Make your small hall closet into a new shoe closet with $20, salvaged materials, and leftover paint!
Make Your Small Hall Closet Into A New Shoe Closet!
A couple of months ago, I got a wild hair to make over my shoe closet. Overall, I’m so happy to finally have a designated space for my shoes that is both pretty and practical. Read on for tips to achieve your own moody shoe closet on a budget!
How to build a DIY shoe closet system
Back when we first purchased our home, The Honey converted this standard hall closet into my shoe closet using materials salvaged from our living room bookcase demo.
Then, to create the shelves, we used my tallest and largest pair of shoes to determine how high the shelves were to be. He used furring strips and L-brackets to hold everything in place.
After that, we left the closet with only a primer coat in our haste to get rid of the cigarette smell from throughout the house. Here’s a brief rundown on the designing the shoe closet. At the time of construction, I owned about 45 pairs of shoes.
(To clarify, yes, I do store all three pairs of The Honey’s shoes in the shoe closet too!)
Why design a simple and bold DIY shoe closet revamp?
Three years later, it was time to purge some of my shoes. Therefore, I took that as a sign to finally finish the space. Furthermore, I just needed to work on a small project to get out of my creative funk.
Unfortunately, what I thought would be an easy project was a lot harder due to my indecisiveness!
An ode to dark and bold closets
Our rental living room was dark, yet I still leaned into the moody vibe instead of painting the walls white. Knowing that my gold shelves looked fabulous against the gray, I decided it could be an ideal backdrop to my shoes, many of which are gold themselves! Additionally, I hadn’t used that color in our current home and I wanted to make use of my leftovers.
There isn’t a ton of representation for dark, bold closets. It’s okay to paint the inside of a closet any color other than white! Closets are a great place to drop in a pop of color.
Moreover, it’s perfect for color-timid folks who want to try something new. Also, don’t think that dark and bold closets are gloomy. Bright lighting will illuminate the space and get rid of the gloominess.
After a little hiccup, I realized that I really wanted to keep a matte look to the shoe closet. This is how I achieved the look for less than $20!
How to achieve a bold and simple DIY shoe closet revamp
For materials, you’ll need:
- Primer (This is the best!)
- Paint (I love this brand!)
- Paint kit (The more roller brushes you have, the better)
- Painter’s tape (optional, but necessary for people with shaky hands like me)
- 1 inch paintbrush (for cutting in and painting those annoying crevices)
- Sandpaper (120 and 220 grit)
- Orbital sander
- Matte contact paper
- An old gift card (or credit card, or wallpaper applicator. You need something stiff to smooth down the contact paper.)
- Microfiber towel
- Super sharp scissors
Step 1: Prime and sand
First, prime all surfaces. I recommend this primer because it covers pretty much everything evenly! Sand the shelves with 120 grit paper.
This should help knockdown the texture to be semi-smooth and perfect for the painting stage. Use your orbital sander carefully because you don’t want to sand back down to bare wood on accident.
Step 2: Clean
Vacuum all surfaces of dust residue left behind from sanding. Then, wipe the shelves with a microfiber towel. This is a good time to sweep the floor too. Keeping your workspace clean is imperative!
Step 3: Paint and sand
Begin to paint by cutting in with a small paintbrush. After that, roll on the paint onto all surfaces.
A nap roller is fine for the first couple of coats for the walls and shelves. Me sure to sand in between coats with 220 sandpaper. When the shelves are ready for their final coat, use a foam roller for the ultimate smooth finish.
Step 4: Protect shelves
Finally, measure shelves and cut matte contact paper to fit. Peel back small sections at a time and use an old gift card (or credit card, or wallpaper applicator) to smooth air bubbles.
The contact paper makes the shelves easier to wipe clean. Also, the matte texture gives a monochromatic look to the space. Additionally, since I used contact paper, I avoided using polyurethane to protect the shelves, thus saving myself from an even longer project time!
You can buy your own contact paper in whatever finish, color, or pattern that’s best for the aesthetic of your closet.
In short, that’s how you make your small hall closet into a new shoe closet! It’s easy and straightforward.
You can do it! Push past self-doubt, take a chance, and have fun!
Remember, a closet is the perfect space to take a chance and try out new, bolder colors.
Are you planning to try any parts of this revamp out? Do you have any lingering questions? Let me know in the comments!
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I love the dark color! Let the shoes shine! Also – so generous to include those 3 pairs in your new happy space 😅
Felicia | hellohomegirl says
🤣 Thank you!!!
Michelle Clark says
I loove that pop of color!!
Felicia | hellohomegirl says
Thank you!!! It’s bold indeed.