Before and After: Storage Edition

Within these homeowners’ larger reno projects, we highlight some interesting storage remodels

Project: Turn an awkward space into a functional pantry

Before: Sarah and her husband, Roy, decided after a year of living in their Fort Greene, Brooklyn, home it was time to make some improvements. In addition to updating their office space with all custom built-ins, they wanted to make better use of a cluttered area just outside the kitchen. They’re avid cooks, so more room to store pantry items and dishware was essential. They posted their project to Sweeten and were matched with a general contractor.

pantry After: The once under-utilized niche got a custom upgrade with glass-front shelves, closed base cabinets, and an ornate tile backsplash. A relocated outlet allows the storage area to double as a coffee station, too. It goes to show how projects like these can make a big difference in a home! Sarah and Roy enjoy this new spot every day.

pantryclose up on custom pantry

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Project: Update mirrored hallway closets

Before: When Jonathan and Erin got the opportunity to buy the West Village apartment they were already renting, they jumped on it (with every intention to renovate the space). The couple posted their project to Sweeten to remodel the entire home, including the kitchen and bathroom, and as pictured below, their hallway closets.

closetsAfter: After matching with a general contractor, the renovation was underway. Even though the closets were a small part of the project, the update to the closet was transformational. New sliding doors reveal a custom system with plenty of space for linens, cleaning supplies, and coats.

hallway closet

Project: Build a master bedroom closet

Before: The homeowner wanted to update bathrooms and a master bedroom, both of which had suffered damage from a leak. The bedroom was also in need of a closet since there was no existing, built-in storage space. She posted her project to Sweeten and was matched with a general contractor.


After: Two closets with sliding doors offer invaluable storage. A high bar across both closets creates plenty of hanging space for clothes, while shelves just above are perfect for storing folded clothes or luggage. Plus, a fresh coat of lighter paint completely brightens the entire bedroom.


See more storage inspiration on our gallery page.

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