Last month I decided I’d had enough of our impossible bedroom closet. Seriously. For a 30-ish square foot space, there was a lot of wasted real estate.
I bought pine boards and metal brackets. I primed the boards and painted them Milk Paint by Olympic. The walls (and ceiling!) are Weeping Willow (also Olympic). With more measuring, some drilling and leveling, we had a new closet storage system.
The boards are 1″ x 12″, cut to length. I attached then with brackets, all screwed into studs for maximum strength.
We had a lower bar before but couldn’t hang anything on it because the laundry baskets were in the way (and there was nowhere else for the baskets to go). With this arrangement, dear husband gets the whole rack to himself!
Part of the update was getting a new light fixture. We got this one from Home Depot for $65 (originally $110! – and it came with light bulbs!). The previous fixture was a plain ol’ fluorescent that didn’t have a cover and was very finicky about actually turning on.
Fun little feature: mirror! It was on the back of our bedroom door when we moved in, but we never used it there. So we put it here. Whenever I need to check my whole outfit, I just part my clothes to see.
And, thanks to the height of this bar (which is actually the same as the old one was, it just doesn’t have a shelf directly beneath it), I can hang my maxi dresses without them touching the floor.
And on the right side of the closet, I did two shelves instead of three. We plan to buy some cloth storage boxes to store winter clothes on the top shelf.
I use this shelf for my jewelry. I’ll eventually decorate it, maybe hang a mirror on the wall, make a frame for the Van Gogh print.
It may not look like much of a difference, but we have SO much more storage. Plus, we can both get in there and pick out our clothes for the day at the same time instead of fighting for space looking at the same rack.
Another thing I need to improve is the shoe storage. We got this caddy from Lowe’s, and it’s fine, but obviously it’s too small for my shoe collection. I might just grab a second one and have them side-by-side.
Oh! And one detail that I must recommend with a project like this: caulk the brackets.
The caulk sealed the small gap between the metal and the wall, and painting it made it blend even better.
I’m pretty delighted with the new closet. With material, paint, brackets and everything, I think it ran us about $170. But, real talk and total honesty: I’m not completely sold on the color. I thought white walls + fluorescent light would make it too sterile, but maybe that’s what it needs. After all, it’s the backdrop of a very colorful collection. I’ll live with the green a bit and see how I feel in a couple of months.
How have you turned around a bad storage situation? Have we inspired from DIY custom closet building?