Closet Makeover

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3 Days
In desperate need of a home office area, I converted the closet in my craft room. I wanted it to be attractive, but functionality on a shoestring budget was most important.
This was the closet once I patched, painted, and papered the walls. I had two electric outlets and a fluorescent light installed . The photo doesn't do the paper is wood textured and looks very beachy.
I didn't want to spend any more money than necessary to put this office space together. I used an existing file cabinet and antique desk that I had - thankfully they were exactly the same height and fit perfectly side by side in the closet. I had to leave about 4" of space from the right side of the file cabinet so that the drawers would open unobstructed. I use that space to store my much needed step stool. The desk top is a 30" wide solid core door that was given to me and cut to fit in the space.
This was the fake dark mahogany file cabinet before I applied the wallpaper to the drawers and painted the trim.
This is after.
The upper shelf was another solid core door that was cut to be a 15" deep shelf and to fit snugly, resting on the existing wood trim. I purchased inexpensive stacking baskets to store my office supplies in.
The cabinet was an unfinished cabinet that I bought at Home Depot. I painted it with leftover paint from another project. I then photo copied images from my favorite childhood book (and still my favorite illustrator, Maurice Sendak) and using Mod Podge, I applied them to the recessed panels of the doors. The cabinet was securely screwed to the wall and nicely holds all of my printing supplies.
This is it, completed. To finish the rough edges of the doors, I glued and nailed 1-3/4" wide decorative trim and applied a clear wax to it. (The poster in the background is an original Penney's promotional advertment/apron pattern that coincided with the opening of Disney's Snow White)
Suggested materials:
  • 2 30"wide solid core doors   (Given to me)
  • 30" wide x 12" high unfinished cabinet   (Home Depot)
  • 2 8' long x 1-3/4" wide decorative wood trim   (Home Depot)
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  • A A on Jul 12, 2017
    Before I moved, I had purchased Wild Things mounted posters for my powder room. I just had to reuse them, so my craft room carries the theme. I am also working on a way to display my Sendak book collection in this room.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 14, 2017
    well done!