The Ultimate Craft Closet Makeover
There is nothing more frustrating when crafting or making than knowing you have what you need, but you can’t find it! I read a quote once that stated “if you can’t find it, you don’t own it!” I think of that often when I can’t find something and have to buy again in order to start or finish a project.
Although we have lots of craft/maker supplies for Mother Daughter Projects stored at Steph’s house, they were becoming more and more inaccessible due to lack of organized storage. Over Christmas Steph decided she had had enough of the mess and started to digitally put together an idea to install an organizational system into the closet in the Lego room. The closet we are working with is 86" wide x 96" tall x 23" deep.
We are calling this a semi-DIY because we are not actually building anything. With the exception of cutting a few pieces of closet rod, all the other components are ready to be installed and come with all their parts to get the install done quickly.
Take a few minutes to watch the video to see how the closet install came together!
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We started by digitally trying out various components in the closet space to determine exactly what we wanted and what would fit. This is the final rough plan of the design. We ordered all the components online from The Home Depot which were delivered to the store with free shipping.
Color! Since we were using all white components, we wanted a color that would really stand out. 'The Real Teal' by Behr paint was the perfect choice. Notice in the after pictures how vibrant it looks in the green room. Closets are a great place to add a pop of color that you might not want on a full wall.
Six short sections of metal closet pole were cut to the depth of the closet. We Installed three sections on each side to store wrapping paper and other tall items. The pole sections fit into standard closet pole sockets and simply screw into place. In this picture were are using a reciprocating saw with metal cutting blade to cut the pipe. This can be done in many ways including manually with a hacksaw. Takes a little more effort but it can get the job done!
The three metal pole sections were placed in the sides of the closet. The level was to be sure everything was perfectly straight before attaching the pole sockets.
This is a close up of one side of the closet socket. This side is partially open so the pole can easily be taken out.
The craft organizers we chose came fully assembled so all we had to do was put the wheels on. Everything you need is included with the unit.
After the craft organizers were rolled into place we were able to determine the bottom placement of the pegboard. This is a unique metal pegboard made by Wall Control. It was amazing how quick this part was to install. Each panel got six screws and anchors. We installed the one in the middle first and worked our way out towards the sides. We don't like to say something is quick and easy, but this part really was!
Next we marked the placement for the rails that would hold the two shelves. These were screwed into place. The brackets were put into place and then the shelves. We also took the time to secure the shelves to the brackets with the screws from the Rubbermaid hardware packs we purchased.
Lastly, we positioned all the pegs to hold our craft supplies. Wall Control has a wide variety of pegs which include shelves for all your tool or crafting stuff.
So nice! Now everything has a place!
We spray painted that little crate with purple glitter paint. Those are large rolls of tape being stored on the closet pole. You could also hang gift bags from these.
We utilized this area to hang our cutting mat and large ruler. These two things are always so awkward to store.
A closer look at the shelves and bin organizers (lower left).
The Wall Control panels are also designed to use common pegs. The drawers of the craft organizer come out fully so you can take your supplies where you need them.
Note: the cost of this came in just under $1000 not counting craft supplies. The biggest expense were the two organizational units. To save money, you could use a table or build something to fit the space. Head to our blog post to see a complete list of materials with links to the items we used. It's hard to give a time estimate for this project. The install probably only took a couple of hours, the painting took longer. If you're not painting you could have it done very quickly.
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