Kai’s First Closet: A DIY Project

August 17, 2016

Wouldn’t you agree that one of the biggest challenges with a newborn is clearing up and arranging space in your current living area?


Living minimally is a major goal for us. Not only does it create less clutter in our lives but it also keeps our bank account in check. But living minimally can be difficult when necessity outweighs lifestyle choices. And a child comes with all types of necessity.

Claudia stumbled on some home inspiration while on Pinterest and passed it along to me. It was a children’s closet made from a bookcase. I thought it was a fantastic idea. Kai would have his own closet space without his mom and dad losing any of their own closet space (which is already small enough as it is).

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Luckily, we had a spare Billy bookcase from IKEA available. It was being used for Claudia’s heels, but we both agreed that it could be repurposed for Kai’s first closet.

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The original bookcase was too tall for our space, so I disassembled it, measured the two long sides, and took the pieces to my local Home Depot to get them cut. Home Depot charges 25 cents per cut…which is a major key!

We have a white theme going on in our room. So this black bookcase had to be painted. I used 123 Primer to get the boards ready for the white paint.

Once everything dried, the next step was to reassemble it all.




The spacing between the shelves can be adjusted to your need/liking. And I used a shower curtain rod which I bought from Target for $7 to hang his clothes from. The last adjustment I had to make to the original bookcase design was closing off the top. I screwed one of the extra shelves to the top to finish it all off.




I am definitely happy with the final result. Kai’s first closet fits perfectly in our room and is a major amenity in our living space.


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