Zach’s Closet

We’re moving Zach upstairs to Adam’s old room, but first it needs to be painted. The closet too, so I thought why not start there. The best part about this whole project was the total cost of $5 for the paint (It was a mis-tint and the paint can is still 2/3 full).

Here’s the closet before.

Here’s the rest of it. That door leads to an attic area. Hubby took the door off the playroom area and cut it to size to fit here. There was a wall panel here before that had to be unscrewed every time someone needed access to the attic. A door is so much easier.

There were quite a few places that needed some patching. I love this spackle. It turns white when it’s time for it to be sanded and I like not having to guess.

Here’s a little paint roller trick I’m sure everyone knows but for the 1 of you who doesn’t, here it goes. Wrap tape around your roller, make sure it’s stuck good, then take the tape off. It takes all the little extra fuzzies off the roller. No more fuzzies in your paint.

And here’s the after. I was a little worried about the color at first. The closet kind of turned into a cave and there’s not a light in there. I don’t know why, it’s a big closet. Hubby says it will be easy to add one though, because we can just bring it through the attic area.

These 2 shelving units came from Ammon and Zach’s old closet together. Ammon didn’t need all of them now.

I like these units because they can be moved to where the need is for them. They hook together with these wood dowels.

I always attach them to the wall, especially in boys rooms where they try to climb everything. Just screw the attachment to the shelf.

Then to a stud in the wall, once you have the shelf in place.

Zach is moving to the smallest room in the house, so these shelves are going to be his dresser. Because his clothes took up 2 units, he needed 2 more for other things. So I took the shelves the games used to be on. We didn’t need them for the games anymore, once I got rid of the ones we never play.

Now he has room for his books and other personal items on the shelves too.

Just past the shelves are his hang up clothes, a laundry basket and a sleeping bag backpack. I can’t put anything in front of the attic door that can’t be moved easily. This is where the holiday decorations are going to be stored.

This wall is across from his hang up clothes and is wasted space so I thought I’d make use of it.

Hubby cut me 2 boards the length I had measured. Then I painted them to match the trim.

I applied liquid nails to the back of each board.

Then leveled it and stuck it to the wall.

Then I used the nail gun and nailed each board into the studs. I really used the nail gun! Hubby showed me how and I did it and I didn’t put a nail through myself. You have no idea how scared of that thing I’ve been. Can’t you just see how proud I am? Yes, I know my hair is in my eyes, I was scared to let go of the gun.

Hubby said the liquid nails and the nails were probably overkill, but I know those boards are staying put and a 10 year old boy can’t even rip them off the wall.

Then I filled in my little nail holes, sanded and did a little touch-up painting.

Then I screwed in these hooks I’ve had in a storage box forever. They were from our old house.

Now he has even more space to hang things in his closet and they don’t interfere with the attic door.

So what do you think? I love his closet and all the space he has and the best part is the total cost of $5 (actually less, because I still have a lot of paint). Are you wondering where all his toys are? I’ll give you a hint: bins. That will be coming up soon. Right now I’m really happy with the closet and yes, some of his room will be gray too.

{ 25 comments… add one }
  • Kyra September 13, 2010, 5:02 am

    Looks great! Inspires me to make my girls’ closets a little more functional. (oh, and I guess I am the “1” person 🙂

  • Amy September 13, 2010, 5:10 am

    I use “oops” paint in closets, too! I pick something that coordinates with the room and go for it. I like having a closet painted something other than white – it’s a bit of cheerfulness. I also hang some type of art in there whenever I can, even if it is partially covered by clothing. The former nursery still has the poster from my shower guessing birthdate, weight, future occupation, etc. and that makes me smile every time I open the doors. And all those extra hooks are great!

  • Handy Man, Crafty Woman September 13, 2010, 8:46 am

    Awesome job! We did my son’s closet over, but I think I should have used shelving units like these. We put some shelves up, but they still weren’t enough room, lol! Great job.

  • Laurie September 13, 2010, 10:02 am

    I love the hooks to hang up items, the easier you make it for kids the better!!

  • tangled zen September 13, 2010, 11:35 am

    Love the hooks!

    Wishing I had an attic door like that into our space…I have to crawl up a drop down ladder in the garage even though the attic space backs up to my closet. How lucky!

  • Chantel September 13, 2010, 1:14 pm

    It looks great! I like the color of the paint, I never knew that trick! I’ll have to do that next time I use a paint roller.

    Also, those hooks on the wall are brilliant. I think I’m going to do that in my own room

  • Heidi@TheCraftMonkey September 13, 2010, 9:36 pm

    thanks for sharing, I’m the one who didn’t know that little paint tip! i despise painting!! bleck!

  • Heidi September 13, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Where did you originally buy those two shelving units? I would love to find something like that for my son’s closet…

  • debbie September 14, 2010, 9:04 am

    That looks awesome Leanne. Very inspiring. THose hooks are key…I could do something like that (I think)thanks for joining me this week. Debbie

  • Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal September 14, 2010, 10:26 am

    I love closet organizers! You did a great job. We have those crazy little man servant doors too(as my kids call them)!

  • All8 September 15, 2010, 6:37 am

    This may help with adding more storage out of unused space.

  • Meg September 15, 2010, 8:40 am

    Ooh, it looks great! I love the hooks! So nice and organized. I need some of this in my closet!

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  • The Polka Dot Closet September 15, 2010, 9:00 pm

    What a lucky little boy! All the hooks are a great idea, boy’s would rather do that than hang up their clothes! Visiting from Debbiedoos.


  • Johnna September 15, 2010, 9:30 pm

    Awesome closet love the hooks in it.

  • Rebecca September 16, 2010, 7:00 am

    I really need to do this in my closet-looks wonderful!

  • DeeAnna September 16, 2010, 8:52 am

    Ok maybe I was the one that didn’t know the tape trick! Genius!! We lived in San Francisco when my boys were little so not only did we have to bolt things to the walls so they wouldn’t hurt themselves, it is common practice in “earthquake country”.

  • Carrie @ Dittle Dattle September 17, 2010, 10:14 am

    I love the color you used. In fact, I’m in the process of redoing my teenage son’s room and closet. I picked a little shade of gray but he really wanted it to be more of the shade you have. I was worried about getting to “cave” like too. 😀

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  • Donene Jones September 17, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Love the closet and the hooks are always needed!
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  • Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique September 18, 2010, 4:59 am

    Wow love the transformation and how you made use of that empty space you are one crafty MAMA and i love it!

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  • Ashlee September 27, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Wow! I love the color! And the great the hooks are a great idea! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s!

  • Toni December 22, 2010, 8:02 am

    This is great organization. I would love for you to link up to my organizing party here…! Its from yesterdays post. Great job!

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