Before and After: Master Bedroom Closet Makeover Reveal

October 17, 2016

Closets play such an important role in our homes, yet they quickly and easily seem to become a dumping ground for things that don’t have a dedicated spot.

Company’s coming — just shove that stuff in the closet and close the door!  

Just stick it in the closet and we’ll put it where it actually belongs later.

Sound familiar? I’m embarrassed to admit it, but the truth is that I do this all the time. But as you know all too well, when you’re busy chasing children and making dinner and taking a conference call and shuffling someone out the door to soccer practice, sometimes the scenario above is the path of least resistance when it comes to tidying up.

But here’s the problem: Over time, you start to avoid that closet like the plague. It’s messy. It’s overwhelming. You don’t want to deal with it.

Well, that’s exactly what happened with my master bedroom closet. For starters, I loathed the pea green walls and the fluorescent lighting (oh, just wait until you see these photos!), but I also used it as a spot to hide things we had unpacked after our move but never really found a true home for. This was a downward spiral in terms of the closet’s appearance, as well as how I felt about walking in there.

My clothes hung on mismatched hangers, shoes sometimes made it back into the box in which they belonged (although they usually landed right next to said box, or in a pile in the back corner), and my dry cleaning hung in its plastic wrapping for months on end because I didn’t bother to do anything with it until I needed a pair of suit pants for a meeting at work. In short, it turned into a gigantic mess, and I felt anything but stylish when I entered it.

Months later, it finally dawned on me that I was using my closet as a storage unit because of the way I felt about the space. I hated my closet. It was uninviting and a complete mess.

Here’s my closet in all its pea green glory:


So for my birthday, I decided that it was time to give the dreaded closet a makeover. Instead of going out to a nice dinner or spending the day at the spa, I talked with my husband and asked if my gift could be a new closet. He agreed and went to work planning the reno, and picked out a new shelving solution for me from The Home Depot. He also spent a fair amount of time on the Wayfair website (so proud of him!) and selected the light fixture. Beyond that, I had the freedom to design the closet however I wanted.

I quickly pulled together this inspiration board to guide my design process:

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover

Here are a few photos of the makeover in progress, including one of me mid-stencil at 10pm on a Wednesday. (I am obsessed with the way the wall turned out, and Royal Design Studio stencil supplies are amazinggggg.)






Beyond having storage space for hanging clothing and shoes, I knew I needed:

  • A way to store (and display!) my massive amounts of jewelry
  • Canvas bins or some similar storage solution for separating different categories of clothing, such as leggings, workout clothes, and swimwear
  • Open space for things like handbags and hats
  • A gallery wall (Because hey, if you’re going to give your closet a makeover, you might as well go all out, right?!)

After six long months with lots of stops and starts, I finally put the finishing touches on the space this past weekend. And if there were enough room in my closet, I would have done a cartwheel right then and there to celebrate. Instead, I ran down the hall and high-fived my husband, saying “It’s awesome!” in my best excited whisper (because #kidsweresleeping #parentproblems).

Ready to see my new favorite room in our house?! Here it is:













This gallery wall — complete with my DIY “The best is yet to come” sign — makes me so happy:






As for the decorative items that I chose for this makeover, my goal was to keep this project as budget-friendly as possible. (Paying for TWO children to go to daycare is no joke.) So while I am in love with the multicolored runner I included in my inspiration board, as well as some of the Rifle Paper Co. artwork, I may have to add those items to the space at a later date. But for a first and wallet-friendly pass at a closet makeover, I’m pretty pleased with the way it all turned out!

What room makeover in your house are you most proud of?

P.S. Since publishing this post, I’ve gotten several questions about where I purchased certain items, so I pulled together a source list below. Enjoy!

P.P.S. Want to make your own rustic wood pallet sign? It’s SO easy and doesn’t involve sanding, staining, nailing, or anything having to do with a power tool. Check out the full tutorial here.

WOW! Check out this bedroom closet makeover. What a difference!



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  1. Wow, Kate! This looks absolutely beautiful.

    • Thank you, Erin! The makeover was a ton of fun, and it’s nice that I can now, um, locate everything I own and not lose things in random piles. 🙂

  2. Beautiful makeover Kate! Now your closet is both functional and beautiful.

    • Thanks so much, Sherrie! It was a really fun project, and I’m glad to now have a clean, organized space that doesn’t make me want to run in the opposite direction.

  3. Can you come to my house??? This is amazing!

    • Aw, you’re too sweet! Thanks, lady!

  4. Love this kate! You did an amazing job!

    • Thank you, friend!

  5. Oh my goodness, Kate……..absolutely stunning!! I could totally live in that closet. 🙂

    • Thank you, Elin! I wish I could put a chair in there, but unfortunately it won’t fit… 🙁

  6. It looks so beautiful! Love how you are displaying jewelry! We are closing on a house this week and we have some shelving in my master closet and something like that would look fantastic! Love seeing all your beautiful spaces!

    • Thank you, Shannon! And congrats on your new house — that is so awesome! Let me know what you decide to do with your closet. I’m always looking for new ideas!

  7. Wow this is AMAZING what a difference before and after pictures. Great job I could stay in that closet all day.

    • Thank you! <3

  8. Wow! Your closet is stunning! I mean I’ve never called a closet stunning but I couldn’t describe it any other way. Great job! If there were room for a chair I would be hanging out in there. It’s definitely magazine worthy.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Amy! Wish I could fit a chair in there but those 1980s closets are pretty small. 🙂

  9. Love it!!! You’ve inspired me and also summarized my current closet state.

    • Thank you, Christin! I’ve lived with subpar closets for so long that I figured it was time to finally turn things around. 🙂

  10. Kate this is lovely and your journey is inspiring… what a great bright change to a “room” space that is often ignored..

    • Thank you, Judith! <3

  11. It’s beautiful, Love the wallpaper!!!

    • Thank you, Karla! Can you believe that’s actually a wall stencil?! I looked for wallpaper with a similar pattern but everything I found that I liked was fairly pricey. So I took matters into my own hands and decided to stencil the wall instead. That part of the project cost me about $80 instead of several hundred, so that alone made it a win in my book. 🙂

      • Oh wow!!! That’s even better 🙂 You definitely have an eye for things prettier 🙂

      • Thank you so much. 🙂

  12. Kate, your closet is stunning! Great job and I heart your blog, love the read, cannot wait to see more!

    • Thank you so much, Allie! Your kind words mean a lot!

  13. Kate – You did an amazing job designing and planning and it is so fun to see it’s completion! I am inspired and am actually purging from my closet right now. You did a great job!! Brian too 🙂

    • Thank you, Ann! And hooray for a closet purge! That just means you’ll need to buy some new items to replace the ones you’re getting rid of. 😉 XOXO

  14. Hey Kate, Do you mind sharing what light you installed? I love how the light shines off the ceiling.

    • Hi Jenn! Thank you! I love it too. Believe it or not, my husband picked it out. He purchased it from Wayfair — it’s the Crystorama 3-Light Semi-Flush Mount. If you want the sources for any other items in the space, scroll to the bottom of the post for a full list. It has links too so you can go check out the exact products. 🙂

      • Thank you!. So sorry I missed the list. The whole makeover is beautiful and I love your blog.

      • No worries — it is a bit buried. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words about the makeover and the blog. I really appreciate that. It’s so fun to have a creative outlet!

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