Cultivating Home

Closet Renovation

Awhile back I shared that we had removed popcorn ceiling from a closet in our home. That closet is finally done and is now home to camping gear galore!


Once you’ve removed the existing hardware and shelving, you can follow these steps to re-doing your closet.

Prep your work space. Tarp or cover floor in paper. Gather materials.

Cleaned up walls – putty in gaps, smooth out, sand & repeat if desired.

Prime walls. Paint 1-2 coats of primer on walls & trim. Depending on the condition of the wall you may want to do 2nd coat. Our home appears to have been a smoker’s home and the walls in this closet were particularly yellowed, so we opted to do a 2nd coat.

Paint walls & trim.

Decide how you want your closet shelves/racks to be laid out.

We used the ClosetMaid system, which is available at Home Depot or Lowe’s.  We find this brand has a broad assortment of sizes and options to customize your organization. The materials are good quality – sturdy and strong. They now sell kits for set layouts that are meant to be able to be dropped into any closet. Totally taking the thinking out of it, if you just want to get the job done.

Install pieces!


Here is a user-friendly design tool that can help you decide your layout.

Take an inventory of your belongings and sort like with like to get a sense of what you need: hanging, shelves, cubbies, bins. Check out the video below to see how the husband likes the closet!

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