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One of the things that I found myself way more excited about than I should have been when we first moved in was that we had a coat closet.  An actual proper official space to hang coats, jackets, hats and scarves that could be closed off to the rest of the world.

Living in more flats than I care to count, I never seemed to land myself any proper storage near the front door so coats and jackets were always either stuffed in my wardrobe or on display where they greeted guests as soon as they walked in.  Neither option was particularly ideal considering I never had enough room in my wardrobe for all my clothes, never mind bulky winter coats and it didn’t make a great first impression when it was next to the front door.

So having a coat closet has been a wonderful little bonus.  The problem with it, not surprisingly, is that it’s always been a bit of a mess.  Close the door and you don’t even see it but open it and all that evil mess is revealed.

It was only once we started working on the cellar that I realised the space needed a bit of attention as the door to the coat closet leads to the door to the cellar.  Slowly, slowly, I’ve been chipping away at the work it needed.  It’s not done yet – don’t get excited – I did mean it when I said I’ve been working on it slowly.  But hopefully, it’ll be ready for it’s big reveal soon.

In the meantime, I’ll give you a little sneak peek of what I did this weekend.  There was a horrible beige laminate on the floors originally and a couple weekends ago I pulled it all up to reveal a rather fetching blue and cream tile that was filthy and horrible as shown below.  Well, after cleaning it up best I could, I stuck the new laminate down right on top.  I love our wood floors but for a tiny area like this, laminate is such an easy and inexpensive fix!

I’ve done all my painting and now that the flooring is done, all I’ve got left is to put up the shelving and hooks so hopefully I’ll have a coat closet that I’m not embarrassed to open when I’ve got guests’ coats to hang.

In the meantime, I thought you might want to see some rather clever and lovely ideas for a tiny space where your coats, jackets and all manner of outdoor paraphernalia might live.

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What I loved about each of these is the unexpected burst of colour or pattern that’s revealed when the door is open and I’ve tried to incorporate a bit of that in my own closet.  I also like the mix of organisation – shelves and baskets and hooks oh my!

More to come soon but have you seen any ideas you’d like to steal?


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