Sunday, October 7, 2012

{31 Days to a Brand New Room}
Day 7: A Closet Makeover

If you're joining us for the first time today, this is day 7 of a 31 day series about how to give a room in your home a brand new look, from top to bottom, completely DIY.  



I mentioned before that my daughter's dresser was way too small and that her closet just didn't function for her like we needed it to.  The wire organizer that we are currently using is just not configured well.  She's a bit of a clothes horse so we really needed to find a good way to keep all her things organized and visible, otherwise she forgets what she has in there.  On the floor plan I showed you on Day 2, I had placed both of her bookcases in the closet with a hanging rod in between.  On paper that seemed like a good idea, but once we actually moved the bookcases in there it was ridiculous.  {Remember how I told you that sometimes happens?} There was only 18 inches of hanging space between the two.  While that would work for my boys who only have a couple of white dress shirts hanging in their closet, it just wasn't gonna' fly in here.

Plan B:  Use one of the bookcases and extend the hanging rod all the way to the opposite wall.  I had planned to use one of the bookcases for all of her folded clothes, boutique-style, and to use the second one for her books, homework supplies and shoes.  With the second bookcase scrapped, I'm going to have to find somewhere else to put all that extra stuff.  Hmmmm.... I'll figure that one out.

Here's what we ended up with:


I think I love it!  She has easy access to all of her clothes since they're not shoved into small drawers anymore.  I picked up the raspberry-colored storage boxes from IKEA -- $5 for each set of two.  She keeps her socks, tights and underwear out of sight in those.


I had taken the closet rod out of another one of our closets so I had that on hand and just had to cut it to size with a hand saw.  You can buy new wooden closet rods at any home improvement store.  At my Lowes they are on the aisle with decorative molding and dowels.  The closet rod socket sets are back there, too. We just screwed one into the side of our wood bookcase and the other into the wall of the closet.  If you don't hit a stud in your wall, be sure to use an anchor bolt because the rod is going to hold a lot of weight when you load the closet up.  We had to place our rod a little lower than a typical closet rod to work around the molding on our bookcase, but it works out just fine. 

To add a little extra storage space, we are planning to add a shelf going all the way across the top from wall to wall. {I just ran out time to get it put in there . . . }


If I had a bigger budget for this project, I think it would be really cool to install an overhead light in there and hang french doors instead of regular closet doors.  Those small {but expensive}upgrades would really give it a boutique feel and add a lot of character to the room.  Those are both things that can be done later so maybe someday . . .

Thanks for checking in today.  Join me tomorrow to see how I made the dramatic window {and closet}treatments for next to nothing.

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9 comments:

  1. It turned out nice, but there is still a lot of unused space in there. You could add another shelf above the rod and store more things (in baskets or boxes). I'd also put a shoe rack on the floor IF she keeps her shoes in her room. Ikea also has some quite inexpensive ceiling lights and other lighting ideas, maybe you can ad something like that later. You could also use a light chain.
    Anyway I think this room turns out very cool and I hope the young lady takes a share in all the work you do for her. ;)
    Jule from inside 9B

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    1. Thanks Jule! I have all the stuff to put in another shelf across the top -- just didn't get to that project yet...

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  2. I love the curtains in place of a door. It gives you more access to everything and doors seem to darken the inside of a closet. The organization is great - and she still has room for a few more things. Plus a PLACE for dirty clothes! That is a bonus...now if only they use it :) So cute Amy!

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    1. Thanks Tammy!! I really like the curtains, too. It's just different for a change. I miss you terribly!!

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  3. i like the curtains you have no side digging because of limited opening to get into it. i told hubster one of the main projects for this house is to convert our closets to European closets (cabinet doors above the regular closet doors to utilize all that space) i bet he would prefer me to use curtains - i'll have to show him this.

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  4. Wow the curtains look great. The designs are also too good.Such a well arranged room for children seems to be a good idea.You can also use personalized room décor fro your children so that after a long study they should feel comfortable.

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  5. Is that just a regular book shelf?

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    1. Yep, it's just a regular old bookshelf!

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  6. Where is the track from? I have open wardrobes and want to do this!

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