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A Multi-Functional Nursery Closet On a Budget

dresser + hardware | door knob | mirror | changing pad | pail | baskets (natural, white)

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We first began planning for the nursery closet way back in January – before this room was a nursery and better known as The Scary Room. Because the room itself is long and skinny (as is typical for a Chicago bedroom in a hundred-year-old home) the hope was always to create a spacious closet that was wide and deep enough to accommodate a dresser. Now that the room is officially our baby girl’s future nursery, we knew that this closet needed to be a workhorse that would could grow with her and accommodate her different needs. We needed more than just a closet – we needed a space to change diapers, nooks to tuck away creams, lotions and a diaper pail, baskets to house too-large clothing and storage for surplus blankets, diapers and books. And for the coming years, we needed the space to hang clothing, stash shoes and contain Legos, stuffies and dolls.

After sketching out various plans on paper, crossing them out, trying again and finally landing on a design that was neat, clean and modular, we got to work! Although I had my eyes on a higher end custom closet, Scott challenged us to create an organized and multi-functional system on a budget. We’re sharing the entire makeover – from the pale pink walls to the DIY plywood shelving (with veneered edges!) – on the blog this week!

Every square inch of the closet has been accounted for, including the vertical shelving on each side (and the perfect nooks they create for our diaper pail and laundry basket), but the changing table is a scene stealer. We worked with our friends at MegMade to transform a vintage dresser from its original dark mahogany finish (can you believe it used to look like this?) to the palest shade of birch, with shiny brass bin pulls to top it off! All sources are listed at the bottom of this post.

We no longer keep the door to the nursery closed, and we love that Jack, Chunk and Libby have been exploring all the corners of this room. The closet doors are kept open, too, acting as an extension of the room, but we love that we can close it off should we feel the need. The full closet tutorial – from rough paper sketches to DIY shelving to putting organizational systems in place – can be found on!

Source List:

Wall color: Benjamin Moore’s Intense White (room), Morristown Cream (closet) | DIY shelving | vintage changing table from MegMade | dresser hardware | closet knobs | mirror | changing pad | diaper pail | natural baskets | white baskets | wooden infant hangers (with clips) | small laundry basket | pink hippo toy | rug | sconcepolar bear high tops | white sneakers | denim overalls | plaid dress | raspberry cardigan | jumpsuit

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  • jane11.14.17 - 8:19 AM

    Wow! This looks great! Very happy and excited for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa11.14.17 - 9:16 AM

    you got the peanut changing pad! Good call! we’ve loved ours for the multitude of diaper changing accidents

    loving your closet spaceReplyCancel

    • Kim11.14.17 - 9:19 AM

      Yay, glad to hear it! Once we considered the cost of a topper and a pad and several covers, this felt so much easier (and cleaner looking!).ReplyCancel

      • Alli11.14.17 - 9:25 AM

        We have this too, love it! How did you attach yours to the dresser without damaging the wood?ReplyCancel

        • Kim11.14.17 - 9:31 AM

          The velcro that comes with it definitely makes us nervous about ruining the dresser top, so instead, we plan on picking up heavy duty sticky command strips to keep it from slipping around. We like that it has a nice weight to it as well!ReplyCancel

          • Nicole11.14.17 - 10:23 AM

            FYI – we never attached the peanut to our dresser. It doesn’t scoot much and our guy never really tried a full body roll and he was never on there for an extended period of time. It’s the best pad. We started with a super fancy hand me down but were washing covers constantly!

  • Tina Slocum11.14.17 - 9:22 AM

    This is the prettiest closet (and most functional) I’ve ever seen. The color! The dresser and mirror! What a delight! Love that the fur babies are warming up the room for your precious baby girl. Lovely post!ReplyCancel

    • Kim11.14.17 - 9:32 AM

      Not captured: CC’s favorite activity of using the rug as her personal back scratcher. Constantly. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa A MacGregor11.14.17 - 10:46 AM

    It’s a beautiful closet for any age person! I can totally see a cute toy hanging from that hanging bar to keep your squirmy little one entertained while you change a diaper. Also, don’t forget a bin for too SMALL clothing. That comes quickly and having a basket to toss those items when you try them on her and realize she is too long!! So excited for you both!ReplyCancel

    • Kim11.14.17 - 10:56 AM

      Oh, such a good point! Almost all the baskets you see in the closet are currently empty, so we’ll have to dedicate one to that purpose.ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm11.14.17 - 1:40 PM

    This closet is so darling! You did an awesome job!


  • Brittany11.14.17 - 4:29 PM

    It looks great and love all the storage! Where is that beautiful white tassel blanket from?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah11.14.17 - 4:30 PM

    This is SO gorgeous, and such a great use of space! Your little babe is so lucky to have such a beautiful room. Genius!!!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Rice11.14.17 - 8:25 PM

    If that was my room, I would be a really good sleeper and never cry! Here’s hoping baby Vargo agrees. Perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Julie P11.15.17 - 11:08 AM

    Omg I’m in love with the birch dresser!!!! Love it with the reddish floors and pale pink.

    Just a heads up, your daughter will probably want to see if she can push or pull or tip or lift the mirror. Have you secured it extremely well to the wall?ReplyCancel

  • averil11.21.17 - 3:41 AM

    I just imagined all those nice toys, books and clothes getting projectile pooped on. My newborn niece did exactly that multiple times while we were changing her and we soon shifted everything around so that nothing was in the line of fire…ReplyCancel

  • ciara8.7.19 - 8:18 PM

    Hiii i can’t seem to get the link for the diy shelves to work. do you have another link?ReplyCancel

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