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November 20, 2011

Closet Transformation

So this weekend I got a project done
by my hubby from my Honey-do list.
Our home is small and is short on
storage.  Since the kids 
are grown and out of the house 
I finally decided to take over my 
daughter's bedroom closet to help me 
with storage for my 
extra dishes and deco items.
This is a shot of the closet with one
of the old wire racks still in place.
It's 58' wide on the inside by just over
24" deep. (There is a set of by-pass doors
on so you are only seeing 1/2 of it open).

I came up with the idea of building in
shelves with a solid surface that would be 
well supported and allow me a lot of storage 
space for dishes and accessories.  
The project evolved over a few 
days after hitting up the stores
for supplies.  We ended up with 
white vinyl coated MDF boards
that are almost 24" deep.  I started
out thinking I would be fine with
the 15" ones they had but after
hashing it out with my hubby we
decided to get the deeper shelves.
 The bottom sections are 15" apart and the third one up is 18" leaving approx. 30" to the ceiling.  I can put tall items on the top like vases or candle holders.

He used 1" x 2" pine strips to go under
the edge of the shelves.  He used drywall
anchors when he couldn't find a stud to
drill into.  He also used a 2" round dowel
to add support for the front area 
of the shelves. Because I changed the
15" to 18" on the third shelf the dowel
we bought wasn't long enough so we
have to get another piece to finish the
third shelf.  
I put one set of dinner plates on a shelf to
show you how how much room I'm going
to have to work with!

That was my "metamorphosis"of the 
closet space!! 

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marty at A stroll Through Life
Table Top Tuesday


  1. Oh you lucky girl!!! A closet for your dishes? I'm so jealous!

  2. Great job! We just did a closet too and it's so nice to have more areas for storage. I'm sure you're going to love having your dishes so organized.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Amazing! Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  4. Fabulous sweet Liz...I'm closet envious! I need one myself, next year it will be a new project! Happy Thanksgiving for you and yours. FABBY

  5. Great idea Liz. We ladies need all the space we can get!

  6. Hi Liz. exactly what Pam said... so lucky to have such a big space for crockery... how comfortable and manageable...
    With love

  7. Liz, Let me cheer for you! I am so all about turning unused closets into great usable spaces! You did a WONDERFUL job! And a double "yea" for putting dishes in your new space!
    Yes, please use my OTMM Thanksgiving post in your post!

  8. If your daughter has been out of that bedroom for more than 24 hours, what took you so long??!?!! :-) Any vacant space in this house is deemed "unclaimed" in my book, and it becomes storage!!! This is a FABULOUS space! You and hubby did wonders! I know you are going to have fun arranging and rearranging. I noticed you emphasized that the shelving was to be "well-supported." After my little fiasco over the weekend, I totally feel you on that!!! :-) Using the dowels for additional support makes a ton of sense. I think I may need to reevaluate some of the shelving downstairs. I'm sure it could benefit from the use of dowels for additional support. Well done!!! Congrats!!!

  9. I finally started taking over my kids' spaces too. It was so nice to finally spread out. Your closet transformation is wonderful. Can't wait to see how you fill it up!

  10. OHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! I ahve BIG "closet envy"!!!!!! I want so bad to do this to one of our closets. I will have to get rid of some clothes but so what!!!:):) Love this so much. Wishing you a happy, blessed Thanksgiving, Liz! XO, Pinky

  11. Oh a dish closet, I would love one. What a fabulous idea and it will be so useful. Thanks so much for joining TTT and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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