Adding Functionality to Beauty

A few years ago I bought this antique armoire at a local shop to serve as extra storage upstairs.  As is common in many old homes, there is not a lot of closet space to be had and we were very much needing a place to keep linens:

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I’m all for making things work in the name of beauty but I had originally purchased this piece to help with our storage issues so it seemed like something should be done to make it more functional.  So, last week I inserted some shelves down the two sides and now there is beauty inside and out:

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I also organized my own closet this weekend and I feel 10 pounds lighter.  For me, the hard part with organization is not doing it, but maintaining it.  I’m hoping these shelves will help make that easier.  icon smile Adding Functionality to Beauty

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3 Responses to Adding Functionality to Beauty

  1. René January 31, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    How clever of you! That piece is so pretty and now it is quite functional. Win-win.

  2. Holly January 31, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Nice! I’m hoping that in our next house I’ll be able to bring in some bigger pieces of furniture to serve as storage as well. We have small closets on our second floor and it’s really difficult. Thankfully they are deep so we can fit a lot of stuff in them. We also have a small pantry/closet in our kitchen and we added shelves last year which made organizing so much easier.

  3. The Vintique Object February 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    I love a woman you can build stuff. Good for you! What an amazing solution to your storage issue. You’ll have to tell me more about how you pulled this one off.

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