A Small Closet Gets A Makeover

A Small Closet Gets A Makeover

Expert Room Makeover and Interior Design tips from Christi Bond, the Home Staging Coach from St Paul/Minneapolis, MN  (vol.1)

Today’s Design A Room Topic: Reinventing a Space to Suit Your Needs

Interior ReDesign: (verb) Giving your home a low cost makeover by using the furniture and accessories you already own in a fresh new way.

You are in the right place if you are looking for tips and resources on how to transform your homes interior to reflect your personality and to function the way you need it to.  In today’s Room Makeover lesson I will show you how to convert a small bedroom closet into a perfect study space.

My daughter Kate is a 7th grader.  She is an uber smart and motivated student so this year we decided to send her to a private school. The school is know for its rigorous academics and we were hearing rumors of a heavy homework load.

Kate’s room is very small, an 8×10 room or 80 square feet.  That isn’t a lot of space when you consider that you definitely need a bed and plenty of space for a teen’s ever expanding wardrobe and book collection.  We needed to get creative to carve out a quiet, private, and convenient study space for her.

Since there was no way we could add a desk and chair into that small space we decided to take over her closet.  (I’ll show you what we did with her clothes and shoes in another post)

Here is a Six Step Outline of our Closet to Study Space Makeover:

closet converted to office

A Perfect Study Space

  1. We removed the closet door and the clothes rod
  2. We bought an inexpensive piece of plywood and stained it a dark espresso
  3. We painted the side walls with metallic paint so she could use magnets to post up assignments, favorite pictures, and that type of thing
  4. We painted it a bright green to energize her and it’s also a favorite color
  5. We hung an antique chandelier that was snagged at a thrift store some time ago and was waiting in the basement for the perfect home.
  6. We added a chair, a foot stool, and an extension cord with multiple plug-ins to accommodate iPod chargers, desk lamp, laptop, pencil sharpener and all things electronic.

Now Kate has a perfectly outfitted space in her room to do her homework.  It works great and it looks great.

This is a perfect example of breaking the rules a little bit and designing a space to function the way you need it to.  It was a one day redesign and done on a tight budget.  The whole project cost us about $25 for the plywood to create the work surface and the paints for the wall.

So Get Busy!  Great Function and Style is Only A Day Away.  Oh…also remember… be BRAVE. The great thing about Room ReDesign is if you are not thrilled with the results you can always move things back to the way they were.  All you have invested is a bit of your time, a little change, and lots of creative juices.

Are You Ready For a Room Makeover?

If you live in the Twin Cities
(Minneapolis/St. Paul), MN metro area and would like the help of a professional Interior Stylist to help you design a room or a whole house I’d be happy to help you with your project.  I can be reached at 651.587.5887 or contact me by email.

If you are looking for more room makeover or interior design ideas you will find lots of before and after pictures and articles on home staging and room makeovers on my website

Redesign, One Day ReDesign, Interior Styling, Room Redo, Designing Spaces, Home Decorating, Interior Décor, Room Makeovers….No matter how you say it the results are the same.  A great new space that reflects your style and personality.


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