Elsie’s DIY Closet Organization

Elsie's Closet Organization Jeremy and I recently moved into our master bedroom after four months of living in the guest room due to renovations (!!!!). It’s SO WEIRD living in our real bedroom. But you guys aren’t here to hear about my #feelings. So let’s move on….

So far, I’ve mainly focused on the closet space. It’s coming along nicely, and today I’m here to share a blank wall that we turned into useful accessory storage!

Step 1Step 1: Use tape to visualize the storage you want to add. I put this up, then made sure the sizes of my hats and lengths of my necklaces and purses would work. Just hold things up and adjust as needed.

Step 2Step 2: Measure the length of the wall (exactly) and have boards cut to length at the home improvement store. My boards are 2.5 inches tall, but you can do larger ones if you want.

Step 3Step 3: Choose and measure for hardware. Pick out what hardware you want for whatever your storage needs are. I picked different styles for hats, necklaces, and bags. Then hold up your largest hat, bag, and necklace and decide how far you want them spaced apart. Then you can figure out how many pieces of each hardware type you need.

My hardware– Kohler knobs (used for bags), Brass hooks (used for necklaces, and I painted them gold because they came in more dark than I expected), and Lucite pulls (I actually used these on their side for the hats).

Step 4Step 4: Paint the wood pieces to match your trim color.

Step 5Step 5: Add hardware to boards.

How to drill holesTo get your hardware flush, use a countersink drill bit. 🙂

Ta-DaaaaaTa-Daaaa! It’s done! We added a little more caulk at the end and touched up the paint a tiny bit, by the way!

My new storage is SO USEFUL! Here’s how my wall looks today….

Elsie's Closet Organization Elsie's Closet Organization Elsie's Closet Organization Elsie's Closet Organization Elsie's Closet Organization I’m so happy with the extra storage this adds to my space. I mean, this wall would have basically been wasted and now it’s completely full. If you have a similar wall, or need more storage, consider this solution. I highly recommend it! It’s SUPER easy to find my necklaces and hats now (always a brutal task for me in the past). Projects like this are SO gratifying! If you make this in your space, tag us on Instagram #ABMathome

Have a lovely weekend! xx- Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Elsie Larson and Laura Gummerman. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

  • Cute. I did something similar in my barn for my horse accessories, I may have to adapt it for me too! Thanks

  • This so FAB! AMAZING closet organization ideas! So simple, so beautiful, and I love that everything is displayed. Will definitely try it out in my room.

    I also had some great closet organization ideas here in my blog https://www.homeazeproducts.com/ 😉

  • Ooh! Can I share my favorite hooks for bags? I find that some bags are very heavy all by themselves or don’t get used all that frequently. Hanging them by the straps on thin hooks can cause permanent creases as the leather conforms to the hook. So, a few years ago, I stole an idea from my barn’s tack room and hung up BRIDLE HOOKS for my bags! They keep the straps nice and rounded, however heavy the bag, however long it hangs!

    See the link for an example

    https://www.abi-vet.com/product-category/equestrian-leather/saddle/

  • Great idea! I’d love to try something like this for more storage options! Thank you!
    xo dré

    www.flightoffeather.com

  • I love this – it looks so elegant and classy with everything hung individually like that! Wish I had the room to do something like this!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

  • This is AMAZING. So simple, so beautiful, and I love that everything is displayed. Gotta show off those beautiful hats 😉

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  • so cool!
    i love this idea for storing my handbags – i’m always struggling to know how to store them.

    elisha-mae I wear this?
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  • That’s a great idea! Spray it gold and it will look just as pretty. Thanks for sharing!

    Laura
    http://laurelandfern.com/

  • Super cute idea!! Will definitely try this for my house!
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  • GAH! SO CUTE!!! Def trying it out in my dorm room.

    Rabecca/ http://www.midnightburnout.com/

  • Love this post! Organization is great because it saves so much time in life.

  • Oh my goodness I love this! You always make such good use of space x

    Erin | http://beingerin.com

  • I love this organization! It’s so simple and gorgeous!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • What a great idea and I LOVE that pink hat!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Elsie, you make these projects look so easy. And that’s a good thing. Otherwise I might not ever get started. LOL I could definitely use a place to store my goodies and would never have thought about expanding this way. Thanks so much for all your fabulous storage tips.

    Have a great day
    KaSonndra

  • I neeeeeed to do this — all my accessories are just in piles on the floor/furniture right now! This is a perfect DIY and I can’t wait to try it!!
    xx
    Ella
    http://www.thirteenoctobers.com

  • What brand and shade of gold spray paint did you use for this project? I love all your gold accents but never know the specifics of what you use.

    Thank you.

  • i would really love to know how you attached the boards to the wall, for me that’s the most important part of this DIY, everything else was pretty self explanatory just based on the photos alone. i want to do a similar project in my front entrance for hanging coats, hats, bags near our front door because we don’t have a closet anywhere in the vicinity and the only thing holding me back from attempting this project in the past was that i didn’t know how i’d attach the boards to our plaster walls, so please share how they are attached. thanks!

  • Fantastic idea Elsie – great storage solution and it looks so pretty too!!

  • This DIY is exactly what I need! I feel like my space is always a mess and I don’t have enough room in my closet, and I like that this adds storage space without being bulky. Thanks for sharing!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

  • Some of the hats hang on their own, but for the larger felt hats I use a safety pin on the inside with a piece of yarn tied in a small look to basically make a hook!
    xx- Elsie

  • Hey Michelle,
    I don’t spend much $ on accessories because I don’t wear them as much. I shop for hats at Forever 21, ASOS, H&M… places like that! 🙂
    xx- Elsie

  • Your comment about us not wanting to hear about your feelings couldn’t be more off the mark! I’d love to hear more about how you guys are adjusting to your new city and new home rather than ANOTHER DIY 🙁

  • so. cool.
    what a great idea. better than just putting up hooks on your wall, because you can take the boards down and put them up somewhere else, or even take them with you if you move out. genious!

  • What pretty extra storage!!! Enjoy your new master bedroom!!

  • It’s functional and it definitely look so pretty too!

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  • This is all so beautiful! The knobs are gorgeous.

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  • This is great! I’m buying a house right now and it only has a couple small closets. This might be the perfect solution to add more storage to the room.

    Laura
    http://laurelandfern.com/

  • How are your hats hanging off the pulls specifically? I have 20 plus hats that I’ve been looking for a way to hang them and really like this idea however, it looks like they are hanging from the brim or something on the brim in the photos. Whenever I’ve tried to consider hardware to hang them from, nothing is long enough to actually hold the hat on the wall at least hanging it from the “bowl” of the hat.

  • Ooh! Can I share my favorite hooks for bags? I find that some bags are very heavy all by themselves or don’t get used all that frequently. Hanging them by the straps on thin hooks can cause permanent creases as the leather conforms to the hook. So, a few years ago, I stole an idea from my barn’s tack room and hung up BRIDLE HOOKS for my bags! They keep the straps nice and rounded, however heavy the bag, however long it hangs!

    See the link for an example:
    http://www.statelinetack.com/item/metal-bridle-bracket/SLT310064%20RED/?srccode=GPSLT&gclid=CMGygIHyuMsCFYwkgQodXHcAxg&kwid=productads-adid%5E40184736948-device%5Em-plaid%5E100714043388-sku%5E74300-adType%5EPLA

  • What a beautiful way to display your hats and jewellery, I love this! Where did you get those amazing hats?
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  • I love this idea……I have the jewelry organizer that’s on a hanger and it’s hard to see what I have.

  • I love this for a big closet! What a great way to display everything you have!

    http://thatsmagsforyou.com

  • I cant decide what I love more- the brass and lucite hooks, or the moldings on the closets doors in the background, stunning!

    www.shopthecoconutroom.com

  • You have a lot of space for your accessories and it looks great. Indeed, it is super easy to find today.

  • That was so smart!
    I need to adapt my bedroom to make it more useful too.
    My hats are all inside each other in the closet right now and my dressing table is cluttered with accessories and begging for an organization and space optimization.

    And I have a blank wall right behind it.
    Thanks for the idea! 🙂

    xo, Deborah http://www.loveandeverythingblog.com

  • Now if only I had a closet big enough to put that in… I miss my walk in closet!!

  • oh my goodness elsie, can you adopt me? Your house is so big, I will in a corner with Suki and Dolly very ve.ry. quietly! 😀

    love, from http://inwhirlofinspiration.com

  • Hi Elsie! This looks so great! Can I ask how you mounted it to the wall so perfectly? Thank you! 🙂

  • Seriously so PERFECT! Beautiful, simple, and yes incredibly practical. We are in an apartment right now, but whenever we move into a home we own – THIS will be on my wish list 😉 Thanks for sharing! Y’all have the BEST ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  • Love this! Such a bright and colorful way to show off your accessories. And hanging necklaces is the way to go! Like you said, it’s so easy to find the right one and nothing gets tangled or damaged.

    Sweet Horizon

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