We have a ton of projects in flux right now at Casa Schenzel (what’s new?), but one of my big goals, amongst all the project chaos is to get organized and I’m starting with the closets. Every closet in this house is getting overhauled and organized in 2016!
Today I’m ready to show you the progress on the girls bedroom closet.
Here’s where we started. Pretty standard, builder-basic closet with a closet rail and shelf.
I removed the existing shelf and closet dowel and then tucked this dresser/bookcase combo inside. It was in the girls room during one of its many rearrangements over the last year. You might remember it from this post. This bookcase was a part of my brothers toddler bedroom set and I love how it makes the closet look customized.
I bought a poplar closet rod, cut it down, sanded and stained them using Minwax stain in American Chestnut. The closet rods are attached directly to the bookcase and wall using metal closet rod supports. I just bought these fixed mount rod supports and spray painted them gold.
We lived without shelves for about a week and it was already 1,000x better!
Then I added the shelves. I used the old shelf from the builder-basic closet and just cut it down according to my needs. I wanted a thin shelf on either side, in addition to the long top shelf. The thin shelves, just above the top closet dowel have an 8″ opening, which is perfect for blankets and small baskets. I didn’t have enough length to make all (4) shelf pieces, so I used an old piece of melamine I had in the basement. The shelves are sitting on 1x2s that I screwed directly to the wall on one side and the bookcase on the other side.
I found these hot pink fabric bins at Lowe’s for $7 a pop! Done! They store various odds and ends, like my pumping gear (which has been retired, but is being saved for a possible baby #3), some blankets and sweaters, and our cloth diapers.
There are a few hooks on the sides of the closet. The girls bath towels hang on the left and the diaper bag hangs on the right.
Some people might think the hanging space in this closet is sparse, but we’re very minimalist when it comes to clothing. I use a capsule wardrobe and I’m planning to do the same with the girls clothes as well. They share everything now, but once they start picking their own clothes out, I will be able to keep them separated by the bookcase.
need want to do a few things in here. I had to order melamine tape, because my local Lowe’s doesn’t stock it. You can see the raw melamine edge in the upper left corner. I have some other ideas beyond touchups, as well. My latest thought is to do something fun to the walls. We’ll see. If you saw my list of projects, you’d laugh (my husband does).
Now for the before and after!
What organization projects do you have in store for 2016!