May 16, 2008

Making Dead Space Alive!

I've got a walk in closet that is a good size, but not big enough to throw your arms out and spin around. (I know I don't need to do that, but I think there is a commercial where a lady does that in her dress and high heels.) Anyway... The bedroom door opens to cover the closet door. And the closet door (here in this picture) stays open all of the time, with no usefulness. We never want or need to shut it.

So... I took it off! (with a plan of coarse)

I often sing the praises of the dollar store, but this time I was actually a dollar store snob. I had this great idea to put hooks on the wall where my door used to cover so that I could hang my belts, hats, and scarves. I didn't have much money, so I stopped at the Dollar store before I went looking at HomeDepot for hook things.
I found these plastic ones, and wouldn't even consider them and kept looking for something stronger and hopefully metal.

Then my husband called me. I told him where I was and that I could only find the cheap plastic adhesive things, and they weren't good enough! He replied that I didn't need anything special to hang my belts on and to stop being silly and buy them. I was like... "but they're plastic!" (I'm really not keen on plastic. Acrylic and resin, not so bad, but plastic and I aren't great friends.)

He was right, I didn't need anything special, and look how many I would get for my ONE Dollar!
So I bought the cheap things. (I do sound like a Dollar store snob! And you know, I love that place!)

So, here's where I sum this up and tell you what I did. I drilled tiny holes into the tops of the plastic hangers to fit these lovely little nails I bought for about $1.5o at the hardware store.

I sprayed some wood scraps white that I cut to fit the length of the space. These are like frame molding, but I got a bundle of it at a Yard Sale for $5, so I use it, and don't care that it has a shape. (Some of you will remember my Wall Album. I used this on that too. I will post that project on my blog soon.)

Then I took off the adhesive backing and attached these hooks at the appropriate intervals. Close together for the belt hanger, further apart for my hat hanger. Then I nailed through the predrilled holes for extra support. I don't want to assume an adhesive back is going to hold that well.

Here is my belt hanger with all of the hooks nailed on.

And here is all 3 hangers up on the wall. I just used screws to attach them to the wall. (Screw into studs or use anchors in the drywall, if the studs aren't in the right place.)
Now my hats go on the top two bars, and my belts and scarves on the bottom one. I should go get some more hangers and attach more to that blank piece of wood already in the closet. I could get another 5 hats on that!
I used 33 hooks (3 left) and paid under $5 if you don't count the wood scraps I had.
I will admit to not being ever so proud of this one because it's not beautiful, but I will also admit, I got what I wanted. A place to hang my belts and hats.
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candygirltwo said...

Yet again, Natalie another amazing creation for not much money. WTG. Candy

Scrappers said...

That is a good idea! using the space you got and making it more usable! Great!

Elizabeth said...

I think its a great way to use your space and actually something useful to hang stuff on, this is a great idea! I need to do this!

Stampin' Meg said...

hey -it works!