Before and After Closet Remodel with Mahogany
August 28, 2015 | 11:48 am CDT
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Photo By Denise Butchko

One of the most fun projects I’ve ever worked on involved tearing out melamine and putting in mahogany.

It was an average size walk-in closet that had a standard melamine closet system. But because there was a jog in the wall and the door opened in to the closet, the space utilization was far from maximized.

It also happened to be purchased by a bachelor who really wanted to make it into a “groovin’ scene,” so out came the old and in came the new.

Before picture of the walk-in closet with white melamine.

If you look at the back wall of the space, you’ll see that I changed the drawer depths to make that wall jog, effectively, go away.

We removed the door (I happen to love doing that with great walk in closet space) so we could fully utilize the side wall for shelving with doors.

We also included a bench on wheels so you could sit in the closet as well as move the bench to access things beyond reach.

I think the pictures tell the story. And if they don’t, take a look at this short video, which really walks you through the process and the end result.

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Denise Butchko

Denise Butchko is a design and marketing expert who teaches these concepts with the intention of helping people grow their businesses (particularly those in the design/build industries). She’s been a contributor to Closets magazine since 2003 and is a judge for the closet industries “Top Shelf” Design Competition. She's also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers. Her design work has been featured in national publications like “Better Homes & Gardens” and The Chicago Tribune and she works with some of the top interior design firms in the country. She’s helped cabinet companies launch closet product lines and trained sales professionals in both design and marketing, including ways to leverage social media and design to increase opportunities and brand themselves as the “go to expert”. If you want to have fun while you learn and bring your “A” game to your business, Denise is the one to partner with to make that happen. You can find her at or at the above links.