A couple weeks ago I turned a tiny closet holding little more than a broom into my cleaning closet! I added some buffalo check wallpaper and acrylic shelves to make it pretty and functional — the best kind of combo.
One day I was tired of the vacuum being in the way in the laundry room and tried to see if it would fit in the teeny tiny little closet at the end of our hallway. And behold, it did! BARELY.
I was admittedly more excited than I should have been and one thing led to another. Let me show you the before pic:
Here are all the tools and materials I used.
I took down all the hooks in the closet to wallpaper and was left with quite a few plastic anchors sticking out. That won’t work with wallpaper! So here’s what I did.
What to do with plastic anchors stuck in the wall:
- Hammer them into the wall just slightly, so they are just below the surface.
- Spackle over the hole.
- And sand.
My walls are texture. (In case you hadn’t heard me complain about that before, haha!) And yes, you can wallpaper over textured walls as long as they’re not too severe. I’ve done it many times.
Next, I cut my wallpaper to fit these wall. It’s so hard to fit in this tiny space with angled walls!
This is my fifth time wallpapering and I say peel-and-stick is the way to go!! So much easier than paste and easier to take down.
I only ordered one roll of this pretty buffalo check wallpaper and I got lucky with how it lined up, because I didn’t plan it out very well! Fortunately the squares were easy to cut out and patch.
Then I measured how far apart I wanted these acrylic shelves. I needed something small so the door would still shut and I love that these let the wallpaper show through.
I much prefer these self-drilling drywall anchors to the plastic anchors! They are so simple to use. You just drill in the anchor with your drill, the same way you would a screw. And the best part is you can take them out.
The shelves can also go with the ledge up or down. I chose only the bottom one to have the ledge, but wish now I would have done the same to the second shelf. Oh well!
This is the Dyson vacuum that I have. I think it is being discontinued, but I LOVE it. So much better than the cheap ones I kept buying.
I’m obsessed with this label maker too. I love the look of the classic labels and also that no batteries are required. Simple things don’t break down as much. I use it for everything!
This broom hanger was hanging where the shelves are now. I took it down and just broke the end off like a savage so I didn’t have to buy a new one. If I were buying something new, I really like the simplicity of these broom holders.
As time goes on I keep adding things in here! This is what it looks like now!
Here is a one-minute video of how I did it!
2 thoughts on “Cleaning closet wallpaper makeover”
Using buffalo check wallpaper and acrylic shelves was a nice idea. I am thinking to use those things.
Love this, Kate!! You always inspire me!! 💗