We had a busy busy weekend! Our hall closet has been a nightmare for a while. With broken bifold doors and no real storage options, it was a major pain in the butt. I had most of my craft stuff just shoved in there while we kind of hid it behind the ugly broken shutter doors. After the fifteenth sewing project dominating my dining table, it was time to take action. This kind of action:
I emptied that sucker out and ripped out the horrible closet bar/shelf combo! It left a hole, as you can see. No worries, I did the lazy thing and covered it with my diploma That strange box at the bottom is the plumbing access for our master bath. Once I had this empty, I painted it with two coats of Behr’s Boston Fern. It’s a very neutral green, and I love it.
Here’s a fun in-progress shot. We bought 1 sheet of plywood, eight 1×2′s and two 2×2′s for the materials. It only cost fifty bucks. What I did was outline my table height, and then screw the 1×2′s into the studs to create cleats. We set the plywood on top, then framed it out with more 1×2′s and finishing nails for trim. We used the 2×2′s for support on the outer corners.
See what I mean? The screws are 2″ long and go straight into studs. The plywood is nailed down into them, and screws attach the 2×2′s. It’s so simple, and with furring strips and floor-grade plywood, the costs are really cheap!
I made things look slightly fancier by going crazy with the DAP. It’s a wall spackle, but I used it to fill in the gaps of the trim and some of the gnarlier sections on the plywood. It’s a heckuva lot easier than sanding.
I made the desk 28″ tall so I could easily do some sewing or blogging. The shelves are set at 15″ high. The whole thing is 20″ deep. Oh, and I recycled the closet shelf for the top piece, so it’s actually only 11.5″ deep, perfect for storing quilts and sewing supplies.
This was only a 3-day after work project. It took one evening to paint the walls and buy the lumber, an evening to build it (the build was very quick and painless!) and an evening to paint the new built-ins. I know closet organization can seem really scary and expensive, but trust me when I say it’s not at all! It’s so easy and affordable. We had the plywood cut down at Lowe’s before we took it home because they have a giant saw system that keeps the lines completely straight. All you have to do is measure your space, plan out what your needs are and get building!