I’m SO excited to share our finished main closet makeover with you all today!!!!! And it’s not just a closet, it’s a closet laundry room! This ended up being a bit more of an undertaking than expected, as our first actual renovation project, and I learned a LOT but it was worth the wait. We are SO so happy with how it turned out!
For those of you who are new (Hi!!), we turned a strange outdoor kitchenette (our main bedroom was previously used as a rental space) into our main closet and laundry room. That involved insulating the room, removing all sorts of things, relocating the washer/dryer inside and then teaming up with some awesome people to deck the space OUT! Ready to see it!?
I put a couple of the before photos in here for you guys! Isn’t the difference CRAZY!?!?
If you remember our partnership with Chevy, they helped us truck around LA to pick up some of the decor items, but they also brought in a professional organizer, Beth of Bneato Bar, to help us really make this space functional and organized! Not gonna lie, bringing an organizer into our house was TERRIFYING (haha!) since I’m so so disorganized but Beth was amazing and so understanding! Also, fun fact: her daughter was born the same exact day as Arlo! Isn’t that crazy!? It was fun to chat about the two of them while we dug ourselves out of Jeff’s collection of 478 sweaters. 😉
We actually have a whole other post coming about some of the tips she shared to help keep our closet organized long after her first run at it!
The entire closet is designed using the Elfa system from The Container Store! We were super excited to work with them and love that with the Elfa system, everything could be customized to our space and even moved, changed and swapped out super easily should we need to in the future. Beth custom designed the space with one of their experts and they helped us fill in all the weird little nooks and quirks so we could maximize what we had to work with. The Container Store offers professional installation and free design services so it makes it really easy to get the custom space you want! If you’re thinking about re-doing a closet, Elfa is also on sale (30% off!!) right now through February 28th so it’s a great time to do so!! We had such a great experience. Now, I’ll walk you through each area.
First, we have the hanging space! We each have a section of short hanging space and then I have a section of long hanging space for my pants, dresses and coats. Above that, I keep all my pants, sweaters and clutches!! I used these file dividers for them and they’re PERFECT!! Got SO many questions about that when I sneak peeked it on Instagram!
Next up, the dresser! THIS is the best. The lower, larger, drawers hold all of our underwear, t-shirts, PJs, etc. But the top drawers!!! Beth used the Elfa jewelry system for these and MAN! I’ve never had real jewelry storage before, what a difference!
And now… the shoe nook!!! I knew that little corner would be the PERFECT spot for shoe shelves!! We crammed in as many as possible and… can you even!? So exciting to have upgraded from our “piles of shoes everywhere” situation. Haha!!
Next to the shoes we have a giant floor length mirror from West Elm which is exciting because I can actually see my whole outfit in a mirror! UPGRADE! I know I’ve already been sharing some OOTD photos in front of this one (in which you probably noticed the 45 different rug options I tried out, haha!). I also just love how much it opens up the space!
Ok, gonna take a quick aside and take you UP to the chandelier!! I MADE IT YOU GUYS! I DID IT!!! What a (Instagram stories) journey this was, but I’m so happy with how it turned out! Tutorial coming soon!!
And moving from the ceiling to the floor… let’s talk about this tile. This was the first real “permanent” decision I made for our house and I gotta say, it was a GOOD ONE! We worked with Fireclay Tile and used their Ogee Drop tile in Calcite and I honestly still get wowed by it every time I walk into the closet. It makes SUCH an impact and GAH! It’s so darn pretty.
Andddd onto our laundry corner! Having laundry in our closet is SO convenient. Smartest decision ever!! Beth utilized the Elfa hamper system for right next to the machine, as well as a small hanging bar to hang anything that needs to air dry. The rest of that wall is closet spill-over, namely Jeff’s ever-growing collection of sweaters and jeans.
That’s Beth and I up there! First and foremost, I have to give a huge THANK YOU to her for making this dream closet happen! It’s a super weird space and she really made it all fit together perfectly for us. I can’t wait to share more of her tips in a follow up post!! Next, I have to thank all the partners we worked with on this space. Couldn’t have done it without any of them and this closet is really a dream come true!!!
psst.. If you’re wondering about those CRAZY INSANE doors that opened the post, they’re getting their own full post so stay tuned for that reveal! 😉
And that. Is. That. What do you think!?!? Don’t worry, I’ve got a full source list below for ya!
Closet Build-Out Sources
Organizational System (Shelving, Dresser, Hanging Space): Elfa by The Container Store*
A few specific Elfa parts used that we’ve gotten Qs about:
Drawers (mesh drawers with white decor drawer fronts) | Shelves
Jewelry Storage | Laundry Hamper
*Indicates a product we received in exchange for coverage in this post. All opinions are my own.