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Craft Closet Update

Small and Organized Storage Closet

Happy Monday 🙂 If you’re an American, I hope you have the day off today for President’s Day. If not, lucky for you, I have an exciting post (plus an awesome giveaway) to distract you. I’m sharing the last update of our tiny under-the-stairs craft/storage closet.

But before we jump into the after pics, here’s a quick reminder of where we started. I work freelance for DecoArt, so I have a lot of their paints on hand. I needed a better way to organize them so I actually knew what I had (those boxes are full of paint, too), and I needed to be able to easily get to them. As you can see, this isn’t just my craft storage closet, either. We used it for general storage, like extra drinks, the vacuum, and the cat pan/cat pan supplies. It’s a lot for a small space. Plus, the floor was unfinished concrete that was constantly dusty and really hard to keep clean. The space needed some help.

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Here’s the Before:

before photos of an unorganized craft closet

And here’s the after!

This is the glamour shot when you look to the right as you walk through the door. (Love these shelves? See the full build plans here.) The paints are organized by paint line, and then by dark to light within each paint line.

custom under-the-stairs shelving to store paints

I also mounted a few shelves for smaller paints, painting supplies, stains and finishes, and spray paints. The shelves are mostly leftover pieces from the bigger paint shelving or pieces from my wood scrap pile, and they are hung using one L bracket into a stud.

custom under-the-stairs shelving to store paints
custom under-the-stairs shelving to store paints

Great view of the flooring here. I used a vinyl peel-and-stick flooring, and it’s perfect for the space. (See the process for laying and cutting it here.) It’s really easy to maintain and sweep up, which is a huge improvement from the dusty concrete with paint splatters all over it.

custom under-the-stairs shelving to store paints

Another view of the back of the space, which shows more of the hanging storage on the right: My crazy cat bag, which stores our reusable grocery bags; a sewing mat; and a screen. I just used a simple hook and some nails for these things.

custom under-the-stairs shelving to store paints
bags and mats hanging in a craft closet
custom under-the-stairs shelving to store paints
custom under-the-stairs shelving to store paints

I kept the black metal shelving that has been in the closet this whole time. It’s just more organized now, and it’s at the front of the closet, making it easier to get to. (And yes, we have boxes of cheap wine from Whole Foods. They don’t sell it in Maryland, so we buy it in Virginia. Try not to judge us too much.)

shelving in a craft closet
shelving in a craft closet

For the cat people…

And the most glamorous part of the closet, the cat pan, plus the cat pan supplies behind it.

Cat people: this part is for you! We have used this litter system, the Breeze Litter System, since the kitties were babies. We have two of them, and we bought our first one at a PetSmart because we didn’t have time to wait for one to be shipped. As we were walking back to our apartment with it, someone literally yelled across the street to us, “that litter system is amaziiinnnggg!!” And they were RIGHT.

breeze litter box in a closet

The Breeze system is a pellet-based system and is awesome because it all but eliminates the tracking that you get with traditional litter. It also does an awesome job with odor control and can be easily taken apart and cleaned. It’s a little bit more expensive than traditional litter because it’s more involved, but we buy the bags of pellets and the pee pads in bulk on Amazon to help keep costs down. (We will also occasionally do it through if we get a coupon in the mail.)

For example, one four-pack of pee pads is $8.75 on Amazon, which is $2.19 a pad. But if you buy a box of ten four-count pads, the price is $57.38, which is $1.43 a pad. We also use a Litter Genie, which is another huge help for a small space and is totally worth $15. That’s the blue and gray thing in the pic below. It’s just like the Diaper Genie if you have one of those, but it’s smaller!

custom under-the-stairs shelving to store paints

Okay, ending the cat people portion of this post… 🙂

As I mentioned, we also store some cleaning supplies like our vacuum in this closet. I had it removed for the previous pics so you could get a better look at all the shelving, but here is what the closet looks like every day:

custom under-the-stairs shelving to store paints

And because I’m really soaking up all of this paint shelving glory, here’s one last glamour shot of my newest pride and joy. Doesn’t it make you happy?

custom under-the-stairs shelving to store paints

Before & After Shots

A few before and after shots to really make you happy, too. What do you think of the transformation in this space? Do you have a small storage space that you need to maximize as well?

before and after shots in a collage of the organized craft closet
before and after shots in a collage of the organized craft closet
before and after shots in a collage of the organized craft closet
before and after shots in a collage of the organized closet

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  1. Debra says:

    What a great way to be organized. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

  2. Angie ~ ambient wares says:

    Wanted to let you know I’ll be featuring you at tonight’s Funtastic Friday party 🙂

  3. Rachel says:

    This is beyond cool! Now I want another closet in my house, just for paint.

  4. Robin says:

    That looks really nice! I would hate for you or anyone else to see my craft closet, they might get hurt! Pinned
    Thank you for sharing at the Creative Muster. Robin | Fluster Buster

  5. Beverly says:

    Wow, it looks so awesome. What a great way to organize all of your supplies.

  6. sara says:

    Wow! it looks great!

  7. Anna Hutchins says:

    Love the cabinet. Great paints also. Thanks for a chance.

  8. leanne with says:

    That’s a DIYers dream! Very nice!

  9. Leanna says:

    Give me a diamond…. nope I want this storage closet instead. Gorgeous. Pinning.

  10. Toni says:

    I love the Bold colors they are usually my go to colors 🙂

  11. Sarah says:

    I am in love with this closet, all that paint has me swooning! Thanks for the awesome giveaway too.

  12. Carolann says:

    WOW, what amazing results! I love it. It’s the perfect way to store all of your supplies.

  13. JEan Marmo says:

    Wow-that is so cool!

  14. Angie ~ ambient wares says:

    It turned out amazing Brittany!! What a great use of space in every single way. I might just stand in that closet and stare at everything lovingly, even the cat box 😉

  15. Barbara derby says:

    How do you make it. I know i will not win it

  16. Lydia Nordhoff says:

    This looks amazing! And I have major paint envy by the way! I need all of that and then shelves for it. 😉

  17. Denise Bryant says:

    Looks great! And I love the kitty litter news too!

  18. Barbara derby says:

    How do you make it. I know i will not eom it

  19. Carrie says:

    I bet it feels great to have it so organized!

  20. Amanda says:

    I need this in my life! It looks awesome!

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