I finally did something with this pesky closet in our playroom! It’s been collecting toys and we never really spent the time to figure out how to organize it and make it functional. The closet is actually about 14 feet long and has two sides to it, the other identical to this one. We decided to use this side of the closet to create an office space, and incorporate a built-in desk for Ryan to create at. You can watch my YouTube video above and see the entire closet makeover transformation from start to finish!
We started by taking apart the entire closet. It had a shelf and closet rod in it but we didn’t ever hang anything over here so it was useless. I removed the shelf and re-used it as the desk. I had already had a small white bookshelf on hand. I used this to support the shelf, and added a bracket on the other side where there was no bookshelf. This helps support the shelf turned desk, and creates a cohesive built in look. Aha, a closet desk!
Oh, and the rainbows! I’ve been wanting to add rainbows somewhere in her room, but couldn’t decide where. I’m so glad I decided to do them in here! I just used some leftover paint I had on hand and a tiny brush from Ryan’s art collection, and free handed them on this closet wall.
Pink was obviously the best option as we just painted the shiplap in her playroom in this beautiful coral color, so the desk got a makeover too. This was such a quick change, and made such an impact in her colorful playroom! Eventually, hubby is going to help me add some trim to the bookshelf to make it look a little more high quality. After all, it is just a cheap Walmart bookcase!
All of this organization has me feeling some type of way! It is amazing how a space can be used once it is functional and has appropriate spaces for all of your things! Her books are now accessible, and I find her up here often creating at this little desk!
We managed to store most of her drawing items up here by placing all of her coloring books in the crate to the right, and all of her markers and crayons in the crock to the left.
The kraft paper holder was a super affordable find at Hobby Lobby, and I had it hanging in the kitchen. We never used it, so I thought what better use than in a child’s room, especially one who loves coloring. She has never been one to draw on walls or furniture, so I’m able to be very creative when it comes to her spaces. This way she can draw on the “wall” without getting in trouble, or pull the paper down onto the desk for some creative drawing freedom.
Lights always add a whimsical feel and I had these ones delivered with our local Walmart 2 hour delivery. This was really the finishing touch to our quick and easy closet makeover! I just hung them using 2 small white cup hooks that you can also find at your local Walmart or hardware store!
You may have also noticed there are no closet doors on this closet. Before, Ryan’s toys were stored in here but she liked playing in the closet. We opted to remove them because she really didn’t use them, or like them, and they needed to be replaced anyways. We do have plans to replace the doors on the other side of this closet though very soon!
Now this closet serves as an extension of her playroom, and adds so much space we didn’t even know we had before! I think the built-in desk was my most favorite part of all, and the fact that we did this on a $12 budget (the lights). Other than that, I shopped my house and used existing parts that were already in the closet.
How’s that for a closet makeover and some pretty simple closet organization?! If you haven’t yet seen this playroom makeover, be sure to check out that post here! That is after all the project that spurred this closet makeover.