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Craft Closet Update #4: It’s Done!

Small and Organized Storage Closet

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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. If you’re just joining me, here are the first three updates:

Update #1, Before Pics & Plans // Update #2, Shelving Build Plans // Update #3, Vinyl Flooring

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:

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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.

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

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.

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

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.

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

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.

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

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.)

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage 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.

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage 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 Chewy.com 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!

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

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:

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

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?

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

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?

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!

Giveaway time!

Alright, it’s giveaway time! I’m working with DecoArt and an awesome group of other bloggers to host a massive giveaway of some brand new 2017 DecoArt paints…plus a few of our older sentimental favorites. 🙂 FIVE winners will win their choice of one of four paint packages, each of which are themed around a specific palette: Neutral, Bold, Soft, and Bright. Which would you choose?

Each palette package will include (3) Americana Decor Curb Appeal jars, (4) DecoArt Extreme Sheen bottles, (4) DecoArt Patent Leather bottles, (3) DecoArt Vintage Effects jars, (3) Americana Decor Chalky Finish jars, and (3) Americana Decor Satin Enamels jars. That’s a total of 20 jars of paint for each winner! You can easily enter up to 15 times via Rafflecopter, too. Check out your entry options below. Good luck!

This giveaway is sponsored by DecoArt but is in no way affiliated with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google. Contest closes Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. The winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, have a valid shipping address in Canada or the United States, release all giveaway hosts of any and all responsibility, and agree to any applicable social media website’s terms of use.

And make sure to check out all of the other hosts’ DecoArt-themed projects, too!

Amber Oliver // Craft+Tell // Craving Some Creativity

Domicile 37 // Lydi Out Loud // Southern Revivals

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Check out my small, under-the-stairs, and super organized craft and storage closet!



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Debra

Sunday 5th of March 2017

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

Angie ~ ambient wares

Thursday 2nd of March 2017

Wanted to let you know I'll be featuring you at tonight's Funtastic Friday party :)

Brittany Goldwyn

Thursday 2nd of March 2017

Woo hooo!! Thanks Angie!!

Rachel

Sunday 26th of February 2017

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

Brittany Goldwyn

Sunday 26th of February 2017

It's tempting isn't it??

Robin

Friday 24th of February 2017

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

Brittany Goldwyn

Saturday 25th of February 2017

Thank you so much Robin! That's how I felt before :)

Beverly

Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

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

Brittany Goldwyn

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

Thanks Bev!

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