DIY, Our Farmhouse

How to Make a Child’s Closet Functional

I cannot believe this, but it has been over two years since the makeover of my youngest kiddos bedroom.  His room has come a long way, but I am embarrassed to say that absolutely no progress has been made since.  Ugh!  I do have ideas and great dreams, but the free time hasn’t been available.  And honestly, he doesn’t care.  As long as his toys are in his room, he is happy.

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But his closet.  It has been a source of annoyance and aggravation for way too long.  The sliding doors were great…for hiding the disaster that lay behind them.  Since our home does not have much storage space, I use whatever closets I can…including this one.  It has been housing all of our extra blankets and pillows to use when we have overnight guests.  The stack was big and constantly falling down.

And then the day came when I couldn’t slide the doors closed.  That led to some daydreams and ideas.  Fast forward a few days {errr…weeks} and I wanted to go through his hand me down clothing for the cooler weather; which you guessed it…was also in his closet.

Just like the book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” I became the, “If You Give a Mom One Idea” because the though of taking down the doors snowballed.  And can I tell you how wonderful Mr. Little by Little Farmhouse is?  He is so patient with my ideas.  I sweetly asked if he could remove the doors and once I promised that I would not make him put them back on the next day, he took them down!  Things were opening up and I could see that this was going to be the perfect way to add more practicality and functionality to this bedroom.

While I cover my face in embarrassment, here is a before {after the doors were removed}.

And while I tried to go through things, my kiddo had to play with everything.

Once everything was removed, I could step back and be disgusted by what the drywall looked like in this closet.  Ick!

Hidden behind the wall to the left was this thing:

I honestly thought it was a little bench.  Whoops!  After I ripped it out, I saw what it was actually for.  Do you see that heating pipe in the left corner?  That pulled heat from our furnace up into this little bench area and then it would pour out of the two vents that you see to the left and ahead.  One led into his bedroom and the other into the hallway.  Really? This was the solution for getting heat upstairs.  I am still shaking my head about this set up.  I even found more of the gross carpet that was originally in his bedroom.  Ick!

And suddenly this little project of taking off the doors has gotten a bit more complex.  This is absolutely typical of old houses and I shouldn’t even be surprised anymore.

Once I got that mess all cleaned up and figured out, I could finally break out the paint.  I decided to go with white {I know, surprise, surprise…ha!} as it would make the space pop against the yellow walls.

Paint is amazing!  It can cover up the most hideous places and make it look crisp and clean.

And then, what to do about the floor?  It has not been in the budget to add wall to wall carpeting into this bedroom.  And maybe someday, I will pull up this plywood and take a peek at the hardwood floors underneath.  But until then, the area rug works for us.  It just isn’t big enough to extend into the closet.  So, what’s a girl to do?  How about paint it?!  Absolutely the cure!

After one coat of primer, I painted the top coat with Rustoleum’s Chalked Paint in Charcoal.  It was the perfect solution to draw attention away from the fact that it is just painted plywood.  Shhhh!

Now for the after pictures.  It’s nothing fancy, but it is: clean, functional, and uncluttered.  All that is needed for a successful closet update.  My only regret?  Not doing this sooner!

The only new purchase for this makeover were a few of these boxes.  I wanted a little bit of cohesiveness with the colors and Wal-Mart had them on sale.  Woohoo!

Is the closet in your child’s room a disaster?  Could it be used in a more functional way?  Friend!  Do this!  Remove the door, paint the walls, and set it up with easy access to toys and clothing.  Your kiddo will love it!  And I promise that you will too!



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