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BrePurposed Walk-In Closet Makeover

A custom Elfa closet built for two!

by Bre Bertolini

Guest blogger Bre Bertolini is an interior designer and blogger at BrePurposed. (All photos courtesy of BrePurposed.)

Since moving into our new home, my husband Dan and I have updated our entire master suite--except for the walk-in closet. For the longest time, this closet was a complete mess--old carpet, textured swirly ceilings, extremely dysfunctional storage, and a little white dresser that had been falling apart for years. It was BAD. Let me show you...

Well, it was finally time we gave this space some love! We looked into a few different options and closet systems and ultimately decided to go with the Elfa System. It's affordable, has a ton of customizable options, and, of course, is beautiful. The day we finally dragged that broken old dresser to the curb and headed to The Container Store in Pittsburgh was the best day ever!

This was my first time ever in The Container Store and I was like a little kid in a candy shop. (If you're a neat freak and obsessed with things being perfectly organized, this is the place for you.) I'll admit I'm not the most organized person, but just walking around the aisles made me want to be better. Everything was so pretty!

I worked with Stephanie on my closet design, and she was amazing. She walked me through our design and helped make everything functional for us, and I couldn't wait to see it come to life.

Before it could get installed, we had to do some small renovations. First up was ripping out the dirty, old carpet and replacing it with wood veneer tile. Next, was getting rid of that terrible swirly ceiling. The easiest thing to do was to just cover it right up, so we decided to shiplap it! Once it was up, I went back through and caulked all the gaps and then painted the whole closet.

Fast forward to June, and we were ready for installation. Our closet was finally ready to come to life! I went with the Birch Décor and White components, and then black hardware--it's all so pretty!

Once it was installed, it was time for the fun part--putting everything in it! I let Dan do his drawers, but I hung up all his clothes so I could perfectly color coordinate and organize how I wanted. I'm usually the one putting things away anyway, so I might as well make it work for me, right?

If you start on my side, you see I have a very neutral color palette in my clothes--just like my home décor! Dan's side is a lot more colorful.

This little corner always had these shelves (which we decided to keep), so we added four of the Bigso Linen Marten Storage Boxes, which are perfect for things we don't use every day and for winter storage. We have hooks there for things I use regularly (purses, hats, etc.) and our Rectangular Water Hyacinth Hamper fits perfectly in the corner.

We basically split the closet in half, so the left side is mine and the right side is Dan's. On my side, the Elfa Birch Décor Mirror was a last minute addition. I wasn't sure if I would actually use it much since we have a full-length mirror right outside in our bathroom, but it has quickly become my favorite spot!

I LOVE having a little a little area where I can keep all my jewelry and perfume--it's like having a vanity without having a huge piece of furniture taking up lots of space. (I used to keep things in a little dish on top of our sink in the bathroom, which wasn't super practical.) The Umbra Gold Jewelry Tray is the best. I put all my everyday jewelry like my wedding ring, pearl earrings, watch, and necklace. And I use the Umbra Round Tesora Jewelry Organizer for all my other jewelry I don't wear as often.

And can we talk about the shoe storage?! These Gliding Mesh Shoe Shelves are so functional and amazing. They pull out so you can see all your shoes and put them away easily. 

I keep all my socks and undergarments in these drawers, and it feels SO good to have something that doesn't fall apart when I try and open it. Of course every closet must have matching hangers, am I right?! We have the Basic Lotus Wooden Hangers, which match perfectly with all the other Birch elements.

My other favorite thing in here is the pants storage! In the past I always just folded my pants and threw them on those corner shelves, which always resulted in a big ol' mess. But the Gliding Pant Rack is seriously the best invention ever--you just fold your pants over the little rods, then slide it under the shelf and tuck them away!

Dan and I split the drawers in the middle of the closet, and one super nifty thing you can add to make things even more functional is a divider. They're movable, and you can slide them in either direction to adjust the size of the spaces in your drawers.

And Dan gets ALL the shoe storage he needs for his collection. Does anyone else's hubby have more shoes than they do?!

Overall, we can't believe how amazing our Elfa closet turned out. I never thought I would be so excited about a closet makeover, but this has been such a game changer for us! I can't even believe how much more functional our closet is now. I actually enjoy walking in here and picking out clothes, and even putting them away!

We couldn't be more in love with our new Elfa Closet System from The Container Store. It's amazing what a little organization can do and how much happier it makes us when we walk in here!

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