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Dept. Store Closet

Closet Makeover

Creating your personal department store closet at home!

 

Have you ever wondered why clothes look better in the department store than they do at home? Why do they lose a bit of their appeal? Maybe it’s because the department store colors, wood shelves, warm lighting and overall store environment put the clothes in their best possible light — so you will buy them! Why not do that to your closet at home? Well, except for piping in store music into our closet we did just that.

This project should have been done years ago; however, it wasn’t a priority. We wanted doorless, hardwood cabinets to transform into solid, attractive shelves.

One Saturday while driving back from town we passed a trailer in someone’s front yard loaded with used cabinets – the price said 10.00 a piece. We quickly turned around to check them out. I was pretty excited to see that they were well built and in good shape, to top it off they were built out of Hickory wood.  Now this is where the process begins . . . check out our one minute video to see the QUICK TAKE and scroll down to see the details. A surprise awaits at the bottom!

 

The Process . . .

I suppose we should start with our closet before we began working on it. The only encouragement to showcasing our embarrassing BEFORE is that we arrived with a successful AFTER!

 

The hardwood cabinets we found for 10.00 each! What a great way to start this project!

The natural wood on the inside will help highlight the clothing and create the right department store look.

We wiped everything down to remove dirt and dust then used Klean Strip Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser to strip off the outside coat allowing our paint to adhere permanently.

The Zibra 2″ Chiseled Wedge provided tremendous paint load and release, leaving a nice smooth finish.

 

We worked on the closet walls by cleaning then patching holes left from the removal of the old closet system.

 

After hand sanding, then wiping down the walls we began rolling with the Zibra Airglide. This roller has excellent centered-balance and when you finish painting, simply quick eject the roller cover into the trash can!

 

The Zibra Triangle brush makes painting the corners quick and the bristle pack out and crisp edges of the brush is perfect for cutting in with speed.

 

Nice to see the closet shaping up and we really like the warm tone of the new wall color.

 

We hung the cabinet shelves in place accommodating for what we each needed to adequately store all our clothes.

I don’t like hanging up clothes so I was perfectly cool with just folding and stacking my clothes. I did watch a youtube on how to properly fold a dress shirt. It’s simple and easy to do. This is my preference and it worked out well for our closet makeover.

 

Now for the final reveal!

We decided to remove the door into the walk-in closet and just hang a curtain, this made it easier to get in and out. We had a small rug and sitting bench in our bedroom so we moved it to the new closet and it works great!

    

I purchased a closet rod from the local home center and installed for my wife in a matter of minutes. She need to have a place to hang a few dresses, skirts and jackets.

 

Usually, when you work on a project like this, the longer you work the more creative you become with a boat load of ideas. We had to close out the project by adding a few “comical” department store signs to add some humor. Not sure how long they will last but you have to admit, they really set the whole department store look off right!

 

For the surprise! We are giving away this Zibra Paintbrush Kit!

Kit includes all the brushes used in this project and more! The Zibra Palm Pro, 2″ Chiseled Wedge, Square and Triangle Brush. It comes in a custom hand painted wooden box with handle! HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment below and tell us where you shared the blog post and you will be entered in the paintbrush GIVEAWAY. All those that comment and share will be entered into the random drawing. Contest closes Monday, July 31 at NOON EST. Contest open to US and Canada residents only.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO JULIE Q. for winning the GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to all who participated!

If you like this post, please share with your friends on social media!

 

 

82 Comments
  • Susan Shipe
    Posted at 09:52h, 25 July Reply

    I love this. I shared on Pinterest and Twitter.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:12h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks Susan!

  • Mechele McDaniel Rose
    Posted at 10:49h, 25 July Reply

    Shared to my Facebook page

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:12h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks Mechele, you are entered in the GIVEAWAY!

  • Lezlie adams
    Posted at 12:50h, 25 July Reply

    Shared on my Facebook page

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 13:21h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks Lezlie, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Sue Lane
    Posted at 13:33h, 25 July Reply

    Love this project! -Shared on fb

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 13:45h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks Sue! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Pamela Brazier
    Posted at 15:16h, 25 July Reply

    I actually did this to my closet a few years ago and I still love it. I liked and shared on FB and Pintrest.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:29h, 25 July Reply

      Great to hear Pamela, we really like the change too, you certainly have a better understanding of what you have and what you don’t need when you organize! Thanks for sharing and you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Robin Fishburn
    Posted at 15:19h, 25 July Reply

    I shared this on Pinterest, on my Organizational Board. I’ve been hearing for some time from Larissa at Prodigal Pieces about how wonderful your brushes are, and being the brush fanatic that I am, I’d love to try them! It’s nice to see a company that finally understands the needs of a painter! Kudos to you there at Zibra!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:30h, 25 July Reply

      Wow, thanks Robin, you are a great encouragement to us! We hope you get to try them soon! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Jenni Sorensen
    Posted at 15:35h, 25 July Reply

    I love the idea of pulling everything up off of the floor. Looks great. I shared on Twitter.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:31h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks Jenni, you are very observant, that is one of the things we didn’t mention but definitely love – having space on the floor and seeing most everything around eye level and above! You entered in the giveaway!

  • Christine Harte
    Posted at 15:41h, 25 July Reply

    Shared on fb!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:31h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks Christine, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Kimberly benton
    Posted at 15:53h, 25 July Reply

    Shared on Facebook! ❤️🤞🤞

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:32h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks Kimberly, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Kimberly benton
    Posted at 15:55h, 25 July Reply

    Also shared on Pinterest ❤️🤞

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:32h, 25 July Reply

      Great, thanks Kimberly!

  • Yolanda Acevedo
    Posted at 16:11h, 25 July Reply

    Wow! That closet looks like it belongs in a Beverley Hills mansion!!

    Great Job!

    Oh yeah, I shared on my Pinterest Board DIY Celebrity Closets

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:39h, 25 July Reply

      You are too kind Yolanda, thanks so much! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Julie Quimby
    Posted at 16:26h, 25 July Reply

    Awesome!! I shared on Facebook

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:40h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks Julie! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • nita Chojnicki
    Posted at 16:45h, 25 July Reply

    Shared on facebook.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 17:17h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks, you are entered in the giveaway nita!

  • Bette Haakana
    Posted at 17:10h, 25 July Reply

    I love the project, but I’m planning on redoing a bookcase that is in need of rehabbing. Your brushes are superior.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 17:17h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks Bette! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Alicia
    Posted at 17:34h, 25 July Reply

    Wow your closet came out Gorgeous!
    I share it on my twitter page:
    https://twitter.com/aabx2alicia/status/889961849701244928
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 19:02h, 25 July Reply

      Thank you so much Alicia! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Donna Gonzalez
    Posted at 19:51h, 25 July Reply

    Love a good paintbrush. Shared on Pinterest.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:11h, 25 July Reply

      We hope you can try our brushes soon! You are entered in the giveaway Donna!

  • Joy Kolenda
    Posted at 20:01h, 25 July Reply

    I love all of your projects. I get some great ideas and inspiration. Sharing on my Facebook page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:12h, 25 July Reply

      So glad to hear Joy! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Debrashoppeno5
    Posted at 20:08h, 25 July Reply

    I love the closet redo. What a fantastic idea to reuse the cabinets. And of course Zibra brushes are fabulous.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:12h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks so much and thank you for loving Zibra brushes! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Gayleen littrell.
    Posted at 20:25h, 25 July Reply

    You make it look easy, neat

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:07h, 25 July Reply

      We love to hear that, thanks Gayleen! Let us know you shared on your social media so we can enter you in the giveaway!

  • Kimberly Kollasch
    Posted at 20:37h, 25 July Reply

    Love it . Shared in our business page

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:08h, 25 July Reply

      Thank you Kimberly! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Dee Thomas
    Posted at 21:11h, 25 July Reply

    Nice blog and great ideas on closet makeovers, could use new brushes to start on ours, shared on Facebook.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:09h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks Dee! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Carol Miller
    Posted at 21:46h, 25 July Reply

    Would love to have some new brushes. These look wonderful. Mine are so old and worn. I love redoing furniture I find at the curb.
    Shared on my Facebook page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:10h, 25 July Reply

      We hope you can try our brushes soon Carol! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • JoAnn Fallica
    Posted at 22:03h, 25 July Reply

    Wonderful brushes! I shared to my Facebook page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:11h, 25 July Reply

      Thank you JoAnn, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Jeannie Overton
    Posted at 00:22h, 26 July Reply

    Love Zibra brushes. I shared the Blog on Facebook.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:53h, 01 August Reply

      Thanks Jeannie, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Catrice Payne
    Posted at 00:53h, 26 July Reply

    LOVE you awesome projects. Shared on facebook

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:39h, 26 July Reply

      Wow, thanks Catrice! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • SR. Harnage
    Posted at 01:05h, 26 July Reply

    Awesome Brushes! I posted on my Facebook.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:40h, 26 July Reply

      We are so glad you love them! You are entered in the giveaway SR!

  • Jenny Stratton
    Posted at 01:06h, 26 July Reply

    I shared on Facebook . I love painting and would love to win this.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:40h, 26 July Reply

      Thanks Jenny, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Ramona Barnett
    Posted at 01:46h, 26 July Reply

    I love this concept! I am actually enclosing a closet right now and this has given me inspiration to look into used cabinets. I had never even considered it. I shared on Facebook. Great job!!!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:41h, 26 July Reply

      We are excited for you Ramona, let us know how it turns out! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Allyson Bragg
    Posted at 02:58h, 26 July Reply

    Shared on my Facebook page, Pinterest, and Instagram. Great project! ❤️

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:41h, 26 July Reply

      Thanks Allyson! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Julie Cornwell
    Posted at 08:06h, 26 July Reply

    Looks fab! Who wouldn’t want a cloaet like that. Hmmm…maybe a closer redo in my future. Love Zibra brushes.
    Shared on Facebook

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:42h, 26 July Reply

      Thanks Julie, we are so glad you love Zibra brushes! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Gail Ebeling
    Posted at 10:50h, 26 July Reply

    I left it on Facebook. Have seen these and they look amazing

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 12:19h, 26 July Reply

      Thanks Gail, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Rachel Clarke
    Posted at 12:28h, 26 July Reply

    I shared on Pinterest, facebook and twitter.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:36h, 26 July Reply

      Thanks Rachel, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Allison Surless
    Posted at 18:41h, 26 July Reply

    I’ve been dying to try these on my latest restorations! Shared on Pinterest!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 18:45h, 26 July Reply

      We hope you get to try them soon Allison! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • sandra
    Posted at 20:20h, 26 July Reply

    I shared on Pinterest. And I really need to work on my closet, not sure I could bring myself to post a before pic! Only the after. I have the triangle brush. Would be so nice to have the set!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 21:53h, 26 July Reply

      Definitely share the AFTER picture! You are entered in the giveaway Sandra, thanks!

  • Nancy Lyon
    Posted at 21:11h, 26 July Reply

    Shared on IG. Just bought my first brush; can’t wait to try it!!!

    • Nancy Lyon
      Posted at 21:19h, 26 July Reply

      Couldn’t share on IG so I shared on Pinterest instead “Products I Love” board. 😊

      • Lane Ball
        Posted at 21:54h, 26 July Reply

        Sounds good Nancy, thanks so much!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 21:54h, 26 July Reply

      So glad you get to try our brush, let us know how it goes! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Brandi Bryant
    Posted at 12:47h, 27 July Reply

    I shared on Facebook. I love the department store look in the closet makeover. This might be the inspiration I need to redo our closets. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 15:42h, 27 July Reply

      Thanks Brandi, it is certainly worth it, we hope you can do the makeover as well! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Valerie Marozzi
    Posted at 07:57h, 28 July Reply

    Fabulous.! Shared on my FB page Phresh Paint.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:13h, 28 July Reply

      Great, thanks Valerie! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Dorothy Ensz
    Posted at 13:55h, 30 July Reply

    Wow this closet! It’s a great big yes from me.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 18:07h, 30 July Reply

      Thanks Dorothy!!

  • Cindy Henderson
    Posted at 08:51h, 31 July Reply

    Shared using Pinterest. My these brushes would save me a lot of clean up. The paint goes on so smoothly.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:10h, 31 July Reply

      Yes they would! Thanks Cindy, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Misty Schierer
    Posted at 08:27h, 12 August Reply

    I love these ideas! And the brushes, oh my goodness!! I shared in Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Thanks for the chance!

  • Jeannie Overton
    Posted at 22:50h, 20 September Reply

    I love the closet project because clothes look better in the department store.

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