In our master bathroom we have a large linen closet. I’m very grateful for it because it holds a lot, things that we wouldn’t have any other place for. (Though, sometimes I wish we had a shower stall instead of the closet, but I guess a closet is better…. I think). The only problem with this massive closet is that the original shelves were very deep. Things got lost in the back. There was a lot of shelf space, but because of the design it felt like there wasn’t.
(*Disclaimer* It’s VERY difficult to get good pics of this closet. The lighting is always bad and there’s not a lot of room to get a good angle. So… excuse the bad pics!)
So much randomness lost in the deep shelves
My husband was actually the one who first thought about taking out the existing shelves and building some new ones. It’s times like this that I’m very thankful that he knows how to do carpentry stuff and can get cheap lumber from his job at a lumber yard!
The first step was to take everything out of the closet and find other places for it! That was the hardest part (for me at least!). Then we measured and decided on the width and design of the new shelves. He built the shelves and painted them (I helped on that part!). He took out the existing shelves and braces, then painted the closet. Then finally it was time to install the new shelves! (I’m sure there was a lot more to the process, but I tried to stay out of it. Apparently nagging isn’t very helpful….)
I am SO happy with how they turned out. It’s really the same amount of shelf space, but the different design makes it so much easier to organize things better.
Then came the fun part- organizing everything! We already had some baskets so I continued to use those for medicines, then I used our Christmas card boxes for other storage (yes, we had saved them hoping they would come in handy for something like this!). I love how it came together. Everything is much more accessible. And we have extra space!
In our year long home makeover journey, the guest bathroom is the room we were most excited about…. because we had a theme… John Deere. You may not believe me, but it was my idea. Really so that we had a place to
store display all my hubby’s John Deere paraphernalia. I think it also helps people who come to our home get a better sense of who we are.
We debated the color for a long time, whether to do brown or go all out and do John Deere green. We finally decided to go all the way and had the store mix up the John Deere green paint formula. When we first started painting I was beginning to question our decision…
(Please ignore my painting clothes and hair….)
In the end, it turned out better than I could have imagined. We started with a plain, white bathroom:
…and turned it into a John Deere extravaganza
One of my best friends made that adorable button “M” with John Deere backing. Love it so much! I spray painted the light switch cover and the soap dispenser yellow- love the little touch that adds to the whole thing. You can’t see it very well, but that is a John Deere hand towel.
My mom made this amazing shower curtain with fabric from Hobby Lobby. Love it so much and it really helps to tie the room together.
I wanted to be sure to incorporate a personal touch, so in the shelf above the toilet (another father-in-law creation!), I displayed pictures of my husband and us with some of his tractors. The little toy tractors were on his “tractor show” groom’s cake.
We love how it all turned out and are excited to show it to our guests when they come over. Definitely a great snapshot of who we are and my husband’s hobby!
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As we did with our bedroom, we began painting our bathroom right after we moved in. I was ready to get that done! Just like the rest of the house, the bathroom was white- plain white. I chose a light teal color that matched the shower curtain we already had. I LOVE the color we chose. Definitely my favorite color in our house.
The best picture before we started painting….
After painting, we also changed out the builder-grade light fixtures and framed the mirror. (“We” as in my husband and father-in-law.) This was the biggest change, and so needed. I love the look that it gives.
For “decor” I added that bath canvas under the clock that is from Hobby Lobby (my FAVORITE store ever). I also found some square frames (much harder to find than Pinterest makes it seem) and framed scrapbook paper. I keep thinking that I need to paint the frames white to make them blend in better, but it’s been over a year since hanging them up and I still haven’t done it…
My father-in-law is a carpenter and built us this awesome cabinet for above the toilet!
We are so pleased with how the makeover turned out. We have some future plans that will hopefully happen someday: knobs/drawer pulls, paint the cabinets, and maybe change the counter top.
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