Master Closet, Utilizing every inch for a lovely space!

Mar 15 2016
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My wonderful walk through master closet! As far as the design of this whole floor goes it all started with the passing of my other Grandma: Eleonora. You’ve seen her mentioned a couple of times here along the way in my Before & After of Eleonora’s Rocker and Eleonora’s buffet. You’ve also probably heard me mention my awesome white leather tufted hassock. It was in Eleonora’s attic for my whole life so when they told us grand kids that we could choose something to keep, I was so glad I could keep it for the rest of my life! Every morning I think of her when I see it.

before and after a renovation of a one hundred year old northern Minnesota farm house floor planBefore and after reveal of our master bedroom walk in!Before and after reveal of our master bedroom walk in !

This was such a creepy spot when I started this renovation!

Forty years ago this second floor was virtually abandoned when my grandparents’ two girls grew up and moved out. Check out the before pictures of the day I started. I was never more dirty then the day I gutted this room and my mom helped me haul all the dirt, ancient insulation and plaster and lath out of here. (Totally worth it for such a big closet though!)

This was the smaller of the two bedrooms on the second floor (smaller because the staircase takes space from this room and not the other) it was once my mother’s room after her parents built a bedroom downstairs for them when she was a teenager.

My aunt had the room across the hall that became my Master Bedroom. I struggled and struggled and struggled with the design of this closet. I first made the whole room just a big bathroom but that seemed like a lot of wasted space when I really wanted a big closet too.

Then, it was a bathroom with a closet in it and I didn’t like that at all. What I really wanted was a closet with the vanity in it and then all the rest of the bathroom in the next room. I never managed to get it done. So, it is a “walk-through” closet!

Doing a hanging barn door here made so much sense for me. I almost never use it (like ever) but it doubles as “art” for me because I think its just beautiful. Even better it was my grandparents’ wood shed door so it also carries a ton of sentiment for me too! (Check out how I made my barn door here.)

Before and after reveal of our master bedroom walk in closet!Before and after reveal of our master bedroom walk in closet!Before and after reveal of our master bedroom walk in ! Before and after reveal of our master bedroom walk in closet! Before and after reveal of our master bedroom walk in !

I did just a basic rod across the whole wall and it almost houses all of my clothes! I’m even hanging up most of my jeans too 🙂 From there is one of my favorite things in the whole world, my Grandma Eleonora’s white leather tufted hassock that started the entire design of my Master Suite!

From there – isn’t my ladder cool? I was a little apprehensive about the whole ladder idea but, I saw it on Pinterest (just like everyone else lol) and I have never EVER had a decent place to keep my very-infrequently-used-high-heals, scarfs and wraps and I had the perfect ancient ladder of my Grandpa’s that would have been thrown away otherwise. See the post on how I made it here And, ya know what? It actually works really great!

Surely at thirty years old, I should be able to part with my one of my last teddy bears from my child hood… probably not – Mr. Minky probably will be with me for another thirty years…

Since this post came out I splurged and replaced all of my plastic and wire hangers with velvet wrapped hangers and I’m so mad I didn’t do it sooner. No more sweaters falling off of hangers etc. And it only cost me about $50. Totally worth it!

Thanks guys for stopping in! Check the next post The Master Bathroom Reveal!

Before and after reveal of our master bedroom walk in closet!The master reveal after fifteen months of renovation my grandmas 100 year old farm house diy do it yourself


  1. July 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    It looks great, isn’t it nice to have a “dressing room” of sorts!? I had one at my last house. I love that hassock too.


    • July 1, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Yes that hassock is my absolute fav, I sit on it every day and pretend I’m a fancy lady 🙂 Thanks for coming by!

  2. July 6, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Your closet looks terrific, Tarah–love that you extended the bedroom paint color into it. After seeing yours, I feel like mine needs a makeover, like, now! Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm 🙂

  3. September 20, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Tarah it looks really great. And it is so big you can even hang out in there. Love your grandma’s hassock, and I can see why you did the bedroom old Hollywood style now. That is one gorgeous piece.

  4. September 20, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Love the barn door. Good job. Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon!

  5. September 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Nice job! Thanks for sharing at Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party

  6. October 2, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Such a stunning closet! I’d loooove to be able to have a space like this. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

    • October 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks Angie!! I am a very lucky girl 🙂

  7. Jann Olson
    October 5, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Oh, I bet you are just loving it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • October 5, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Very much so! Its so great to have so much room to hang everything! Thank you!

  8. October 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Great space!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  9. October 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    That hassock is so gorgeous! I can see how it would inspire such a transformation. The dark colors really make it stand out, too. You really did your great-grandmother justice with this design. Also, I’m a bit jealous of that much closet space. 😀 Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • October 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much! It is definitely my dream closet! 🙂

  10. October 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Tarah, I would love to have a closet this size. You guys are awesome and have really accomplished a huge task! Kudos to you xo

  11. October 11, 2016 at 12:08 am

    You did such a wonderful job with your master closet, and you sure did have your work cut out for you. I know your grandmother is so happy for you. And it’s so sweet that you have her hassock to remind you of your grandmother each morning. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

  12. October 11, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Oh Wow!! What a great transformation of both rooms and your floor plan!! I love the ladder as a scarf rack too…a nice added touch!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Hope to see you again this week!! Have a great week!! Pinned!

    • October 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much! Oh yeah, that’s my closet 🙂

  13. October 16, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I love the closet! It’s super big and bright with the window. Thanks for sharing your beautiful remodel with us at Together on Tuesdays 🙂

  14. October 22, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I love that you can actually see the clothes…so much natural light 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays!

  15. November 7, 2016 at 3:50 am

    I love this closet…especially that ladder for hanging stuff. But, to be honest, my husband would want to hang dirty clothes all over it… haha — but seriously, it’s beautiful! ~Jeannie @The Mom Fairy

    • November 7, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      lol I worried I would do that too! Thank you Jeannie!

  16. Cathy
    April 4, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Hello: One hint….no need for expensive wooden hangers. If you simply pitch all your hangers and replace with all black plastic hangers, your closet will look so clean and organized. Cheap and easy solution.

  17. June 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    The white leather hassock really does look like Hollywood glam. The closet makeover is great. It’s an amazing makeover from where you started.

  18. Ann Caliri
    September 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I love the barn door too! Thanks for sharing this post with us on The Homestead Blog Hop! 🙂

    • September 5, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you for coming by Ann!

  19. January 5, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Thank you for linking up at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week and throughout 2017. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all your projects and hope you’ll continue to share your awesomeness with us in 2018.
    May your New Year be filled with lots of creative endeavours!!
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

    • January 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you Kerryanne, have a wonderful weekend!

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