Revamping My Closet

There are a number of terrific closet organization systems out there, some DIY systems, and many custom closet companies. Some that come to mind are California Closets, the Container Store's elfa Shelving System, and IKEA's PAX system. Over the years,  my husband has revamped a number of our closets. When we moved into our house eleven years ago, our master bedroom closet looked similar to the picture at left and he transformed it. The pullout shoe closet was my dream.
Empty Closet
Empty Closet
Ikea Shoe Closet
Ikea Shoe Closet
Ikea PAX Closet
Ikea PAX Closet
I was in awe of my new closet, but over time, there were a few drawbacks. The shoe closet hid hard-to-reach shelve space, where I imagined giant dust bunnies were lurking. My boots were squished (or thrown in a jumble) on the limited bottom shelf. My end of the closet was just not working for me anymore. (I know, first world problems!)
What is lurking in there?
What is lurking in there?
After gentle nudging, I finally convinced my husband to take down the shoe closet/dresser. Then I took everything out of the shelves and sorted through all the hidden items. During the overhaul, I even found a pair of shoes that I had forgotten I'd had, because they were hidden away.
Closet Chaos
Closet Chaos
Finally, I set about reconfiguring the hanging poles and shelves, making cubbies for my handbags, and widening the area for dresses and longer garments. Now my clothes and shoes have more breathing space. The finishing touches included making an area for my jewelry. I bought my "Snow White" mirror at Saver's for $6 and spray painted it gold. My jewelry dresser is from a thrift store, $40. I also got rid of  all my wooden hangers and replaced them with felt-covered hangers. I actually think I'll wear more of my clothes and shoes now that I can see them, and my clothes can breathe.
Closet organized
Closet organized
Finally, my daughter and I made a hanging rack for my necklaces.
Jewelry Station
Jewelry Station
Necklace Organizer DIY
Functional Closet Art (i.e., Necklace Organizer)
We bought a wooden oval from A.C. Moore (under $10 with a 50% off coupon), and spray painted it with existing spray paint. Then I pulled out my button box. I've always loved the color red, so we picked out all my red buttons. We pulled out the necklaces I wanted to display and played around with the placement. Then marked up the board with chalk, and hammered small nails into the board. Next we took a hot glue gun and glued the buttons to the nail heads. To make it more interesting, we then hot glued other multicolored buttons to the flat wood service, and voila! My necklace organizer, a.k.a. Functional closet art.
Step 1-Necklace Organizer
Step 1: Necklace Board
 
Step 2: Buttons
Step 2: Buttons
Step 3: Position & Mark Button Placement
Step 3: Position & Mark Button Placement
Step 4: Hammer Nails
Step 4: Hammer Nails
Step: Glue Buttons to Nail Heads
Step: Glue Buttons to Nail Heads
Step 6: Glue on Decorative Buttons to Flat Surface
Step 6: Glue on Decorative Buttons to Flat Surface
Almost Finished
Almost Finished
   
Necklace Organizer
Necklace Organizer

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