In this post, I will show you how to transform a storage closet to a mini home office with just a few simple changes and additions!
I can’t believe I haven’t posted in OVER A YEAR! Life is always busy with two little ones. It feels good to be back though, sharing yet another project we took on this past year (yes, PAST year. Sad.)
While I love to clean, I’m not always the best at organizing. Take our under-the-stairs-closet for example.
When we moved in, we decided to use it as my craft/random storage. It started out nice and neat, but overtime, things started to get thrown in there and it became the “overflow” closet. You can see for yourself…
Yikes. Guys, it was BAD. So bad, that I couldn’t even walk into it. Obviously..
But then, I had a vision. I wanted a space I could call my own. An office. A reading area. A quiet space AWAY from the kids that I could escape to and close the door (yes, even though it’s technically a closet). My wonderful hubby was on board too, so together we came up with a plan for the space.
First, we emptied everything out and went through it all. This part took the longest, as we (I..?) had a LOT of stuff in there. Oops!
Once it was cleared out, we took out the little shelf in the front, so it would open up the space more. We also took off the ugly light fixture so we could get an updated, brighter one.
I then decided I wanted to paint it white. Our whole house is a beige/tan color, and it’s darker than I’d like. Since it’s a small closet, I felt painting it white would brighten the space up and make it look a tad bigger. It really helped!
I wanted some kind of shelving in the back to store craft/office items, so David made some custom wooden shelves to fit in the awkward angled space. It was a family affair one Saturday morning! 🙂
My vision also included some kind of fold-down desk since there isn’t a lot of space in there for one. I found these plans on Pinterest to follow, and we tweaked it a bit to make it our own. We just left off the storage part inside. It’s absolutely perfect, and I love that it can fold back up and still gives a lot of space in the closet!
I painted the outside with chalkboard paint, and the inside is a white board for notes, Bible verses, and little reminders. It has become my favorite place to sit and work on my blog, read, or journal.
I wanted this space to feel bright, cozy, and be functional. I think we achieved my goal and vision!
My kids often know if they can’t find me, that’s where I am. I love having some quiet time during my kiddos’ afternoon nap/rest time, reading or praying.
David comes in and uses the space when he works from home. It’s an ideal quiet spot to get work done with no interruptions or distractions.
Can you even believe the difference?! It is literally night and day in there. I can actually WALK IN and sit down at a DESK! Never would I have thought it could look like this, but all I needed was a vision. Thankful for a hubby that helps me make those visions come to life! Here’s a little before and after for you…
Blows. my. mind. And also, I’m just embarrassed at the before. I can’t even.
Have you ever transformed a small space/closet into an office or more functional space? It feels SO good when it’s all done!
Have a fabulous week, friends!