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Master Closet Makeover

I finally have my master closet makeover reveal ready for you!  We ran into a couple of issues that held us up a bit longer than I had hoped – one item was out of stock for awhile, and shipment was delayed on another item due to an error.  But….it’s finally finished, and I’m thrilled with the way it turned out!

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Let’s start with a brief (very brief) tour of the ‘before,’ shall we?  I have been wanting to redo this closet for a couple of years now, and it won’t be hard to see why.  I’m guessing that this closet hadn’t been touched since the house was built in the 1960s.  

There were two clothing bars that ran the length of the closet on either side.  Two shelves sat above the rails, and the previous owners had added a million individual hooks to the back wall.  And that was it.  

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

There wasn’t even a light fixture in there.  It was just an exposed light bulb.  And as you can see, the lighting was terrible.  Yikes! 

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

We also really didn’t have much organization going on in there.  Stuff was just thrown up onto the shelves.  We had multiple different shoe racks in multiple different places.  Hats and bags hung randomly on the back wall.  And so on and so forth. 

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

Clearly, it was time for an update.

After looking around pretty extensively at various closet systems, I decided to go with the IKEA Pax system.  

I had made a list of all of the features that I needed to have in the closet, and the Pax system checked all of the boxes.  I loved how easy it was to mix and match pieces of this system to suit exactly what I needed.  Plus, it was a bit more affordable than some of the other companies I looked at.  

So, without further ado, here is the ‘after.’

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

I love how bright and clean it looks now!

It’s amazing how much storage space we actually gained by doing this.  We were able to eliminate a piece of furniture from our bedroom (a large lingerie chest), because there is so much drawer space.  And, I still have two empty drawers in there just waiting to be filled.  (A family friend came over recently, and my husband showed her the newly renovated closet.  When she noticed the empty drawers, she said, “Amy needs more clothes!”  Haha!  Noted.)

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

My husband and I both love all of the little extra features in here.  We each have our own pull out tie-rack (or scarf rack, in my case). 

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

The belt tray is great for keeping belts in order and easily accessible.  And the pull out shoe racks are awesome.

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

And my husband loves the clothes hook for when he is packing to go out of town.

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.
The entire top of my shoe rack is empty because I am short and can’t reach it. Ha!

Probably my favorite thing in the whole closet, though, is the light fixture.  Originally, I wanted to do some type of chandelier, but I realized that we just didn’t have enough space for it.  I love the fact that I still get the glitz from this flush mount without having to sacrifice space.

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

It casts such a pretty pattern on the ceiling, too.

I then ended up choosing the rug and the mirror because they both fit with the sunburst pattern of the light.  Admittedly, I was a bit worried that the mirror would be a bit over the top, but I actually really love it.  I also love the pop of color that the rug provides.

Take a look at this amazing master closet transformation. This closet went from dull and dingy to bright and functional by installing the IKEA Pax system.

So, there you have it.  Master closet = done. 

 

 

 

 

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50 Comments

    1. Thank you! And me, too! It’s so nice not to have to dig through the closet for things. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks so much! It certainly makes it more fun to pick out clothes. 😉 Thank you for looking!

  1. Fantastic makeover. Love the look and the chandy! I am sure it also saved you money. Thanks for sharing your lovely closet makeover at DI&DI.
    P. S. I find your font in the comment system very small to read. Have a great day!

    1. Thanks! I love the light, too, and I’m sure it did probably save me quite a bit. Thanks for stopping by! And you’re right about the font. I’ll mess around with it a bit, and see what I can come up with. 🙂

  2. We just redid our master closet too, and I love seeing photos of how other people redo theirs! It looks absolutely amazing and that light fixture is gorgeous! Good job!!

    1. Thanks so much! The light fixture is definitely my favorite. 🙂 It wouldn’t have taken much to improve on the ‘before.’ Ha! Thanks again!

    1. House renovations are so stressful, but so fun at the same time. I’m happy to provide some motivation, as I know sometimes things can seem overwhelming. Good luck with your reno!

    1. Thanks so much! I love the rug, too – particularly the color. 🙂 And yes, being able to organize my clothes is a bit of a dream for my super type-A personality. Ha! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow, what an amazing transformation! Super jealous of all that shoe storage! I really need to update out closet as well, it looks very similar to your before photos. I would be interested in reading a post about how you planned everything out with the Ikea systems. It feels a little overwhelming to me to get started!

    1. Thanks so much! And yes, the shoe storage was a must! For both me and my husband…. 🙂 That’s a fantastic idea for a post. Thank you so much for suggesting it! I just may do that in the very near future because I agree, it was a bit overwhelming to try to figure it out from scratch. Thanks for looking!

  4. Oooh thats a nice update! I love the belt drawer! That’s neat. We have separate closets and in need of organizing..needs shelves and all that cool stuff you got. Lol

    1. Thanks! The belt drawer is pretty nice. 🙂 We were in desperate need of some organization, as well. Thanks for looking!

  5. Your friend is a wise woman. Hurry to the store and take her advice! lol
    The closet looks awesome! The rug, the mirror, and the light fixture are unexpected touches in a closet. Good job!

    1. Haha! I actually do need to go shopping for some summer clothes… Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. It looks awesome. I love the color of the rug. I don’t have a walk in closet, but its still pretty big however its such a mess. I need to get more organized.

    1. Thank you! Obviously, I know what it’s like to have a messy closet. It’s so nice for everything to have a place now. Thanks for looking!

    1. Haha, thank you! I think my husband likes the closet even more than I do. 🙂 When we finished, he said, “I’ve always wanted a closet like this.” 😀

    1. Thanks so much! It’s definitely nice to have such a nice, tidy space! Thank you for looking!

  7. It looks stunning now Amy, all that storage space WOW and I love the way you used the carpet, mirror and light fixture to turn it into something that’s completely different from the normal walk in closet. Gorgeous

    1. Thanks so much! I’m loving all the extra storage. And it does definitely feel different than all the other closets in my house now. 😀 Thanks for looking!

  8. Love your closet makeover, it turned out fabulous. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. I loved seeing it, have a great week!

  9. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Enjoy your week ahead.

  10. Wow, that’s about the same size as our closet and I love what you did with it! Ours is a total mess (and we have a baby in a Pack n Play currently sleeping in there so it’s even worse than usual).
    #happynowlinkup

    1. It’s funny that you should say that. When we gutted the closet, and it was completely empty, my husband joked about the fact that it was big enough that a baby could sleep in there. 😀 Thanks so much for looking!

  11. That is totally cool! I wish I had a walk-in, ours is a 1950s slider….big for the day….
    Your closet is beautiful and you did a great job!
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you! I feel your pain on the old closet. We used to live in a house that didn’t have any walk-ins. It makes finding storage space interesting… Thanks for looking!

  12. Beautiful! We just installed a few Pax cabinets for our master bedroom remodel, and I love them. Granted, it’s not nearly as extensive as your system. Love the chandelier, mirror, and rug, too. Great job and thanks for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Thanks so much! I’m so glad I found the Pax system. It has been working brilliantly so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with your bedroom!

  13. This is fantastic! I love it. My master closet is such a sad place. It needs some TLC in a big way. Thanks for sharing your reno and your tips. I need to get to work 🙂

    1. I know just what you mean. Ours was pretty sad to begin with, as well. It’s so nice to have a bright, organized space now. Thanks so much!

  14. Amy that is one impressive closet makeover. I cannot believe the amount of storage space you have now. And all those little extras really make things easier on you, such as the scarf hanger etc. Oh Amy I am short too. You should see my kitchen cabinets on top, they only have things I never use. Congrats on your new closet.

    1. Haha! I have to be really careful what I put up high in the kitchen. It can’t be anything that I use frequently! The one thing I still need to purchase for the closet is a step stool. Seriously – I can’t reach the storage bins at the top otherwise. 🙂 Thanks for looking!

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