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OK, I don’t know how we did it, but our duplex has insane closet space. Combine that with the fact that I try to keep our “stuff” to a minimum, and you have a combo for some pretty fun decorating projects. After I completed my Home Office in a Closet earlier this year, I turned my eyes to this bad boy:
Yep, that was our hall closet a few months back. Actually, it’s one of our hall closets. Try not to be jealous! It’s one of those funky things with the three giant steps, because underneath it is the stairway to the basement.
First I got to purging, organizing, and cleaning. The kids “helped.”
The twins were thrilled with the empty space.
They would spend hours playing in there. It was their own little fort. But I felt a little bit bad sticking my kids in a closet. There is something about telling your kids to go play in the closet that makes you look over your shoulder to see if anyone is reporting you to the child protection authorities.
So… I decided our hall closet needed a facelift to transform it into a (teeny tiny) playroom in a closet. I gave myself $150 budget and a Saturday night, and here’s what I came up with:
A Playroom in a Closet – The Big Reveal
The bookshelves are plastic rain gutters, cut down, and screwed into the wall. Check out this tutorial from Sunshine on the Inside.
All of those printables on the gallery wall are freebies from the blog-o-sphere. Here are their sources:
Pretty in Pink Flamingos – Oh So Lovely the Blog
Ombre Scallops – Oh So Lovely the Blog
Banana Leaf Watercolor – Rain on a Tin Roof
When All Else Fails Take a Nap – I Rock So What
Pineapple – Little Gold Pixel
Love Each Other – Danielle Burkleo
Pineapples – Design Love Fest
The felt board frame is a thrift store score, painted yellow…
… and the magnetic chalkboard is a metal oil drip pan (Walmart automotive section) painted first coral, and then with clear chalkboard paint.
A Playroom in a Closet – Budget Breakdown and Source List
The Gallery Wall – $21
- Frames – Ikea
- Free Printables – printed at FedEx Office
- Command Picture Hanging Strips
Rain Gutter Bookshelves – $4
- 10-foot vinyl rain gutter – The Home Depot
Felt Board -$10
- Frame – thrift store find, painted yellow
- Blue background felt from Joann Fabrics
- Various critters made from assorted felt from Joann Fabrics
Magnetic Chalkboard – $28
- Glidden paint sample in “Cabana Coral” – The Home Depot
- Rust-Oleum Clear Chalkboard Paint – The Home Depot
- Large metal oil drip pan – Walmart
Cushions and Pillows – $56
- Queen size foam mattress topper – with a coupon at Joann Fabrics
- Green fabric – Joann Fabrics
- Pillow forms – Ikea
- Palm leaf fabric – on sale at Joann Fabrics
Grand Total – $119
That’s well under my original budget of $150!
Our New Playroom in Action
I am beyond thrilled with how everything turned out, and I think the twins agree. Plus, now I can confidently tell my children to “go play in the closet!”
Cute idea! I would love this if only we had more closets, we don’t have enough as it is but I will have to keep this in mind if we ever move.
Yes, I know the struggle. We really lucked out with closet space in this house!
Julie @ Logger's Wife says
That is a very cute idea! We don’t really have extra space in our house but I love that felt board. My daughter would love to have that in her room. (visiting from the This is How We Roll link up)
Thanks for stopping by, Julie! I still can’t believe how lucky we are to have the closet space that we do. I may never want to move!
Rebekah - Naturally Blessed Mama says
That is such a cool idea! And I’m amazed it was so cheap. Now I wish we had a closet we could flip!
Omg help me!!! Lol
I have the same type of closet just off my kitchen, covers basement stairs…and I NEED the side wall space for cabinets in kitchen, and for a couch space in lvrm…. I need to make this closet into a highly functioning pantry and I can’t find ANYTHING online!? Your pic was the very first/only thing I came across :/ I’ve tried “above stair storage” over stair storage “….etc…. Nothing comes up 🙁
I’m trying to look into ADA shelving even (that pulls down and toward you) but can’t seem to get the right idea…. Did you come across anything? :). Thanks so much!! And that’s funny; go play in the closet lol ;D