If the Guinness World Book of Records has a “smallest closest” category 2 of mine would be listed! This is the second smallest closet in my home. The Charmer is not a large home but suits Mr. Charmer and I just fine. This is how the closet looked initially….
We carefully placed everything from the closet here………..
The closet is 44″ inches wide by 46″ deep. Yes, 44×46! Mr. Charmer and I barely fit in here together (OK, so we need to lose a few pounds!). We need to squeeze every INCH of storage we possibly can out of this closet. The problem areas were………..
And this reallllllllllly ugly and old (been here since the beginning) pull light! Do they make pull lights anymore?
Not a lot to work with, but here’s my vision. 1 rod with a shelf across from left wall to window frame (17.5″) and 2 closet rods, 1 at 84″ (just above window frame) and one at 43″ just below window frame (each of these rods are 27.5″). In order to do this we had to remove the outside window frame on the right side to be able to hang the brackets.
Mr. Charmer got to work removing the outside trim from the window frame and sanding/patching/painting.
When living with someone your quickly learn to “pick your battles” well! One such battle is that Mr. Charmer just
will won’t paint a closet anything but white! My vision was to paint the closet the soon to be new blue color theme just wasn’t going to happen. Antique White it is!
One of the few ways we’re able to bring some frugality to this project was by using DOLLAR STORE METAL BROOMS for the closet rods!
We cut the metal broom handles down to size with a hack saw and then filed the ends down. They’re surprisingly strong! Not sure if they would work on a rod length of more than 4 feet, but perfect for our situation. Here’s a close up of the top bracket/rod. Brackets and shelving just under $100, closet rods $3.
There are a couple of way to ‘purty’ up this closet, but honestly my main focus was really about more storage space, every inch just has to count! Older home notoriously have small closets and The Charmer is no different.
I’m decided to ‘purty’ up the closet by sewing up a window curtain, installing a new light fixture and adding some bling to the wall on the left. Since the leaded glass window (inside the closet) can be easily seen from the front porch/front door adding a curtain is perfect! When sewing up the curtain I used the right (good) side of the fabric for the lining also (will post a tutorial for the curtain soon)!
The Waverly fabric was a frugal find at Calico Corners marked down to CLEARANCE for $8.67 for 1 3/4 yards. Love frugal finds ………
The curtain from the inside.
From the front porch………………….
On both side walls there’s still 22″ of open space left (closet 46″ deep). The left wall is even with the door frame so I’m planning on putting up some artwork/graphic lettering. Yeah bling!
The right side of the closet has an interior wall return of 13″ from the door frame. We’ll install floor to ceiling shelving (12×16) here.
Yeah more storage!