June 26, 2018

Black and White Closet Makeover – You Gotta See the Before Photos!!!

I’m posting TWO makeovers in one week!! WHO. AM. I????

Although I love my recent client’s office, my walk-in closet makeover is one of my favorite projects to date, because it’s MINE! I have only “finished” one room in my home: my kitchen. So, now that my closet is done, I’ve completed 2 of 12 rooms in my house. Wait, that’s not as encouraging as it sounded in my head. Which means, I’m gonna have to try and knock out another room. I’ll probably finish the last little details of my entryway next week, so that I can finally reveal it to you guys, but for now… let’s take a look at my master closet.

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We’ll get into all the details, but first let’s start with some before photos.

Before – Dull and Dusty, Dysfunctional Closet

I don’t even know if I need to say much about what was wrong with my closet. I mean, it’s laid out right here in the photos. But, obviously I lacked storage, the ceiling was dirty and ugly, the light fixture is smaller than my middle finger, and the dingy carpet HAD TO GO! The paint color was a huge fail and the electrical panel was an eye sore!

I knew that my closet had a lot of potential, because it was such a good size. I just had to get smart with the layout to maximize the space. So, you know I was happy when one of my favorite brands, Organized Living, agreed to partner with me. I used their Design Tool to design a closet plan that worked with me, and then the Organized Living team helped me tweak it even more.

[disclaim]I partnered with Organized Living to review their #freedomrail system. I was sent product free of charge, but all opinions are mine only![/disclaim]

I’ve taken over the Organized Living instagram account today, so I’ve been posting photos of the space and also went live this afternoon to give a tour of my closet. If you missed it, go check that out!

I’m so excited to share what my black and white closet looks like now.

After – Black and White Closet with Fun, Decorative Elements

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Let me first say that this #FreedomRail system from Organized Living is so bomb! I used it before when I partnered with Organized Living for a home office makeover and have loved this system ever since. Y’all know I’m team #trackshelving FOREVA!

The #FreedomRail system is really, really easy to install and completely customizable. The installation consists of installing the “rails” level on your wall. I do a little “demo” in the live video from earlier. Check that out. Then, you’ll hang your “uprights” on the rails. Brackets are easily attached to the uprights and from there you can add your shelving alone or with clothes bars. The oBoxes (the drawers that you see) hang directly on the uprights. No brackets needed!!

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I can’t decide whether I love my custom oBoxes, my black and white striped walls, or my new light fixture more. What about you?

The oBoxes already looked great, but I wanted a different look. I used a removable, peel-and-stick wallpaper on the drawer fronts and replaced the knobs with these gorgeous acrylic ones. This little DIY project was really quick and turned out so much better than I hoped. Oh! And, if you’re wondering where my electrical panel is, it’s hanging out right behind the mirror. The mirror isn’t attached to the wall. It’s actually just sitting on top of the oBoxes. It can be easily moved out of the way when needed.

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I painted black and whites on the ceiling and down the wall with the oBoxes and kept the other walls white, since the other walls would be full of shelves or clothes bars. The stripes make the closet look a lot more interesting and it’s one of my favorite patterns ever. I used vertical black and white stripes in a client’s bathroom before, and vowed to do it in my own home, as well!

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Styling my oBoxes has been fun, because I get to make it a bit decorative, which is a MUST for me to be comfortable in any room. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with flowers every couple of weeks, but I’ll definitely grab some greenery from some of my bushes in front of my home. I love the way I can see my everyday pieces of jewelry. I use the two small drawers for other pieces of jewelry, sunglasses, and small accessories.

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Tortoise “Ja’Lah Too” sunglasses from I’m Tailored Boutique

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Mint “Bank It” handbag from I’m Tailored Boutique

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I don’t have a ton of shoes, but I love having these shelves dedicated to them. I can easily add a shelf or two to make room for more shoes when I need to. That’s the beauty of the #FreedomRail system. You can easily add or remove components as you need to!

I pulled my black and white faux cowhide rug, because it was the perfect fit and perfect color (obviously).

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The little nook next to the shoe shelves is now better optimized with more clothes bars! And, I put a little hook on this wall and one lf my favorite pieces of art.

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Yellow “Mellow” Bag from I’m Tailored Boutique

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So, what do you guys think? Having a black and white closet has always been a dream of mine, but with black and white clothes to go with it. I’m still working on that, but a neutral wardrobe may never happen for me, because I love color too much!

Do you have a dream closet in mind? You should check out Organized Living Design Tool, to start brainstorming ideas! Visit the Organized Living site and their Instagram for inspiration. And, follow my Closet Lookbook board on Pinterest!

 

 

13 comments so far.

13 responses to “Black and White Closet Makeover – You Gotta See the Before Photos!!!”

  1. Darcel says:

    Love it!

  2. Erica Scott says:

    This is so beautiful! You make me want to try wallpaper in my closet makeup vanity nook

  3. Jamala says:

    Wow! This is amazing! The colors made the closet appear larger! You’ve gained so much space and the organization of it all is pure relief.. great space.. ..i’ve got to look into this… because God knows I need help.. tfs this wonderful makeover

  4. Katrina says:

    Whitney!! Your closet looks incredible I love all the storage you now have and the dresser, everything is laid out so nice, and I love how you now have a spot for all your accessories! So impressed with how everything turned out!!

  5. Kenyatta says:

    Love it! The stripes are so classic. I wish I had this much space in my closet.

  6. […] finally completing just 2 rooms in my home (my master closet and kitchen), I’m ready to tackle the next big project! I’m just a few finishing touches away […]

  7. Erin says:

    Looks great Whitney. I need to look into one of these closet systems.

  8. Erika Taylor says:

    Omg. I love this closet!! It is super cute! Great job.

  9. Ola says:

    How did I ever miss this! It looks like a little boutique Whitney. You did your thing here girl. Nice!

  10. Haley says:

    Wow, this is amazing! The closet even looks bigger.

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