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DIY Closet Makeover

by Susan Gast

Are you ready to embark on a DIY closet makeover that will transform your tiny closet into a functional and stylish space?

PIN-Closet-Makeover-featured-on.webpDIY Closet Makeover as seen on Pinterest

Whether you have a small closet in need of a makeover or an outdated door, these creative DIY closet makeover ideas will inspire you to tackle this project on a budget.

Get ready to eradicate closet-cringe with these small closet makeover DIY tips.

Tiny DIY Closet Makeover

Before starting your tiny closet makeover DIY deal, assess your current space and determine your storage needs.

De-clutter and donate items you no longer use to make room for a more organized layout. Once you have a clear vision for your closet, it's time to dive into the DIY process.

Taking a Single-Door Closet to a Double-Door Closet

One of the most impactful changes you can make during your DIY small closet makeover is to update your closet doors. If you have old bi-fold closet doors, consider replacing them with modern sliding doors or even curtains for a softer look, but to me, curtains as a closet door screams "I can't afford doors."

DIY closet makeover collageJust need a coat of white gloss paint on the new double bi-fold doors

Give your existing doors a fresh coat of paint or add decorative molding for a more custom appearance which works great on flat featureless hollow-core doors. These bi-fold closet door makeover DIY ideas will completely transform the look of your closet.

The guest bedroom in my old home had a decent 8-foot-wide closet but had an annoying single 24-inch-wide door to access it. Once inside, you did a sideways-shuffle, being careful not to poke your eye out on a coat hanger and crease your clean clothes in the process. I'd had enough. Out came the tape measure, hand saw, and DIY determination.

I had to widen the doorway to make room for two new bi-fold doors. I bought the bi-fold doors first to make sure I made the opening exactly the right width. Bi-fold doors are easy to install because they use a header track and a single pivot pin per door at the bottom - meaning "no hinges to figure out." Yessss!

Stud Removal

In my closet image collage above, I was scared to remove a couple of studs. I called upon Dad's wisdom. He said, "Knock and bang on it, and if it feels like it bounces and doesn't feel solid, then saw it." I gulped, "Saw it?"


Dad further explained, "When you saw the stud in two, and the saw's kerf (gap) is still evident, then it isn't load-bearing."

OK... I sawed it in half. And? Nothing major happened! The saw-blade's gap was easy to see, and I could freely wobble the studs from side to side. Phew. Had it been load-bearing, Dad said the gap would have closed up somewhat, and it would mean having to put put up a horizontal header to carry the attic load above.

Take Before & After Photos

One of the most satisfying aspects of a closet makeover DIY is the before and after transformation. Take photos of your closet before you begin your project to document the process. As you work through each step of your makeover, take progress pictures to showcase your hard work.

Later on, compare the closet makeover DIY before after photos to see the incredible difference your DIY efforts have made and take pride in what you've achieved.

Think Vertically

When it comes to maximizing storage space in a tiny closet, think vertically. Install shelving units or hanging organizers to utilize the upper portion of your closet. This is especially helpful for DIY small entryway closet makeovers where you need to store coats, bags, and shoes.

6-Shelf Hanging
Closet Organizer

Closet Organizer
with Drawers

Two 3-Tier Hanging
Closet Organizers

Proper Lighting

Proper lighting is another essential element in your DIY closet makeover on a budget. Consider installing battery-operated LED lights or even a small chandelier for a touch of glamour.

If you happen to have a window in your closet, remove the curtains and let the light in. Add stick-on window frosting if you don't want people peeping in!

Tired of Wire Frame Shelving?


Take a look at what Beth did to her plain walk-in closet. What a stunning transformation.

Read MORE here.

Organize It!

Organizing your closet is key to maintaining a clutter-free space. Invest in storage containers, baskets, and boxes to keep smaller items tidy. I like using clear containers so I can easily identify its contents and maintain a cohesive look.

Don't forget, you can label your storage-solution bins for added convenience if you don't mind seeing the labels.

Linen Closet

Closet Organization
9-Pk Baskets

Nesting Banana Leaf Baskets

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Be A Material Girl with Your DIY Closet Makeover

For a budget-friendly closet makeover DIY style, get creative with your materials. Repurpose old furniture, such as a dresser or bookshelf, to provide additional storage space.

Many times I've shoved an old dresser into a closet and a cheap bookshelf too! Paint them first if you want a cohesive look.

Use leftover paint or wallpaper to add a pop of color or pattern to your closet walls. Shop at thrift stores or online marketplaces for affordable decor and storage solutions.

You can get gallon cans of paint at ridiculously low prices at paint stores if the customer returned it because they didn't like the color. Ask the attendant at the paint-counter if they have any paint returns.

Meet Jasmine!


If you have room to spare and are lucky enough to have a walk-in closet, you must check out this "how-to step-by-step guide" by talented Jasmine Scales, a wife, mother, and a DIY diva. She created this custom closet with her own two hands!

Read MORE here.

An Old Closet Door Grows Up

Remember, a DIY old closet door makeover is a chance to let your personality shine. Don't be afraid to incorporate your unique style into your closet design. Whether you prefer a minimalist aesthetic or a bold, colorful look, your closet should reflect your personal taste and make you feel happy every time you open the doors.

With these DIY small closet makeover ideas and small closet makeover DIY tips, you'll be well on your way to transforming your tiny closet into a functional and stylish space. Get ready to enjoy a clutter-free, organized closet that maximizes your storage potential and elevates your home's overall appearance.

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