Do you have a small entry coat closet that needs a makeover? We did, all our closet had was a rod and there was lots of unused space. I struggle when there is any unused space in our house because it’s small and we need all the organization we can get. So I decided to DIY our closet. And this is the process of our small entry closet makeover on a budget.
SMALL ENTRY CLOSET MAKEOVER ON A BUDGET
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CREATE YOUR PLAN
The first thing you have to do is have your plan. What do you want your closet to look like when it is finished?
We wanted more shelving and shoe storage, so I measured the space and created a sketch. SIDE NOTE: Every shelf will need a brace to secure it to the wall. I like to use 1″x2″ boards for this but for the brace that holds the rod, I use a 1″x6″ board (normally I cut this from the plywood).
From this sketch, you will have a better idea of what size of boards you will need. For example, I used plywood for the shelves and bracing. So with my sketch, I knew what cuts I needed and I knew the amount of plywood I would need (which happened to be scraps I had in my garage).
After I had all my wood cut to the sizes on my plan, I sanded the wood then primed and painted them.
SIDE NOTE: I like to wait on cutting the trim. So I will sand, prime and paint the full 8ft board then cut the board when I am ready to install into the closet. This gives me an exact fit.
BUILD THE CLOSET
I am building this closet very similar to my master closet system but this time there are no drawers, so it took me a lot less time to assemble.
Something to note about my house: We have plaster walls on top of brick, so the easiest way I have found to help secure the bracing to the wall is liquid nails. Please note that you do not need to use it if you don’t want to.
The first thing I did was mark the wall for where the top two braces would be placed (top shelf). Then I started with one shelf at a time, placing the one brace on the marked spot (mine would have liquid nails on it).
Then using a level, make sure the brace is level then secure to the wall with 2″ nails (see images below for example).
For these bigger shelves, the shelf needs to be placed before adding the next brace or it will not fit. So place the shelf then add the brace the same way as before.
Put the shelf into place and secure it to the braces using the 1-1/4″ nail.
Ok now for better pictures of the process but this time it’s for the shoe shelves.
First I marked where the shelf would be placed.
Then place the braces for the shelf, level it, and nail it into place with 2″ nails (mine again had liquid nails).
After place the shelf onto the bracing and nail into place with 1-1/4″ nails. Then move onto the next shelf following the same steps.
Next is adding the 1″x2″ trim to the front of the shelves. I like to cut each piece now so that it fits perfectly. Then I nail into place using 1-1/4″ nails.
After all the trim is added, I use a pin punch to make sure all the nails are slightly indented into the wood.
Then I fill in the nail holes with spackling paste and filled all the gaps with caulk. After I primed and painted just those areas.
Next was adding the closet pole sockets and closet rod. I stained the rod before adding.
And then the closet was complete!!
This small closet makeover has added a lot more shoe and shelf storage to our home. I hope this will help you organize your entry closet on a budget so that it will finally work for you!