Nursery Closet Makeover

The closet in our nursery was kinda…well…blah. Only one long shelf and hanging rod across the back wall and some small shelves on the side. We took the opportunity to give it a makeover while creating our Colorful Nursery for Trent.

The first step was to remove the long shelf and hanging rod.

We then painted the wall the same color as the rest of the nursery, Benjamin Moore Gray Horse.

We kept the small side shelves since they’ll provide extra storage room without getting the way.

We also added a light fixture. A sleeker light fixture from IKEA.

We purchased the IKEA Expedit 5×1 shelf in white and placed it upright in the center of the closet and nailed it to the wall.

Brett installed another long shelf above the center IKEA shelf. He then took two long white metal rods, cut them in half and inserted two on each side of the center IKEA shelf.

We added some bins to the center IKEA shelf and a shoe insert to the bottom.

Before Brett could say “Ta-Da!” I filled it with diapers and lots of clothes!

Waaay more storage space and more room for clothes!


Be sure to check out our other DIY Projects from Trent’s Nursery!


DIY Jumbo Hanging Barrel of Monkeys

DIY Pirate Door Sign

DIY Growth Chart Ruler

DIY Scrabble Letter Blocks

DIY Colorful Framed Letter

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  • samantha
    Jan 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Hi there! I’m wondering if you did anything special to attach the closet rod the Expedit? We are tackling this project right now and I’m afraid my husband is over-engineering that part 😉

    • Lynn Svenson
      Jan 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      The little half cup things (quite the technical term, huh?) that hold the closet rod up have a single screw hole in them and that one screw is going into the side of the Expedit. Let me know if you have any more questions – I’d be glad to help! 🙂

  • Kim
    Jan 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    This looks amazing! I will attempt to redo in our soon-to-be nursery! Thanks for the easy idea! How did you secure the top shelf, looks like it’s resting on some kind of moulding? Or maybe that’s part of the shelf, I can’t really tell. Thanks!

    • Lynn Svenson
      Jan 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks! Yes, that is molding on the way, plus it is resting on the IKEA shelf in the center. I hope yours turns out great!

  • Anna
    Apr 6, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Hi! I love this closet!! I am in the process of redoing my nursery closet and want to do something similar…. Could you send me the link to the ikea shelf please… I can’t seem to find the one you used!! Thanks!!

  • Kenny
    Apr 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    We are in the process of redoing our nursery closet as well. We have the Expedit shelf, but I was wondering where you got the long white shelf that runs across the top. Looks great!

    • Lynn Svenson
      Apr 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks! That shelf is just a white piece of wood from either Home Depot or Lowe’s.

  • Jay
    Apr 21, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I love this idea and I am actually beginning this in a few rooms in our house. Where did you find the shoe inserts?


  • mk
    May 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    where did you find the blue bins?

    • Lynn Svenson
      May 19, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      They are from the Martha Stewart Collection at either Home Depot or Lowes.

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  • Vanessa Davis
    Feb 4, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Hi! We are in the process of completing this project. We loved your idea. I had a question about the “half cup thingies” that hold the rods in place. Did you buy those separate or did it come with the rod? I was trying to use tension rods (stupid idea), and realize that’s not going to work. Where did you buy those rod holder things? thanks!

    • Lynn Svenson
      Feb 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      They were separate. They come in a small bag with one full circle and one half. We found them on and end cap at Home Depot. Good luck! 🙂

  • Scarlett
    Feb 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    What size was your actual closet for this project? Love it!

  • Shane
    Apr 18, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Love the wardrobe using the IKEA Expedit. Planning to do the same. What did you do with the bottom and the skirting board? so its flush against the wall? Or does the shelf above have a back piece so matches the skirting board?