After nearly ten years in my home, my coat closet was a hard-working yet neglected space. It was filled to the brim with shoes and coats and various other things tossed in over the years. It got to the point where you had to shield yourself when opening the door in case anything fell on you, then cross your fingers you would even be able to find anything in the pile.
Finally, I decided enough was enough, and it was time to refresh the space to be a door I wanted to open.
Yes, there are coats and shoes, but also party supplies from 2010, an unopened Uno game, and various other miscellaneous junk. I cleaned out the closet, removed the wire shelf, and got rid of stuff we didn’t need anymore.
I decided the best way to hide the little cabinet in the wall for some of my cable and electrical hookups and my water pipes was to paint everything white. I also cut a closet rod kit that I found on amazon to this width. In addition, I knew I would need cleats on the wall to hang each shelf, and I made these out of 1×2 scraps sized to about 11 inches.
I cut the rod to 3ft and spray-painted the attachments white to match the closet. Note: This provides a little more than 12 in of depth; you may want to make the shelves deeper if you need that for your shoes. So, I decided to install rechargeable motion-activated LED strip lights underneath each shelf.
Since I spray painted the pipes white, I used my silhouette cameo to create some vinyl labels so that I could keep them straight.