Hey everyone! I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty effing gloomy here in Maryland. The end of January/early February is just the worst time of the year. It’s dark, cold, and dreary. I don’t even really want to work in the garage, and if I do, I need to bundle up and grab a space heater. So I decided that February would be the perfect time to share my craft/storage/wine/cat stuff closet makeover with you. There will be a bit of building, but there is also a lot of indoor organizing, so it’s the perfect cold-weather project.
Okay. This is what it looks like now.
As you can see, this isn’t just a craft supplies storage closet. Since it’s our main storage closet for the entire house, it also has extra seltzer waters (we mow through them) and wine bottle (we also mow through them), a screen, a vacuum, a bag full of reusable bags, cat supplies, a litter pan, and a few doors. Yikes. But I’m going to make it work because that’s what I do.
The first thing I did was empty the closet…
…and then I painted it.
To paint this space, I mixed quite a few of my paint leftover cans and little samples from the weeks of painting we did when we first moved in. This was an awesome solution because it also freed up a TON of space while still creating a perfectly usable color for the closet! Mike thought I was silly for painting a hidden closet, but I think it made a big difference. 🙂 What do you think?
I have some plans for this little space for sure. Now that it’s emptied and painted, here’s what I want to do:
- Build custom paint shelving to house and organize my DecoArt paints. I’ll be sharing the full build plans for these shelves later this week.
- Do something about the concrete floor. Paint it? Throw down a laminate? Just throw down a big rug? Not sure yet. Need to brainstorm.
- Mount a pegboard or additional shelving for storage.
- Use existing black metal shelving unit for non-craft items (cat litter, extra drinks, etc.). I want to separate these items from the rest of the closet.
- Mount some hangers and items like the reusable bags, etc.
I also love this cute easy label idea for clear boxes and annoying things that just roll around drawers. (Make sure to check out her entire original post for her awesome craft room organization ideas!)
Source for this image: EclecticallyVintage.com, now KellyElko.com
I’ll probably think of some more things, but for now I think this is a good list. It’s going to make a huge difference in the space. Make sure to stop back by next week to see the full under-the-stairs shelving build plans!
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