Last week I stumbled upon this lovely vintage lantern in the thrift store for a measly $5.00. 
The poor little thing was sitting way up on the top shelf with dust all over it.  
Even though I had no idea where I would use it, I felt compelled to rescue it. 

Once I got home, I walked around my house with the light in my hand,
searching for the perfect spot to house my new treasure. 

I got to our master closet and stopped.  Bingo!  
Our closet has been begging for some attention since we moved in.  

Here it is in its current state.

It is certainly not a huge space, but we were determined to be able to fit our laundry room 
on our second floor, so we had to skimp on the closet space.  
I have been working on purging in my closet. 
I am trying to keep only the items I wear on a regular basis 
(which would really only be workout pants and a fleece). 
Fortunately, we have a separate shoe closet in our bedroom.  
If we tried to cram all of our shoes into this closet also, that would be a problem. 

 I decided to put together a little inspiration board for our master closet. 

I don't plan to make any major changes in the space, but I do want to make it more inviting.

          1.  I will start by panting stripes on the wall behind the dresser. 
               I will be using Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige for the stripe color. 

          2.  The dresser itself will either be painted cream or switched out with another 
               dresser currently living in the garage. 

          3.  The new light will be the focal point.

          4.  I will be converting this old window into a jewelry display.

          5.  I will be wwitching out all of our mismatched hangers with wooden hangers.

          6.  I will be adding wire baskets for more storage.

I plan to start on the project this week and hopefully by the end of the month, it will be complete. 
The start of a new year always makes we want to purge, rearrange and freshen up. 

I will be joining the January Before Party at Shine Your Light.  This is Lisa's brilliant idea. 
You can link up a project  you want to tackle at the beginning of the month and then she will have an After Party at the end of the month so you can link up your completed project.  Talk about motivation.  
Let's hope I can stay on track and get it completed by the date of the After Party, January, 27th.

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  1. haha! great minds - I just posted about my closet makeover. I bought the wooden hangers too. love them thus far!

  2. That light is awesome! Can't wait to see the closet makeover!

  3. $5 for that gorgeous lantern?! Wow! You hit pay dirt girlfriend! Closet makeovers must be on the brain because my husband has been working on his closet big time, and I (finally) organized the linen closet in my kids' Jack & Jill bathroom. I feel like I lost five pounds in the process. :-) If only...

  4. that lantern is AWESOME!!!! can't wait to see the closet finished with its new jewelry, too!

  5. What a find! That lantern is great! A perfect idea for your closet too...

  6. This is the perfect before and after! I want to invite you to stop by my blog and participate in the "impossibility" challenge I am hosting with six other bloggers!

  7. Oh I am going to have closet-envy...I can feel it! So excited to see this after!!! Thanks for linking it up to the Before party!!

  8. Wow, good luck with that closet makeover!A few blog friends and I introduced a new challenge idea today and it would be so fun if you want to join. If you have a second, check in at http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/imagine-the-impossibilities-challenge/ to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  9. What a find! Your closet is very lucky! :)

  10. What an awesome fixture! I never get that lucky! Can't wait to see it all done! You will LOVE the wooden hangers - seriously, they make a world of difference!

  11. Sounds like a great project/closet makeover, Andrea. I do like the lantern. Look forward to seeing the result.

  12. You are going to love the closet makeover! I replaced all of our hangers with non slip, velvet, slim hangers from Amazon. $25 for set of 50! This alone added much more hanging space and looks good too! Good luck and can't wait to see your results.

  13. Hi Andrea, this will be wonderful in there, and I love that you did an inspiration board! This lantern was a real bargain, can't wait to see what you do with your space! thanks for linking up with VIF!


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