my own personal DIY

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Apparently I have been unconsciously taking in some of the DIY spirit I've been seeing in the blog world lately because over the long weekend I put in custom shelves!

For a while now I've been trying to figure out a way to reorganize my closet that doesn't leave me feeling so claustrophobic about the space.  I have a walk in closet for goodness sake, I should feel like I have room!

In to this walks my friend Natasha who unbeknownst to me has magic organizational powers. She suggested a few different routes to change things up and the first thing was to move my shoe rack. It was a blah plastic rack I'd gotten for free that instead of hanging over my door I nailed to my wall (sexy). Now that space is going to be reclaimed for bags but before that could happen I had to move the shoes!

It was a bit of a process (and stupid Lowes was a pain in the ass let me tell you) but after some elbow grease I finally got everything up!

(Note to self: Don't use your forehead to hold shelves in place while you drill. That hurts.)

The space next to my bathroom door was so little that I couldn't buy any pre-made shelves - nothing comes in 10" by 15" - so I just picked up a 1" x 10" x 12' piece of lumber at Home Depot and had them cut it. Ten minutes later I had 9 shelves and the appropriate 'L'-brackets to make sure they hung on my wall. 

(Lowes did recommend these expensive dry wall screw thingys that I probably should have gone with because admittedly this damaged the heck out of the wall but hey - that's what patching before you move out is for.)

The final result? SHOE GLORY!

This isn't the whole shoe collection, most of the boots couldn't fit here and I didn't even bother with my flats, but now my foyer area is much less crowded and the whole closet feels so much bigger! Yay!

PasticheBella said...

I like that a lot!
good job

Dana said...

Thanks! It was a pain in the butt, lol, but worth it in the end.

Unknown said...

this is excellent! I HAVE to explore my DIY side and get a new closet system going.

Dana said...

If you've already got the power drill it's a relatively painless install. I had the guy at Home Depot cut the individual shelves :).

Christine said...


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