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Jenny’s Closet Makeover

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My friend Jenny, who also lives in Sonoma County, has a gorgeous traditional American style home in the hills near the Pacific Ocean.

With its spacious floor plan, high ceilings, gorgeous hardwood floors and gourmet kitchen, she and her husband have a home most people only dream about.

Jenny loves her home and she more than enjoys taking on DIY home projects. Her husband teases her, saying Jenny will paint anything that doesn’t move. He even threatened to start buying only bare pine furniture since everything ends up painted anyway.

But furniture is not the only thing Jenny likes to get her hands on. She recently completed a fantastic closet makeover inspired by a blog (of course!). She had this to say about how her project came about:

“Every time I opened the door to our utility closet I’d say to myself, ‘I really need to clean this closet out.’ Then I’d quickly shut the door!  That was until one day when I stumbled upon Honey and Fitz’s blog and her beautiful blue pantry. That’s what my closet needed, a coat of blue paint! So, in one weekend I emptied, painted, “weeded” out stuff that didn’t belong, and then put it all back together again. Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing!”

And boy did they flow!

This blog is Jenny’s closet makeover inspiration:

Jenny and her husband already  have a spacious pantry. Their closet, pictured below, is used to store everyday stuff, such as: laptops, cameras, cleaning supplies, the broom, mop, garbage bags, vacuum, etc. But if she ever needs another pantry, this closet would do quite nicely. 
 This is the tired and overflowing utility closet “before”. Stuff is piled on any available space.
The inside corner of the closet, where more items are piled, especially on the floor.
The only item she purchased for this project was a gallon of paint (Glidden – Cool Dip), which cost around $20. Everything else was already in the closet, including all the canvas bins, they were just buried under papers and “stuff”.
Jenny cleared out the closet and got it ready for paint.
First coat…looking good! 
“Cool Dip” is on the walls and ready to go. Isn’t that color delicious? 
Jenny makes sure all of her binders and books are orderly going back into the closet. She’s  such a painting connoisseur, she has an entire binder devoted to paint chips she’s collected over the years. 
She typed up labels for the canvas bins on her computer and printed them out on card stock. And purchased the bins over the years from various stores, such as Michael’s Crafts, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Marshalls and Big Lots. They ranged in price from $5 – 15.
This is the completed closet’s far inside corner. She keeps the cleaning supplies, broom, mop and dusters in this area.
A small foot ladder hides the ugly house alarm box which can’t be moved. Their printer sits on the cube shelf on the floor. It’s much more convenient having the printer in the utility closet, rather than upstairs in the office, since they print mostly from their  laptops and not the dinosaur of a desktop computer upstairs.
Here is the final product
Closet Makeover Complete!
Didn’t Jenny do a great job on her closet? 
Would you consider painting your closet or pantry a fun color? 
I know I’ve been picturing my pantry walls in a warm terra cotta or celery color
and our clothes closet in a powdery blue or Tuscan yellow. 
All I need is paint and a free weekend! 
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36 thoughts on “Jenny’s Closet Makeover

  1. Adrienne

    I’m getting ready to redo ALL the closets in my house (a big part will be the stuff that goes into the garage sale) so any and all inspiration is welcome. Thanks…

    And, yes – I would paint a closet a fun color. That blue is gorgeous.

  2. zippitydodaaa

    The colors of both closets are beautiful! Reminds me of Tiffany’s blue. Living in an older rowhouse in DC unfortunately doesn’t provide for any pantry space (I can’t complain too much, I do have two large closets in the bedroom), but if I did have the luxury I would definitely paint the space. It just makes everything look better and I’m sure makes keeping organized a bit easier!

  3. LRS4AMANDA

    That is a great closet makeover, love the color!

    And yes, I need to purge and repaint 2 closets, now if I could just decide on colors! The guest room closet I am leaning towards a shade of turquoise or blue. The other closet is in the office. (My master bedroom closet is lined with cedar from top to bottom so that won’t be painted)
    All my closets are in serious need of some reorganizing!

    Linda

  4. Jenny

    Yay! My first time ever being featured on a blog! Thank you for the kind words Adrienne. The makeover was fun and I’m hoping the pretty paint will help me keep it clean and organized. Spring must be in the air, because I’m already thinking of what my next project will be.

    xo
    Jenny

  5. Anonymous

    Jenny is such a wonderful person you would have to know that her closet would come out so wonderful too! I just love the color! -Kellie

  6. Summer Jeffus

    It’s beautiful and inspires me to go a little bolder with my paint color choices! I feel another project coming on….

  7. LuxeBytes

    My walk-in clothes closet has coral walls, and I covered the shelves with turquoise calico fabric. Having a closet or storage space painted or decorated makes you want to keep it tidy, I find.

  8. Roberta

    Jenny is very organized and has a beautiful home. I can’t wait until she finishes her next project!! Just don’t tell her when you find a deal on canvas bins! She will go and buy them all and then you can’t buy anymore, right Jenny ;)

  9. fojoy

    I lOVE that idea (and that colour)!
    But I’m sure Wilzie would object, saying we have enough to do in the house without painting the pantry…but if I do it while he’s at work…

  10. Adrienne

    B.,

    Yes it does look happy now…it matches Jenny’s happy and sparkling personality!

    Adrienne,

    I’m glad I could inspire “you” for a change – you’re usually the one doing the inspiring. But actually, Jenny did the work, so I guess she’s the real inspiration!

    Zippity,

    I think most of us would keep our closets neater if we liked they way they looked on the inside, not boring like most closet interiors. The color Jenny picked is so gorgeous. I’d love to paint a bedroom that color.

  11. katelyn w

    Pantry’s and closets can be a place to hide things and throw junk, for me at least. I think if it was painted a pretty color and everything had a place I would be MUCh more likely to keep it clean! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Adrienne

    L.,

    For Jenny, because she paints so often, it’s now become inexpensive because she already had all the brushes and tape and such. For someone like me, who hasn’t painted anything but her toes in years, I will have to go out and invest in all that stuff. Thankfully, I would only have to buy it once in a while.

    Marcie,

    Paint can do wonders. I wish my husband didn’t hate painting so much. We could do some fun stuff to our house!

    Linda,

    I know what you mean. There is a closet in our office that really needs to be purged and cleaned and painted and ugh! I just detest the mere thought of it! One of these days, I will feel inspired to get in there and do it!

    We have cedar floors in all of our clothes closets. I think they are supposed to maintained somehow – sanding to bring out the natural oils? Do you know?

  13. Adrienne

    Jenny,

    Thank you so much for allowing me to post about your closet makeover. As you can tell, it’s a big hit! I have already asked/told Bill that we are painting our closet powder blue, “like Jenny did” as soon as we can!

    I can hardly wait to see your next project or projects, I know you have a running list of them. I think starting your own blog would be a great project to add :)

  14. Adrienne

    Kellie,

    You’re are 100% right about Jenny!

    WHB,

    Painting a closet seems like a pretty safe way to play around with color and your painting skills.

    Summer,

    Do you have projects going on that I should know/blog about? Do share!

    TSP,

    That is a wonderful idea…I had not thought of wallpaper. I like wallpaper!

  15. Adrienne

    Nikosmommy,

    I hear you….I need a whole house makeover, at least fresh paint. We are way, way overdue. Husband hates to paint and we don’t like to hire people to do things we are capable of doing…..so, it never gets done!

    Cathi,

    Please take pictures and share with us when you do it! :)

    H-S,

    I’m laughing about your comment….I’m not getting much done these days and now I blogging about other people’s accomplished projects! Not my own! I’m doing great to have everyone fed and in clean clothes. the rest is gravy.

  16. Adrienne

    LuxeBytes,

    That coral/turquoise combination sounds so chic! Would you ever consider showing it on your blog? I’d love to see it.
    And thank you for putting me on your blog roll. I enjoy your posts very much.

    FF,

    Yes, when does one retire from de-cluttering? It seems like a never-ending project.
    I hope you are resting….even though I know you are way too energetic to do such a thing.

    The Enchanted Home,

    My jaw dropped when I saw your give away this morning. Once I composed myself, I composed a comment for your generous offering. I will be dreaming about those gorgeous lamps tonight. Guaranteed!

  17. Adrienne

    fojoy,

    Good point. Do it while he’s a work – just get it started, then you’ll have to finish and maybe he will even pitch in to help! And you probably won’t hurt yourself (thinking of falling shower heads at House of fojoy.

    b.,

    Welcome. I will have to check out your blog! Thank you for saying hi!

    katelyn,

    Maybe we don’t think of the insides of our closets as part of our home so we don’t care about keeping them neat like we do the rest of our home. So if they are painted or wallpapered, perhaps we wouldn’t clutter them up!

  18. LRS4AMANDA

    Adrienne,

    Well, I just learned something today! I didn’t know the cedar needed to be maintained…I did see on the internet that it should be sanded or oiled if you want to keep the cedar smell. Thanks for mentioning it! (Great, another project ha ha)

    I was laughing at your comment to Nikosmommy, we don’t like to hire people either if it’s something we can do ourselves, especially painting. Our front door area and our shingled siding is in need of a paint job. Last time we hired someone at the recommendation of one of our neighbors,they were very sloppy. So we figure we can do as good of a job or better. Now if we can just find the time!

    Linda

  19. Adrienne

    Linda,

    I remember someone telling us about the cedar floors in our closets when we first found our house – must have been the former owners. Whoever it was said to sand it to keep the cedar doing what it’s supposed to do. We have lived here for 11 years and have we ever once sanded the floors? Nope.
    We even had an awful moth problem several years ago and still didn’t get around to sanding.

    I got an estimate about 3+ years ago to paint part of the interior of our house and it was astronomical. Since then, we just keep putting it off because we won’t spend the money on someone good, and we won’t take chances with someone cheap – and Bill detests painting. What can I do but wait for the old paint to start falling off the walls so he’ll be motivated to do spring into action?

  20. Rebekah

    This was a great post for me, and quite timely! Now that I’m moved in to my new home, I see lots of little DIY projects. Adding a sweet color to a closet is an easy, inexpensive way to add some oomph and “drama” to a small room without going crazy in the bigger rooms of your home.

    When I get started on my own projects, I’ll definitely write some articles and post on my blog. This was very inspiring.

  21. Jenny

    Adrienne,
    Please tell Bill I’m sorry! LOL. I’ve actually done all the painting inside our house myself. Jim says that he painted it already once. He’s a stinker!

    And thank you ALL for your kind comments on my closet. Honey & Fritz was such an inspiration to me and I’m happy to pass it along :)

    Now I’m thinking of painting the walk-in closet in our bedroom.

    Jenny

  22. Beth - In My World...

    This is beautiful! We have a closet off of our family room that is dark and has become a catch-all. I am showing this to my husband; this is exactly what we need to do to breathe some life into this wasted space. Thank you Adrienne and Jenny!

  23. Dianne Grover

    That closet inspiration from Honey and Fitz is simply amazing and you certainly did a great job with your own. The color choice is really cool and very refreshing. I do hope I also get to find an inspiration for our pantry! This will surely inspire cabinets NJ lovers out there. Thank you for this wonderful post.

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