With ambitious home project plans for 2018, we are off to a late start!
Our front entry is anything but inviting and organized. The closet is not original to the house and the dimensions are way off for it to be useful as a proper closet space. It also takes up space in the small 7 x 5 foot foyer and we want to get that space back.
Our plan is to convert this poorly DIY-ed closet into a more functional built-in shoe bench!
When you enter from outside to the left is a double sliding door closet that is not deep enough for hangers, has no shoe storage and is panelled with 2 different types of paneling. Since it has poor storage options inside, almost nothing makes it in and everything piles up in front of it.
If we take a step back, this is what you get to look at. It’s not welcoming, unorganized and chaotic. Nothing says come in and stay a while like every pair of shoes you own in a tiny foyer!
The first step was to remove everything. Pitch the clutter, purge the shoes, move the stuff we are keeping out of the way.
Next,we removed the mirrored doors shelving and frame of the old closet. The panelling was glued and nailed six was from Sunday so we were careful to remove everything and sweep and clean as we went so no kid or dog would come across a nail or track dust through the house.
The last step was to remove the panelling along above the closet and beside the door. The space already looks bigger and brighter. I am really excited to see what a bright white bench will look like in this little area.
This is where we hit our first hiccup. See that beam in the closet? Yea, we can’t remove that. Its the wall beam for a load bearing wall. So it needs to stay. What’s the plan now? Well you will have to wait and see!!