Do you have a teenager? I do! And this is my reality with my 13 year old. I can’t defend the mess all over the floor but I can tell you that the closet is not very user friendly. I will never understand how a rod and a board make a closet. And this particular rod is pulling away from the wall and everything might end up in the floor at any second. (Not that it would be noticeable with the mess already in this room.)
A lot of good that did me. So we finally decided to give this closet a major makeover.
My husband drew up some basic, preliminary plans for the closet. We decided to use MDF for the project and bought 2 4×8 boards. We could have gotten by with just one board but the original plan was to have a total of 8 shelves but we decided on 6 shelves instead. There’s nothing wrong with having a left over piece of MDF for another project.
The 2 vertical supports were cut to be 13″ deep and whatever the height from floor to ceiling was. All of the shelves are 12″ deep so they sit back 1″ from the front of the vertical boards.
My husband wanted to make the shelves in the middle adjustable so he measured, marked and drilled every one of these holes to make the shelves adjustable.
He also used a router to round the front edges of all of the boards.
We painted the inside of the closet gray and the shelves white to pop off the gray. In case you didn’t know, I love a painted closet.
The white board under the bottom shelf is a small door that leads to the attic.
Here’s a reminder of what we started with.
And here is the completed closet. We have increased the space for hanging clothes by 20″ and doubled (+ a few inches) the shelf space. The total cost including paint was under $100.
We are thinking about leaving the closet doors off. It’s not like our son ever closed them anyway and it just looks nicer not having the doors stick out.
Our son was 10 when we moved into this house and we painted his room Steelers yellow. Steelers yellow was a compromise because he wanted his room to be this really really dark green and it was really really ugly. But now that he’s 13, we want to give him a more grown up room. He has already chosen blue for his wall color. I just need to find the motivation to paint it.
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