Tuesday, July 1, 2014


On this July 1st and with temperatures in the very high 90's, it feels kind of strange to talk about coat closets.
The truth is that this past winter has been the only time in many years that we actually used our coats, maybe that is why our coat closet was a horrific disaster. LOL

A few weeks ago I was inspired by a post from a fellow blogger and friend, Vel at Life & Home at 2102.
She organized her closet beautifully, so I decided to give it a try. Have to tell you, this was a whole day project. :)

Our coat closet is located in the center of the hallway, between the entrance hall and kitchen/living area.

And this is what it looked like. Not my proudest moment! :)
It is a good thing you can't see behind all those coats.

And this is now.

It was very difficult to take pictures of such a small space, but let me show you the changes I made.
I did start by emptying the whole closet and gave it a good cleaning. 
After that was done, I cut to size a shelf we had in the garage and installed it in the back of the closet.

When the shelf was in place, I sprayed painted three old baskets from Dollar Tree and added some small labels to them.
They hold scarfs, hats and mittens.

You all know I love to use things I already have and that was the case this time around. I have this mirror that I bought in Germany when we were stationed there in the mid 80's

It has been sitting in my "treasure closet" for a long time now, so I gave it a little update using some simple rope.

Under the jackets, I added a shoe rack from Target that holds the shoes we are mostly using now.

Also at Target, I bought this pretty accent rug.
Love the color!

To get things  more organized, I made a small board to hang our umbrellas. 
I used three knobs I had purchased at Hobby Lobby a while back.

On the opposite side, I used a shelf I had to which I added some hooks and an old frame. I painted everything white.

 The hooks hold a couple of keys we all use often.
Also, I added a small glass bowl from Dollar Tree so this family of mine can empty their pockets when they get home every day. Hey! Got to get my tips somehow! LOL

And just over the weekend, I added a small sign.

Before and after.

I was able to make these changes for under $20.00.
What do you think? Better?

Thank you all for stopping by.
Tuesdays at Our Home is still live, I would love if you come join us and link your beautiful projects.

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  1. turned out great! love how that space is now functional, organized and pretty

  2. Oh my goodness, it's a coat room now instead of a closet. So much better and very inspiring. :)

  3. Oh my word, this is genius. I love the changes. What a great makeover.

  4. The first thing that came to mind was, "What an unusual shaped closet!" What a great makeover :)

  5. Wow ~ love it... wish I had a coat closet that big!!

  6. Wow, I think you are a magician. Good job.


  7. Wonderful makeover, Maria Elena! I love the board for the umbrellas and I think we all need a tip jar like that! Lol! :)

  8. Wow, it looks fabulous! I really like what you did with the mirror!

  9. You are so very crafty and now, very organized! I love it...I would also love to have a closet that big in my home! My 1929 cottage is not long on closet space, that is for sure!

  10. Oh my gosh!! You have the coolest ideas!! This closet is so neat, and I don't just mean tidy. Everything you need to get your family out the door in the morning. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. A walk in closet now, and so functional and attractive. Very nice

  12. Very unique, surprising there was that much room in there by the look of the before picture. Great job.

  13. Awww, thank you for the mention Maria Elena, love your makeover!!! All the blues and that you added so cute!

  14. What a wonderful transformation and use of space!!! I love it!!~~Angela

  15. OMG what a great transformation. The idea to put the rack at an angle is GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our coat closet is even smaller than yours but I am going to see if we can redo it. You have inspired me!

  16. What a cute space, Maria Elena! I would never have thought you had that much room behind the coats in the first picture. It's really a nice size closet. I love what you did to fix it up and that you used stuff you already had.

  17. This looks amazing! We are about to move into a much smaller home. Maybe I can use some of your ideas in our coat closet.

  18. Oh My goodness, what a wonderful transformation. It looks great, I'd be camping out in there on a big floor pillow reading a book or something just to
    be able to enjoy it.............lol
    and now it really is a walk in closet, you would not have known that before...........If my coat closet wasn't just the size to fit coats I would be inspired to
    redo mine too.........lol Good job.......
    Blessings, Nellie

  19. What a way to utilize that space! I use the top of our coat closet for storing extra décor pillows. I am a sucker for pillows and have ran out of places to store them. Anymore when I make a new pillow I make it open in the back so it can cover a pillow that I already have. Helps cut down a lot. You did a great job on your closet! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  20. Fabulous update! Visiting from Merry Mondays. Tweeting this out tomorrow. The umbrella hangar is adorable and you have so much more space now. Love the mirror for a last minute hair check too.

  21. I love it all Maria Elena....but I am especially smitten with your mirror.
    Thanks for sharing your closet makeover with us at Project Inspire{d}!

  22. What a great use of this space! You made the fact that the closet is deep really work FOR you. So clever! And I love the way you made over that mirror!

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

  23. Maria, you did it again! I love this space, small but so functional and neat! I will be featuring this post on Tuesdays with a Twist link party, stop by for a peek. :-)

  24. It looks amazing! Pinned. We love having you be a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  25. Looks great! I have a coat closet that needs an overhaul. You have inspired me.

  26. You've done an awesome job! I love how you've made use of the depth and use of the mirror! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  27. How nice is that! ! Love the mirror!

  28. Oh, my! What a transformation! Your closet looks awesome and how handy with the shelves and I really love your little umbrella spot! You're the most creative one.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)


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