Here’s an idea we like: 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 re-create it.
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, courtesy of Kim Timmerman.
Steal the look with the following elements.
Above: The American Standard All-Purpose Sink is designed be wall-hung and measures 22 by 30 by 9 1/2 inches; $881.55 from Amazon. Above: The Elements of Design Vintage Wall-Mounted Vessel Sink Faucet with Double Cross Handles has a 9 3/4-inch spout reach from the wall; $95.99 in polished chrome via Wayfair. Above: Ikea offers several basic white shelving options. The Ekby Hemnes, 31 1/8 inches wide and 7 1/2 inches deep, is $15.99. Companion brackets also available. 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. For ready-made options, take a look at 6 Wooden Storage Pegs.
Above: The Kaico Coffee Pot by designer Makoto Koizumi is made in Japan of enamel-coated steel with a maple knob; $130 from Emmo Home. Above: The French-made Staub Cast-Iron Mini Cocotte in matte black is $85 at Williams-Sonoma. Looking for more options? See 10 Easy Pieces: Cast Iron Dutch Ovens and The World’s Most Beautiful Dutch Oven (By Way of SF). Above: The One Gallon Amber Glass Jug with a handle and cap is $9.59 from My World Hut. Above: A six-inch-deep crocheted Hanging Storage Basket is $28 from A and B Design Studio, an Etsy seller based in Arizona. Shown here in cream; other colors available. Above: Sized for ice cream, the Dessert Bowl in onyx is part of the Heath Coupe Line designed in the 1940s; $25 from Heath Ceramics. Above: Matte on the outside, high-gloss inside, Yield Design’s Ceramic Pitchers come in gray or white; $75. See the design put to use as a French press in our post Beautiful Brew.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 2, 2013.
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