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Closet Under the Stairs Makeover

Check out my closet I just gave a cute makeover to! This closet under the stairs has always been an impractical eyesore. I have had the hardest time making it functional… until now! Check out the transformation!

Here is the info on the products I used!

Bookcases

The bookcases are Billy bookcases from Ikea. With lumber prices through the roof right now, these were a very practical and affordable alternative! I purchased 4 different bookcases and assembled each before putting them in the closet.

Tall bookcase – https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/billy-bookcase-white-50263838/

Short and slim bookcase – https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/billy-bookcase-white-80263832/

Short and wide bookcase – https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/billy-bookcase-white-30263844/

Floor Tile

I chose to use peel and stick floor tile for this closet for a few reasons. It’s super affordable, fast, water resistant and easy to clean! Plus, it’s so darn cute. I placed it over stained concrete, but it goes over a variety of surfaces. I love how it brightened the space up and I also love that it was done in 30 mintues 😉

You can see the peel and stick tile I used HERE! Free shipping and mine came same day!

Wood Countertops

For the wood on top of the shorter bookcases, I used edge glued pine panels from Lowe’s. With lumber being so high currently, these are a great alternative when you need a larger surface of wood. Also, they take stain really pretty! You can find them HERE and they have several sizes depending on what you need. I used Golden Oak stain on mine.

Storage Tubs

I used my very favorite storage tubs one one wall of the closet. I LOVE these things. They hold a ton and they come in cute colors too. You can find them HERE! I used the medium size for the cubbies on mine and it’s a perfect fit!

Storage Baskets

I used baskets for the bookcase against the back wall. These are great and also a perfect fit for this space. You can find them HERE! I used the small size.

Shiplap Wall Panels

I wanted to add a little something on the wall above the shorter shelves so I used THESE WALL PANELS. They are a great price and come pre-finished which is an added bonus!

Paint Color

I painted the closet with Sherwin-Williams Pure White which was a great match to the already finished Ikea cabinets.

I love the outcome!

9 Comments

  1. Theresa Smahlik on July 17, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Hi! I’m making this my summer project and I’m excited! Having a hard time finding the tallest Billy shelf. Was wondering, did you trim around the shelves? It looks like you did. If so what did you use?

  2. Joanna on July 15, 2022 at 6:03 am

    Would you be willing to share the dimensions of your closet. So curious how this would fit in mine!!! I love it! You did an awesome job!

    • Shayla on July 25, 2022 at 7:32 pm

      I would love to know this as well!

    • Kindra on September 28, 2022 at 11:45 am

      Same, what are your closed dimensions. Have the same setup, and there is no way I can fit 3 shelves at 30+ wide on the one side.

  3. Nicole on July 10, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Hi! LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. I have the same type of closet in our home that i want to improve so badly. Do you have the dimensions of your closet so I can see how it compares to mine? Thanks!

    • Jennifer on September 5, 2022 at 11:59 am

      Would love to know if this would fit my closet too. Could you please give the dimensions of the closet?

  4. Diego on June 28, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Hi, great job. I was wondering what color paint did you use for your bottom and upper wood cuts, that match the ikea shelve. Thanks

  5. Shannon on June 9, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Amazing! What did you put on top of the shelves? Some sort of wood top?

    • Sue on June 10, 2022 at 4:14 am

      WOOD COUNTERTOPS
      For the wood on top of the shorter bookcases, I used edge glued pine panels from Lowe’s. With lumber being so high currently, these are a great alternative when you need a larger surface of wood. Also, they take stain really pretty! You can find them HERE and they have several sizes depending on what you need. I used Golden Oak stain on mine.

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