Building a Dish Closet

Welcome to the 12th Metamorphosis Monday…where it’s all about “Before and Afters.”

I decided this weekend to tackle a project I’ve been putting off…the redo of a 35″ x 24″ coat closet in my kitchen/breakfast room. The previous owner of my home had a shell niche installed in the foyer/entry (Click to visit entry), where others houses in my neighborhood frequently have a coat closet. Then they took a corner in the kitchen and installed the closet there. I’ve never used it for coats. Instead, it had become a storage area for all the cushions for my deck furniture. Here’s a before pic…note the scuffed up walls from 25 years of wear and tear. This closet was just not working well for my needs.

Yesterday I cleared everything out, drove over to Lowe’s and purchased huge wood shelves that they cut down to the size I requested. I also purchased some lumber and they cut it to the size we mutually decided I would need for the supports. I’m not sure how most closet shelving is done these days, but I just decided to copy the way the supports had been done in my other closets. I didn’t want to use the wire shelving that is so readily available at Home Depot and Lowe’s, because I wanted to take advantage of the full depth of the closet. The wire shelves at Lowe’s and HD weren’t very deep.

Here’s the closet all cleaned out and ready for its redo. Note the stained trim  At one time, all the doors and trim in my kitchen was stained. Long ago we had it all painted for a lighter, brighter look, all except for the closet.  Time to fix that.

In this pic, I had just finished priming the existing shelf and baseboard with a stain-blocking primer and had finished “cutting in” with the yellow wall paint. I considered using the hanging rod for tablecloths, a la Bunny William’s pantry in the book An Affair with a House, but ultimately I decided I didn’t want to use the space that way.

Next, I painted the walls the same yellow as the kitchen walls: Duron Sugar Cookie. You’ll find the formula for Sugar Cookie in THIS post.  I painted the existing shelf and baseboard, white…to match the trim in the kitchen.

I wasn’t able to use the supports Lowes had cut for me because once I started tapping along the walls, I realized there were no studs anywhere except at the far corners. So all the supports were about an inch too short.  Waaaaa!

It was time to face the big, heavy, power saw that lives in my basement. Yikes! It is unbelievably loud and a little bit scary. Think of Kevin in the movie, Home Alone, when he goes downstairs to the basement and has to face their furnace.  That’s how I feel when I use that saw!  (Pssst:  You can take a tour of the house in the movie Home Alone, HERE.)

I cut all new supports using a piece of lumber left over from the screened-in porch addition. Here they are, all ready to be installed.

I had originally planned on using my drill to install the supports, with these long screws the Lowe’s guy recommended. But, because I could only locate studs in the corners of the closet, I didn’t think I could get the fat drill close enough up against the wall to use it. I probably could have angled them in, but I decided to just use good old nails….sure wish I had a nail gun! πŸ™‚

After LOTS of measuring, mathematics, agonizing and more measuring…here are the supports which were installed and freshly painted just this morning.  Update: A few weeks later, when my handyman was by to give me an estimate for some work, I asked him to check for studs. He was able to find them and added some additional screws, although he kept telling me the shelves were just fine, as installed. I still felt better knowing there were some screws down into the studs, too.

I had primed and painted the shelving yesterday, so today I just did a little light sanding along the rough edges and placed them onto the supports.

After pressing down hard on the shelves to sort of test them out, it was with great fear and trepidation I began putting china onto the shelves. I didn’t hear any creaking or groaning, all went well.  I discovered I could store my spring wreath hanging on the inside of the door when not in use on the porch. Gotta find that storage where ever you can!

Here’s where the 8 cushions and 2 pillows ended up…stacked on the top shelf, all the way up to the ceiling.

And here are the 3 shelves I added…all loaded down with goodies. These china sets and serving pieces had been stored in hard to reach cabinets and in my food pantry…much better having it all together here and easily accessible.

I started the lower shelf up just high enough to store some of the tall candle holders I sometimes use in tablescapes.

So, we went from this…

To this.  Ahhh, much better!

And this? Well, that’s the big glass of Merlot I poured my aching self once the last dish had been placed inside the new china closet.

Thanks so much for taking time to view my weekend’s work! Let’s go see what everyone else has been working on…lots of wonderful “Before and Afters” await!


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  1. robinrane says

    Love a place to keep the beautiful dishes! The closet looks great. I would just peek in every time I went past it!
    All Things Heart and Home

  2. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    You are absolutely amazing! This closet idea is brilliant. I know you are going to love having thse dishes so organized! laurie

  3. salmagundi says

    You can never have too much dish storage. Your project turned out great. Sally

  4. Happy To Be says

    OK Susan now you just blew my image of you with a hooped shirt on and a parsoal in one hand and a fan in the other acting all like a southern belle…Susan does POWER TOOLS…way to go girl..and it looks wonderful now you have more room for dishes ha ha!! may you have a great day…Hugs and smiles Glβ™₯ria

  5. cedwards55 says

    I’m giving you applause and a standing ovation. Wow! I’m impressed. I know what you’re saying about using the monster saw.I have a chop saw and everytime I use it I’m afraid that I’m going to lose a finger. Susan you did such a great job! I’d have two glasses of Merlot if I were you and just stand back and admire my handiwork! Awesome and Amazing. That’s two A’s!!!!!
    hugs~ C
    PS No wonder you haven’t had time to answer any email!!!!

  6. Gypsy aka Tam says

    Oh wow Susan,
    what a great transformation. I wish I had a closet I could use for dish storage but with all the coats we use around here I’d have a riot on my hands if I tried to convert our coat closet to a semi dish storage LOL.
    So I’ll just sit here green with envy and amazed by the transformation. Have a great Monday,

  7. A Hint of Home says

    Great job! Your idea worked out well and gives you so much more storage. You’re brave to tackle it yourself.

  8. Scribbler says

    Hubby and I did exactly the same thing at our old house, The Money Pit! I think I even have those same floral cushions…

    I have really missed that closet over here at Scribbler’s Cottage! It was so easy to rotate seasonal pieces as well as storing oversized trays and platters, etc.

    Great Job!


  9. Diane@A Picture is Worth.... says

    I’m so impressed! I would have had to drink the whole bottle in order to get up enough nerve to tackle this project. LOL

    Great job!

  10. I love how your closet turned out! It looks like you might have storage for a few more of dishes!

  11. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    I turned an upstairs closet into china storage – love it — I guess I can tell it’s been a lONG day since I didn’t type my own blog name in correctly in Mr. Linky – Oh Well ! LOL!

  12. alchemyfineliving says

    Wow!! What a difference! I love organizing.

  13. Lavender Chick says

    Okay – you amaze me! Yes, that was quite a metamorphasis. Doesn’t it feel great?

  14. Lou Cinda says

    Susan: You are woman and I hear you Roarin’ That looks beautiful! I have a closet I desperately need to do that to! You have inspired me, yet again!

    Thank you!!

    Lou Cinda πŸ™‚

  15. Susan, I am so impressed that you used power tools yourself and painted the inside of the closet! I HAD this done for me in a dining room closet and love it! Thanks for hosting!

  16. mbkatc230 says

    This looks great, you did a wonderful job organizing everything. How nice to have such a big closet to work with, but you’ve used the space so much more efficiently now. Kathy

  17. Painter's Place says

    You should receive an award for this renovation. It’s wonderful. I need more closets in my house!

  18. Fifi Flowers says

    You inspire me to organize… but I can’t seem to get it done… sigh!
    I do hope you will pop over to see that I painted your porch for Tablescape Thurday this last week.

  19. Michelle@Fromhousetohome says

    Great redo! Not only is the space very functional but it is pretty now when you open the door! Looks great. I’m impressed at how you figured out the shelving all yourself! I would have had them all crooked and falling off. lol Awesome job!

  20. ~CC Catherine says

    Happy Sunday evening Susan! I love the hard work you did…it looks so tremendous, neat, and organized! You had to feel a huge sense of accomplishment! I’m so glad you came up with Meta Monday! I have finished more “unfinished” projects just from the inspiration. Over the weekend I finished a vintage pillow topper my Grandmother began over 60 years ago. I actually picked it up about 7 years ago and started to finish it…thus, just did this week! πŸ˜‰ I’ll post about it soon on a Meta Monday. You have a great week Susan! I had an impromptu tea party in a garden yesterday when I went to get my window sill boxes. The place I get my flowers is in the country in Flowery Branch and she’s always so kind to let me snap tons of pics. I decided at the last minute to grab some scones from my freezer and brew her a pot of tea…grabbed my tea basket on the go and surprised her. I posted about it, but only spoke of the “cats” that joined us after the teaparty was over. πŸ˜‰ She was surprised and got a big kick out of it. That’s what life is all about…those serendipitous moments. Looking forward to getting together over the summer one day~ Take care and be blessed! πŸ˜‰ ~CC Catherine

  21. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Great redo! Storage is an issue here and hope to start working on that in the near future.

  22. Susan… thanks for the much needed inspiration… I have an area that needs the same “morph”… but just haven’t gotten around to it.. maybe now that I see how great yours looks…

    I’m also coveting something else of yours… I posted about it today in French Lique… you really are an inspiration!

    blessings. Dixie

  23. Much better use of that space. Good job.

  24. tales from an O.C. cottage says

    THAT IS AWESOME!!! Martha Stewart is hanging her head in shame after seeing this post!!!
    (Would love to see the Merlot closet too πŸ˜‰

    m ^..^

  25. Raggedy Girl says

    I am always blown away by women who use power tools. Your make-over is amazing. I bet you are in love with your closet.

    Roberta Anne

  26. Dream Mom says

    That’s really amazing. I don’t have any skills when it comes to power tools at all. I love that you have a closet for your dishes. That looks great!

  27. Fabulous closet makeover!!! Nicely done and you go with your big bad brave self!!

  28. Kathy's Red Door Welcome says

    Don’t power tools make you feel um…powerful? I’m totally impressed. I want a closet redo. Now I have some ideas. Thanks.

  29. carolinajewel says

    You deserve that wine! What a wonderful change!!!!! I have a walk-in pantry in my butler’s pantry room that needs a make over – are you and that big saw for hire? πŸ˜€ Jewel

  30. Susan, I am so impressed that you did that yourself! That is amazing – and so useful! Well done! Linda

  31. Wow, you are truly a woman of many talents! I am not a fan of power tools, they make me nervous. You did a great job!

  32. Susan,
    What a wonderful job, your new closet looks great and I am so impressed with your carpentry skills. Way to go girl… Cindy

  33. Susan! I am major league impressed … you are quite the little carpenter. Maybe it’s time for you join David Bromstad ~ do you think? Ian won’t mind one bit I suspect … and they need another woman.

  34. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    Susan, I am so impressed with your handy woman skills! Congratulations on a job well done! Now you’ve got the wheels spinning in my head for the storage area under our stairs! β™₯ Diane

  35. Hi Dear Susan! Oh, my goodness! You are so clever and a handy lady at that! You did an outstanding job on this closet! You make me want to do this! You’re just amazing and thank you again for hosting Met Monday!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  36. Barb~Bella Vista says

    Susan, I am very impressed…that is a lot of hard work. You did a fabulous job.

    It will be such a wonderful addition for all your things and how organized you will be!

    Good job!


  37. Melissa Miller says

    That is impressive Susan!

    What a great idea for storing your extra dishes. Love the way it stacks things all the way up to the ceiling.

    Have a wonderful week.
    ~Melissa πŸ™‚

  38. Susan, this is another remarkable makeover, and one that is close to this dish maven’s heart. The space is perfect for tablescaping!

  39. Clean and Classic Interiors says

    What a beautiful transformation! I just did something similar with my pantry and it just makes me smile every time I open the doors. Your beautiful china thanks you too!

  40. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    Your closet is amazing!! I would love to have a closet like that to put my china/dishes. You did a great job. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Love & blessings from NC!

  41. A perfect spot for all your fabulous dishs…and I’m very impressed that you did it all yourself including the use of big power tools…it goes to show that women can do it all!!

  42. tardevil says

    I have to say, I am a “little” green with envy because I so need a dish closet. You did a great job on those shelves. I so prefer wooden to wire! I know you must be pleased.

  43. Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity says

    Susan, Your hard work paid off. Now, your have wonderful shelves for your dishes, etc.. Aren’t you glad you were so determined.
    Hugs, Terrie

  44. I envy you closet — what a wonderful place to store all that china! I am absolutely GREEN!

    A great transformation. Lucky Girl!

  45. Blondie's Journal says

    A job well done Susan!! I always admire a woman who can use power tools!! πŸ˜‰

    What a difference your hard work and ingenuity made. You are an inspiration for Met Monday, and for this girl at least, to start cleaning out closets!!


  46. Tammy518 says

    Great job on your new closet! I had a glass (or two!) of merlot myself tonight and I didn’t even tackle such a big project.

  47. You are AMAZING Susan! Where do you get that energy?? and a POWER SAW? Holy cow… you deserved that glass of merlot for sure! A toast to you, what a gal! Jan

  48. P.S. what do you think of that color ‘sugar cookie’ for my bathroom that I change off from fall to spring? Jan

  49. Mrs. Petrie says

    Nice job! I bet you really gained a lot of space by adding in those shallow shelves. I would love to do something like this in our bathroom. Thanks for hosting the fun party!

  50. sandra/tx says

    Beautiful! I love your collection of creamware, too.

  51. Linda/"Mom" says

    * Sweetest Susan, this is so “TYPICAL” of something YOU would do~~~ no ordinary, “just simply functional” storage space… YOU have to, as my niece used to say, “MAKE PRETTY”! And you DID… and it looks TERRIFFIC! (It HAS to feel soooooo gooood to have it all done, functional AND pretty all at once!!!). “YER THE MA’AM!”~~~ Hugs n’ KUDOS, kiddo! Linda *

  52. Love this closet redo! I’m a big fan of putting shelves in closets, seems like you get so much more storage space. And isn’t it fun when you can’t find any studs?!?

  53. Mary @Boogieboard Cottage says

    Wow, I love what you did with your closet. It’s amazing what a couple of shelves can do! :O)

  54. Wow! It looks great!! I would love to have a closet like that to store all of my china! Way to tackle the project with the power tools yourself! That is one of my goals!! Great project! πŸ™‚

    ~Karla @ It’s The Little Things…

  55. Hello to all! Better late than never…

  56. Hello! I love that new closet! So cool! It looks great!

  57. Great idea. i might have to do that too. mishelle

  58. What a great job you did on your closet! You’ve got me thinking about my closets now!

  59. The Stylish House says

    Your closet turned out wonderful. I am impressed! Good way to extend your exisitng storage space.

  60. Wow! What a gorgeous transformation! What I wouldn’t give to have a china cabinet like that!I;m not sure if I liked correctly but I’ll give it another try

  61. I loove the china pantry. What a huge undetaking in one weekend! Be bery proud! It’s practical and pretty.
    I didn’t have many before pics of my room. Trust me it was bad. Although if I was a little more aware of what I was doing I would’ve posted the before and afters of my Hubby’s childhood dresser. I did have a few pics of that. May be next time. Sorry. the roon definitely has morphed into something much more than it was, though!

  62. I’m so envious! A dish closet…you clever girl!

  63. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio says

    What a wonderful transformation! You deserved that glass of wine!!

  64. DesignTies says

    Susan, you did a great job transforming your closet!! And good for you to pull out the scary power saw to cut your supports — I don’t think I’d be brave enough to do that!!

    I know it was a lot of hard work, but isn’t it amazing how big a difference re-purposing a space can be πŸ™‚

    Hope you enjoyed your Merlot once you were all done πŸ™‚

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  65. Hi Susan…I really, really, really need to steal a closet from my house to make a dish pantry! But never in a 1000 years would I have the confidence to build it myself…you are amazing!
    πŸ˜‰ Bo

  66. Debbie @ says

    Susan you are amazing. If you can do this it makes the rest of us think “now what can I do?” I am looking at my home with new eyes…I too love power tools and am a happy woman when I have cut, sawed, hammered, something and created something else!!!! I love this post today most of all your posts. Very very inspiring! Thanks for the weekly fun and great visits. I love them!

  67. Frippery says

    I am so inspired. I started a dish closet a while ago for big hard to store stuff but it became a “stuff everything with no place to go” space. I am pulling everything out and starting over. Thanks for the kick in the pants!

  68. How beautiful!! Love all the useable space.

  69. Anonymous says

    Love what you did to your closet. That is what needs to be done in a coat closet next to my back door that we don’t use. It has one high shelf and a hanging rod. I could definitely use more shelves. Also the names on the right side are not readable and can’t click on some of them because it is just a number and no name. The pictures down the side have them blocked.

  70. Kimm at Reinvented says

    Wow, great job on the closet organization! I love the dishes inside it too! Thank you for inspiring all of us to get things organized!

  71. Oh my! It looks super. You deserve a big round of applause!

  72. What a great transformation. I love all the gorgeous shelves. I have to do something to a closet I have, and this is a great idea. Seems we always need to have more organized storage. Great job. Hugs, Marty

  73. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Anonymous,
    Thanks for your comments. πŸ™‚ I am able to see the names of the participants on my computer…so I’m not sure what might be wrong when you’re viewing the list. Is anyone else having a problem?

  74. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    A well designed closet is a great thing!

  75. Domestic Designer says

    You did a great job! I am impressed1 Have a great day!

  76. You did a great job on your closet. Organization is so much better, don’t you think? You shouldn’t have a problem finding anything now. Great job! Debbie

  77. Honey,you are amazing.I used to do most anything,but I could NEVER,would NEVER attempt this.I cannot for the life of me hang a shelf or pic with 2 nails on the back.Or a curtain rod.I just CAN’T .I can paint or could,paper,just let me at it.But not carpenter work.And you did a fabulous job.I am so proud of you…Ann

  78. First time joining! Thanks for hosting and your closet looks great!

  79. Susan,
    You did a fantastic job….well done! I think the glass of wine was more than well deserved!

  80. cedwards55 says

    No problems seeing names and numbers on my screen. Hope that Anonymous is able to correct the problem because there are great things to look at today!

  81. You did an awesome job on that closet. Good for you. And such an increase in needed storage too. I need that. I am joining you for the first time this week.

  82. NIce closet “re~do”. Doesn’t it feel great to accomplish a task like that. Makes you wonder what took you so long. Great job!

  83. wow girl, you did an awesome job!
    a great storage area

  84. Anonymous says

    One winter I used my backhall coat closet to store bird seed. We eventually got an infestation of little bugs in my nearby kitchen. I contacted my county extention office and they attributed them to my nearby bird seed. A lesson learned the hard way. LOVE your blog. Mitzi

  85. LaurenFaythe says

    When do you ever have time for all these transformations? This looks so pretty! I think I’d want to leave the door open all the time!

  86. Mermaids of the Lake says

    I am so impressed with you! Amazing! You tackled all of that yourself and it looks amazing! You certainly deserved that glass of Merlot; maybe two!

    This is my first time visting you and I wil be back. Thank you for sharing. Wow, you sure did get a lot of comments.

    Mermaid Debbie

  87. Wow! I love it!! What a great idea! Have a wonderful day!

  88. Hi, I think the transformation is awesome too! Way to go being resourceful when your shelving supports didn’t work. I am a newbie to Met Monday this week too! I was so excited to having something to post that I have pictures for two projects! Unfortunately, one of them is incomplete because I left my before pictures on another pin drive! Oh well, something for next week. Thanks for hosting this, it’s great!


  89. Wow Susan, I wondered where you kept all those gorgeous dishes and accessories that you use for your tablescapes. What a perfect dish storage closet.
    Last week was my birthday week so I’m behind on my visiting and participation in Met. Mondays. Hope I catch up soon.

  90. Shady Creek Lane says

    I’ll bet there are women all over blogland who are looking at some closet in their home and thinking “hmmmmmmmm, I think I can do that too.”
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  91. Olive Rue says

    That looks great and you made it look soo stinking easy. Sorry I missed out on participating on this makover. Maybe one day I can get back to blogging more frequently. I miss all you ladies! πŸ™‚

  92. Elizabeth (blue clear sky) says

    A beautiful new spot for all your lovely dishes! Very organized.

  93. rufflebunnies says

    Love your closet re-do!! I am so inspired!!!
    One day maybe I’ll get the courage to share!!

  94. I am so impressed! I love it!

  95. Alisa Lucas-Brown says

    Oh Susan!
    I applaud you! Clap, clap, clap! Bravo! What a great makeover. I have just the same problem – a catchall closet that is in much need of a similar makeover. Well, I guess I don’t have any excuse now that you have supplied all the inspiration! πŸ™‚ Great job. I love it.

  96. Jo - To a Pretty Life says

    What a great way to turned underused space into more storage! I haven’t yet gotten my act together enough to participate in Met Monday. I don’t think anyone wants to see the before/after of my yard clean up. Before: rotting pumpkin inherited from previous owner. After: damp spot on the grass πŸ˜‰

  97. 9405018--Pat says

    WOW! Susan this is absolutely wonderful….I’m so impressed…You Go Girl!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing…Pat H

  98. Madame Meg says

    Indeed, as everyone has said, brilliant and inspiring! You’ve got me thinking of all the spaces I might transform for dish storage, thereby eliminating Hubby’s main protest to my purchasing yet more!! Thanks!

  99. Kim @ Manning Family Tree says

    Closet looks much better & will hold so much more. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the shelves hold up. I shudder to think of the results if they don't.

  100. Cottage Rose says

    Hello Susan; Wow you did a great job. I can’t believe that all of those cushions fit on the top shelf.. It must be a nice big closet. Oh and good job on using that scary saw,, you go girl… lol;
    Love all of your china too.


  101. Wow it turned out great! Love all those pretty dishes in there too.

  102. Cass @ That Old House says

    Whoa! You are Wonder Woman — what a fantastic makeover of that closet. I used to use power tools … too chicken now! Maybe I need to get brave again.

  103. Oh, such a clean, bright one the hearts of people. πŸ™‚
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  104. Your closet is AMAZING – but (and I hate to be a killjoy here) PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE! take the stuff back out and angle in those screws into the studs. Please.

    Trust me on this. I’ve been there. Your stuff is too gorgeous to go the way it might go with just those nails.

  105. starsfault says

    This is REALLY a wonderful transformation. You can’t have enough storage and this is really pretty. I am planning to do much the same thing for the big closet in the art nest this month, taking a clothes closet and changing it into a linen cupboard… much better I think.

    This week my Met Monday post is all about morphing from my cold home environment and still winter-like weather, to the relative wawrmth of Washington DC, where I am traveling for business. I will also be able to see the cherry trees on the tidal basis, but jus ttoday, driving from meeting to meeting, I loved the warm sun on my skin, the smell of green living things, the beautiful red buds, apple and cherry blossoms. It felt sooooo good I just can’t explain how nice it is/was. I am again reminded how much a part of nature we humans are and the effect it has on our spirit and body.

    Blissed out in DC and Virginia ~ eileen @ Star’s Fault

  106. Well, I see I am REALLY, really late in reading this but have to say you did a wonderful, amazing job! I am SO impressed that you used POWER tools BY YOURSELF!!!!!!!! WOW! I am sure I COULD do it but….have never tried. My DH is very handy so I leave that to him! It’s funny too cause just last week I did a “mini” makeover of a closet in our kitchen JUST because I NEED more storage for dishes etc. So, I cleared out some cooking pans that I use VERY little and gained 2 shelves for dishes. Now I want to clear the whole thing out, paint it, and redo it all!!!!!!! My DH will not be thrilled, but I won’t tell him where I got the idea:):):) It’s our little secret!:) Thanks for the inspiration….I think:) Hugs, Pinky

  107. Blushing hostess says

    Well done and loving the bunny roaster!

  108. love your china closet! isnt it a great feeling when a project like this is complete, just knowing that everything is neat and organized. I did a closet yesterday but mine isnt worth showing….lol it still needs shelves but it is tidy

  109. auctiongirlvintage says

    Looks fabulous! And I couldn’t help but notice you have an extra stash of mossy bunnies back in the corner :o)

    30 Days of Junkin’ in April

  110. Susan! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing! I was so busy this past week I didn’t get a chance to plan a before/after so I hope to play along next week. hugs from nancy of conroe tx!

  111. mbkatc230 says

    I’m a fan of your blog! Come on over and pick up your award. Kathy

  112. Susan, this is a brilliant idea… A whole closet devoted to dishes! I know you are very proud of your work…YOU GO GIRL!! I am intimidated by electric saws. This is fantastic. I’m sure you sat back with your glass of Merlot and admired your workmanship!

  113. Oh my gosh,,, I am gobsmacked, what an amazing transformation, looks like Martha Stewart stopped by!!! Lovely !!!

  114. that was awesome!

  115. Room Service ~ Decorating 101 says

    susan, is there nothing that you can’t do…I know you are in dish heaven now! Great job!

  116. Charlene says

    Wow that was a lot of work! But, sooooooooooooooo worth it! LOVE IT! And know you do too. Enjoy!

  117. Charlene says

    Got your thank you note. Glad you liked your bluebird mug. I just knew you NEEDED it! Hugs!

  118. Vivienne says

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I bet you found things you’d forgotten you even had!

  119. The Bloom Girls says

    Wow girl! You are one amazing and brave soul to face “The SAW”! I am very impressed! I have a closet like this (the before version) and I very much want it to look like your “after” version! I am inspired to get busy! It looks wonderful, great job!

    Have a great week!


  120. oh my goodness…it looks fantastic!!!! GREAT JOB!

  121. Jules from "The Roost" says

    You did an awesome job. Now all your nice things are easy to use!

  122. I am very impressed with the job you did!! I can’t believe the cushions still fit in!!

  123. santamaker says

    Susan, I am sooo impressed. This was the best use of a closet that I’ve seen. Now, let’s go buy more dishes!

  124. Kathleen Ellis says

    FABULOUS!!! You have inspired me to make over my hall closet and my pantry!

  125. niartist says

    It’s just so beautiful … REALLY REALLY beautiful!

  126. at the cottage says

    How beautiful to enjoy your Easter. I love the Bunny tureen and the Ma Maison plates with the chick in an egg – that is so adorable.

    Have a wonderful Easter Susan


  127. Absolutely awesome transformation. And the glass of wine is well-deserved! Cheers!

  128. Entertaining Women says

    Great job! I'm fortunate to have several bedroom closets that are all shelves. They are packed with china plus Christmas items that I want to keep in a climate controlled environment. Storing cups always irritates me because they take up so much space and they're always a bit wobbly. I've taken to putting cups in quilted zippered cases, labeling the pattern on the outside of the case, and stacking multiple cases on a top shelf. Works great…I rarely really use cups and saucers anyway, and they are easy to access when I want them. Plus, I can carry all of the cups to the table at one time if they're in a case. I also flatten coffee filters or flimsy paper plates to separate plates in a stack; it keeps them from getting 'stack marks.'…important because I'm sure that I put too many plates in a stack. Thanks for sharing your closet redesign….so nicely done! You encourage others with the possibilites for projects in their own homes. Cherry Kay

  129. Absolutely lovely, what a great use of the space for such fab plates β™₯

  130. Sylvia Schronk says

    I am so impressed. Great idea.

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