After moving into my house less than a year ago I’ve come across many little things I wanted to change about the place to fit my needs more than that of the previous owners. I enjoy DIY projects, so I try to do them often. I figured next on my list should be to finally tackle a DIY closet renovation.
The upstairs hallway closet has been driving me nuts since moving in. I envisioned it holding a broom or mop and my vacuum, not just a mess! The before closet was divided into two separate sections with four doors total. Both sections, in my opinion were pretty deep and a waste of space. I felt like I lost things in there! Beyond the front of those shelves, I had no idea what was in there.
I knew with some time and little money I could make the space more useful and better looking.
Here’s a detailed step-by-step of what I did:
- Cleared out everything I had shoved in there
- Removed the doors and saved them for later
- Removed the shelves and drawers and anything else holding up shelves and taking space
- Removed the baseboard trim
- Tore out the carpet that was on the floor
- Washed, patched and painted the walls
- Found just enough wood flooring left in the garage from previous owners that was used throughout main floor of house
- Painted and fitted base trim back in
- Cut 4 smaller shelves from the old doors I removed
- Cut 1 larger shelf from a piece of plywood that I removed from closet
- Purchased and added some adjustable shelving tracks
- Purchased and added a few command-type hooks to organize mops and other small items
- Purchased and added a small motion light
- Purchased a couple 1×4’s and some 1/4 inch plywood—designed and made a custom fit door for the single door look I was going for
- Painted and and added a small knob on the door
- Mounted a few hinges
- Filled the shelves up in an organized fashion
- Hung the mops and placed the vacuum into it’s new home
Then I closed the door and smiled. 🙂
Before and after of Karin’s DIY closet renovation
Once again I enjoyed a simple little DIY project to improve my home. I’m now ready for the next… Stay Tuned!