When we first toured the house this closet was being used as a pantry since there was limited cabinet space in the old kitchen. After adding a whole wall of cabinetry however, a separate pantry was no longer needed so we decided to turn it into something we did need: a coat closet.
The closet with old bi-fold doors on the right across from the stairs.
And check out all that old tile!
We then laid new floors throughout the whole house including the closet:
After removing almost all the shelves, adding a coat bar, and throwing down a floor mat (to protect the newly laid floors) we were up and running. But we still were lacking a door and thus couldn't finish molding until that happened. We had a friend of ours come to do a couple projects for us that were beyond our skill level, ie: hanging a door, and after we had a fully functional closet!
The door came primed so I needed to paint it as well as all the trim (Behr's off the shelf semi-gloss white). The walls around the door also needed to be painted as they were never touched since we moved in and still sported the old homeowner's fleshy gray/tan paint-- not at all like our lovely gray/tan Wheat Bread! You can see where the paint on the dining room side is much darker than the paint around the door above.
Mid-painting: white on top and primer on the bottom.
After cutting a few final pieces of trim and letting the door dry open we now have a finished closet space!
View from the stairs
And the view from the kitchen. Oh this shot. It makes me so happy. Why you may ask? When I look at this photo I see To-Do lists complete:
New kitchen: Check
New floors: Check
Dining room curtains and plate wall: Check
Trim and paint: Check
Ahh, it doesn't get much better than being able to mentally cross so many things off The List.