My Bathroom Reno.. part #1, the linen closet.

 Every home has many spaces.. each with it's own purpose.
I'm going to talk about the "Small little Closet" in my Master Bath
This closet is used about as much as my pantry in the kitchen.
"Look at this shameful space". When the townhouse was built you would think the contractors might have thought this out better?
Of all the rooms I truly care about, it's this little space.

Somehow I can make it better, somehow I can smile when I open the door, to reach for a towel or some soap.
This is the one spot in the house that "I need to be both useful and attractive"

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My entire Master Bath is being re-done. New everything, Sink, Counter Top, Mirror and I'm going to try my hand at using the "Epoxy Paint" to change the color of the Tub and Tile. (If that does not work , or if I make a mess of it,then it's going to be replaced with new.

But first, the "Linen Closet"
It's small and very oddly shaped. The worst part of it is the 'wire shelves'. They do not hold much thanks to the 'bar' that holds it to the wall... "I hate wire shelves"!  They are put in almost all homes.  I have been on a quest to eliminate them since moving into my townhouse.. I did do the pantry the same year I moved in, and two of the bedroom closets....but "My bedroom" is next, and this past week I finally got to the linen closet! 

Below, is the pantry...I was not expecting company so don't look at the contents, just the shelving.  I spent three days putting the wood shelves in, using "L" brackets to hold weight!
Let me add one thing "I love a "Pop of Color" in my closets"
Makes it more inviting.


 Enough of that.. lets go back to the bathroom "linen closet"!

The first thing was to remove the wire shelving... this was so easy,,  "I just pulled" and it all came out.. (homes are made so well you know).. then had to use the screw driver to remove the remaining screws....
Then I had to patch the holes before painting....

Then to the "Home Depot" for more wood... had the man cut the wood for me... except he could only do the straight cuts.. I had to do the angles. (don't you just love the panel saw?)

 Let me first explain something.. "I love to not spend money, at least a lot of money". The inspiration for this project started when I found a good piece of wood in the trash... my neighbor was doing some work in his house and tossed a really good 'left over'. I took it home... measured what I needed then to the Home Depot for two more shelves... I found two scraps in their pile and they cost me all of $2.00... so the entire project cost me a total of $11.41 (that includes paint).....are you impressed yet?

I spent a bit of time at "Ikea" this past week and found such a happy color there.. Green, "Geico Green" was the color. It was shown with white, and the room set up was sending out "Grins and Laughing"... so this was my choice for the linen closet....


Then I used a 'Shiny white latex semi gloss' paint for the shelves.

As I said at the beginning, the closet is a "Very Odd Shape" and I had to measure the shelving.. the easiest way to do this was to put a piece of news paper on the floor of the closet and make a pattern. Then I put the pattern on the wood using my sharpie to trace the pattern.. then cut the odd shape with my trusty jig saw.
I'll tell you.. this was a very easy job.. and I have so much more room to store my linens! I love the "whow" you get when you open the door to the closet, and "I'm happy now"... phase 2, will come soon... the entire master bath will be getting a make over and I'll be sure to post it here....but, in the mean time.. take a look at my finished "Linen Closet".

Silly, I know!  Sometimes "I just sit and stare at my work and smile".  The Bath will soon go through some more makeovers.. the vanity will be painted "White" next week.. but in the mean time.. "This is my favorite space",,, really.. the only part of heaven where a mom can find peace and privacy!
I'm a simple woman,, don't need fancy or extreme, just cozy and nice looking makes me feel so peaceful inside.

Where is your favorite space?


Whimsical Creations said...

That turned out fantastic!

Cas said...

That looks great. We are getting ready to do something similar. We have a big deep linen closet...almost 2 ft but wire shelves that are only 12 inches.. Which don't really hold quilts all that well...were putting in all 20 inch shelves and I can't wait.

Rachelle said...

Looks great!


Alissa said...

looks good! and such a great price! thanks for visiting my blog. i'll have to come back to see how your bathroom turns out.
blessings to you.

junkermidge said...

Your linen closet turned out great!Way to go! Your pantry looks great too. I think you've got this closet redo thing down.

Donna Rafferty said...

It turned out great! I need to do some work on my closets after seeing your project!

Kaysi said...

Wow that looks great!

Jane said...

Wow! You did a great job on the closet redo and a great price too. I really like the pop of color you added to the closet as well.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.

The Frugal Designer said...

You are so handy! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I loved your comment & now I'm following you as well!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

wow, that is fantastic, and seems like you've got a lot more storage space in there now!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a difference! Look at you go with your power tools. Good for you, girl. Well done.

Shelia said...

I'm so impressed! What a difference this makes and you're so handy! I'm like you - I don't like those wire shelves. You're really good with a saw and measuring!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

CIELO said...

Thank you for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday" moments... hope to see you soon.... have a nice day...

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Atelier de Charo said...

Now it's look more bigger!!! Great job.


Laura Lofgreen said...

You are far braver then I. IT looks great and thanks for the good vibes on my writing at
I look forward to reading more.

Caroline said...

ooh! Big improvement. Good work!

I love an organized closet with linens and baskets!

Amanda said...

How fabulous! It really came out great, love your baskets :)

Candy (Mama Lion) said...

wow that came out fabulous. I wasnt sure bout the geico green but the splash of color on that wall shown thru when u open that door looks just perfect. GREAT job!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

WOW that looks GREAT!

P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

fawnda said...

Great job! I love it when women use power tools! : ) The color and shelves look great!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thanks for stopping by. It looks great!

Erin A said...

Wow, look at you go, it looks great!!!

Thanks for your comments on my Welcome sign too, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it turned out. You could totally make one. Have a great weekend!

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Tess said...

wow! very impressive work. I love your new closet =)

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Wow, great job!

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Looking good!

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Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love an organized closet! Such a great green! Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

Sandy said...

Only problem.. it's screaming at me to 'finish 3 more closets'
Thanks everyone for visiting!!
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nat said...

hi sandy! thank you for stopping by my blog and for your sweet words.

i am so sorry for your loss as well!

p.s. your linen closet looks fantastic!

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Its So Very Cheri said...

It looks so much better. I am with you I do not like those wire shelves either.
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Grandma Nina said...

Hi Sandy,
You did a great job. That's about the same size as my bathroom linen closet and I also have those stupid wire shelves. You've inspired me to do something about it.