Retro Linen Closet

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When we did the initial tour of our house, we didn’t even notice the hall linen closet. But after living in our house for about two weeks, this project was near the top of our list.

Looking at the “before” pic you can see why we didn’t notice it. It’s not ugly, it’s just…. non-descript. But because we walk by it frequently, we were itching to make it more fun and mid-century.

Side note: The dimensions of our hallway and lack of natural light made it challenging to get good photos that show accurate colors and the whole cabinet.

Before & After

When the old fronts were off, we painted the inset cabinet box with Beach Grass by Valspar in high gloss finish. We then attached the new doors using the old hinges, and painted the doors. It was tricky to paint around the hinges, so if I did it again I would paint the part surrounding the hinges before hanging. It was convenient to have the doors hung for the remainder of the painting though.

The pulls and knobs are from Rejuvenation. We installed the same knob, but with the star cabinet knob backplate on our closet doors as well:

We really like the hardware, but if I was doing it again I would look for vintage hardware on Etsy. I didn’t realize there were so many vintage options available until I searched for pulls for our kitchen, but since we needed a large quantity for the kitchen we bought new. For a small project like this, vintage would have been easy.


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Paint Color
Beach Grass by Valspar in High Gloss
– We used about ¾ of a quart with two coats (we did not paint the interior).

¾-inch thick paint-grade pine slab
– The width and height will depend on your cabinet. We bought the largest piece we could find and cut it into our two doors and two drawers

Boomerang Pulls from Rejuvenation
Round Cabinet Dish Knob from Rejuvenation
Star Cabinet Knob Backplate from Rejuvenation (used on closet)
Also recommend checking out Etsy for used and new hardware
Existing hinges from our old doors

Kreg Tool Company Cabinet Hardware Jig*
– This was helpful, but definitely not necessary, especially if you aren’t planning on doing a lot of cabinet hardware installation.
½-inch round over bit for router
– Ours is an old one from the 1970s

Welcome to Rambler Renovation!

My name is Kristen and I love mid-century homes, especially ranches (aka “ramblers”). My husband and I purchased our 1955 ranch in 2021 and we are on a mission to bring back the mid-century charm.

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