DIY Closet Touch-Ups. It’s In the Details!

Closet Touch Up Tips

If you follow me on Facebook, then you will have seen my post featuring this quick closet fix.DIY Closet Fix

Side note, ‘Before’ shot was taken during the day, ‘After’ was taken later in the evening – no flash was used in either shot. What a difference natural light makes to colour in photographs! The ‘Before’ shot is a lot more true to the actual colour, and a lot less grainy.

Back to the closet – I thought I could leave well enough alone once it was fixed, but I couldn’t. You see there were two spots randomly left unpainted – the edge of the deep, jut-out shelf, and the left inside panel where the closet rod hangs. I know me, these spots would drive me crazy, so that meant the painting had to be done.

The storage shed was full of touch-up paint when we arrived, and in my hunt this is the one that caught my eye.

Dried Up Paint

Well now!

Luckily I found more of this colour stashed in another spot – much newer and in great shape. Let the painting begin.

When I mentioned jut-out shelf, I wasn’t kidding. This is a pretty hazardous configuration and in anticipation of potential casualties, I added these felts to soften the blow corner. In a perfect world I would rip out this whole closet system and redesign it, but for now we are working with what is and tweaking where we can to get moved in and settled!

Master Closet - Shelf - Before

Master Closet - Shelf - After

I don’t have a ‘Before’ of the unpainted panel, but just picture raw plywood.

Another tweak I made was putting a white rod cover over the wooden rod. It’s something I do in all my closets whether the rods are metal or wood. I just find it brightens the closet up and helps the hangers slide. The same goes for shower bars. It’s amazing what a difference a rod cover can make, and for not a lot of money.

Here is the closet now, painted in full!

Closet Touch Up Tips

I also lined the floor where my bags are with a piece of plastic carpet protector. I had it on hand, it’s easy to cut to size and I was able to place the finished edge out.

My next mission is to replace all the plastic hangers with black velvet covered hangers. I’ve replaced half already, and I really like them. Clothes don’t slip off the hanger, and they take up a lot less room.

Tip: If you opt for these hangers just be careful where you buy them. There is definitely a difference in quality as the hanger hook tends to break off on the cheaper ones. In my experience, Costco’s are good, Wal-Mart’s are not!

How about you? Would you have done the painting, or would you have left it alone since it’s inside the closet? What kind of hangers do you like, and what makes or breaks a closet for you?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

The Summer of To Do & Done

So what did we do this summer?

Well… we moved. That was big!

Moving Day!… (read here)

And then we set up home…

We installed a bunch of shelving.

Basement Storage… (read here)

Reworked our closet organizer from the last home to fit the new master closet.

ReDesigning A Closet Organizer for a New Space… (read here)

Put in under-the-sink organizers.

Organizing Under the Sink… (read here)

Created more storage by maximizing unused space in the laundry room.

Laundry Room Love… (read here)

Even DIY-ed some racks for platter storage.

Platters… Rack ‘Em Up!… (read here)

We took it outside for a few days and turned a weed garden into something our neighbours were happy to see.

Landscaping… I’m Not Gonna Lie!… (read here & here)

And tackled more DIYs to prettify and personalize the new place!

We started in Kaleigh’s room by recovering the lid of her pine chest.

DIY Project: Re-covering Lid of Pine Chest… (read here & here)

And then sewed new covers for her throw pillows.

DIY: Sewing Up A Sea of Turquoise… (read here, here, here & here)

We created a wall of shopping art in her ensuite.

A Teen’s Collection of Shopping Art… (read here)

Went shopping for some vintage pieces to create a new look.

Vintage Amber Glassware… (read here)

And bought a wire mannequin for a corner vignette.

Wire Mannequin Makes A Stand… (read here)

The master suite got some attention too.

We found a great vintage window frame turned mirror… and added it to our space.

Intimate Reflections… (read here)

And scored on a pair of old leaded glass windows to partner up with the window above.

Old Leaded Glass Windows… (read here)

And we even hung up our drapes to get a little black-out and some sleep… I didn’t blog about that but here’s a peek at them in place anyway!

They’re still on my ‘to do’ list because I’m adding some length to the hem so they touch the floor. Did you notice the new vintage windows in place?

We also added a few other new items to our collection of things in the home.

Like the reclaimed wood cabinet I wrote about yesterday!

Reclaimed Wood, Steam Punk Style… (read here)

And I changed up the look of my old oak rocker by repainting it as part of the Summer Pinterest Challenge.

Summer Pinterest Challenge: My Rocking Chair… (read here)

We also fell in love with an art easel turned TV stand. And figured we could DIY one too! This is the easel we bought, but the DIY part is still on the ‘to do’ part!

An Artistic TV Stand… (read here)

We just need to buy a few things to attach the TV and tweak the design to suit our needs. Oh, and paint it too!

And right now Kaleigh and I are in the middle of a repurposing project for her TV stand. But I won’t ruin the surprise. It’ll be blogged about once we’re all done!

So that’s a little snap shot of what we did this summer. We did lots of little tweaky things too, and maybe they’ll be included in a year-end wrap-up review!

But for what’s next, here’s a look at our ‘to do’ list rolling in to the Fall.

July and August went fast for us, and along with the making-a-house-a-home program, we did remember to have some fun… well for me this is fun, but I mean we did find time to do other things too. I bet you read about some of those adventures in my other blog posts this summer 😉 And now we’re looking forward to what’s to come.

How about you?

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!


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ReDesigning A Closet Organizer For A New Space

While I wait for my Pinterst Challenge project to dry, I thought it was time to give you an update on the closet organizing situation in our new master bedroom.

When we were in our last home we installed a Rubbermaid closet organizer (here), which worked really well for us. And since we were renting, when we moved, the closet organizer came with us.

Enter the room we chose for us in the new rental, and this is the closet within.

Yet another single rod, one shelf system. In our opinion, a serious waste of space, and a system that doesn’t work for us.

Why? Because this is what we had to find a home for…

‘Ours’, hung temporarily on a rolling clothes rack during the closet system installation.


Could you tell this pile was ‘his’? What was your clue 😉

And ‘hers’…

And this doesn’t include dresses, skirts, and shoes!

So we set to work taking the existing system down…

…which we re-installed in the basement for additional off-season coat storage.

We had to make some changes to the organizer configuration from the way we had it installed in the other home. The other closet was a bit longer, and had a set of built-in shelves at the same end that you see here.

But not this one. So we put the shorter bar on this end instead, which we use to hang pants at full-length.

We kept the double bars in the same location as before.

But what we completely changed is the addition of the baskets in the center of the closet. Did you notice, these are the same baskets that used to be in our laundry room in the last home (here)?

The only other addition is the basket on the floor (which may, or may not stay). That one wasn’t in the old laundry room, but it was used in a closet in the last house.

We actually had to put the closet together in two stages, because we needed to buy the brackets and shelving material to set the baskets on. But we wanted to install the system to this point first.

So this is a glimpse of stage one before the shelving was installed. The clothes were hung up temporarily in the interim.

One of the crucial components of this closet system is the tie rack. This is what happened to the ties while we were in limbo between closet systems.

They were hung over the quilt rack with the quilt of many colours… (I wrote about the quilt here). Imagine trying to pick out a tie first thing in the morning from this rainbow of colour!

Here’s a look at the tie storage now.

The rack actually slides out.

Like this…

Much easier to work with!

So in the end we have a similar configuration with some trade-offs, but with a closet that is far more functional than the traditional single rod, single shelf system you so often find.

The point of this post is just to show you how a Rubbermaid closet system can be redesigned into a new space, and still deliver equal functionality. And with this post what you also get to see is how baskets were re-purposed and integrated to optimize the usable space of this closet.

Do you have a closet system in your home? Would you be able to take it with you and redesign your new closet space with it if you moved?

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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In & Out of the Closet

Laundry Room Love

Organizing Under the Sink

Basement Storage

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Kaleigh’s Tropicana Cabana

As we are undoing the house and taking things down, I’m starting to remember how things looked when we first moved in. We definitely made some changes, but could only go so far because this has been a rental for us. And now with moving out, I wonder what will unfold as we make the new place our home…

This is what my daughter, Kaleigh’s room looked like when we first moved in here.

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Great for a Spiderman fan, but for this, at the time 14 year old teenage girl, not so much.

So Kaleigh chose BM 2048-50 (Tropicana Cabana) to repaint the room in, and still loves it now! She was a big part of the prepping and painting process, which I featured here.

SZInteriors Photo

Kaleigh plays both the guitars hanging on her wall, and they are also key in her decorating scheme.

SZInteriors Photo

A great fit for the other must-have element in her décor, posters of her punk/alternative favorite band, AFI.

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My only intervention – put them in poster frames!

The closet had been turned into a study cove by the owners for their son’s desk. This what it looked like before we turned it back into a closet.

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Kaleigh loves her clothes, and she has a lot of them! This is how we turned the study cove back to a  functioning closet. The left end has shelving with baskets on them.

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You might recognize the closet because I wrote about it here.

Isn’t it amazing what a difference a can of paint and some creative organizing makes?

So as we take this next step with the move, I’m thinking about Kaleigh’s new room. She says she’s sticking with the black bedding, but wants a different accent fabric, like maybe a leopard print, and another colour for punch! And her guitars will definitely be a focal point.

Do you have any great ideas to showcase guitars? Would love to hear them!

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

Related Posts You Might Like To Read

In and Out of the Closet

Office Overhaul: Hubby Zone and Shared Zone

Staging: To Paint or Not To Paint?

A Young Perspective on Ottomans

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In & Out of the Closet

Something that comes up consistently in my consultations is the storage solution conundrum. With smaller footprint homes becoming the ‘norm’, clients are increasingly focussed on utilizing every nook and cranny in order to maximize their space. There are so many tips and strategies on this topic that a blog article could become a book. Read on to see three ‘before’ and ‘after’ mini projects where functional, and optimal storage was the ultimate goal for each of my clients.

Project #1 – Master Suite

This master suite was actually part of a larger redesign project, which included selecting new wall colour and window treatments, but the biggest obstacle was to create a truly functional closet from a standard closet design.

Master Closet - Before
  • This closet is 9½’ long x 2’ deep x 8’ high
  • The opening is 6’, which is accommodated with two 3’ bi-fold doors
  • There is also 20” of awkward-to-access space in each end of the closet to work with

The original closet system contained a single rod stretching the full length of the closet, a narrow unfinished shelf above the rod, and 2 lower shelves in the 20” space on the left side. The rest of the closet was unutilized dead space.

The Solution:

One 4– 8’ Rubbermaid closet kit, available at Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, and Home Depot. This kit includes two 4’ shelves and rods, and one 26” shelf and rod. The system is fully expandable, which provides the flexibility needed to set each shelf and rod to suit the storage needs and  really make the space in this closet go a long way.

In order to utilize the rest of the closet space, a piece of dowling was cut to size and mounted near the ceiling at the left end of the closet for out of season tops to be hung and stored. An extra shelf was added to the existing shelving for jeans and sweaters, and canvas lined wicker baskets (from Jysk) were incorporated for t-shirts and smaller items like scarves, etc.

Master Closet - Left End

The floor space under the shelves is left open enough to store a small carry-on size suitcase, and other items of similar size and bulk.

In the opposite end of the closet the 26” rod and shelf was mounted high enough to hang full length gowns. You can see here that dress pants hung full-length also take advantage of this space. The floor space that is left is roomy enough for shoes, though you can’t see the floor space in this picture.

Master Closet - Right End

Other add-on items that were incorporated: a tie rack (left of top shelf), and a hanger for belts (left of tie rack on back wall of closet).

Master Suite Closet - After

From a standard closet design to all-out function, every inch of this closet was maximized with a simple closet kit, a few add-ons, and a little creativity. And all this was done in a day!

Project #2 – Teen’s Closet

This bedroom is quite small, and only has room for a double bed and either a small dresser or a small desk, but not both. Previously the useable space of this room was expanded by placing a study desk in the closet area instead of having a functioning closet. There were shelves in the left end of the closet, but the rod had been removed.

Teen Closet - Before
  • This closet is 8’ long x 2’ deep x 8’ high
  • The opening is 5’, and does not have doors
  • There is also 27” of awkward-to-access space in the left end of the closet to work with

This space is now a teenager’s bedroom, one with a lot of clothing and accessories. So in desperate need of a closet system, she wanted a combination of solid shelving and double rods, room for her laundry hamper, and somewhere to store all her handbags. She was very clear that she didn’t want doors of any kind, because she wanted to have easy access to all her things.

The Solution:

Individual materials were purchased from Home Hardware to build the closet system with: two 4′ long x 1′ deep pre-cut pine boards; one 9′ piece of dowling to cut down to size for 2 rods; plastic rod cover; four shelf/rod mounting brackets; one 3′ pressure-fit rod. Canvas lined baskets were purchased from London Drugs.

Teen Closet - Left End

If you look at the reflection in the mirror you can see all the purses hung over a rod. This is where the pressure-fit rod was installed; it’s easy to remove and keeps the purses from being crushed, or squashed. Installing the mirror here was the teen’s idea!

Teen Closet - After

Here is the finished closet. Isn’t it neat and tidy? In front of the mirror is the laundry hamper, and under the bottom rod of clothing there are more baskets that hold smaller accessory items. This closet has a light inside, which makes the items on the top shelf easier to see.

Did you notice the great new colour on the walls? It’s Benjamin Moore’s ‘Tropicana Cabana’ 2048-50, also part of this project!

Project #3 – Laundry Room Storage and Styling

This laundry room is a very tiny 6′ x 7′ work-horse. It not only has a washer, dryer, and basin in it, but is home to the hot water tank, and also multi-tasks as storage too! The challenges were lack of counter space, and turning wasted vertical space into more functional storage.

Right away I wanted to find a solution to disguise the hotwater tank as much as possible, and remove the visual clutter from the top of the cabinets. I wanted to find a spot for the laundry basket that would keep it off the dryer, which could double as a valuable folding surface.

The Solution:

Baskets from London Drugs; Trolley and replacement laundry basket from Super Store

The baskets fit perfectly above the cabinets, and the smaller ones on the side complete the look.

Basket Storage - After

The trolley serves as quick and easy storage for smaller items that are used more often. The new laundry basket sits on top of the trolley and does a great job of hiding the hotwater tank – did you even remember it was there?

The space now has a more unified and finished look. The baskets not only serve a function, but they warm the room up as well. Adding colour to the walls would be a nice touch too, but that is part of another phase in the styling work.

What do you think? Have the challenges of these projects been met for the clients?

Can’t find the solution for your storage challenge? Maybe we can help. Contact us to schedule an introductory consultation – remember the first ½ hour is on the house!