Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UNDER THE STAIRS CLOSET MAKEOVER: FINALLY GETTING ORGANIZED!


This is Week 3 of the 100 Room Challenge.   Finally, I am adding some organizational items to the space.  The back of the closet we will be still be keeping as storage.  We added a coat rack last week.  And this week we added two sets of wall hooks, a floating shelf for added storage, and a storage rack to the inside of the closet door.  Whew.  That was a LOT of drilling going on.  I can't complain because I was the one that just pointed where I wanted things and all the elbow grease came from my husband.  Thanks babe!





The floating shelf and the wall hooks we were able to scavenge from the laundry room in our previous house.  But we did buy the door shelf unit and that took a big chunk of our budget at $43.98.  Yikes!  I was trying to think of cuter options for the shelf rack but functionality won out.  It will be nice to corral miscellaneous seasonal items like hats and gloves and sunscreen in it.  I thought I had the brilliant idea of using adhesive shelf liner to wrap the wire bins to give it a faux wood look, but as evidenced below that was a big fail!   




It looks like what it was, which is basically a giftwrapped basket.  Does anyone have any ideas to make wire baskets look cuter?

Speaking of fails, I have another one.  Last week we installed the coat rod and I was thinking the decorative ledge in the closet would be a perfect place to put it.  But when we started to actually hang our coats on the rod I realized we placed it too close to the entry of the doorway.  It makes the closet look very small, and the jackets hang past the door frame which makes it look even more cluttered.




My amazing husband was kind enough to move the rod back a few inches into the sloped section of the closet.  The few inches made all the difference and the jackets do not protrude out into entry way any longer.  Lessons learned! A little spackling paste and paint to cover the old holes and problem solved.



Total budget spent of our allocated $100:
Pole sockets for closet rod: $6
Bike hook (which we no longer are using): $1
Door organizer: $44

Which makes it a total of $52.  Our plans for next week is to give the closet a bit more personality by painting it and to get some storage baskets for the shelf!




14 comments:

  1. Looks like you're getting there. Looking forward to seeing more.

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  2. Wire baskets look a bit cuter if you spray paint them black. They they look a bit more vintage farmhouse. :) You're doing great!

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    1. Thanks a great idea! I will definitely try that if I have enough time.

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  3. I love that you posted about your fails. I feel like as DIY'ers we have a lot of fails with out great triumphs and it's good to let other people know that if they have a fail, that's okay. It's normal and happens to us all. I don't have any ideas for the shelves unfortunately but I love that you were able to fix the hanging bar. This is going to be one super functional closet and I think I am jealous!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I definitely have my fair share of fails! Just trying to keep it real and hopefully if someone is trying the same thing they can either give me inspiration or learn from my mistakes.

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  4. I like the idea of painting the baskets gold! Just a little bit of bling is always a good thing. :) It really is looking fabulous and super functional. Can't wait to see how it comes out!

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    1. I haven't even thought of gold! That's genius.

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  5. I think we have ALL tried things that didn't end up working out the way we had envisioned. I do agree that spray paint would do wonders to the baskets on the door. You could go vintage with an oil-rubbed bronze, go gold for a more modern look, or even do a powder blue for a more peaceful color. There's a million ideas when it comes to spray paint.

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    1. Yes, I'm leaning towards the spray paint idea. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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  6. I love that you shared your fails - that's how we all learn! And how we know we're not alone when it happens to us! I totally believe it's OK to let functionality win sometimes, especially in a closet, but I'm excited to see what you end up doing to that shelf.

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  7. You gotta live and learn right! Not everything turns out the way you envision and it's nice to see how you made things work. Looking forward to seeing the room come together!

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