From Coat Closet to Cleaning Closet

Jenny from <a href="http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Little Green Notebook</a> takes an awkward under-the-stairs coat closet and gives it life and purpose as an organized cleaning supply closet. Jenny from <a href="http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Little Green Notebook</a> takes an awkward under-the-stairs coat closet and gives it life and purpose as an organized cleaning supply closet.
Jenny from Little Green Notebook takes a stairs coat closet and gives it purpose as an organized cleaning supply closet. #BrightIdeas

Jenny from Little Green Notebook takes an awkward under-the-stairs coat closet and gives it life and purpose as an organized cleaning supply closet.

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Jenny had a small closet underneath her stairs that she'd been itching to turn into a cleaning closet. She hopes that if she has a cute cleaning closet, that maybe she'll keep her house cleaner.
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To start the transformation, she painted the walls a bright turquoise blue.
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To make the existing shelving look nicer and more substantial, she added a flat trim to the fronts of the shelves. She then painted the woodwork the same blue as the walls, but used gloss enamel.
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To get the wallpapered look for the back of the shelves she used fabric. She measured the wall spaces and cut the fabric out an inch larger. She used an upholstery staple gun to staple the fabric right onto the wall. By pulling the fabric taut and keeping it straight, the pattern will line up well between the shelves and the effect will look a lot like wallpaper.
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She also used some simple cream twill tape and copper upholstery nails to cover up the staples.
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To help keep the shelves organized and to make sure everything has a place, I found these metal placards at an art supply store. I spray painted them gold and hung them on the new, thicker shelf fronts using black carpet tacks.
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She knew with these cute and handy new placards it would be easier to keep an inventory of cleaning supplies (especially the high-use items like laundry detergent and paper goods).
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The Home Depot sells lots of great organizational hanging tools and hooks. She picked up a row of clips for hanging the broom and her Swiffer Steamboost™.
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With a couple of simple changes to this small space, it's now beautiful and so much more functional!


To see this bright idea in its entirety, check out Jenny's blog at Little Green Notebook.