Turning a Closet into…a Closet

One of the strangest things about becoming a homeowner is that you develop a sudden ability to care about really boring things. For example–closets. Who cares about closets?! Homeowners–that’s who, and they care a lot.

Which is why it’s kind of a cool deal that the previously useless storage space in my kitchen has finally been converted into a totally usable closet.

Also, my awesome husband did this for me. Or maybe it was already the next project on his list, and I happened to complain right at the time he was getting around to it, but I think it was the former. Several weeks ago, I brought up the tragedy of the underutilized storage space in our kitchen.
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My dream, I said, was to have a stackable washer and dryer in that space. Well–that didn’t happen. But the closet is now way more functional, and once all the crap was out of it, I realized it probably wasn’t large enough for a washer/dryer anyway, and it cost about 3% of my proposed washer project, so I’m satisfied.

After removing the weird drawers, Justin leveled the wall with a piece of plywood and patched about a zillion holes from the weird shelving.
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Then he painted the interior to match the kitchen and added a double rack for shelving and hanging.  IMG_3399
Finally, he finished the space with the same trim and shoe molding found in the rest of the house. No skimping on the details here.
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Now, we have effectively concealed all evidence that we are hoarders and even–is it possible?–have a little room to spare.
closet before and after
Looks like I need a few more coats.

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