It started out looking something like this:
Note: I "stitched" 3 pictures together because I didn't have a wider lens on my camera for this picture. That's why it looks a little funky.
This closet is in the spare bedroom (a.k.a. the chocolate room) and was just being used for miscellaneous storage. With my husband-to-be moving in, we needed to make better use of the spare room so we'd each have a work space of our own when needed. I was also getting tired of not having a good storage solution for all my (accumulating) craft stuff and having to work at the kitchen table.
So I did some research on Pinterest and found a lot of ideas for turning a closet into a work space.
Then the parents came for a visit and we went to a few stores looking at various closet solutions, seeing if anything would work.
In the end, I decided to go with the KISS method (keep it simple, stupid), so off to Ikea I went. With the boy in tow, much to his displeasure. (He was rewarded with a yummy cinnamon roll, though.)
Now, I had to do the labor. We started by emptying everything out and taking off the closet doors (thanks, Dad!) and the shelf.
Then I found a nice light green paint to go with the chocolate brown walls in the room.
Doesn't it look pretty? The boy insists it should now be the mint-chocolate room.
Once the paint was dry, it was time to get out the drill and level. It was a somewhat large project, but surprisingly easy to do.
I didn't add up the final receipts, but I'd estimate the total cost around $250. It's so nice having all my craft-related things in one area and a table to work on. I can leave things half finished and come back to them later without having to worry about not having a place to eat dinner. I only wish I'd thought of it sooner!