It’s time to get started on those 2019 house goals! I feel SUPER grateful to have a fairly large linen closet in our upstairs hallway, where all 4 bedrooms are located. I mean, it’s not a walk-in or anything but it’s more room than we even need. It was…you know, FINE. But I wanted to make it BEAUTIFUL and much more functional. So keep reading below for my organized linen closet makeover plans.
As I mentioned in my “House Goals” post, the theme for the first half of 2019 is small projects. The living room gave me (and the hubby!) major burnout so we don’t want to jump in to any huge renovations right now. My linen closet seems like the perfect small project to start the New Year off with! Who doesn’t want an organized linen closet? This linen closet is like so many other people’s linen closets…..boring. It’s not stuffed full or super unorganized. We don’t keep a ton of extra bedding around, usually just one extra set per bed. However, I wanted this closet to work harder for us and to look good while doing it. I want it to hold all of the below things but first here are the before photos of out no so organized linen closet. Meh.
The lighting isn’t great right now in this hallway. The wood and dingy wallpaper is sucking what little natural light there is in here right out.
A Well-Stocked Linen Closet
Linens (obviously) – All of the extra sheet sets, blankets, pillows, bath & hand towels, etc…
Toiletries – Extra toiletries we have on hand for when we run out and for guests that may be staying with us. Including body wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, bath poufs, and so on.
Cleaning Supplies – I like to keep one caddy of cleaning supplies under the kitchen or bathroom sink for downstairs. But I hate having to run up and down when I need things upstairs. So I’d like to add that to this closet, along with a broom and things like that.
Miscellaneous – A few odd and end things that are used upstairs but not in constant use, like our vaporizer, extra candles – both scented and for power outages. Also, some decorative things like extra vases for flowers and throw pillows.
Now that you know all the details about what I want in the closet, let’s talk about how I want it to look and how I’m going to get to that point, hopefully quick and painlessly!
The Organized Linen Closet Makeover Plans
Remove + Reuse the shelves! Because I want to keep this closet makeover super budget friendly, under $100, I would like to reuse the shelves that are already in here. However, they are pretty rough wood and they’ve been painted a ton. There are a lot of nails too. We’ll see how they fare as I gently try to remove them.
Remove Wallpaper + Repair Walls + Paint Treatment! Thankfully, it looks like there is only one layer of wallpaper on the closet walls, and one or two coats of paint on top of it. I’ll use a perforating tool and my HomeRight steamer to remove it easily, I hope. Then the plaster walls will likely need some repair due to damage then I can do a paint treatment. I’d like to make it look like wallpaper, without the big price tag that comes with wallpaper.
Storage Containers + Decorative Touches! Again, minding the budget, I’m going to use MOSTLY containers I already own, but give them a little makeover for a more cohesive look. I’ll be using paint and cute labels! I will be purchasing a cleaning caddy, some amber spray bottles for cleaners, and some hooks.
Paint the Floor! I’ll be experimenting on the ugly closet floor. I believe it’s linoleum because it’s harder than vinyl. Unfortunately, this flooring is also in all of the upstairs bedrooms. I’d love to paint those too if this works out. Obviously this floor in the closet doesn’t get any foot traffic but baskets/bozes get scooted in, out and around on it pretty often. I have all of the materials on hand to do that from the painted living room floors, so FREE!
What do you think, can I do all of this for under $100 using supplies I mostly have on hand, getting SUPER creative and making a few small purchases?
Make sure you’re following me on Instagram because I’m taking you along for the ride on this one!! TODAY, I’m in stories sharing video of removing the wallpaper, the tools I use and how I made the whole process go much faster! Also, follow me on Pinterest, to see all the linen closet inspiration I’ve found. There’s something for everyone over there!