A New Closet for the Angry Kid

Angry Husband took vacation a few weeks ago to work on Angry Kid’s bedroom makeover.  Maybe it was highly suggested by me, for him to take off.  I just wanted it to be done, and not take six months.  I took a ton of photos during the process, so I’m going to talk about his room makeover in separate posts.  I’ve already done a post about prepping to paint the room.  We paid extra attention this time, and made sure to prep it properly.

Prepping the closetOur blank canvas. Notice Angry Kid’s un-assembled bed in the closet area.

We then prepped the paint.  Yes, it is bright orange.  I picked out probably twenty five different variations of orange before I finally decided on Valspar’s Roasted Squash. We purchased it at Lowe’s.

Valspar Paint from Lowe's-Roasted Squash

I know. The color is bright. This is the look that we were going for. Angry Kid will be FIVE in May. Perfect for a little boy.  I then had my painter work on the closet.  My painter, is really Angry Husband.  I stood behind him and commented while he painting. This is what a boss does, right? By the way, I didn’t pay him anything to do this.  Because being married to me is quite rewarding already. I pay him with my love.

Angry Husband painting the closet

We waited 24 hours for the paint to dry.  We were anxious to re-assemble Angry Kid’s room. Actually, I was tired of tripping over everything in our house.  Angry Kid wanted to play in his room, also. Originally, Angry Kid’s closet had the Elfa System filling up space.  We decided to be more practical and increase our storage in the closet by adding some Expedit Shelves from IKEA.  We’ve already had great success with the Expedit Shelves in our hallway closet.

Orange Closet Makeover

You are now probably thinking.  IKEA Expedit shelves do not come like this. How did they make vertical and horizontal Expedit shelves? We took two different types of Expedit shelves, and mounted them together with brackets.  It was super easy. You have to be careful and pre-drill so that you don’t crack the melamine casing.

Expedit 1
Expedit 2

We also took the time to secure the unit to the wall. This is childproofing 101 people. No matter how old your kid is. Please attach furniture to the wall. This is a no-brainer.  We used L-brackets.

Securing Expedit Shelf to Wall in Closet

We then re-installed the Elfa System from The Container Store.  We did not our entire original system.  We cut it down to about half of what we had.  We gave the rest of it away to a friend.  We still needed the racks for hanging clothes and putting other items up higher. I’m also giving you a sneak peek of the final room colors.  Yes, we painted the room three different colors.

Orange Closet with IKEA Expedit and Container Store Elfa System

After assembling the closet back together, we put Angry Kid’s stuff back in.  Most of this is temporary because I need to buy some more bins and labels.  This closet is also about using storage effectively.  We have a very small house and the toys and games need to be accessible for Angry Kid. Also, I don’t want to be stepping on tiny pieces throughout the house.

Finished Closet

I can’t wait to show you the final project.  We still have some things on order and other small things to do.  It’s going to be quite awesome.  And we are going for an extreme urban theme, if that helps a little.

19 comments
danae @ casteel casa
danae @ casteel casa

BOTH of your closets look fabulous! i love love love the paint colors!!! i am cleaning out & organizing my pantry today, & i was inspired by you to paint it before putting everything back in!

Becky@OrganizingMadeFun
Becky@OrganizingMadeFun

We just did my son's closet recently and used the Elfa Closet System - that was clever to use half of it the way you did! The bright colors probably make him happy! Good job! Becky B. www.organizingmadefun.blogspot.com Organizing Made Fun

Janene
Janene

Stopping by because you were the post before me on SITS Saturday Game! :) I LOVE the closet! I like that it is a space for everything. I absolutely hate the closets in our house. They are so small! It's the one thing that I am going to be picky about when we buy a new house...well, that and the bathroom - our bathroom is a nightmare, but it was just the 2 of us when we bought the house...we didn't think ahead at all! Have a great weekend!

court
court

Holy Toledo! Looks just fabulous. I can't wait to see the finale!

Heather
Heather

That looks awesome!! I love the orange paint!! I need to organize my boys' closet - have been procrastinating like mad on this project. Yours looks so good and I am feeling inspired.

Kasandria
Kasandria

Uhhh I want that in my closet lol. Looks great chick! Kas

Erin
Erin

Oh I so love that closet...we are working on the boys closets...you think we can borrow you to do it? =)

Sarah
Sarah

Looking good, Julie! I love an organized closet!

Mikalisa
Mikalisa

That closet looks like every mother's dream! Everything in place! LOVE it! Gr8 idea w/ the orange!

Tales from the Sippy Cup
Tales from the Sippy Cup

This looks awesome. I love the orange. Seriously, can you come over and help me with the nightmare that is our office?

Jess
Jess

I love it so far! I can't wait for the day we buy our own damn house. Renting sucks because my house ends up looking like we "just moved in" no matter how long we've been here. *sigh* Needless to say, I can't wait to see the rest. :)

Monica
Monica

A birthday in May!?!?!?!? We do birthday cakes just as fabulous as I imagine his room turned out!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I love closet makeovers. It's all about organizing and maximizing the space.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Thank you. I'm all about storage in my house. Our house is small, so we have to maximize all the crap, I mean stuff.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I'm all good for re-decorating. Anytime. I'm full of ideas. We have built-ins in our office, but there are some things that I still want to do.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

His room is going to be quite awesome. You are soo tempting with your cakes. I've been eating way too many cakes and cupcakes lately....you are an enabler.