Does anybody else use their closet as a wasteland for things they don’t know what to do with? It’s kind of like closet abuse, and you know, closets have rights, too! Okay, just kidding, but truthfully, I’m beginning to think the more attention we give our closet, the more we’ll respect the space. Let’s unpack this before I start sounding like a political commentator.
What I mean is the more we make a closet an extension of the room it’s in, the more inclined we might be to keep it uncluttered, keep it clean, keep out any unwelcome intruders, ie: the vacuum cleaner you’re too lazy to put back in the hall closet; the empty boxes from your last two computer purchases; the pants suits from your first job as an administrative assistant back in 1987.
As Ken and I are doing the office/guest bedroom makeover, I wanted to update the guest closet too, but on a budget and with a little more appeal because every time I looked in this closet, I felt a twinge of “closet depression” if there is such a thing. Bottom line, it made me feel blah.
I wish I would have taken a photo of this closet before I decluttered it because it was full to the brim with junk I didn’t know where else to put. AKA: stuff I needed to get rid of or do something else with.
Some of the junk was a clutter of picture frames, which in part I put to use with these collage framed photos (painted the same color as the walls). Check.
Some of it was my son’s winter clothes which he asked me to keep “just in case he comes home from California to visit us in the winter…” Ah, ya, like that’s going to happen. Anyway, my solution to that was moving his clothes to a couple of under-the-bed storage containers. Problem solved.
Lastly, we pulled the dresser out and put it on the curb. Fortunately, our neighbor was more than glad to take it off our hands, which only proves that old bulky furniture is still a commodity. Win-win.
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So we got it emptied out and we were ready to paint, saying goodbye to the chalky flat white paint once and for all.
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Budget Closet Makeover with Sherwin Williams Cyberspace
Boom. I extended the paint colors from the room into the closet. SW Modern Gray on the ceiling and one wall. SW Cyberspace on the other two walls. Cost = $0 because I had leftover paint from painting the walls in this bedroom.
Next, we put the shelving and clothing on the hangers back in, but I replaced all the mix-matched plastic hangers with this bunch of space-saving, nonslip velvet hangers ($24). Bonus. Using the same type of hangers gives the closet a more serene and unified appearance.
Then I spray painted a $15 pull-chain light fixture antique brass. Ken even added a fancy brass pull chain extension.
Lastly, we added a $110 Nine-cube storage organizer that fits inside the closet much better than the dresser. I chose this one because it has metal feet making space to kick off your shoes on the quick.
Now it’s safe to say that this closet is a lot more fun and functional. Better than our master bedroom at the moment. Who knows, maybe I’ll pull my blanket and pillow in this closet to catch some zzz’s.
But most of all, I’ll be much less tempted to make this a dumping ground for clutter in the future.
As far as a guest room closet goes. Now it welcoming with fancy-looking lighting, more ample space to move around, and plenty of horizontal storage for stacking clothing and travel necessities.
Total budget makeover cost: $149.00
What do you think? Are closets worth the extra trouble? Check out our first mini-mudroom closet makeover from almost ten years ago.