These last few weeks are really flying by!
My daughter’s baby shower is in 4 days and I knew I needed to get some storage set up for all of her new *adorable* items. This closet makeover took a few hours of shopping for supplies, about 4 hours to up-cycle the shelving unit, and another 20 minutes to organize/setup the baskets and belongings the way I liked. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do, but I had some criteria I wanted to keep in mind:
Girly and cute, obviously!
- I played with a few colors, but I ended up going with soft pinks, teals, and an overall white accent. I wanted to have some little decor pieces in the closet to warm it up. I bought teal letters for a light box I had purchased for her birth announcement (which you can see here.) It had been sitting in a drawer for the past 6 months, so I’m happy to say the light box found a forever home.
Maximizing storage for a small closet.
- A small closet meant finding a smaller shelving unit. My first attempt was a shelf that was .3 inches too big for the closet. I had to great creative and decided to up-cycle an old brown book shelf using contact paper I got on sale from Joann’s.
- I didn’t want to spend a fortune to create a functional closet for my little one. I waited until Michael’s and Joann’s had their Fall sales to purchase baskets and a little decor. The baskets were on major sale! Will go over details below.
DIY Closet for Baby
To start, I cleared out an old utility closet we had in our house. It mainly held my vacuum, Swiffer, extra paper towels, and toilet paper. A lot of these items can be kept in our garage, so out they went! I wiped down the walls and flooring to get the closet ready for a fresh start.
The first thing I should have done was measure the width of the closet. Woulda, coulda, shoulda! I ended up buying a white shelving unit that was .3 inches too wide for the closet. Instead of returning it, I decided to use it in my step-son’s bedroom for his books, toys, movies, etc. In turn, I took out his beaten down, definitely seen better days, brown wood shelf. Adam was very reluctant for me to use this old rickety shelf so he made sure to go around the house and measure every other viable dresser/shelf/nightstand to see if I could use ANYTHING ELSE. He even suggested we buy the baby girl something brand new. As a frugal mom-to-be, I was adamant that I wanted to use the old shelf as a project piece. I had recently purchased a white wood print contact paper from Joanne’s and I was so excited to have something to use it on. Let the sticker fun, begin!
I did some shopping around town and I’ll link all the products down below. I went to Pier 1 Imports, Michael’s, Joanne’s, Walmart, and Fred Meyers. I’ve never decorated a baby closet before so I basically just went around town looking for things that I thought would work.
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