I was so excited about the floor yesterday that I forgot to show the inside of the closet! I like to make the small spaces in my house (like the vestibule and the pantry) a little extra special. It’s just a nice thing to see every day.
(Yes, I still need to put the doorknob and rim lock back on the door, and I have to do something about the bottom panel—the whole thing had been cut out, and I have a lot of work to do on it to make it match the other doors in the house. I’ll get to that eventually!)
I painted the walls inside of the closet a pale gray—it’s Valspar paint in Filtered Shade, a color I fell in love with when I saw it in Amy Shutt’s bedroom. I bought a gallon of it months ago, but didn’t find the right use for it until I started working on this closet.
The old shelf in the closet was covered with contact paper that had been painted over (why do people do things like that?!), so I replaced it with a plain pine board. I don’t think I’ll paint it; I like the bare wood. Depending on what this room winds up being used for, I will either add more shelves (for linens) or a clothes bar (for coats).
The dresser is being used for bathroom storage. Our little bathroom is next door, and it has no space for things like spare towels, soap, and extra rolls of TP. This is the RAST dresser from IKEA, and it’s the perfect size for going inside a tiny closet since it’s only 12″ deep. It’s sold unfinished, and I chose to paint it BM Simply White to match the trim (after priming, of course). The knobs are BM Toucan Black, just like the window sashes. I had to notch out the back and shorten the bottom drawer a bit to accommodate the baseboard molding so it would sit flush against the wall. Most solid wood IKEA furniture is easy to modify if it’s not exactly the right size—just make sure to mark where any holes will need to be re-drilled.
Finally, I lined the drawers of the dresser with some leftover wallpaper from the bathroom. I try to line drawers whenever possible—I just use a little double-stick tape to hold the paper in place.