Closet Case: A One-Day Glamorous Makeover

Give your tween or teen girl's closet a gorgeous and more grown-up new look with ready-made cabinets and bold use of color.

Chic Purple Closet

Thanks to fresh paint, an updated floor, ready-made cabinets and a double-hang rod installation, this closet now functions as a sophisticated, organized dressing room for an elegant, stylish tween.

Before: Disorganized Closet

In its original state, this tween girl's closet was lacking in proper organization and overflowing with toys and dress-up clothes.

Brass Hooks

To give the closet a romantic and regal look, gold accessories and cabinet hardware were added, along with brass wall hooks, to complement the purple color palette. The hooks make handbags and scarves easily accessible without taking up valuable storage space.

Custom Hardware

Most ready-made cabinetry is sold with supplied hardware. To give the cabinet a custom look, add stylish hardware, such as satin brass knobs.

Updated Lighting

Changing an existing, contractor-grade flush-mount light fixture for something more upscale can have a dramatic effect on a small closet. This timeless mercury-glass fixture casts an ambient glow and serves as the focal point in the closet.

Drawer Organizers

The ready-made cabinet's drawer is maximized with wire drawer organizers that keep makeup and nail polish neat and easily accessible. The organizers free up space along the back where clutches and small bags can be neatly stored.

Clothing Rods

It's easy and inexpensive to swap out preinstalled wire shelving for sturdy clothing rods. To ensure proper clearance for hanging pants and shirts, leave at least 36 inches between each rod.

Upper Cabinet Storage

To maximize space in a small closet, install upper cabinets at base cabinet height. This will pack the space with much-needed concealed storage without taking up too much floor space. Along the top of the slim cabinet, vessels keep hair accessories, clutches and sunglasses organized and within arm's reach.

A Dressing Area and Storage

A makeshift vanity gives the small closet dual purpose as clothing storage and a dressing area. To create the vanity, use the top of a wall-mounted cabinet for open storage and hang a mirror above it.

Budget-Friendly Flooring

Vinyl plank flooring is budget-friendly, resilient and practical because it resists stains and only requires a sponge mop to clean.

Open Wall Storage

A ready-made wall-mounted cabinet holds favorite books, while scarves neatly folded in baskets give the closet an uncluttered look.

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