Before & After: Blue Cottage Bathroom Closet Makeover

by Dagmar Bleasdale on January 23, 2015

Bathroom Closet Makeover, Blue Cottage. Dagmar's Home,

Bathroom Closet Makeover

We have lived in the Blue Cottage now for 1 1/2 years, and we are slowly making it our dream home.

This house is small — we don’t have a basement or a garage, not even a shed yet. But thankfully we do have a lot of closet space. Which means they are usually filled with a lot of things.

I like being organized, and our upstairs bathroom closet needed help.

blue cottage bathroomAs you can see, the bathroom is so small that it’s hard to take pictures in it. I stood in the bathtub to get this shot.

One sink for the three of us, but we don’t mind. We also have the downstairs powder room.

cottage bathroom

vintage rose soap dish in cottage baathroom

cottage bathroomThe right door is the entrance to the bathroom, and the left one is for the closet.

Blue Cottage bathroom

It didn’t look like this in the beginning, but this is what the inside of the closet looked like yesterday. Ugh.

bathroom closet makeover. before and after, The “before.”

bathroom closet makeover. before and after, I have been planning to make over this closet, and when I saw these Kassett boxes at IKEA a few days ago, I stocked up.

IKEA Kasette boxesI knew they’d transform the closet, and they only cost between $4 and $7 for a set of two.

So yesterday I got to work and put the boxes together. It takes a little while because they are held together by small screws.

Then I took out everything that was in the closet, decided which linens and towels had seen better days, and decluttered the boxes that were in the closet. They are filled with extra toiletries and first aid remedies.

I then used a credit I had at KMart to buy a few new towels and was ready to transform this closet.

Ta-da!! Welcome to my organized bathroom closet.

cottage bathroom closet makeoverI’m loving the look of these boxes because they hide all the clutter.

bathroom closet makeover

bathroom closet makeover

cottage bathroom closet makeoverAside from the white boxes, I wanted to include baskets in the makeover because they add the cozy cottage charm.

I remembered that I had bought two large baskets at a tag sale months ago. They might have even been freebies. I cleaned up one of them, and it’s perfect for large towels and blankets.

Next: a vintage picnic basket I also bought at a tagsale week ago. Here is a post about it.

Guess what it’s disguising? Rolls of toilet paper.

bathroom closet makeover

I do like how the rolls peak out of the baskets in our laundry closet, but I didn’t want them showing in this closet.

bathroom closet makeover

bathroom closet makeovervintage flower vase used for storage of toothbrushesAaah, an organized life is a more relaxed life. This was a couple of hours of work, but so worth it. Moving on to the next closet.

What do you think? What would you have done differently?

cottage bathroom closet makeoverWhich area in your home needs a makeover?

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan May 13, 2016 at 9:46 AM

Your organized closet is so pretty and serene. Those IKEA boxes are amazing for organizing, aren’t they? Congrats, you’re featured this week on Simple Organization Ideas – The Best of the Best at Organized 31.


Dagmar Bleasdale May 13, 2016 at 10:24 AM

Hi Susan, thank you so much for featuring my post! Dagmar


Cyndee April 25, 2015 at 2:25 PM

I love being organized as well. It looks so much better! I wouldn’t have done anything differently. Good job!


Dagmar Bleasdale April 26, 2015 at 2:06 AM

Hi Cyndee, thanks for coming by and commenting, I really appreciate it!


Julie January 31, 2015 at 7:50 AM

You must feel good now every time you open that door! It’s funny what a difference something like that can make to your mood.


Dagmar Bleasdale January 31, 2015 at 6:12 PM

Hi Julie, thanks for coming by! Yes, now I want to tackle all our other closets :)


Jennifer Dawn January 29, 2015 at 11:11 AM

What a transformation! Great job!


Dagmar Bleasdale January 29, 2015 at 10:30 PM

Thank you, Jennifer!


Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai January 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Dagmar, thanks so much for coming by the #HomeMattersParty and sharing with us. We hope to see you again next week. :)

Life With Lorelai


Brittany January 26, 2015 at 12:55 PM

My bathroom closet also needs a makeover! I love those boxes. They really hide the clutter and make it look pretty. :)


Paige.Rose January 26, 2015 at 1:03 AM

You did such a great job! Looks so fresh & stylish too! Love it!!



Dagmar Bleasdale January 26, 2015 at 1:20 AM

Thanks for your comment, Paige.Ros!


Louise January 24, 2015 at 11:27 PM

Oh what a darling bathroom, Dagmar! You’ve done wonders with your organization. I love the boxes and baskets. So much easier to find things. I’m in cookbook reorganizing mode but then I’m always doing that, lol…I don’t think I will ever be done!!!

Thank you so much for sharing, Dagmar…


Kristin Saling January 24, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Looks gorgeous! Clean and organized spaces make such a difference in your mindset. Cluttered spaces make me feel more stressed and rushed.


Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai January 23, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Wow…what a transformation! I love how you used baskets and boxes for organizing. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN! :)

Life With Lorelai


Ilona January 23, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Hallo, liebe Dagmar, dass hast Du ganz toll gemacht. Der Toilettenschrank sieht wirklich gut aus. Viele liebe Grüße und Küsse Deine Mama


Dagmar ~ Dagmar's Home January 23, 2015 at 11:27 PM

Danke, Mama! So schoen, einen Kommentar von Dir zu bekommen! :)


Jane January 23, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Looks fabulous, I love using baskets to help with storage challes. We have a very large closet in the family room that needs a ton of work. Everything from party tables kitchen overflow, tons of craft supplies. It’s my next task.


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