekend Kristie
    Sonia xo

  5. Linda says:

    Kristie, Annie Sloan makes four colors that would all work beautifully for your closet. Look at Paloma, Henrietta, Emile, and the brand new pink…Antoinette. Can’t wait to see the AFTER!!

  6. Donna McBroom-Theriot says:

    I love the color hangers. When I switched over, there was only black so that is what I went with. It doubled the hanging space – I desperately needed it as more was coming in than going out! lol The finished result will be gorgeous! Can’t wait to see.

  7. Sheila Zeller says:

    Your closet is going to be P.R.E.T.T.Y.!!! I can’t wait to see all of this come together! And Kristie, I wish I lived closer too. It would be a lot of fun to work on this with you. I am so excited for you!!!

  8. Paula Van Hoogen says:

    Hey Kristie, Good for you–tackling a project that most of us put off forever….but, truth be told, that is a space you must face each day. How smart & focused & disciplined to accomplish this! Good girl!
    Having attempted to switch to all velvet hangers like this in my small closet(for the same reason), I will say that there are some kinds of fabric that just won’t go off & on to those hangers without aggravation—especially when you’re in a hurry.
    I recommend having one acceptable smooth hanger for an alternative. Otherwise–YOU GO GIRL!!!!
    Let’s see the after—soon!

  9. Ellen at Color Calling says:

    Kristie, I love that shade of lavender. Gorgeous thistle wallpaper. Great Visual Comfort semi-flush-mount light fixture in the powder room, have had my eye on that one for a future project! Lucky you! Your new closet will be stunning.

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