and everything in between… Wife, Mom, Sister, Friend

Foyer Closet Transformation March 7, 2012

Filed under: S2S DIY — sassy2savvy @ 11:37 AM

Do you have a space in your house that is just existing and not being used to its full potential? We all have a space in our homes that we just shove stuff into but it does not function well with our busy lives. For me this was my closet in my foyer. This closet housed our winter coats, air mattress, and maybe a vacuum at times. It was not a space that when people came over I could use to accommodate their coats and purses. I do not like telling my guest to just set their belongings on the sofa or on the table. This lead me to create a closet that could entertain my guests belongings and still function as a space to hold some family items.

Before ClosetDIY

To start we cleaned out our closet, in order to see what type of space we had to work with. Our coat closet is small, so don’t feel like you must have a big space to create an amazing change.

Next my husband and I took measurements in order to make the base. Your base is used as a seat and storage. While he was constructing the base I was choosing paint for the inside of the closet. The base will be custom to your space. We created our base to “Just Fit”. The seat is not drilled into the wall it is a free-standing box, so that in case we sell the house we have the option to turn back into a closet. This project was done before I started blogging, so I do not have a step to step plan on how we did this, but I still wanted to share as this project was very easy to do and done in a weekend.

Base for seat and storage

Free standing base, applied the ply wood to the top in the closet. Added two pieces of crown molding to the front top of the base and the bottom.

Supplies For Base:

  • 2×4 (going to depend on size of base you are making)
  • Ply wood Sheets (this will be used for the seat and bottom self)
  • Finishing Nails
  • Screws ( 2 and 1/4 inch)
  • Paint
  • Crown Molding
Tools Used For Base:
  • Measuring Tape
  • Hammer
  • Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Paint brush/Roller
** Make sure when you are constructing your seat, you use a support beam in the center of the seat to add support for sitting.
Once the base is constructed it is now time to make your space its own by adding some paint. The paint I choose went with my color scheme of the house. Once the paint dried, the space looked like it needed something else to really make the space “pop”. So we measured from the base to the ceiling and put in crown molding in the back corners to add depth.
Decorating My Space:
I love to decorate, so this part is always fun. The accessories in this closet are listed below. Of course feel free to create your space in a way that will support your needs and the needs of your family.
-Cushion For Seat (I used 2 patio cushions in my space)
-2 large baskets (for the bottom shelf)
-Brushed silver individual coat hooks for the side of the wall
-Coat Hook Rack (Purchased at Bed Bath Beyond (20% coupon)
-Throw pillows

This project turned out better then I expected and I am so pleased with this space. It has created a functioning space in our home that is used daily. You will often find my daughter in this nook reading a book (proud mama). Basket 1: holds our winter gear, Basket 2: holds the shoes by the door. I always have a place for peoples belongings when they visit.

I challenge you to pick a place in your house that you are not using to its full potential and get to renovating. I would love to see what you have created. Feel free to comment and leave links to spaces you have created.


I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength

(Phil 4:13)



2 Responses to “Foyer Closet Transformation”

  1. I love this idea. What a great use of space?

  2. Tracey Says:

    I absolutely love it, I wish I could find a place to put all my stuff in my closet to do this. The girls would love it too. Nice taste in couch cushion by the way-LOL. How funny that I have the same cushion in my sunroom.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s