Every old apartment or house we've lived in - even when the rest of the place is updated - has had terribly neglected closets. Be they coat closets, bedroom closets, or pantries, the closets of older homes often just make you want to keep the door shut:
But don't! A closet is such a small space that a weekend of work can really turn one around. Here are the steps we've taken ourselves when faced with crumbly closets:
- Pull up any carpet that may be covering wooden floors. We often find carpet remnants covering the floors of closets that have nice wooden floors to match the apartment underneath. If there isn't a nice floor underneath, replace the carpet with new (be open to rubber sheet, Flor tiles, or something else).
- Clean the floors and walls, vacuuming up any debris and wiping the surfaces.
- Fill any cracks in the wall surface and corners.
- Give a coat of paint to the walls, ceiling, and trim. For simplicity, we often just use a single color in an eggshell finish for closet interiors - even if the outside of the closet has contrasting trim. Consider a playful color for some fun (dark colors will better hide really bad imperfections, too).
- Replace any shelves or rails if necessary. If a coat of paint will suffice, paint them with something durable and cleanable.
- Consider a light if there isn't one already. There are lots of battery-operated options out there if you aren't in for having something hard-wired.
The gallery above contains some inspiring closets from Apartment Therapy's past for a little inspiration. Take a look, and please tell us about your own closet-fixer-upper experiences below!