One Room Challenge {Week One} – Dream Closet Makeover

A dream walk-in closet space! Love the neutral palette!

It’s a beautiful month to start a renovation, isn’t it? I’m in the middle of the busiest month of my life – two family birthdays, my anniversary, my best friend’s wedding and my return to work after maternity leave, but I’m digging into a renovation anyway. This will be my third time participating in the One Room Challenge at Calling it Home. The challenge is to completely redesign any space in your home in only 5 short weeks, and then to share the big reveal on week 6. Last year we renovated our daughter’s Big Girl Bedroom and this past fall we transformed our Guest Bedroom. We managed to get it both rooms done but 6 weeks is definitely a tight timeline for a renovation! This time around we chose a smaller project and decided to do my Dream Closet Makeover for my bedroom, but I’m still worried about getting it all done! 

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Here’s what I’m working with… I have master bedroom closet already… and it has a decent amount of space too! The problem lies with the shower. We are dreaming of renovating our master ensuite bathroom, which starts with expanding the shower, and cutting into my precious closet space.

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You can see a snippet of the shower door beside the closet door entrance – that’s exactly where we are expanding the shower. So here’s the plan…





The hallway with the door to the closet is just wasted space! So we are expanding the shower, and adding wardrobe systems to organize the closet!

Here’s a few before pictures… please don’t judge! lol. I didn’t touch this space – totally messy, unorganized, and pre-purge. I don’t know if I can do it, but there are probably a lot of clothes in that mess that can be dropped into the giveaway box!

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The picture below shows the hallway – just a ton of wasted space to my renovation goggles.

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Beautiful inspiration and ideas for a modern industrial dream closet space!

Overflowing drawers and baskets – I need a new IKEA wardrobe system in my life!


Since we are getting rid of our hallway, we are installing a new sliding barn door (Canadian link).It’ll save space and look amazing.

Beautiful inspiration and ideas for a modern industrial dream closet space!

Even though it’s a closet space, I wanted to add some character. We are putting this weathered wood on the ceiling which I think will make a huge impact!

Beautiful inspiration and ideas for a modern industrial dream closet space!

I love the look of wood, but I want tile in the space, so we are hoping to install tile floors that look like they have a wood grain.

Beautiful inspiration and ideas for a modern industrial dream closet space!

Finally, a beautiful neutral rug to finish the space!

Knowing that we only have 5 renovation weeks has me worried already. It’s such a small space, but the stuff you never actually see later – like moving walls, pipes and vents – takes a lot of time! Wish us luck!

Lengthy Master Bedroom Closet To-Do List:

  • Clean out closet (FULL purge!)
  • Complete demo
  • Reframe closet (& shower!)
  • Cut/build new door frame for barn door
  • Move electrical, vents, and water
  • Scrape popcorn ceiling
  • Paint walls and ceiling
  • Trim closet and doorways
  • Install sliding barn door
  • Stain sliding barn door
  • Install new tile flooring
  • Install Weathered Wood Ceiling Panels
  • Install new wardrobe
  • Buy a new rug
  • Build DIY closet lighting
  • DIY a closet mirror
  • DIY Drawer Pulls
  • Buy closet accessories

What do you think of our plans?! I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts!


Closet Organizer / Jute Rug / Weathered Wood Panelling
Barn DoorWood Tile / Industrial Baskets

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37 thoughts on “One Room Challenge {Week One} – Dream Closet Makeover

  1. Looks like you have a big project on your hands and I can’t wait to see how it turns out! I love your ideas and it’s defintely going to be a closet of your dreams!

  2. I have always wanted those IKEA wardrobe systems; I can’t wait to see how you transform you closet!! And your wood accent ceiling sounds incredible!

  3. Oh man, those IKEA closets are just the bees knees! This is going to be such a fun project to follow along! I can’t wait to see that ceiling!!!!!

  4. Hello, I hope you’re still monitoring this thread! I’m wondering what the dimensions of your closet are?
    Thanks! :)

    1. I think I may have just replied to your e-mail, lol. But the dimensions of the closet after we moved walls was about 58-1/4″ x 76-3/4″ plus the 20″x 22-7/8″ nook for the pax unit. Comes to about 34 square feet of floor space.

      With pax unit in place there is about 16 square feet of floor to walk on (54-3/8″ x 44-1/2″). Hope that helps!

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