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Hall Closet Makeover to Drop Zone

If you live in a Raised Ranch/Split Entry you more than likely have this hall closet at the top of your steps. Many use it as a coat closet because the entry is so small but after polling my Instagram Followers so many use it as an additional pantry.

For about the last 4 years it has basically been our game closet. We love games and play them regularly. But since I recently added cabinet doors to our living room bookshelf I thought it was the perfect time to go through the games and get rid of the ones we no longer love to play, move some to the bookcase now that it has doors and leave ones we play all the time.

After that was done I had a lot of space left in the closet not really knowing what I wanted to do with it. I thought about items we use that don’t really have a set place and one of the things was my purse.

It always ended up on our kitchen island, then when I would clean I put throw it in my bedroom, but then I’d need something out of it and I would bring it back onto the island etc.

So now with all this space I thought this closet would make a perfect drop zone for my purse that was out of the way but still very accessible.

But first I wanted to make the closet a little more pretty.

I removed all the wire shelving and painted the whole inside of the closet with leftover paint.

I then purchased an 8′ 1×12 board as well as 2 1×2 and a 1×3 to make new solid wood shelves.

To do this I simply cut side brackets out of the 1×2 the same depth of the shelves which were 11 1/2″ I leveled them and screwed them into the sides of the closet where I wanted the shelves.

I was making 3 shelves so I would have a nice gap for my drop zone.

I cut the shelf board the same length to fit inside the closet and laid them onto the brackets. To make them a little nicer I cut the 1×3 to trim out the front of the shelf and secured everything with my nail gun.

I stained the boards with Dark Walnut by Minwax and it looks so good!

I have lived with it a few weeks now and It has been working great! It’s so nice to actually put your purse away somewhere!

dining room pictured with links to projects