spring closet clean-up

Monday, March 24, 2014

small closet makeover

Recently, sweet Sheaffer asked me to participate in a new column on her blog, Pinterest Told Me To, called “closet confessions.”  (She uses Pinterest for wardrobe inspiration, and then posts her interpretations using items from her own closets, plus other great style tips!)  She asked for some photos of my closet, along with a few details about some of the pieces hanging in it (check out the post to see).  I quickly jumped on the idea because the thought of re-organizing and refreshing my closet has been on the back of my mind for quite awhile.

It can be a challenge to keep everything organized in this season of life, where it seems I am in a cycle of not pregnant, pregnant, super pregnant, post-pregnant, nursing, post-pregnant-and-not-nursing-but-haven’t-lost-all-the-baby-weight-yet, and so on.  And then if you hope to do it again, you don’t really want to get rid of it all, because you don’t want to have to buy new clothes when you are once again in the hopefully very short season of post-pregnant-and-not-nursing-but-haven’t-lost-all-the-baby-weight-yet.

small closet makeover

Also, as we live in a 1948 house, our closets are all fairly small so we don’t have much extra storage.  My closet is what I’d call a “step-in,” as in you can step in, turn around, and step out.  There is no walking involved, but you can actually get into the closet at a snug 60″ x 30″.

small closet makeover

Formerly, the closet had a rod on both sides, with shelves above, and I had all most of my shoes scattered on the floor.  I decided to paint it all black, to sort of give it a boutique look, and when I took down the rods and shelves I was happy to discover there were shelf supports already existing all up and down one side of the closet.

This was also extra incentive to do some real purging, because I’ve seen photos of gorgeous closets with shoes lining the walls.  I did an honest evaluation of my clothes, taking out those that don’t fit well or that I just don’t wear, making a concise collection that fits on one rod.  Then, I was able to organize my shoes up and down the shelves on the other side.

small closet makeover

On one shelf, I displayed my treasured Harry Potter collection (my guilty pleasure when I’m feeling a little stressed) and a pair of vintage brass camels that are great for holding accessories, plus this lovely little box that contains smaller jewelry items.

small closet makeover

small closet makeover

On the other side, I have clothes hanging on the rack, and my jeans are stacked on the shelf above.

small closet makeover

I painted the walls all black (caviar by Sherwin-Williams), which is really dramatic and fun, and I wanted to add some kind of interest to the back wall.  I loved the backdrop Anna Rifle Bond created for the Rifle Paper Co. booth at the stationery show, so I tried my hand at a simple floral design (not nearly as awesome as hers, of course!) with a gold sharpie.  I just wanted it to be kind of loose and organic and not too perfect and I also painted some light pink dots on the wall for a little added interest.

small closet makeover

So, there you have it!  A quick little closet redo.  It took me about three hours from start to finish, seriously (of course, it’s a very small space!), which was much less than I expected.   It’s so nice to actually know what is in there and be able to get to it easily, which makes getting ready infinitely better.  I have maternity clothes and other staples I wanted to save in two bins under our bed, so the only items there are those I can wear at this point.

Be sure to check out Pinterest Told Me To today to see a few more photos, as well as some of my favorite things from my closet.  I have several friends who are big fans of Sheaffer and take lots of inspiration from her, and if you aren’t familiar with her site,  she’s an adorable wife and mom who uses Pinterest as inspiration to put together outfits with items from her own closet.  She has become somewhat of a personal stylist for her readers, giving them courage to try out new trends and looks, and they clearly love taking her advice!

small closet makeover

Thanks, Sheaffer, for letting me play along!   Be sure to enter the awesome $150 Stella and Dot giveaway she is offering below!

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35 responses to “spring closet clean-up”

  1. Jordin says:

    Love what you have done with your closet! I got the same Dooney and Burke purse in the 8th grade too! I wanted it so bad and cried when I opened it. My best friend got navy and got black;) I wish I still had mine! Love your blog…you are SO creative!

    • jonilay says:

      Haha, so fun! I love carrying it – totally takes me back.:) And then I’m glad I’m not really in middle school anymore . . . thanks so much, Jordin!

  2. Courtney says:

    I love your closet! So inspiring! I think my closet will be the next thing I update!


  3. Mychal says:

    Love your blog..love her blog. Love your closet! Love it all!

  4. Cami says:

    LOVE how this turned out! Absolutely beautiful!

  5. WOW! love that wall paper. 🙂

  6. Molly says:

    Ok, a few things:
    First, Joni, can we hang out?! All of this is perfection and Harry Potter put me over the edge. 🙂
    Second, I immediately thought of Anna Rifle’s Instagram when you teased your closet the other day. How are you people so amazingly talentedjQuery11100605667129624635_1395671481745 So inspiring. I hope you feel a great sense of accomplishment! Everything looks stunning as always. 🙂

  7. Molly says:

    Ok, a few things:
    First, Joni, can we hang out?! All of this is perfection and Harry Potter put me over the edge. 🙂
    Second, I immediately thought of Anna Rifle’s Instagram when you teased your closet the other day. How are you people so amazingly talentedjQuery11100605667129624635_1395671481748 So inspiring. I hope you feel a great sense of accomplishment! Everything looks stunning as always. 🙂

    • jonilay says:

      Haha, that is awesome. Harry Potter is one of my favorite things . . . glad to know I’m not the only one.:) Sometimes I feel a little weird putting it out there! I’d love to hang out, p.s.!! Let me know if you ever come down to Atlanta!!

  8. Love the gold sharpie detail

  9. Um, WHAT? You free-handed that?! I thought it was wallpaper! Amazing job.

  10. elizabeth says:

    I’d love a new piece for spring/summer!

  11. Tasha D. says:

    I would buy some cute gifts for my bridesmaids!

    Thank you so much!

  12. T says:

    I love my talented friend! You are awesome!! xo.

  13. Eliza says:

    I love your closet! The gold sharpie on the black walls is fabulous!

  14. Heather says:

    Beautiful closet. What a fun bold idea. I love all the brass details.

  15. Shellaine says:

    I love the gold drawings on the walls. So pretty!

  16. Lyndall says:

    Just gorgeous!!!! Can you please tell me where the Be Joyful print is from? I love it

  17. Melanie says:

    So pretty. I love the gold on black. Such a creative idea for a closet! I also love Stella and Dot and would buy almost anything!

  18. Misha says:

    I love the floral design you created for your closet as well as the boutique feel that you’ve created with the black paint! Beautiful!

  19. Jennifer says:

    I never considered black walls for a closet, but it’s so elegant! Beautiful work!

  20. Misha says:

    What a gorgeous closet! Would you like to organize mine?

  21. Cassie says:

    Love your closet, it really inspires me to do something about mine!

  22. Kelsey says:

    Love your closet!! I should try boxing up clothes I can’t currently wear:) I would use the gift card for a couple cute jewelry pieces to update my minimal (maternity) wardrobe currently.

  23. Kristin says:

    I have been itching to re-do our closet!! It’s just a regular reach in type, though its wider than the usual, but it has those two sliding doors that we have to keep on since we’re in a rental 🙁 I’m thinking of just adding another shelf above the basic shelf

  24. Katie F says:

    Love the dramatic walls!

  25. laura says:

    love the black and gold!

  26. Oh my goodness! I love the black with the gold sharpie!!!! Totally know what I am doing in our mud room now. Too bad my free hand looks like an extra sloppy kindergartners doodles ha!

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  28. Erika says:

    Wow, that black and gold wall is stunning!! Can you please tell me where you got that amazing Flight of the Conchords print?

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