Reveal day is here! Our Hall Closet Makeover is *finally* D-O-N-E! This makeover ended up being a lot more work than I initially planned, and I started it at the worst possible time: with only two and a half months left of school and two months before our oldest daughter’s college graduation (I know, it sounds like plenty of time…). Needless to say, I got interrupted a few times, and then struggled to get back to the hall closet makeover.
But that’s all over now, because this hall closet makeover project is complete! And I’m thrilled with the result!
So, before I get too carried away, I’ll humble (and embarrass) myself by sharing a few pictures of the messy and disorganized before….
The movies are pretty organized (if only my kids would put them back in alphabetical order…must be something only I care about…) :).
But this over-door shelf was SO annoying! It shook around every time we opened the closet, and if any of our movies disappeared (big surprise, they always disappeared upstairs to our kids’ rooms), the whole system broke down! So, I added a new movie organization system to the plan.
I broke this plan into several different phases to make it more manageable. Although, it still took me two months+++ to finish.
Here’s the original plan along with my inspo board:
I changed things up a bit based on what I had hanging around and what I could get for cheap!
Here are the phases and what went with each phase. I also included an update in italics at the end:
Completely empty the closet, don a hazmat suit, and clean until my fingers bleed. #seriously
Then sort, purge, and make a plan for better organization.
Done, but with major reservations and trepidation.
A hazmat suit, really?
Turns out it was absolutely necessary.
I combined this phase with the painting phase, so you get extra bang for your reading time buck! 🙂
Read all about it here ~ Hall Closet Makeover: Paint & Organize
This was one of my favorite phases of this makeover! I’ve been wanting to add stripes in our house somewhere, and I finally worked up the courage to put them in this closet.
Can I just say that I’m in love?
See the full tutorial here ~ Hall Closet Makeover: Paint & Organize.
Add a set of shelves along the right side of the closet for added storage and better organization. The shelves will replace the obnoxious profusion of dog treats.
I’m trying to become more independent with these types of DIY projects (ahem, those that require power tools), but I ended up pulling Hubs off the sideline to help. It was taking for-ev-er!
On the positive side, the obnoxious profusion of dog treats was successfully tamed!
Get the full tutorial here ~ How to Add DIY Shelves in a Closet.
This is a two-step phase, and it’s where I get to have a little fun!
Head out and do a little shopping (a little, the budget is tight on this project) to assist with the above-mentioned “better organization.”
This step ended up coming much earlier in the process than I’d planned, but I’m so glad it did! I was able to plan my shelves around the bins and baskets I’d already purchases, so everything went smoothly. For once.
Here’s my very neat and professional looking plan. #Not
Tackle a few budget-friendly DIY projects to add a little something special to the closet.
I ended up loving these projects!
Easy, cute and functional…a home decor and organization trifecta!
Get all of the deets on these projects here ~ 2 Simple DIYs for Pet Food Storage.
This movie project was a little more time-intensive, but so, so worth it!
Hall Closet Makeover: Full Reveal and Printable
Reveal the final project to you!
We’re finally here! Yes!
*drum roll, please*
Here is the final hall closet makeover!
You can’t see it (lucky for you), but I’m doing a crazy happy dance!
I love to include fun and unexpected surprises in closets like this framed Bloom printable.
And to really make my point, here’s a side-by-side comparison. Dang, that’s a serious improvement!
Now when I open the door to this closet, instead of cringing, I smile and sigh a happy sigh. #ThePowerofOrganization
A Surprise for You: A FREE Printable
In case you’re like me and want to add an unexpected surprise in one of your closets, here’s the printable I created for this project:
You can get that gorgeous wreath over at GraphicStock (it’s the bottom right one)!
The Final Budget
I mentioned earlier that the budget was really tight on this project, and I ended up completing this project for much cheaper than I expected! Here’s how it all shakes out:
- Paint (we had it) $0
- Paint Brushes and Tape $15
- Organizing Bins and Basket (I used my gift cards on these)
- Wood and Screws for the Shelves (we had all of this at home) $0
- Supplies for Pet Food Storage (the only thing I bought for these projects was the trash can, but I used gift cards)
- Movie Storage Envelopes $15
- Supplies for the Tabbed Dividers (I had all of this at home) $0
So, the grand total out of pocket cost for this project is $30!!
Other Posts You Might Enjoy
Today’s post is the final post in our Hall Closet Makeover series!
Here are all of the posts in the series:
Hall Closet Makeover: Full Reveal and a Printable
Have you tackled any major projects around your house that you’re thrilled to have complete?
Thanks for checking out our hall closet makeover!