Do you have a closet like this?
This is our erstwhile coat closet. Not our shoe closet, because it’s not near the front door. I did not take photo before removing the mess, but rest assured it was overflowing with coats and various sundry items. It was kind of a disaster.
Coat Closet Makeover
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I love to use wallpaper in small nooks like this. Because I was trying to keep my costs very low for this project I went to Home Depot and picked up some removable wallpaper by NuWallpaper. I’m told that this stuff is great for rentals as well, since it comes off easy. I was able to do this entire closet with just one roll.
The kicker here is that I didn’t take photos as I went. Call it new to the I’m-going-to-put-everything-on-the-internet thing. But, look, the basics are relatively simple. Start by removing the existing shelving and supports. The wallpaper was a tad bit tricky here due to security system wires running through this closet, but I tucked those away as best I could.
I reinstalled the shelf higher than it was previously in order to make room for two rows of coats. Hey, if I could reach the baskets at all of 5′ 3″ then most people probably can.
We LOVE having two rows for coats. The kids enjoy being able to get their own coats and playthings, and I love that they can take responsibility for their own things. The baskets on the sides – you know, the ones that don’t show so very well – are handy now for hats and such. Later when the kids start school they will be a great place for smaller items such as lunch boxes. Or whatever kids take to school these days.
The entire makeover set us back about $120. It’s a great weekend project that is unexpectedly satisfying. Closets are super fun to makeover because they are a great chance to be really creative and try things that you might otherwise be hesitant to do in a larger space. Have your own closet to makeover, I would love to see it!