February 11, 2015 by bridgitgillis
When we moved into our new house, I was delighted with this under the stairs storage space. There was already a place to hang brooms and mops, and there’s a great little crawl space to store Christmas decorations and paint so it won’t freeze in our garage. I have never had a real place for wrapping paper, and wanted to create one in our new house. The left wall of the closet was a great space to create storage for wrapping paper and accessories.
I love all shades of teal. My husband does not. So I’ve taken to painting teal in places that are hidden from most people, and in places where my husband most likely will never be.
My craft room is teal.
I painted the inside of my laundry room cupboards teal.
And now I’ve snuck it into the broom closet. 🙂
I actually found this color of teal at Home Depot in their “oops” paint. Most paint stores have a place where they sell their “oops” paint at a huge discounted price. “Oops” paint is paint that was not tinted correctly or was not to the customer’s liking. I got a quart of Behr paint and primer in one for $2 in the “oops” paint section. If you are looking for paint colors and aren’t super picky about the shade, always check for an “oops” paint section first. Keep in mind that since it was a mistake, you likely will have a hard time getting the color matched exactly if you ever need more than what is in the “oops” can. The color matching technology today is great, but isn’t always perfect.
I decided to add color to the closet by just painting the ceiling strip. It adds a great pop of color without being super overwhelming. As I was painting this color on yet another aspect of my house, I couldn’t help but think that my great-grandmothers were likely painting this exact color in their houses when they were about the same age as me. I guess great taste runs in the family!
Once I painted my awesome teal ceiling, it was time to add some storage. Let’s start with the wrapping paper wall.
The rolls of wrapping paper are hung from a small curtain rod, three command brand wall hooks, and curtain rings. Note that I put a hook in the middle of my rod- this is a good idea if you’re stretching your rod out super far, or just for added support. A level would be beneficial here- I didn’t use one and mine is a bit crooked.
For the storage baskets, recycled these from things I no longer use. The mesh basket is a wire desk paper organizer that I screwed into the wall with two drywall screws. The screws fit perfectly in the mesh holes in the basket. I’m using this basket to store gift bags, tissue paper, and name tags. The other basket is a plastic basket that I’ve had since I was a teenager. I screwed two drywall screws right through the plastic and into the wall. Keep in mind that when you’re screwing through odd materials like this, it’s a good idea to start your screws when the item is against the floor- it’s just less awkward that way! I keep things like tape, pens, and smaller wrapping items in this basket.
On the opposite wall of the closet is my broom storage. This nifty broom holder set-up was already there. I decided to recycle two old wooden cd holders into storage baskets for cleaning supplies. I really like the look of these wood cd holders, but I’ve been toting them around from old house to new house with no cds to store in them anymore. Their size is great for storing cleaning bottles.
I added three push pins for hanging my awesome Norwex cloths, since my downstairs bathroom doesn’t really have a place to store them.
One thing to note- I highly recommend predrilling your holes before you screw into wood like this. I was lazy and didn’t. One basket was fine, but the other split. Also, these baskets will hold a spray bottle or two, but I wouldn’t recommend putting super heavy stuff in them.
My next project in here? To add a cool saying or design to the flat surface of the wall right above the crawl space. 🙂