Tuesday, September 10

DIY Flipped Shelves

My coat closet is coming along nicely, and I am hook happy now baby! Seriously, it's a miracle, my husband's coat isn't on the chair anymore but in the coat closet on a hook! *swoon*
Now that I have lots of storage space in my coat closet for the big people, it was time to focus on storage for my little people. Well, and maybe a little more storage for us too...in my house there is no such thing as too much storage. 


Cubbies For Storage
I love the idea of a cubby. It means no fighting over a space. Everyone has their own storage space to be responsible for (where nobody's things touch ...*sigh*).
The question was how to create cubbies that had a traditional touch to match the style of my closet, and optimize openness in a cubby. Happily this DIY flipped shelf design works perfectly for what I wanted. And building them is easy and cheap! At $2 and  per bracket, this $12 project (after using leftover wood and paint) was well worth my efforts.

I added hooks to the underside of these shelves, and to the back wall. Well, who says you can have too many hooks? I mean, these are my kids we're talking about... little miss messy #1, #2, and #3.

I love these things! Open "cubbies" you build yourself means you aren't as restricted to what can fit. Large bags, tall coloring books, small bags, they all fit. 
My girls gather items for a long trip or for church, from the day before so they can grab and go first thing in the morning! That makes this smart closet a time saver, and teacher of punctuality. 

The Life Cycle of a Dresser
You know me, always salvaging in order to have materials to create. Well, remember those shelves off my daughters dresser? The drawers got a makeover, and rather than throw away the upper shelves...typical me, I salvaged the wood from the two shelves. Well, you have to get wood where you can when you have no money. *chuckle* I'm glad I saved them! It was the perfect size for creating these open cubbies. One salvaged shelf went toward creating two cubbies, and one will be used as a shoe shelf in my closet makeover. 

How to Build DIY Flipped Shelves
I purchased these wooden keyhole hinge brackets at Home Depot for $2 a piece. Be sure to purchase brackets that have external keyhole hardware so it can be flipped. The steps are easy enough, all you are really doing is attaching brackets to a piece of wood cut to the desired size... 

1. Cut your shelf bottom to the desired length, and to the width of your wooden brackets. Give it a good sanding (especially if you are using disgusting salvaged wood like I am).

2. Unscrew and flip the keyhole so the shelves are still mountable when the bracket is flipped upside down.

3. Attach your brackets to your shelf bottom: Start by using wood glue on the bottom of your brackets, place them in position on your bottom shelf and allow them dry in place. (Prop up your brackets using heavy books or a wrapped brick to hold them in place while the glue dries). Next drill pilot holes then fasten with wood screws.

4. Use wood filler to tidy up any connecting holes, and to hide your screws from underneath. Paint and seal with a polyurethane finishing product.

5. Mount on the wall. It's ready for use!


  1. That's a nice idea :)

    Melanie ~ www.iheartsharingthings.blogspot.fr

  2. This is genius, exactly what I need. Thank you!


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