After our bathroom renovations were done (they look sooooooo good!), Jon and I decided it was time to take on the closet situation. The only problem was, I needed way more space than our master bedroom allowed. After we found these old bookshelves, we decided this would make the perfect, glam closet for my office. I could store all the DIY clothes I make and write about and keep everything organized and together.
The shelves used to be part of an entertainment center that we sold at a garage sale. The large center piece that held a boxy TV was beautiful, but not necessary anymore. They were also a natural, light wood color so they needed to be sanded, primed, and painted to match the rest of our decor.
I chose a High Gloss White Paint for the sides and shelving because it’s easier to wipe clean and gives a polished, clean look when it’s dry. For the back of the shelves and the entire wall behind the closet, I chose a
Satin Black Paint ( for less than $7) to add more depth and drama to the wall overall.
My favorite part of the whole closet is the entire bookshelf dedicated to my shoes on the left. You can fit far more shoes onto a shelf by facing one shoe forward and one backward. It also looks pretty. 😉
The non-heel shoes fit great on the inexpensive matching wooden shoe rack. You can save even more space and get more storage by adding a Standing Boot Rack on top of that. It also created a high-low feel to the closet for long dresses and jumpsuits. Adding those 2 inexpensive additions to the bookshelves let me store a dozen more shoes.
But the bookcases truly became a closet after the clothing rod was installed. Honestly, we expected this process to be sooo much harder than it was! Turns out, to make a DIY closet all you have to do is pick up a Closet Pole Socket for less than six dollars and a Closet Pole Rod for under thirty. Just screw the Socket into the side of your bookcase and the rod slips inside. Easy enough right?
The other side of the bookshelves held all my sweaters, purses, and hats. The doors on the bottom hide a linen box that stores beanies, baseball caps, etc. and the rest of my bags.
By folding your sweaters and having them displayed instead of fitting them into a dresser drawer, you can see them and grab what you need to get dressed faster. Any way to get things done faster is a win right?
I hope you guys really liked this DIY closet idea! It was so much easier than we thought and I absolutely love all the storage I have now to display and store my handmade clothes. By using recycled bookshelves instead of buying an entirely new closet, we saved over a thousand dollars. Yes…. over a thousand. Our entire DIY Closet cost less than a hundred bucks to make!
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