What we needed mostly was more storage options. Fortunately, we had two salvageable shelving units and two others that could remain where they were to hang clothes. There was a lot of wasted space above and below these existing shelves, and a cheap solution to fixing this was a must.
To begin the overhaul, I first took out all of the clothing and other items from the closet and dumped them on our bed to have a clean slate to work with. I also found that the inward-swinging closet door took up too much space in the closet, so Evan removed it for me.
Then, I removed two shelving units that didn't seem to have a purpose due to their current location on the walls, and set them aside for later. These shelves left some holes in the walls, so I patched them up with spackling paste and sanded down the walls once dry.
Once the prep for the walls was finished, I gave the closet a fresh coat of paint. Our master bathroom is painted with Olympic's "Alpine Valley," so I chose to paint the closet the same to help tie in the bathroom with the bedroom.
I also painted the ceiling with Olympic's "Volcanic Ash" so that the closet matched the ceilings in both the bedroom and bathroom.
After the paint was dry, Evan re-installed the two shelving units, this time so that they were above the shelf that our clothes would hang from. This way, we'd have more storage options all the way to the ceiling. Re-using these shelving units helped save us a bunch of money too, so it was a win-win.
Around this time, I realized that the existing single-bulb light fixture in the closet wasn't enough to spotlight our new closet. So, I ran out to Lowe's and bought a fixed track lighting set for $20.
I then added new baskets for the two upper shelves and installed a curtain and curtain rod to serve as the closet's new "door."
To completely finish the project, Evan and I also finished a whole-house floor install this summer. We ripped up the carpet and prepped for our new bamboo flooring. More information about that install will be featured in another post.
And that's it! Remember the before?
Here's the after!
My favorite part about the closet is Evan's new tie racks. I love how they are seemingly showcased as pieces of art (I think I like them more than he does).