Here's my client's closet before. Previous owners had used it as a wet bar. My client didn't need a bar though; she needed workspace with doors to hide away her computer and important papers from her two curious little girls. She was trying to use this as an office, balancing her laptop precariously over the bar sink.
So here's what we did, step by step:
- Tear out old tile counter and sink, faucet, and plumbing. Remove some existing shelf elements to provide more desk space and so shelves are floating.
- Install new wood desk/shelf. Trim out.
- Paint it all.
- Add self-adhesive cork and chalkboard paint to the inside door panels for notes.
- Decorate and organize with a pretty new lamp and functional trays, boxes, and baskets.
And the end result: a sturdy new desktop, task-height lighting, a softer color palette, boxes and bins for organizing the stuff of life, and corkboards and chalkboards for notes and reminders. Please excuse the lack of styling—we never got to the pretty stuff for the picture-taking!
And here are some of my other favorite ideas for rethinking your closet.
1. Large office closet. Another way to do what I did for my client. If you've got more space, you can add even more function, as they did here.
2. Library closet
3. Cafe closet
4. And my favorite—peek-a-boo! Baby-changing station in a closet. Brilliant and addorable!