Storage space saves marriages. Okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic. But storage space is rarely a bad thing.
Which is why Chris and I recently took on a little rainy-day project: Revamping a small walk-in closet to make it more efficient.
But before we even get started, I have to apologize. Because this closet, with its tricky lighting and tight space, was really hard to photograph. So please excuse these grainy photos.
Too Much Bedding, Too Little Shelving
Our TV/guest room has a daybed with a pop-up trundle. I love it because it makes the room so versatile for guests. It can be a twin-size bed, or convert to a king-size bed, or we can set up the room dormitory-style with two twin beds. Any other time, it’s the comfy daybed where I watch TV.
But all this versatility means that we need to store bedding for a king-size bed and two twin beds.
And this is what led to the closet looking like this.
Occasionally, our TV watching was interrupted by an avalanche of precariously stacked bedding falling from the closet shelf.
Putting a Blank Wall to Work
It was pretty easy to see what the problem was with this little closet.
There was only one shelf on the south wall. And the west wall was blank except for an ugly drain pipe.
So we decided to extend the existing shelf by eight inches and add another shelf above it. And then add two 10-inch-deep shelves to the west wall.
And when I say “we,” of course I mean Chris. Here is yet another instance where he did all the heavy lifting while I followed him around with a camera.
The result was two L-shaped shelves.
I didn’t want the shelves to look new. I wanted them to look like they’d always been there. And I think Chris achieved that.
Painting and Unpainting
Once we knew where the shelves would go, we removed them so I could paint the closet a cleaner white.
And while we were at it, we thought, we might as well spray paint the ugly drain pipe white to minimize its impact. I didn’t want to paint the small copper pipe behind it. Painting copper just seems wrong to me.
But there was something we wanted to un-paint: The hardware on the little pocket window had received many coats of paint over the years. Who paints a window chain? Apparently everyone.
The chain and latch look so much better now that the paint has been stripped.
Moving Back In
Bedskirts, mattress covers, quilts, blankets, sheets, pillows, shams: There is space for everything now.
And that little blue dresser that sat piled high in the closet before? We put it back. It is now almost empty, so it will serve as overflow space for guests to unload their suitcases.
Above it, a little surprise for guests: A vintage mirror. An extra mirror is always a nice touch in a guest room.
(I was tempted to style the top of this dresser for the photo – until I heard my little voice of reason say, “Oh please. It’s a closet!”)
Not the most glamorous home improvement project in the world, I know, but I’m happy that there is just a little less clutter at our house.
Before and After
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About the Pop-Up Trundle Daybed
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I have plans to refresh our TV/guest room a bit: A new rug, new curtains, and fresh paint. It should be a fun little project.
But one thing I don’t want to change is that pop-up trundle daybed. It’s been a while since we bought it, but it is a lot like this one on Amazon. The mattresses were not included, and we added our own headboard.
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