The Colorful Closet that Wasn’t {Linen Closet Organization}

Every day while checking out the blogs I “Ooh” and “Aah” over beautiful, brightly colored spaces. There are some really talented bloggers out there who have an amazing eye for putting together colors I never dreamed would look so darn gorgeous. Inspired by all of this wonderful color {and probably because I’m so depressed over the gloomy, gray non-spring we are having here in Pittsburgh}, I set off to add some bold and bright elements to my little linen closet while giving it an organizational lift as well. Here’s what I started with:

Linen Closet Before

My plan was to cut some cardboard, wrap it in pretty paper, and adhere it to the back of the closet to add a punch of color and pattern without committing to a long-term paint change. I also picked up some colorful bins at the dollar store to help corral some of the loose items.

I covered one piece of cardboard with my beloved wrapping paper and put it in with the bins to test it out.

Trying Color

It just wasn’t working for me. I loved the paper, and heaven knows I’ve never met a bin that I didn’t like, but I felt like it belonged in a kid’s room, not in my grown-up, soon-to-be-organized linen closet, so I decided to switch gears.

Maybe my neutrals weren’t so bad after all. I picked up a couple of unfinished wooden boxes at Tar-jay {I promise I shop other places sometimes. It’s just that we got this big, beautiful, brand new Target really close to my house and it calls my name pretty much every day. As soon as the novelty wears off, I’m sure I’ll start buying things from other stores again…maybe.} to hold the medicines I was moving to the linen closet from the bathroom cabinet.

Wood Boxes

Apparently the humidity in the bathroom isn’t great for the longevity of the meds, so it is better to store them elsewhere. I gave the boxes a few coats of whitewash and a cute little medical logo, and they were looking pretty good. {if I do say so myself ;)}


In order to make room for the meds, I had to clear out some of the baby towels and burp cloths that 20 month old “baby” C doesn’t use any more. I may or may not have gotten emotional while doing this. {He’s my last baby! It’s hard!} After that, I was able to pop all of my newly refolded linens back into the closet, and…

Linen Closet After

Ta-da! When I started this project, I was expecting a much different “after” shot, but I must say, I’m loving the neutrals, and the little details make me smile each time I pass the updated closet.

I love the little box that fits the Cs’ washcloths perfectly.

Bottom Shelf

I love that the towels are getting in on the ombre trend.

Ombre Towels

And maybe I didn’t get the brightly colored linen closet that I had pictured, but I did get the one that was right for my style, and I’m okay with that. :)

Before and After

Have you ever had a transformation turn out differently than you expected?

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  1. says

    Love this! You have inspired me to get after that clean linen closet. I cleaned it last year but after a baby and life it seemed to get back to “chaos” again. Ugh! All that to say… I’m going to clean it this weekend. :) Thanks for a little inspiration!

    • says

      Thanks, Krista! I hear ya…babies have a way of bringing the chaos with them! Good thing they’re so cute! πŸ˜‰ Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

      ~Abby =)

  2. says

    I love how you are organized! :-) I just finished cleaning mine because hubby always makes a mess in this closet! I love how you transformed your little wooden boxes with medical logos πŸ˜‰ btw, same here, I can’t wait for warmer, sunnier days! I hope you are having a great Easter weekend with your family!

  3. says

    I love the neutrals and I really like your little painted boxes … they add a fun DIY touch! Thanks so much for linking up at Project Inspire{d}!

  4. says

    Looks great! I have been working on my linen closet this weekend too… not quite done yet. Thanks for the inspiration to get it finished! And thanks for popping over to thehappyhousie today!

  5. Nellie says

    Thanx Abby gurl! Your tips are great & so cute! I just bought a new home, so I’m excited to put your suggestions into action! πŸ˜‰



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