Or, making a super-useful closet out of a really crappy one.
So I have a thing for closets. I think they’re pretty awesome, as you know.
Remember when I turned Ella’s closet into the sweetest little reading nook ever?
Yah… that was awesome.
Living in a 70 year old house that has barely any storage has seriously made me appreciate the wonder of organized space. This old house doesn’t have fancy things like walk-ins or built-ins or even sliding door closets. Each bedroom has a single door with a knob that opens into a small closet that stores about HALF of what it needs to. We make it work, especially in the kids’ rooms where pretty much everything can be folded and stored in dressers, but in the master it’s pretty tough, and don’t get me STARTED on the front hall…
It’s just not okay. We are a family of five… two parents, three kids, AND two dogs and a cat. This closet is totally unacceptable and I absolutely hate it. How on earth am I supposed to make this work?!
The previous owners tried to maximize the space, they really did. There is a mishmash of DIY plywood shelves and a strange kind of bench that is neither strong enough nor placed properly to actually sit on. It’s dark, dirty, and ridiculous…
It’s also going to be the biggest job I’ve ever taken on by myself, but I’m determined to tackle it. I recently pulled up some weird flooring the previous owners had installed, which has left me with a two-toned wood floor and nails sticking up everywhere. Yay.
So now I have to fix that too. I want to keep it simple and inexpensive like always, and I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas. I just want clean, organized storage for coats, shoes and school bags, along with a space to keep hats, mitts and all the other “stuff” that needs a spot of its own. I love some of these ideas:
This one is just me being a dreamer… I’d LOVE to turn the front closet into a storage space for all of the toys and games that junk up the house, but it’s just too valuable of a spot to give up. Maybe if we lived in a warmer climate and didn’t have 824 boots and coats to store half the time!
I’ve seen a lot of beautiful, functional spaces, but many of them are far beyond my skill set or they are meant for bedroom closets and don’t really take into account the shoe storage or that fact that long coats will need to be hung up. I’m think I’m just going to have to take ideas from a few different photos and come up with my own plan. I really love the first photo of the green and white closet, although it’s not a corner so I’m not sure how well it would translate over here.
What I do know is that this has to go…
I think I’m just about brave enough to take this project on. The big part will be taking a crow bar to the existing mess that’s in there, and then I can patch up the holes and give the interior a fresh coat of paint. I’m sure that alone will be an awesome change! I’m also thinking of painting the door… I love this look:
And I just happen to have a quart of that exact colour (Mermaid Net by Behr) sitting in my craft cupboard… so stay tuned, I’m going to start working on this one tomorrow!