I can remember walking through this house for the first time (and my home story has been lovingly shared over here) and seeing this closet and falling hard... in love. It was a wide open, large space off the master bathroom. Something like ten feet by ten feet. Just enormous! And oh, the possibilities!
Then about a decade ago, we got an estimate for closet built-ins and after seeing four large numbers in front of the decimal we laughed and said no thanks. I would also like to say that this closet is so huge I have had dreams about discovering (quite by freak surprise) that I was pregnant and working to convert this into a baby's room. True story. Thankfully those were only dreams. We live in 1500 square feet of house, including this huge closet, and I never forget even for a moment, that this is extensive luxury by the majority of the world.
However. This closet has the worst wire rack positioning known to man, and the weirdest of configurations. I dreamed of ripping off the long and nearly useless wire racks on the back wall for years. (My husband was the only person who could reach the tallest one, and the lower one was too low to hang anything but my pants and shirts on and the heater vent is right in the middle of all that. So weird. I wanted a cubby system or chest of drawers... or both. Enter Ikea pricing (and wild cheering).
disclaimer. You can come to my house and pretty much open up any drawer or cupboard and see blissful and beautiful organization (bearing in mind that I do have children who frequently disregard any and all organizational techniques) but this closet is my vice or something, and I've never really cared overmuch how it worked. I have always just thrown things on the floor. I know. It's so weird. And unlike me. Just so you know... I have never claimed perfection. Ha! So here is the before in all it's horrible glory. I took a photo on the worst day I had ever seen it- normally it's not so bad in here. I wanted you to really "get it."
We went through and put all the non-closet items where they belonged which was a process of course, and then dragged everything out, painted the walls "Stormy skies" just like our bedroom and master bath and finished painting the trim white just like the rest of the house. Then we moved an Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser in, and put a Kallax cubby shelf on top of it. I bought a 3-pack of bins from Ikea that fit on the shelves and painted labels on them with gold leaf paint. (It didn't work so well, and bled and made a bit of a mess. Oops. Should have tried an inconspicuous spot first. So note to you- try a fabric safe paint and try it on the bottom first.)
organized and pretty... at long last.