Sometimes the smallest project can make the largest impact on your daily life. This DIY closet makeover is the perfect example of that! When we moved into this house 3 years ago we gained so many wonderful things but the one thing I gave up was closet space. I could deal with the space but the lack of organization made it that much more difficult. It just had old shelving that was not well spaced as well as the rod was in an odd spot. So for some time I just gave up and my stuff was literally thrown all over the closet – literally. I had big plans to rip it all out and try to create a walk in closet out of rearranging our 2 separate closets and moving things around etc. Well after months of trying to work and rework that idea I realized that wasn’t really possible nor worth the money. Sometimes you just need to get creative with what you do have which is what we decided to do. Cue our usual trip to The Home Depot!
DIY Closet Makeover
First we had to rip out all the old shelving and do some repairs to the inside of the closet. The old shelves had A LOT of nails and glue holding them up which was a mess. We also put in new bifold doors and updated our trim. When we renovated our master bathroom about 6 months ago we took down the broken doors and are now just getting around to this project. We were a little ambitious at the time 😉
We also wanted to change out our lighting from the old pull string to wiring it into a switch. Our friend gave us the super smart idea to just change the bulbs to motion sensor ones and no electrical work needed. Genius! It was such an easy swap.
With the wall being a little uneven and rough from the old shelves we weren’t loving the look of them. Jesse had the great idea to wallpaper the inside and I jumped right on board! The wallpaper gave it a little more of a custom look while covering up some of the marks on the wall. FYI wallpaper instructions do not recommend using it on uneven surfaces – but for our purpose most of it was being covered with shelving so we weren’t concerned.
We did a lot of research on closet organizers and closet companies getting ready to do this project. After much time we realized you don’t have to spend a fortune to get something that looks nice and functions just how you need it. Don’t let piecing things together on your own scare you away from doing your own closet system. The base of this closet organizer only cost $119 and then you can add drawers and additional shelves as needed.
Once it was all done and I was ready to move back in, before I did anything I went through and purged a ton of things I wasn’t using or no longer needed. I highly suggest taking everything out of your closet the next time you want to go though your clothes because it is eye opening. A few additional things I picked up to put it all together was some velvet hangers, some small organizers and boxes and a few shoe storage items. Everything I used for the space is linked at the end of the post.
Just remember when you are doing a project like this you are going for organization and function. Do what works best for you so think about your needs as you put together the space. I’d love to hear what your favorite part of the new space is for this DIY closet makeover.