It means the world to me when everything is in its place.When everything are in order, daily living is lot less stressful.A “before and after” post, right? Unfortunately, I can’t seem to track down a photo of the hall closet in its previous state.To visualise this, simply think of a white painted closet with a single wooden shelf and a rod made of metal tubing.The closet was a major space waster.I drew up a preliminary schematic of the closet’s intended layout and measured everything out.The back and sides of the closet were panelled with beadboard we hung to a height of 5 feet.To create the first shelf, we attached the ledger board to the top of the beadboard.There were 12 of these shelves “deep.For the second ledger board and shelf, we roughly eyeballed the halfway point between the ceiling and the first shelf, which was 10 inches down “deep.We discovered 48” wide shelves in the closet organising department at Lowes, so it’s a good thing that my hall closet is the same width (or just shy of that).They may be worn as-is without any alterations.At the very bottom of the closet, at a height of only 12 inches from the ground, lies a shelf that is just as deep.I decided to paint the closet the same shade of grey as the entryway.
The ledger boards and beadboard are coated with white (Valspar’s Rocky Bluffs) paint.
Later, I thought the closet needed a little something more, so I stencilled some paisleys on the beadboard.
Martha Stewart Crafts makes the stencil.
This is a silkscreen stencil, and it works like a charm.
For the paisleys, I used acrylic craft paint and mixed my own colours from what I already had on hand.
Ultimately, I had a medium grey, a golden mustard, and a deep red.
To put it simply, I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.
I looked for storage containers for the shelves for a long time before I discovered the right ones.
These, too, are a Martha Stewart creation.
It was at Home Depot that I discovered they were available in the ideal combination of colours: four red and eight yellow.
The fronts of these containers have a carry handle and a labelling area.
(The act of identifying anything with a label fascinates me.)
Now I get a grin every time I use the hall closet.
That’s a pretty nice looking tidy up job you’ve done there.
🙂 Well, I hope you enjoy your time spent organising.
**Update** The “before” picture finally surfaced.
My phone has it saved.
This picture isn’t great, but I’ll post it anyhow.
I even dug out a snapshot of the very first sketch I ever made!
As you can see, the first concept called for a certain location to store the vacuum.
Since then, I’ve found a new home for the vacuum.
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