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Kid's Closet Remodel Reveal

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I finally finished the remodel of our daughter's closet. It went from a dark cave with poor storage to a cheery, little space with tons of organization space she can grow with.
Cost: $500 Difficulty: Medium
This little walk-in was poorly laid out, with a shelf on one side, a broken-down play kitchen, and heaps of kid stuff, collected from the ancient times of the toddler age.
We cleaned out the place and laid out the outline for a new window. This bedroom was marooned, buried in the middle of the house by previous homeowners in their zeal to add a family room to the back of the house. We needed a window for a means of emergency egress. The closet offered the only exterior wall.
The old shelf came down, with a pair of handy little hands and a little girl's raw determination to work on her room with her daddy.
The exterior wall got peeled open for some re-framing work.
After some new siding, the new window slipped into the hole. We'd ordered the one with the internal mullions to dress it up a bit.
I trimmed the interior with select pine in a super easy Craftsman style. It looks great and requites no miter cuts!
The large, blank wall got opened up too. This would be for a fun, recessed shelving unit, built-in to the empty space inside the wall.
After the built-in was complete, I painted it and the window trim a bright, glossy white. The room got a painted blue treatment, on the order of out daughter, who picked it out.
Some easy to install cellular shades would offer some privacy.
I wrapped up the storage and organization with a wire shelving system that would allow for adjustment in the future.
Loaded up with kid stuff, the closet was able to take a bunch of items that had been scattered around her room and store it neatly.
She absolutely loves her new closet with the built in for all her treasures.
We've got room to load a ton of her stuff, and keep it neat.
It was a fun project that took a lot of work for such a tiny, little area.
I have a bunch more info on the blog, along with links to the step-by-step posts along the way:

To see more: http://www.azdiyguy.com/2016/01/remodeling-kids-closet-final-reveal.html

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Jan 20, 2016

    I love that you added a window!!!

    • John @ AZ DIY Guy
      John @ AZ DIY Guy Phoenix, AZ
      on Jan 22, 2016

      @Hillela G. It sure brightens up the entire room as well as the closet. Thanks!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jan 20, 2016

    Wow the addition of the window makes a GIGANTIC difference! Amazing job!

  • Jackie Strickler
    Jackie Strickler Tucson, AZ
    on Jan 22, 2016

    Plus a great way to get in and out without parents knowing when she is a teenager. ..good plan....not!!!

    • John @ AZ DIY Guy
      John @ AZ DIY Guy Phoenix, AZ
      on Jan 22, 2016

      LOL @Jackie Strickler I sure hope not. I'm adding a home automation sensor to text my phone when that window opens. Plus, you gotta have a second means of egress by code, so as much as I'd like to I can't keep her locked away.

  • Lara
    Lara Kersey, CO
    on Jan 22, 2016

    I love love love what you did, and the fact that you involved your daughter so much makes me love it even more! Also I think having a window for safety and emergencies is a bit more important than keeping the whole room shut in for the fear that she could possibly sneak out in 10 years from now geesh! One would think no teenager anywhere should ever have a window in their room, wow! It's a mighty big assumption to make that people don't know how to properly raise their own children to be trustworthy and good. I'm sorry for the rant, just had to put my 2 cents in due to a previous comment lol.

  • Alex
    Alex United Kingdom
    on Jan 23, 2016

    What a lucky little girl, but then all little girls love their dads, He made a fantastic job.

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