Well, it's vacation week for me! So in between physical therapy appointments for my ankle I plan on attacking my to do list. I got a start over the weekend with the spray paint - but more on that later. Today I finished a project that wasn't officially on my to do list - amazing how that always happens to me.
As you know, Pinterest is my new obsession. I found a great idea for the laundry area but everytime I've seen the picture it never links back to a detailed site. But I love the idea of the storage on the doors. Too bad I have bifold doors on my laundry closet. Bummer.
Then this popped up and the wheels in my head started turning at full speed........This closet hack featured at Apartment Therapy was my "a-ha" moment. A couple of brackets and a magnetic clasp later and these guys had changed their bifold doors to solid doors.
After deciding that if it didn't work out or I didn't like it that it was an easy undo (patch and paint a few holes in the back side of the doors) off I went to Lowe's and Home Depot to get supplies. Here's my list and price breakdown:
1 pkg of bracing bars (4 to a package) $1.97
2 magnetic latches $1.49 each
2 mountable wire shelving units $19.97 each
1 small block of wood - already owned
1 kick style door stop $5.97
Here's where I started:
This actually doesn't show how much stuff winds up on top of the dryer. Notice how much room the bifold doors take up - not allowing easy access to the space. So here's how I remedied it........
First, I "unhinged" the top door pins and pulled them out of the doors.
I added the door stop to the right hand door since it wanted to swing shut. Not everyone will need to do this.
After predrilling holes, I put two bracing bars on each door, simply splitting the difference between the hinges on each side.
Because bifold doors have a space between the top of the door and the track I had to add a small block of wood to accommodate the strike plates for the magnetic latches. After attaching the strike plates I lined up the magnetic pieces on the doors, again predrilling the holes before attaching them.
I moved the bracket that held the broom and swiffer from inside the laundry area to the right door and added the mountable wire shelving to the left door. So in less than an hour I had my own closet hack!
So that's my first big project for the week. Anyone else done a closet hack? Or found something on Pinterest that you want to hack?
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