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In the midst of getting ready and packed up to fly off (with 3 kiddos) for Thanksgiving last week, I had a really crazy thought. I thought: “Man, I’m soooooo tired of this nonsense storage closet we have here in our hallway, I should totally re-do it…..right now. Yep, that sounds like a completely sane thought right before a busy holiday….huh?
Well, I actually got it done and it turned out awesome!! And I LOVE all the
crap stuff we can fit in it now. I am also SO much in love with the new wrapping paper storage behind the door….that would have been wasted space otherwise, but now it’s a space saver and so pretty!
I started with this ridiculousness here. The floor kinda comes up almost to the knee in there and since there’s probably something important underneath (didn’t want to go so far as to tear that open to see), we left it alone. But, that was the only place to set things….except…..notice the very small, not at all that useful, wire shelf waaaaaaay up there at the tippy top? That was it. No more. Zip. Ziltch. So much wasted space that could be used to store things that won’t fit in our kitchen.
I decided to use melamine boards and get them cut down so I wouldn’t need to paint them and the boards also had the white melamine strip on the front edge, so I didn’t need to paint that either. They had them at Home Depot or you can get the sheets that are 4’x8′ and get that cut down….but you’ll just need to paint the front edge white. Melamine isn’t the fanciest to use, but that closet was just gonna be stuffed full for storage, so it was perfect for my needs there.
~3 melamine boards cut down to the size shelves I needed. The bottom 2 were 16″ deep and the top was 12″ deep.
~ 1″x2″ strips of wood to use for the supports
~ 1 1/2″ screws and also anchors for if you can’t find enough studs
~ White caulk
~ Paint, Spackle, Drill, Stud finder, and ice for when you drop the drill on your foot
After taking off the door for better accessibility, I started by removing the wire shelf and then spackling up the very large holes. If the holes are this big (but smaller than 1/4 inch), you will probably need to apply the spackle twice. Then, I moved on to painting the closet a pretty robin’s egg blue. I know, it’s just a storage closet…but I wanted it to be a color that would make me smile when I opened the door…..and it does. And that’s what matters.
Here I am before painting….and before my 3rd trip to Home Depot…..and before dropping the drill on my foot.
K, back to the project.
Next, I carefully measured and screwed in the shelf supports. Wherever there wasn’t a stud, I used the anchors. Since we will be storing mostly overflow kitchen stuff (like small appliances), I spaced the shelves wider than a pantry shelf might be….20″ apart. Then, I painted them with the leftover paint from my coat nook project.
Then, I put in the shelves and screwed them into the supports….for extra stability. Make sure to caulk around all the joints to make them look professional. See the difference? This is where the caulk gun comes in. I made the mistake of just using the small tube and my hand was cramping halfway through. Also make sure to have some windows open….that stuff stinks!
All done and SO happy!
So pretty! I love how much stuff it holds now!
Even all of our china.
I put lighter weight stuff on the top so nothing gets dropped on anyone’s head.
Buuuuuuut, I then the door needed something too. I wanted to make it useful somehow.
Then, BAM! I knew it needed to be wrapping paper storage since mine is NOT currently organized….at.all.
I went over to Target and found one of these sweet over door shelf thingy and it works perfectly! You can find something similar here too. I can put the bins where I need them and the bottom part can be flat bag storage since we have that knee wall. I used little clips the came with my Clip It Up. I think you can get little clips like that at Ikea too.
I’m running low on tissue paper, but this is totally where it’s going….along with my cool tape bracelets.
And a bin for ribbon too!
You can put one bin down low for the rolls of paper, and it holds alot! If your rolls fall over, try using something to tie them down a bit.
Now I have a place for all my cute washi tape, scissors, and twine to help wrap up those packages.
I’m SO loving this closet now and it makes me feel really organized! I can finally store all the things I need to store and also have a great place to run to for wrapping paper.
What do you all think? Anything I missed?
You can also see this post at A Dash of Sanity, Food Storage Moms, That’s My Home, Sweet Haute, Five Little Chefs, Glamorous Affordable Life, Posed Perfection, All Things With Purpose, and Mother’s Niche.