Since nurseries are usually made out of the smallest room in the house, finding the right amount of storage in them is always a challenge. Even if your baby’s nursery comes with closet space, it’s usually not enough. But for Kara who made this incredible library nursery for her daughter Kalia, not only was creating more closet space a project, but decorating the closet so it went with the nursery was a priority. “Our neighbors officially think we’re nuts.” They might Kara, but we think you’re a genius!
First, Kara and her husband Chris created a drawing for the design pattern of the closet. This was a brilliant move as it acted as an instructional blueprint for the closet makeover project. The process included nailing, gluing it all together, re-sanded after they caulked in the seams and filled in the nail homes, and gave it another fresh coat of white paint.
“Chris notched out the side pieces of the closet to account for the quarter round molding and the baseboard. Our closet system sits flush against the back of the closet wall now. To install the closet system, we bought little L-brackets and screwed them into drywall screws to attach to the back of the closet, and then attached them to our actual closet pieces. We had wanted to screw them into the studs, but the studs, of course, were not anywhere close to where we needed them to be. We did this on the bottom shoe shelves, in the middle, and then again along the top. We tried to ‘hide’ them so they weren’t too obvious. We did do a little bit of damage to the walls as we were installing the closet system, but nothing a little touch up work won’t fix!”
Then the clothing rails were added, along with a few baskets that Kara no longer needed from updating her own closet the year previously. “Score for free reuse that fits in perfectly!”
Without further ado, we give you…the closet!
The top cubby is bigger than the rest of the cubbies, which will allow Kalia to put boots or things that are a little bit taller up there. The right side is for hanging up longer items and the mirror can be removed if it becomes unnecessary one day. ”We designed the whole closet system to be adjustable (minus the cubbies), so that it could grow with her. I’m loving how fresh and fun everything feels in here so far!”