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Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

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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!

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

Before

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.

Supplies:

~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

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

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.

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

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.

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

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.

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

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!

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

Ta Da!!

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

All done and SO happy!

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

So pretty! I love how much stuff it holds now!

 

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

Even all of our china.

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

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.

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

Then, BAM! I knew it needed to be wrapping paper storage since mine is NOT currently organized….at.all.

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

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.

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

I’m running low on tissue paper, but this is totally where it’s going….along with my cool tape bracelets.

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

And a bin for ribbon too!

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

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.

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

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?

Have fun!

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.

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.

Comments

  1. What a cute closet makeover! And I LOVE the storage for your wrapping paper and gift wrapping accessories! Okay, I’m actually super-jealous about that because all of our wrapping paper is in a box that I have to lug off of a (high-up) closet shelf every single time I or the kids want to wrap a gift. I know what I’m doing with our wrapping paper in our next house…

  2. Amazing storage makeover! Great job! And I love, love that area for tapes, wrappers and ribbons. This is something I would love to do as well!

    • Thanks so much! It’s such a relief to finally have it done. You can do it too, just find an empty wall and a sledgehammer LOL

  3. Great idea, love it. Thanks for sharing these at Talking Tuesday Over the Fence! Pinned for later….

  4. This is AMAZing…it came out so cute!!! Thanks for linking up at the Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share!!!

    ~Be Sweet
    Christina at
    SWEET HAUTE

    • Christina~ Thanks so much! This closet makeover was WAY overdue. thanks for stopping by and hosting the link party!

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