Our Editor’s Budget Friendly Closet Makeover

Back in early November I widened my attic doorway and moved upstairs. I've got two nice-sized rooms and a bathroom to myself up there, but unfortunately, neither of the rooms had real closets. So, I picked the smaller of the rooms and began envisioning it as the “master walk in closet” of my dreams. Here's what I found on Pinterest and used for inspiration for the room, but I knew a total closet makeover was in order.

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The Budget Closet Makeover Inspiration

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Pretty fabulous inspiration, right? But I was on a budget, so I picked up the Rubbermaid Home Free closet system at the local Lowe's, and away I went. The long and short of it is $130 dollars and 2 hours later, I had one wall of a closet system installed. This is what it looked like.

Closet Makeover Before + After

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I lived with the closet as-is for five months, until I needed to find a place for my Spring clothes. The clothes sat in a pile on my dresser, until I decided during a bout of spring cleaning/organizing fever to put off a few of my other projects and install the second side. I had a few leftover pieces from the first install, so I drew out what I wanted the closet to look like, calculated the pieces I already had and what I would still need. Instead of paying $130 for another box set for the second side, I went to Lowe's and bought the pieces “a la carte” if you will and spent about $80 on the whole project. Yay for being frugal and product hacking!

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The closet install was super easy last time (like…really easy, I'm not kidding) and I installed the second half without looking at directions or anything. Here is the first step, which is to mount the hanging rail on to the wall.


The “uprights” hang on the little groove and you screw everything into place and voila!- insta-closet. All you then have to do is clip the shelves/rods into place. I'm not super crazy about the look of this system. It's not “glam.” Yet, for the price and ease of installation, it can't be beat, plus you can change the system around to fit the needs of your closet and/or family. I also want to take this moment to let everyone know that I did BOTH of these installs completely by myself and without help. It's very important to me to make this distinction as most of the other projects I've had the help of my brother/contractor.

I did BOTH of these installs completely by myself and without help.

It's very important to me to make this distinction as most of the other projects I've had the help of my brother/contractor.

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The system looks better with clothes and shoes on it. Here is the full view! All I have to do is change the light fixture and hang a window treatment and I'm done! I like reveling in the feeling of “I completely finished this,” that the closet seems to bring. Yet, as you are slowly settling into and upgrading a home, are you ever really finished?

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Here's the collage: The “closet” back before it had paint (or floors!) the first install and then after the second. 

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  • Asia
    April 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm


  • Anonymous Kayla
    April 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Love it!! I’m super jealous!

    • L Bee
      April 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you boo! Although I’m certain you have a nice sized closet in your house 😉

  • Kendal
    April 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Such a great idea! I love how the first room from Pinterest looks almost identical to the space you renovated. I would spend all my time in there, ha!

  • Giulia
    April 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm