Design on a Dime

Kid’s Room: Small Closet Makeover on a Budget


I’m finally finished creating a boys & girl’s shared space in my home! I will be revealing all the makeover goodness each day this week! First, I’m going to start off by showing the closet transformation!

To say that Saylor’s closet was a disaster PRE-renovation would’ve been an understatement. First of all, it was home to every single candy wrapper, random whirlygig and missing sock… not to mention dirty laundry, and obviously (as shown above) the closet was severely under-utilized..what..are there like 5 hangers in there? In order to make room for Finn’s crib, I knew that I was going to have to remover Saylor’s dresser from the room and find a way to get all of her clothes neatly organized in the closet. And my goal was to do this as cheaply as possible, sorry California Closets, I cannot afford you!


The first thing I did was paint the closet. I, lazily did not paint the closet when I painted the room last year. So I made up for it by painting the inside of the closet the same color as the walls which was, Mysticl Sea by Valspar.


Next I had this bright idea to put the Closetmaid dressers that were in our master bedroom closet into Saylor’s closet. (Remember, I’m trying to do this on a budget and re-purpose as much existing furniture as possible). I liked the way it looked but knew that I needed a little more space, so I purchased the Closetmaid Cubes at Walmart for $15.00 each and put them on each side of the dresser.


I liked the way it looked but if felt too dark in the closet, so I thought I would liven it up with a little chevron stencil. Have I ever told you how much I freaking hate stencils. I just plain suck at the them, but I thought I would give it another try. NOPE. Still Hate them! The drawers ended up looking like this..and you know what I did? I sprayed some Windex on the dresser and completely wiped that chevron off! LOL. Okay, starting over!


I went back to Walmart and decided it might be fun to do something with Duck Tape. So I bought White duck tape and went back to the drawers and outlined them with the tape. I liked the way it looked..kinda modern!


I then went through all of Saylor’s clothing and hung up everything that could be hung up..and sorted by color. I always do this in my closets…I’m not sure why! ;)


I added some fabric boxes on the shelf above her closet (stolen from her brother’s room) and hid the sheet sets and extra clothing she had up there!

I really like how it came out and I’m excited to see how long this look lasts, before I’m finding candy wrappers and my husband’s missing socks in there. But a girl can dream, right? ;)


This article has 13 comments

  1. Gracie

    Thank you for the simple, straight forward directions and links! One of my kid’s rooms is very small and we’re looking at moving two kidos in there!

  2. Myranda Stone

    I love your closet transformation! I will definitely going to do this to my closet. Believe it or not, I have one of the smallest closets I have ever seen in my life. Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone!

  3. Tee

    Thanks for sharing! I will be doing something similar to this in my son’s closet.

  4. Livi

    Was searching for a budget closet idea and finally found one that was ACTUALLY done on a budget! LOL Looks great too! Thanks, totally looking for those shelves for my kids too.

    • Amberly

      dit :Hey figure toi que j’ai commandé un aspirateur de cette marque la semaine dernière! Sans sac par contre, hyper coupi, Violet :D, petit prix (69 euros) et il a une pitain d&cec17;8ffi2a#ité! (rien ne lui résiste, même pas les poils longs de plush incrustés dans son coussin)

  5. Samantha

    I love that you used duck tape!! I saw the stencils n than those nice solid white lines n was like mmm nope not happening but ill keep reading than bam hit me with the duck tape n i fell in love…your my kinda lady! Closet looks great!

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