My craft room closet had way too much space between the shelves and because of that things would just get piled on top of each other without any rhyme or reason. I’d just shove things in where I could telling myself I’d sort it out later.
Of course that made it very messy to look at, and it also made finding what I was looking for quite a challenge. So later finally arrived recently when I sorted this closet out.
When we moved in 18 years ago this was a clothes closet with a hanging rail and I converted it to shelving for my craft room.
I just used odds and ends pieces of wood that I had around the house, including some awesome barnboard that will be replaced at some point so I can use it for projects.
But I digress. 🙂
Just like I did with the shelf area over my desk, where I have my repurposed bakeware storage, I’m going to add a few shelves inside this closet.
The shelf with the wallpaper is the one I’ll be working on for this post.
I’m using a piece of waferboard and some pine 1×3’s from our wood stash. I used a hand saw to cut them to the length I needed. All I needed to install my shelf was my power drill and 4 screws.
Because this is just my craft room, and the inside of the closet, I’m more interested in this costing me nothing than I am in how it looks.
Sometimes it’s OK for something to just be functional.
This is everything that came off of that shelf. It’s no surprise why everything was piled on top of each other.
The first thing I did was measure the height of where I wanted my shelf to be, and then I drew a pencil line.
Because the wall of the closet is so thin I had to screw from the outside into the wood brace on the inside.
I did this when John wasn’t home so it was quite the challenge to hang onto the brace on the inside while drilling into it from the outside, but I managed.
Pine is very soft so it’s easy to drill into and that helped a lot.
Here’s my brace after a screw was put in place at the front end of the brace, also from the outside.
Once I have one brace up I always do a dry fit for leveling purposes. I hold a shelf in place and draw a pencil line under it to mark where the brace will go on the other side of the closet.
I love my adorable little vintage level. 🙂
Because this brace is being screwed into the wall I pre-drilled my screws into the wood.
This makes it much easier to screw in the brace.
And here it is with the shelf in place… along with two shelves that were added in the sections above the area I worked on. I wanted this particular shelf to be low so I can store thrifted wall papers, contact paper etc… Also It’s a great place to store my paint tray, which was always just crammed in wherever.
The plastic bins are from one of those drawer organizer thingies on wheels. One of the drawers was broken so I removed the other four and used them here.
I’m collecting different things in them for projects, but I can’t show you because that would ruin the surprises. I labelled them after these pics were taken.
A girl has got to have some secrets. 🙂
I found these fruit cardboard boxes at my local grocery store. They’re very strong and can be pulled in and out very easily so I can see what the whole box holds. These little things used to be crammed in my vintage bread boxes that I keep in my built in bookcase and I could never find what I was looking for.
I thought about giving the box fronts a makeover but I kinda like the graphics so I’m keeping them as is for now.
The fabrics that were in these boxes in the before photo have been moved elsewhere. Since I don’t use fabric often it doesn’t need to be in an easily accessible place.
So here’s my craft room closet before.
Not the most horrible craft room closet I’ve ever seen, but bad enough that finding things when I needed them was driving me a little bit batty. The real problem was that the closet is quite deep so there was stuff at the back that I often forgot was even there.
And the organized, but not very glamorous after. lol.
Not all makeover are gorgeous, but to me organization is a beautiful thing. 🙂
And really this craft room closet do-over was a good excuse for me to share how easy it is to totally DIY shelf installation. You don’ t need any fancy shelf brackets, unless you want them. Just a couple of 1×3’s cut to size will do.
I’m all about saving as much money as I can and the three shelves I added here cost me zero dollars, and that totally works for me.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.