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Issue 101 · The Early Bird · December 3, 2013

Steal This Look: The Tiny Utility Closet (Sink Included)

Issue 101 · The Early Bird · December 3, 2013

Spotted (and envied) on the Style Files blog: a closet converted into a practical utility space, complete with a sink and homemade built-in shelving. Styled by Dutch interior designer Kim Timmerman, it's the perfectly ordered and sparkling extra storage everyone could use. Here, a look at the closet and how to recreate it. 

A Dutch Small Utility Closet I Remodelista  

Above: A utility room that serves as a space for storing kitchenwares and washing up, it's tidily covered in white tiles and kitted out with shelves resting on brackets made from pegs. The same pegs are used as simple hooks over the sink. One of reasons the setup is so pleasing to the eye is its simple palette of black, white, and gray. Photograph by Louis Lemaire Fotografie.

Steal This Look with these elements:

American Standard All Purpose Sink in Porcelain I Remodelista  

Above: The American Standard All-Purpose Sink is designed be wall hung and measures 22 by 30 by 9.5 inches; $607.72 from Amazon. 

Element of Design Vintage Wall-mounted Faucet I Remodelista  

Above: The Elements of Design Vintage Wall-Mounted Vessel Sink Faucet with Double Cross Handles has a 9.75-inch spout reach from the wall; $97.47 in polished chrome via Wayfair. 


Antonius Shelf by Ikea I Remodelista

Above: Ikea offers several basic white shelving options. The Antonius Shelf is 31 1/8 inches wide and 11 inches deep; $5 each. 

  Building Blocks made into Hooks I Remodelista

Above: To create shelf brackets and wall hooks, consider Wooden Building Blocks or a Hardwood Dowel cut into the desired lengths and painted white. Drill a hole in the back of each, insert a screw, and attach to the wall using anchors. See our post DIY Instant Hallway Hooks Made from Blocks for tips.  

Kaico Coffee Pot I Remodelista  

Above: The Kaico Coffee Pot by designer Makoto Koizumi is made in Japan of enamel-coasted steel with a maple knob; $130 from Emmo Home.  

Staub Cast-Iron Mini Cocotte in Matte Black from Williams-Sonoma I Remodelista  

Above: The French-made Staub Cast-Iron Mini Cocotte in matte black is currently on sale for $50 (marked down from $72) at Williams-Sonoma. Looking for more options? See 10 Easy Pieces: Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

Amber Glass Jug I Remodelista

Above: The One Gallon Amber Glass Jug with a handle and cap is $8.69 from My World Hut. 

Lidan Baskets from Ikea I Remodelista  

Above: Ikea's handmade Lidan Basket comes with a loop for hanging; $9.99 for a set of two.

Pair of Scissors from Brook Farm General Store I Remodelista

Above: These Scissors are made by a Chinese scissor and knife company in business since 1663; $12 from Brook Farm General Store. 

Dessert Bowl in Onyx by Heath Ceramics I Remodelista  

Above: Sized for ice cream, the Dessert Bowl in onyx is part of the Heath Coupe Line designed in the 1940s; $24 from Heath Ceramics. 


The Ilse Container in Brass for Georg Jensen I Remodelista  

Above: The Ilse Container is an all-brass receptacle designed by Ilse Crawford for Georg Jensen; $275 via The Future Perfect. 

Large Grey Pitcher by Up In The Air Somewhere I Remodelista

Above: Chicago artist Susan Dwyer hand builds ceramics, including this Large Light Gray Pitcher; $58 from Dwyer's studio, Up In the Air Somewhere.

If, like us, you love looking at storage options, peruse our image gallery of Laundry & Utility Rooms. Also see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Inventive Wood Wall Hooks

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