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Before and After - Master Closet

We have been living with our new master closet for a few months now but I had a few things to finish up before I was ready to post pictures. This space was originally an unfinished room off of our current master bedroom. 

When we expanded the previous bathroom to build our master bathroom, we lost the only closet in our bedroom. So, we had the contractors build out this unfinished space to create a complete master suite.  

And, here is the closet now:

I finished the fabric covered bulletin boards earlier this week. I put one over each chest. They are still a little empty looking. I think it will take some time for them to fill in naturally. The chests were thrift store finds. I painted Paul's chest but decided to leave mine in the original mahogany finish.

I got the large oval mirror at the Raleigh Flea Market in North Carolina.


One of my favorite parts of the new closet are these valet bars. I put one on each side of the closet and they are great for hanging clothes that need to be ironed or packed for a trip.

And these Slimline hangers are great. After using them for a few months I am definitely a fan.

I even made Reagan a new cover for his dog bed to help him get used to his new sleeping space.

Look at all of these empty shelves...I think someone needs to go shoe shopping!

I also designed a little storage spot for the ironing board so everything we need is in one place.

Paul and I have never lived in a house with a true master closet so we are loving having all of this extra space. We often joke that we may like our new closet even more than our new bathroom!

It is amazing what a difference great storage makes - even putting away the laundry doesn't seem like such a chore now.

Reader Comments (20)

This turned out amazingly well!!! What a treat to have such a large closet!!! Jealous. :) The valet rods are pure genius.

Is that seagrass on the floor?

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeila

It looks wonderful!!! I swear I am so jealous now!

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

JEALOUS! Love the seagrass/exposed brick/flea market chests....love it all!

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel J.

This is my dream closet/dressing room. I designed ours and while it is sufficient for the space.. I like yours better :)

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

I have NEVER been more jealous of a post on any design blog...EVER! We have noooooo closet space, clothes everywhere and it drives me crazy. I will seriously be looking for a house with a small room or attic to make a dressing room/closet when we move...just to keep my sanity!

And you did it again! Seriously, you can't stop decorating your house. Y'all need to finish this one up, sell it and then start decorating a new place. I'm dying over all of your projects.

The light? Where is it from? We need a flushmount over the bathtub (apparently a hanging light will lead to my electrocution) and I'm enamored with your light.

Great, great job!!

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDevon

We are in the process of making a master walk-in closet, it will be a pretty good size & will require significant storage applications. We were thinking of building our units owt out of MDF, can you share if you built your shelves, hanging systems, etc. yourself (or are you lucky enough to have the funds to purchase them pre-made)? If you did do it the DIY way, any suggestions, mis-steps, learning curves you wish to share?

BTW...I too purchased mahaogany furniture (men's vallet chest & china hutch) from Craig's List a year or so ago (in anticipation) & will have my hubby spray it lacquer white - maybe with some pretty ballerina pink or Tiffany blue inside? One other great find....a local clothing retail shop (Van Huesen) went out of business, we bought boxes & boxes full of their hangers & a table display & a few racks. Boy all this talk is making me want to get my guy a going :)

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

OMG! ANother gorgeous space. I am just about to order that light from Shades of Light for my sitting room off my master. Is that where you got it? How is the light? I love it! And what is your paint color?

And another question about the whitewash you used on your master bath mirror. I think you said it was white lightening. Where did you find it?

Keep it up...want to see more please.!!

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpositano

Thanks everyone!

Leila - yes, it is seagrass carpet!

Devon - The lights are from here: http://www.1800lighting.com/Troy-Lighting/Sausalito/item.cfm?itemsku=C1280SG.

Paula - the lights are the same as the one at Shades of Light but they are a little cheaper at 1800 Lighting. I really like them and I am not usually a big fan of flush mount lighting. The paint color on the walls is Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray and the shelving is Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. The White Lightening came from Briwax.com.

Amy - our shelves are MDF. I designed the layout and we hired contractors to do the actual building. Your closet sounds like it is going to be great when it is finished!

July 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterRachel

Unreal! Love the exposed brick and your mirror is gorgeous! I'm drooling over the fabric chosen for the bulletin boards - do I spy La Fiorentina? Gorgeous! The chests - how clever that you same two chest but different finishes. I can't even imagine a space like this. We have no closet space- currently my husband shares a closet w/our 3 year old son!! One day, though.....until then I'll keep dreaming!! Awesome job!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFran

Luckkkeeee! I love it - what a great space and its stylish as well. I am a huge fan of found goodwill dressers - bought one last night for my closet at our cabin.

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

now this is insanely gorgeous!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

I wish my office was as big as your closet =)

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian and Ashley

As others have said, I am extremely jealous of this closet. The size is nice, but it's the special touches that make it amazing . . . the David Hicks fabric, the vintage dressers with different finishes, the mirror, the lighting. It's all perfect. Love your blog!

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy @ MyInteriorLife

You are amazing, I would have never guessed that was the same space as before- it is just beautiful!!!

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsB

Wow, this closet is stunning. I am pea green with envy. This is my first visit to your blog; I just love it!

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterADD@DIYWITHADD

Love the closet makeover. I was wondering what brand of light fixtures you put up. I think they are particularly handsome and would like to find some for myself. Any information would be appreciated.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErich

Hi Erich - thanks for your comment! The lights are from here: http://www.1800lighting.com/Troy-Lighting/Sausalito/item.cfm?itemsku=C1280SG. Good luck!

October 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterRachel

wow! it looks SO amazing. I love that you kept the brick and the oversized mirror is just fabulous. Also, keeping your iron and ironing board in your closet makes SO much sense. Why doesn't everyone think of that?! Brilliant, I tell you!

That looks amazing!!! Really lovin it, the brick wall and this huge mirror!
So great!
Lovely greetings...


July 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLydia Pudel

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