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Linen Closet Makeover

a small closet gets a big overhaul

Hello, hello!

It's finally reveal day for our little linen closet in the hallway, right outside my daughter's bedroom.
Linen closets can quickly become cluttered and unorganized, especially if they need the proper storage solutions. 

I was determined to transform our linen closet into a more practical and functional space, so I brought some new storage solutions. 

This post is the finished product, which will give you some ideas for your linen closet if you want to bring organization to it.

If you're new to RLC, you probably missed the three previous posts about this closet makeover. No worries, you can take a look by following the links below:
The last picture I shared was the one below, on the left. It was after demolition and building up the new closet. Visitors were here to stay, and I made that area look the best I could.

Once the visitors departed, the building of a set of doors started, as I wanted those shelves behind closed doors.

I found 1/2" plywood remnants in my garage that fit perfectly after cutting them to size. 

I brought those two plywood boards to check the fit (see the picture below). :)

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drawers are installed in the linen closet

DIY Shaker Cabinet Doors

The entire process of how to build this type of cabinet door was explained during the construction of our mudroom when I made the same type of door. You can find all the details about building Shaker cabinet doors right HERE.

This time, I changed the hinge selection, as I wanted to avoid dealing with drilling hinge holes.

For installing the doors, I first made a mock door out of 1x4 material to be sure where to set those screws.

I marked those spots and worked the best I could in this tight space.

After installing the doors, they kept getting inside the closet (left picture below). The quick solution was to mount a magnetic catch for each door.
Fixing alignment issues on linen cabinet doors

Well, I don't want to make this story any longer. Many other tasks were to be completed, like sanding, priming, and painting the doors and drawers.

Also, patching and painting the walls and ceiling. Oh, and installing the baseboards. They were cut, but they still need to be installed, as I still need to take care of the carpet.

This is how the closet looks now! 
a linen closet is transformed with drawers and shelves behind closed doors
I'm delighted with the outcome!

I still need to do some more tweaking to those doors.

Inside, the wire shelves were covered with white oak plywood.
wooden shelves inside linen closet

Remember the before?
second floor hallway

I love the new look! 

That's a classic style that will always stay in style.
the hallway linen closet got a big makeover

When those doors open, the shelves are the warm touch this area needs.
A complete overhaul for a small linen closet which include drawers

The top shelf was made narrower to not interfere with the wall in front. 

One of the main goals of this entire closet makeover was to store the medicines inside a drawer. 

Mission accomplished.

I love to see this display! 💊🏥
a medicine drawer inside a linen closet

The middle drawer holds sheet sets.

In the lower drawer, I have linens and a small heated blanket.

I'm delighted with the counter space for storing our regular white towels. It's so practical!

Oh, and did you notice those cabinet pulls?! 

I love them! ❤️❤️❤️

Their finish is Oil Rubbed Bronze, a warm tone that looks black from far away.

This is one of those projects that isn't necessary, but once you're done with it, you see that all the time and investment you put into it was worth it because it looks way better and functions ten times better than the previous version.

OK, I can't let you go without the before and afters. 

How do you like this transformation?!
a complete makeover for a linen closet

I'm the happiest!


Next on the to-do list: Remove that carpet. 

For now, I  need to go and dust those pulls. :D

Once again, here are the links to the previous work on this closet:

Enjoy what you read today? 



  1. This turned out so well! It looks bigger than the space you started with!

    1. Thanks Sheila! Yes, the removal of the long door and trim around it now makes it look wider. My favorite part are the drawers, they glide so nicely. :)

  2. Such a lovely project. Love the before and after. I am happy to feature your linen closet makeover at Love Your Creativity.

  3. Wow! What a great way to transform a linen closet. It looks amazing and so much more functional now!

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