Hall closet before & after

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Are you ready ?

Here we go...

Way back in January. No comment...

The hall decor consisted mostly of clutter. How embarrassing.

And the inside of the small walk-in closet was even worse.

The last of the dreaded yellow - and some paint samples.

Mr Messy would feel right at home...

And then February brought : ebay success (coat rack is now sold),

... some much needed decluttering,

... also some harassing paint work,

... and finally, some rewards, aka new furniture and accessories.

A Kewlox wall cabinet is now holding all of my shoes.

A Charley Harper poster from 1977 is cheering up the entry. And of course, a little West German pottery never hurts.

The whole closet is now a sparkling white.

In the future, I'll probably be buying some Ikea boxes to make better use of those built-in shelves, but for now I just
randomly dumped most of the closet stuff back in there.

Even the inside of the door frame got a fresh coat of paint. Although you have to dangerously twist around to actually see it. But what can I say, perfection is my middle name.

So to sum up, I used the Little Greene "Shirting" (left over from painting the hall last year) for the walls and trim, and Farrow and Ball "Pavillion Gray" (left over from repainting the kitchen) for the accent wall.

I confess, the Kewlox cupboard at 210 eur blew a bit of a hole in my budget, but turned out to be the only option given that this space is exceedingly narrow. So anything with drawers and doors other than sliding ones was out of the question. I did consider the Ikea Aspvik wall unit for a while, but it would have been less partical for storing shoes, as it does not come with a middle shelf. And for once, I did not want to wait for anything vintage to turn up on ebay.

So Kewlox it is ! And I'm very happy with my choice. I very much like how the checkerboard doors add some extra punch to the space. And in any case, being greeted by anything other than a complete mess when you enter my place, is a very nice change :-)


  1. Wow! Looks great and I love that Kewlox cupboard. I seriously need to tackle our own hallway closet as well as my totally ridiculous shoe storage system...this might be the push I needed. Well done!

  2. I love your hall closet! Your home is lovely and I need that charley harper print!

  3. Hello everybody and thank you for your comments !

    Roboti - yeah, me too :-) What a difference. And I try as much as possible to keep everything nice and tidy :-)

    Lavalotti - Go, go, girl ! Organising is so liberating. And a good excuse to reward yourself afterwards ;-) With more fat lava for instance.

    Lisa - I've included the link to the Charley Harper webshop. As you can see, that particular print is not terribly expensive.

  4. Looks great!

    Love the mannequin head... we've been trying to get that one and another version for a while, but no luck so far. They don't pop up in the US and are always in Europe it seems. Would love to have both for our dressing room.

    Hadn't heard of Kewlox before, but the piece looks great in your space.

    Love the Harper print, too.

    Good job!

  5. i LOVE yours twiggy... and the rest.


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