Coat Closet Makeover


Our front entry coat closet used to be a closet behind closed doors, which didn’t look super great because we have a short tunnel entry, so with doors on the closet it felt really closed in.  Opening it up makes the space feel larger and it’s much more visually appealing.

This is a view of the entry looking toward the door:
{it’s 4ft x 7-1/2 ft}


Imagine how boxed in it looked and felt with doors on that closet.
{I forgot to take a before picture.}

One day when my hubby was out of town I took the doors off to see how it would look without them.  Then I pulled everything out.  I could hardly believe my eyes when I took a good look at it without it being jam-packed with coats, boxes, and baskets filled with “stuff” ~ the walls were unfinished pink-tinted plaster. We’ve lived here for 13 years and I had never noticed that those walls behind the doors were pink.

With an empty closet I was able to make a plan:
creamy white and loden
baskets and hooks
just a few coats/jackets
a cabinet to store hats and gloves

So I headed to our favorite local hardware/paint store to buy some paint, and then got to work and painted before Brent returned from his business trip.  Boy, was he surprised.  He couldn’t quite visualize what my plans were, though, so he just let me carry on until it was finished.  Now he loves it.

I did a bit of shopping here in Boise but couldn’t find what I had in mind so my next plan was to take a short trip to Salt Lake City to see what IKEA had.  A friend of ours was headed that way for a quick little business trip so I hitched a ride with him.  I ended up buying everything I needed at IKEA and spent about $100 for the 3 baskets, a scarf hook, a black expedit, 4 black canvas drawers, and a black garbage can to hold our umbrellas.


Our stuff is stylishly hidden in these baskets


and these drawers.  We even have an empty drawer!


A few of my scarves hang neatly on the hooks.


I made this little quote picture after reading the book Palace Beautiful.
I also made one for my niece’s room with a cute flower mat because she loaned me her book
after she read it and loved it.}

We have four block windows in the closet which I love because they add character and bring in light.

Instead of hanging all of our coats and jackets here we only hang a few seasonal ones
and hang the rest in another closet.


Our umbrellas now look tidy standing in their own little can.


There have been times that I wished we had updated white molding around the floor, doors, and windows but we live in a mid-20th century home and the wood is all mahogany so we’ve decided to keep it since it’s good wood and it adds to the realistic character for the era of our home.


Well… what do you think?
Do you like it?
Do you think it’s an improvement?

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14 Responses to Coat Closet Makeover

  1. Leilani February 4, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Closet makeovers make me do backflips. I LOVE them because they make such an impact on daily life. I like how this closet takes on a space of it’s own. Good work!

    • Lori February 4, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      Thanks, Leilani! Not many people have seen it so I didn’t know if it was just me that loved the transformation. Now I have your positive comment and that means a lot to me.

  2. Jody February 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Lori this is a fabulous makeover. I want to share it with everyone! This closet has so much character with the windows it would be a shame to cover it with a door. Also, the colors and pieces you chose really look classy. FUN FUN FUN

    • Lori February 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

      Oh, thank you so much, Jody. I really, really appreciate your words of affirmation. It completely lifted my spirits today.

  3. Bette Denison February 5, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    As always I just want to add my kudos to your closet. I know I’ve said it many times and every time I see it comment on how pretty it is, but you just always come up with such neat ideas. Love ya. Mom

    • Lori February 5, 2014 at 7:50 am #

      Thanks, Mom. You are always so complimentary and it leaves me feeling wonderful about myself and lifts my spirits so much ~ I love you, too.

  4. Jeanie February 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    You’re closet looks great! Now, can you come do mine? Seriously though, Lori, you did an amazing makeover! I think my coat closet has the original paint, too. It’s so easy to just shut the door and forget it, but now you have me thinking….hmm.

    • Lori February 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

      Ha, Jeanie, you’re always the one that inspires me to do new things and now I have the chance to get your wheels turning. You have such a good eye, I would love to see if you do a closet makeover.

  5. Michelle February 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    This turned out awesome, I can see it really opened up the space!

    • Lori February 5, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

      Thanks, Michelle. I always love your kind comments.

  6. Kay February 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    Well done Lori! You organized the closet beautifully. I love all the little touches you put in to make it more than just a closet. A simple thing such as a place for umbrellas is so handy. I’ve neglected to do that for years living here in a rainy state… lots of broken and lost umbrellas as a result every year.

  7. Lori February 6, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Thank you, Kay. I know exactly what you mean about not having a spot for umbrellas. Ours used to be shoved on a shelf or in a basket and other things would pile on top of them and either hide or break them. Now we know where they are and where to return them to. We can also leave them open a bit while they dry but they’re still in their can.

  8. Sarah Mueller February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I love how elegant your closet turned out! It never occurred to me to put a dresser in the closet, but it makes perfect sense here. Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday! I’m featuring you this week 🙂

    • Lori February 13, 2014 at 11:13 am #

      Thank you so much for the feature!!! You made my day.

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