Closet Door with Storage

I saw this picture on Pinterest a while back and just KNEW it was for me.
I LOVE, love, LOVE organization and if I had unlimited time & money, I’d do it a lot more often!
This is an Ana-White pattern.  I love that whole site.  I could spend all day
looking for ideas!  If you like to build things and figure how to do it on your own
(instead of paying someone to build it for you) you should totally check out this site!
(photo credit here)
Her website says 3-6 hours and $30 to do this project;  however, if you are not experts, like us,
it will take longer and more $$.  Just so you’re prepared!!
This is the before look.
(I bet you can’t tell that I love organization from looking at my little girls’ closet, can you?)
 So after begging and pleading talking my husband into helping me, we got started.
 We pretty much just followed her exact instructions.  We built the outside.
 Then the shelves.
We decided to make the bottom shelf about 4 inches bigger, for the bigger books.
 Then we used 1 X 2’s for the shelf trim.
My husband has a nail gun, so that is what we used on all of this so far.
 Then we brought it inside that night and puttied the wholes and then after it dried, we sanded it.
We also put two wheels on the front of it to help add some support.
 Then we took a break for a few days.
When we got back to it, we painted it two coats of purple that we had left over from another bedroom.
The color was Sherwin Williams, (Cashmere & Low Luster) 6815 Awesome Violet.
Next, we took the shelf and put it up against the door where we wanted it to go and 
marked it with a pencil.  Then we took the closet door off the hinge and took it to the garage.
We laid the new shelf on top.
 Next we drilled holes through the shelf AND the door.  We centered the first hole and then came in about 2 inches on each side for the other holes.  So there are three holes in the top support and three in the bottom.
We were nervous about the weight of the shelf because it was a hollow door.
 Luckily, we found these toggle bolts that worked out perfectly!
 We had to drill bigger holes to get the toggle part through, so we moved the shelf for that part.
 Then we put the screw through the hole in the shelf, attached the toggle part, and then pushed it through the bigger hole in the door.  It snapped into place without any problems. (Expect for my smashed finger =)
 Finally, when it was secured to the door, we reattached the closet door.
 I liked it, but the front wheels didn’t slide on my carpet very well.  I didn’t want it to leave a mark, so 
we decided the shelf was sturdy enough without the wheels.
We just took them off!  I know…I know… we’re rebels!
End result:  A lot of work, but we LOVE it!

21 Responses to Closet Door with Storage

  1. Natalie 09/05/2011 at 8:13 am #

    Woah! That is awesome! Does look like a lot of work. I can’t wait to get our closets organized.

  2. Lindsey Smith 09/05/2011 at 9:43 pm #

    It looks awesome!

  3. Cherished Bliss 09/05/2011 at 9:48 pm #

    What a great idea! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my party : )

  4. Jamie 09/06/2011 at 7:43 pm #

    What an amazing idea. If you get a chance I would love you to link your closet door storage up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there.

  5. *Christina* 09/07/2011 at 7:37 am #

    I love this idea! My kids have bifold doors on their closet but I’m definitely considering making this to hang on the wall behind their bedroom door. I’ve been literally trying for about a year to come up with an organized solution to their massive book collection. TYSM!

    I’d love for you to check out my blog {Busy Little Ladybugs}

    Great post!

  6. *Christina* 09/07/2011 at 7:39 am #

    Forgot to link! lol

  7. roller doors perth 09/07/2011 at 8:25 pm #

    The storage goes well with the closet door.

  8. Camille 09/09/2011 at 5:57 am #

    Oh my goodness- BRILLIANT!! I love that it can hide behind the closet door and that the books face out so that they can find what book they are looking for! I was laughing when you said you had to beg and plead with your husband- I totally have to do the same thing! 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We would love to have you come link up again tomorrow!
    Camille @

  9. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime 09/09/2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Hi, there! I featured your post here, pinned it on Pinterest, and posted on my facebook. Thanks for sharing this creative post with us at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop.

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    Now that’s efficient. With real estate becoming so expensive, we’ll probably see more smart uses of home space.

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    Efficient indeed! We are also thinking of using every available space in all rooms in the house and even the garage to organize things. A DIY cabinet is in the works as well.

  12. concrete perth 12/11/2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Here’s another way to effectively use existing space. We’ve also done this in every closet in the house. Also plan to built hanging cabinets in the garage and probably in the kitchen.

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  14. Sam 01/11/2012 at 8:40 pm #

    I haven’t thought of that. I think that’s a good idea. A closet door with storage can be great in my room. Thanks!
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  15. Jonah 01/17/2012 at 3:36 am #

    I love the concept! I’d like to create a closet door storage like that, though I see mine having a black door and a red shelf.
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    It’s good to know that you used high quality materials and equipment in creating this closet. I am pretty sure that this will last for many years. I would love to make my own closet that looks like this one.

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