Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

Hey y’all…I have to admit that I’m starting this post with just a tinge of trepidation. Jennifer and I strive to be nothing but honest with all of you and the time has come for a dose of transparency and disclosure.

My house has some hidden hiding places. You know, spaces where all of the clutter and junk get crammed into? We have a closet downstairs that has never had any real definitive purpose. It became the perfect place to hold tablecloths, napkins, seasonal decor, papers, and on and on. When I clean the house and I have a bunch of stuff I don’t know what to do with – it gets stuffed into this closet. “Company is coming?” “Quick, throw this in the closet”. Now, please don’t judge me…but this is when I finally decided that enough was enough!

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

Isn’t this ridiculous? So embarrassing! I knew I needed to get my act together and for there to be any real change, this closet needed a designated purpose. I thought about what made the most sense as an organized storage solution and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I would makeover and create a home decor and prop closet. This would be the perfect space to store oversized platters, candlesticks and more.

But first, I had to clear everything out of the closet. This took a hot minute! It all just about filled my dining room area.

I knew the first design solution needed to be a way to eliminate the wire shelves. Not to defend my bad behavior :) but the wire shelves aren’t practical for storing items that aren’t completely flat. Small and narrow items have no stability on these shelves either – everything topples over.

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

I mapped out an idea on paper that would put my DIY skills to the test. This project needed to be easy as I would be doing it 100% on my own. I tried to remove one of the shelves to see what I would be facing. After I removed 10 screws from the wall, the shelf didn’t budge. Apparently the builder also glued the shelf into place. I didn’t want this to turn into having to repair holes in the wall so I put the screws back in.

I decided to cover the existing shelves with wood. I also wanted the shelves to be pretty so I needed something for the trim. I measured everything out for my materials. And measured again just to be safe.

I cut out all of my shelves from 3/8 inch plywood…

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

…then stained each one with this fantastic ebony stain. The coverage was wonderful.

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

I got creative with the shelf trim. I knew it needed to be lightweight and sturdy. The trim also needed to be 3 inches wide to completely hide the wiring shelves. I was fretting as there were not a lot of options with this size requirement. As I was perusing my options at Home Depot I had almost given up. And then I turned around and heard the angels sing. The vinyl and wood composite baseboards would be perfect. And they were already the right color! I measured and cut the trim.

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

Titebond III is my new best friend. This stuff has a fantastic grip and doesn’t drip.

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

I added a bead of adhesive the length of the board…

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

…and added it to the shelf fronts. Painters tape held everything into place. The adhesive was completely dry in 30 minutes, but I waited an hour before removing the tape.

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

Are you ready to see what the shelves look like now? Here you go…

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

I finally have space for all of my oversized platters…

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

The baskets house tablecloths and napkins…

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

 

 

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

All of my candlesticks now have a safe place to hang out. No more topple-overs :)

Home Decor and Prop Closet Makeover

 

I am very proud of myself for dreaming up this project and for being able to complete it on my own. I think it turned out beautifully. If there’s a project you’re wanting to try all by yourself…go for it! You can do it!

Until Monday…

XO~Vicki

Comments

  1. says

    This is crazy you guys! It doesn’t even look like the same closet! I love the smart solution for the wire shelves and the trim too. Martha would be so proud and I am too! Hugs, CoCo
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  2. Liz Bonin says

    Beautiful job! I especially love that you stained the shelves dark! So elegant (especially for a closet!) how many times a day have you gone by and opened the door just to look in?! ‘Cause that’s what I would be doing!!😄

  3. Bambi Mullinax says

    Very impressive closet makeover! It looks so great that you don’t even need the door! Great solution for that catch-all closet that we all have.
    Bambi