Under the Staircase Closet: Done!

What a difference a little paint, some flooring, and shelving does for a closet!

Closet makeover

Plus a lot of cleaning out!! We packed up two boxes and a trash bag full of items for donation and our daughter claimed her classical guitar, sleeping bag, the large sofa picture, and a kitchen utensil turnabout. What little was left, I stored in more appropriate places so things can be found in the future. In reality, I put them where they should have been in the first place!

After we cleaned out the closet, removed the old shelf & carpet, and painted (you can read about that here and here), the next thing we did was install this bookcase from Ikea for storage. Of course, some assembly was required but it went together really easy and quick. (much quicker than the filing cabinet we put together a couple of days ago! We won’t talk about how many hours THAT took!!)

We decided to only keep what few jackets/coats that we wear often in this closet and store all the others in a closet upstairs for now. Therefore, I only wanted/needed a small space to hang jackets. To save money, we decided to reuse the rod and shelf brackets. Once we decided upon the new length, Mr. cut the old rod down to size and reinstalled the brackets. We also bought a shelf at Lowe’s and Mr. screwed it onto the brackets.

Closet makeover


I found the three nesting totes and the white basket at Hobby Lobby. I love the gray chevron pattern. (even tho it’s been said that chevron is sooo last year!) 🙂 In the tote above the jackets, I stored the games that we play the most, such as Uno, Left Center Right, and decks of cards. I also used one of the totes for extra embroidered cup towels that my mom and grandma made me, and the white basket for plastic bags.

Closet makeover

Closet makeover

I found this cute metal bin at HomeGoods to corral all the loose tall items. You know, like the six yardsticks that everyone needs! There are also two kites stored in the bin that I found buried in this closet!


Mr. installed hooks for convenience of hanging umbrellas, bags, etc., spray painted the base to the light, and rewired it. I would like to replace the light in the future, but I haven’t found anything that I really like. For now, this one works just fine (and it’s not gold any longer!).

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And the sloped end of the closet turned out to be a perfect fit for our suitcases! You can see one of our little, neon green ID tags smiling at ya! 🙂


I am so thrilled to have this closet useable again! And if you don’t remember what it looked like before, here are some before and after pics.

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So there you go! Our scary “Under the Staircase Closet” is gone and I’m no longer embarrassed for anyone to open this closet door!

Y’all have a great day! Later gators!

Under the Staircase Closet Makeover: Walls & Floor

The closet makeover has started and it looks so much better!


First thing we had to do was clean that sucker out. And I was amazed at the amount of stuff that was in this closet! I showed you pictures of the messy closet here and gave you a brief list of items that you couldn’t see in the pictures. Well…there were things in there that I couldn’t even see and didn’t know was in there!! Hidden among the chaos was a guitar case with our daughter’s classical guitar, her sleeping bag, a mod-podged ceramic cat that I made when I was a little girl, an electric can opener, and my yoga mat (which obviously I haven’t used in quite some time!). And remember the numerous yardsticks I mentioned? Well, there were six! According to Mr., you can never have too many yardsticks! 🙂

Closet makeover - before

First thing Mr. did was remove the shelf and brace from the wall. This caused some minor damage which we fixed with a little spackling compound. After it was good and dry, we hit it with sandpaper just to take off any pointy pieces that were sticking out and smooth it out just a bit.

Closet makeover - during

Closet makeover - during

Closet makeover - during

We painted the sloped ceiling and three of the walls white, but I picked out a “fun” color for the back wall, Youthful Coral by Behr.

Closet makeover - after

We then removed the carpet & tack strips and scraped the glue off the concrete. A putty knife works great for scraping all the glue and foam pad that is stuck on the concrete!

Closet makeover - during

Closet makeover - during

When doing our DIY projects, there’s almost always something that Mr. and I have never attempted and know nothing about! Installing the hardwood floors was this project’s something. We found some flooring at Floor & Décor that we thought was pretty close to the hardwood that is already in the house. It’s slightly redder, but that also could be from the colorful wall that is shining down on it! 🙂

Our VERY helpful sales guy at Floor & Décor spent about five minutes explaining the how-to’s and what-for’s to us, stated “you got this”, and sent us on our way! He apparently was a good teacher, as the only hiccup we had was at the door jamb. Mr. had to cut the bottom of the door jamb off so that the flooring would slide under it to meet the other flooring. I took a video of him cutting it out and will post about it soon. Due to the fact that we were so involved in laying the floor down, I forgot to take any pictures of the progress!

Closet makeover - during

To keep Mr. from having to rip the last boards into 1 1/2″ strips, we built a trim to attach to the baseboards that were already installed. We couldn’t find any trim or molding in stock at Home Depot or Lowe’s that was 1 1/2″ thick, so I came up with the idea to make our own. We found some trim that we liked, then glued and nailed a slat to the back of the trim.

Closet makeover - during

Mr. then nailed it to the baseboard. I caulked all the seams, and primed & painted the trim and baseboard with a glossy white. It now looks like one complete piece of trim molding.

Closet makeover - during

Closet makeover

It looks so much better than it did before! Next on the list…shelving!

Y’all have a great day! Later gators!


“The Closet Under the Staircase”

This title sounds like the next horror story. And by the looks of this closet, it may very well be! And it’s starring me as the villainess, and Mr. as the accomplice by association! Due to the fact that he lives with me and puts stuff in the closet because that’s where I tell him to stick the stuff! That closet has become the daddy of all catch-all closets! Things go in and they never come out! In the words of our daughter, “that closet has a lot going on”!

But very soon, this closet will become the new “Under the Staircase Storage Room”! But for now, no judging me for what lies behind the door of “The Closet Under the Staircase”!


It’s in the dining room, which is just to the right of the front door. It’s the only closet in the house that isn’t in a bedroom, bathroom, etc. So of course, it collects everything that doesn’t belong elsewhere and then some. It’s a big coat closet, but who needs a big COAT closet in Houston?!?! We don’t! In fact, we took about 10 coats and jackets to my mom’s in Oklahoma last month that Mr. and I don’t wear anymore and she gave them away. And we still have more than we need!


My cake and cupcake supplies ended up on the top shelf, as I don’t have much storage in the kitchen. Now they collect dust. (although I did make cherry cupcakes for Christmas this year. My favorite!)


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Then there’s my collection of plastic bags. I think I have more than enough, don’t you? There’s also a bag of artificial flowers that I haven’t used since we moved into the house two years ago; a tin can on top of something that I can’t reach; and a box of cupcake boxes covered in wrapping paper!


I’m pretty sure a coat closet is the best place for a baker’s rack! No? You mean you don’t keep a baker’s rack in your coat closet!


More flowers, holiday signs, miscellaneous mats/rugs that are no longer being used, and paper towels have found their way into this closet. What you don’t see is several decorative pillows, a couple of curtain rods, an ironing board, two crocheted afghans, a stack of paper sacks, a large sofa picture from our last house, numerous yard sticks (how many yard sticks do Mr. and I need?), a box of stoneware dishes that I need to find a place for, and two step ladders! That buried box peeking out from under the bright flowers has my grandma’s china in it. I have my red hutch that I redid a couple of years ago in the dining room, and I’m thinking that would be a great place for the china.


The only thing missing from these pictures is my vacuum cleaner, which usually sits right in the doorway. It’s hanging out upstairs in the gypsy room (which is in limbo at this moment).

So now you know what is lurking inside “The Closet Under the Staircase“.

And now you know what I’ll be doing this weekend, so be sure and check back next week to see the progress. Also, my daughter will be doing a guest post very soon that relates to tips for living in small spaces, such as apartments. So watch for that!

Y’all have a great weekend! Later gators!