This Closet-to-Office makeover opened up some much needed space in our craft room, and it can be fully hidden by closing the bi-fold doors!
Before we embarked upon our Craft Room Makeover, the closet in the old craft room was a place where fabrics went to fade away and be forgotten.
By me at least.
Handan remembered every square inch of every piece of lace, leather and linen that had been folded, stacked and hung over the past 6 years.
Yes, that’s a sombrero in the picture below.
No, Handan has never been to Mexico, nor have I since I’ve been with her.
I have no earthly idea where that thing came from, but it’s entirely possible that my babes is moonlighting in a mariachi band.
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I stuffed all those fabrics into rolling duffel bags. The sombrero stayed visible in case Handan needed to grab her maracas and run to a midnight fiesta.
As I previously covered in the Painting and Laminate Flooring Installation post, the closet was a mess after I removed the wire shelves.
Instead of screws, they were held up with thick nails in the drywall anchors.
The only effective method I found to remove them was to grab hold and yank them out with a mighty heave.
It was fun work, and I pretended to be The Incredible Hulk while doing it, but it did leave some rather ghastly holes.
I detailed my method for quickly fixing those holes in that previous post, so give it a read if you missed it.
Once the holes were repaired, the priming and painting were easy. Since the ceiling would rarely be seen and would always be in shadow, I painted it with the same white that I used on the walls. You can’t tell, even if you look straight at it.
Here’s how it looked. You can get a little peek in there of what’s coming up.
About 3 seconds after we finished installing the laminate floor, Handan started carrying in the components of this closet to office makeover!
Closet to Office Desk Elements
The idea was simple: the two IKEA ALEX drawer units would form the base of the desk, and the IKEA laminate countertop would serve as the desktop. The laminate was longer and wider than we needed, but it cuts easily with a table saw, circular saw, or even a jigsaw.
We chose the LILLTRÄSK laminate countertop instead of the LINNMON desktop we used for our DIY craft table/Cricut station because the LILLTRÄSK has a solid core. This not only allows it to be cut to any size, but it is stronger than the LILLTRÄSK, and will bear more weight without sagging.
The LINNMON desktops, on the other hand, have a thin particleboard shell surrounding a honeycomb paper inside. The paper fill gives great compression strength, but they are more prone to bending and sagging under heavy loads. The craft table we built won’t be subjected to heavy loads, and it is adequately supported by the cabinets underneath.
Since the LINNMON is merely a veneer around paper fill, it can’t be cut to custom sizes. Once that particleboard shell is cut from one or more sides, not only would you be left with exposed paper fill, but the desktop would lose a lot of its strength and rigidity.
The ALEX drawers are the perfect size for this closet – they have the exact same depth.
I cut the countertop to the correct depth, and then I trimmed the length so that I’d have floor access on either side.
The picture above is the only “building process” picture we took. There wasn’t much to document – we just pushed the drawer units in place, laid the countertop, put the add-on unit on top of that and then started moving in all my stuff.
Let’s have a look.
The beauty of this closet to office makeover is that when the doors are closed, the closet’s true purpose is concealed.
But open the door, and voila!
The protective floor pad can fold up behind the doors if we need to hide it.
It’s the new Navage Patch World Headquarters!
Here’s a closer look at one of the ALEX units. These little guys have TONS of storage space!
Over on the left, I store my camera gear.
I built a small table for my computer to sit on off to the right side of the desk.
There’s not much to it – Just a simple DIY desk in a closet, but I love it because it can be closed off and hidden when we need more work space.
What do you think about my new little office hideaway? Let us know in the comments!
If you’re following along with the craft room makeover, here’s how we stand:
Craft Room Makeover Checklist
Craft room ideas and laying out the game plan Paint the walls, ceiling and trim Paint the French door Carpet removal Install laminate flooring Buy curtains and install curtain rods DIY craft table for Cricut DIY / buy a computer desk DIY Closet makeover
- DIY Industrial Bookcase (West Elm Inspired)
- Antique Sewing Machine Drawer Upcycle
- Upcycled craft room storage
- Craft room makeover reveal
Click here to see more craft room makeover posts as we continue to cross items off our checklist!