Closet Fix


Here’s a little project that made a big improvement in our lives! One of the things that Contractor Don insisted on when he and my mom were here helping us last spring was that anything that might be trash be tossed in the dumpster. Makes a lot of sense, but the downside for us that a lot of things got tossed that we might not get around to replacing for quite a while, just because they’re down the priority list. That included closet doors and shelving, most of which were in pretty rough shape. So since last March, we haven’t had doors on any closets or any shelving in most of them. As we’ve been putting together Baby L’s nursery (aka, the room that used to be the place we threw all our random stuff), the need for organized storage has become more and more apparent. Closets are important, people! Especially for an OCD organizer like me.


This small closet is at the end of our hallway between the nursery and our office, and our thought has always been that it would be a linen closet. It’s very deep, and probably used to house a swamp cooler or some such, as you can tell from the cut-off ductwork in the ceiling. As the person who repaired the walls and painted it, I can also tell you that not a wall in there is straight, flat, or plumb in any way, and I’m pretty sure the person who tossed the drywall compound around those ducts spread it on like marshmallow fluff and walked away.


To remedy the mess, after patching and repairing the walls and giving them coats of primer and paint, we added simple melamine shelving from Home Depot. Wayne came down and did a hell of a job trying to get everything flat and level when NOTHING in the closet could be described that way. Now, the side pieces are screwed to the walls and create new flat surfaces, and the shelving is super sturdy.


What was a general eyesore and hole full of random crap in the end of the hall is now a functional and clean linen closet! Now it just needs a door, but at least when people wander past it looks like an actual usable space. And it allowed us to get all our linens and other storage items out of the nursery. Win win win.

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