Dumpster Diaries: Upstairs Kitchen Into Walk-In Closet for Master Bedroom Redo Ideas

this is the very pale peach color I plan to make from the leftover orange paint I used in the backroom. It will make a nice, soothing color in the closet.

this is the very pale peach color I plan to make from the leftover orange paint I used in the backroom. It will make a nice, soothing color in the closet.

For those just tuning in, my house is 103 yrs. old and was turned from a single family dwelling into a 2 flat in 1929, as the Great Depression hit. We are the first family since then to live on both floors as one house. The master bedroom currently has NO closet space- instead, we have another kitchen off the room (as well as an amazing sleeping porch and back stairway entrance).

As I was laying quietly in bed tonight, waiting for Maisie to fall asleep, my game plan for the upstairs walk in closet came to me. Until now, I just resigned myself to the idea of quickly throwing shelving and hanging systems in there and calling it good, but that no longer suits me.

While I still want to do this on the cheap, I now want to put a BIT of effort into it.

Here’s my current plan:

1. Remove every item from the kitchen. Give the appliances away.
2. Cap off the gas line and water lines
3. Rip out the bottom shelves and sink
4. Use whatever leftover orange Behr paint I have from the downstairs back room and mix it with lighter paint from the storage to make a nice peach colored shade. Why peach? It looks good next to my skin and is a warm, soothing color.
5. Patch the crumbling holes and spackle room; paint the entire thing peach
6. Install all the closet hardware systems
7. Use whatever large area carpet I have left on the floors over the old linoleum-
8. Add a middle of the room table/folding island
9. Make a sewing area
10. Hang a full length mirror on the door
11. Hang clothes-
12. Install makeup vanity and move my makeup into this room (I *NEED* a dedicated makeup place- so that my makeup is no longer in the downstairs ‘public’ bathroom)

similar to the heavy steel framed office desk his parents gave him- but much nicer (the photo).

similar to the heavy steel framed office desk his parents gave him- but much nicer (the photo).

I plan to repurpose an old, HEAVY steel framed office desk into an industrial sized makeup vanity in that room. I have A TON OF BEAUTY PRODUCTS that require storage. The desk will get a thorough cleaning (to remove years of nicotine stains et al, because R’s parents used to smoke like chimneys) and plexiglass will be put over the top, for easier cleanup. If I am feeling ambitious- which I doubt- I may paint it all, too.

The GREAT thing about using an old office desk as a vanity is that the top has ENORMOUS space. I want to buy some nifty clear cosmetics organizers and this thing will be my new ‘countertop’. It doesn’t have to be pretty- I am going for functional and FREE here… which will leave me more $$ to buy the chair I want for the vanity. It’s a reproduction mid-century modern design (I think Eames) and is a steal on Amazon right now-

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I want this to be the chair for my reclaimed steel desk makeup vanity-

I am hoping, hoping, hoping that we will be able to finish all these projects BEFORE the dumpster goes back in 10 days.

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