Here is the before and after of my closet to "cloffice" aka "closet office" transformation. My husband often works from home and uses our guest room as his office, however I am taking online classes as well to finish my degree and have 2 kids as well, so finding somewhere to "hide" and do homework etc. was no easy feat.
Our house isn't that small, however we have a lot of space in places like storage rooms, closets etc.
Under the stairs we have a walk in closet that was being used for a few coats, shoes, and some other random items. I decided that would be the perfect place for my "cloffice" as it was quiet and had a door that I could close when I needed to...
Step 1: Step 1: Cleaning
To start transforming my closet into an office, I first removed everything from the closet and vacuumed the floor.
Then I dusted the baseboards and trimwork.
I filled in any holes in the drywall with drywall putty and sanded after it was dry.
Step 2: Step 2: Design
To design my new cloffice I knew I would need a desk or somewhere to write, and be able to put my laptop, yet my space wasn't HUGE and I didn't want to feel cramped. I was also working on a very tight budget, as I already had a few other projects going on at the time....and my husband didn't exactly want me to take over another entire closet!
I decided to build a built in floating desk as I had already had experience doing the same thing in our bathroom.
For the paint color, I used what was leftover from our bedroom/bathroom. (It is a custom color made out of 2 colors at Sherwin Williams btw)
The previous owners already had a wire shelf in the closet and a couple of wire hanging baskets, so that was great for storage. I really wanted something closer to my desk though, so I could easily reach pencils, pens, scissors, and things like that as well.
I had a left over towel bar from our bathroom redo that I wasn't using anymore, so I decided to paint that with Gold spray paint and hang near my desk. I bought these cute containers from the dollar spot at Target and just tied them onto the towel bar with some twine.
Step 3: Step 3: Paint, Build, & Decorate!
I painted the whole closet with my special mix of turquoise paint and went over the trim with a brighter white paint, as the trim was a bit more beige than I wanted.
To build my built in desk, I measured the length of the back wall of the closet, which was 36" wide. I had bought a storage cube at a garage sale for $3, and that became my chair/stool. I liked this option because I could move it under the desk when needed for extra storage space. Plus I was able to store things IN it as well!
Since this would be my chair I sat on it and found that my desk would be comfortable to me at about 30.5 inches tall, so that's how tall I made it.
Now for materials...I was already on a tight budget and didn't want to spend more on wood...so thankfully the people who lived here before us had left a shelf in the attic. It was simply a long 8 foot by 1 foot by 1/2 in MDF board that was already painted paint. I cut it to my 36" length, by using my jigsaw and left the rest in the attic.
I made the support for the floating desk with scrap 1x2's. I used a stud finder to locate studs in the walls and made marks at every stud. Then I drilled and screwed my 1x2 scraps at 30" high. I used a level to make sure everything was straight and lined up. I put them at the 30 inch mark because the top of the desk (my MDF board) was 1/2 inch thick, so total after putting it on would equal 30.5 inches tall. ; )
Then I drilled holes to attach the top of my desk to the frame. I used finish nails to attach the top and counter sank them. I filled in the holes with wood filler and sanded, so the desk top would be smooth. To hide the frame under the desk top, I attached a scrap piece of 1x4 board to the desk top to act as an "apron".
I also had some left over trim pieces from our kitchen redo that I used as a backdrop/decoration for around the top of the desk. I simply measured and mitered the ends and used finishing nails to attach them to the wall. I painted everything the same color as the trim (a bright white), and caulked all the edges for a clean look.
I had a small white shelf that I bought at Goodwill and hung it above my desk by drilling and hanging 2 drywall screws. I added my favorite little flamingo friend (also a thrift store find!), and a small terra cotta pot which I painted gold and turquoise. I stuck a bright green faux plant in it to bring some life to the space.
I had some Lilly Pulitzer prints (also a favorite!) from a catalog, which I put in some random picture frames that I bought (also from Goodwill!) and painted all the frames gold as well. I hung them with some picture hangers in a diagonal above my desk.
I used a rubbery? dark turquoise placemat for my laptop to sit on.
As for the coats and shoes...I bought a coat hanger with 8 hooks from HomeGoods to hang our coats on the back of the door. Shoes... we put in a bin under our bench at by the front door : )