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How to Create a Glam Custom Nursery Closet on a Budget

When I found out we were expecting a little girl, the first thing that came to mind? Her closet! We’re just a couple months away from welcoming her to the world, and I have to admit that we have yet to figure out her nursery plans. But her custom nursery closet? It’s coming along just as I had imagined.

DIY Nursery Closet
Glam Custom Nursery Closet on a Budget
Glam Custom Nursery Closet on a Budget

Our daughter’s future nursery started off with standard sliding closet doors. They were unappealing to the eye and made it difficult to reach or find anything inside. The closet also became a convenient place to shove all of the gear we could not find a home for elsewhere. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Here’s an ugly—but honest!—before picture.

Nursery Closet Before Makeover

In the hopes of avoiding the clutter catcher the closet was becoming, we decided to make it into a showstopper that we wouldn’t mind seeing every time we walked into her room. Here’s a little recap of how we transformed a blah closet into the perfect spot to display our little girl’s collection of vintage dresses and fun shoes. Oh, and did I mention the closet shelf system that we started with costs around $40?

Custom Nursery Closet on a Budget
Glam Nursery Details
Nursery Storage Details

First, we removed the sliding doors and the hardware that went along with them, in addition to taking out the single shelf and wooden clothing rack that were original to the closet. We patched up the holes from removing the shelf and painted the entire closet with a fresh coat of white paint.

We built half of the Closetmaid Vertical Closet Organizer and secured it in the center of the closet. Then we reinstalled the shelf that we had removed right on top of the organizer and secured it with corner braces from our home improvement store. Finally, we secured the second half of the closet organizer on top of the shelf.

We swapped out the standard plastic clothing bar that was included with the closet organizer kit for glam brass bars. Then we accessorized the closet with our little girl’s dresses (hung on the sweetest little hangers) and shoes. Oh, and those tasseled bins? You can DIY them for $1 each! Check out the simple tutorial over on Momma Society.

Glam Custom Nursery Closet on a Budget
Glam Custom Nursery Closet on a Budget

Here’s to hoping that the rest of the space comes together just as beautifully as her custom nursery closet!

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Rochel Klein

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Hi did you have to cut the cubbies into 3 and 3 to put the shelf in middle or did it come divided into 2 pieces?


Thursday 23rd of January 2020

Hi Rochel, I'm not sure how exactly Mandy assembled hers. But it appears you can buy two 3 cubby shelves to get the same effect if you are working with a shelf in the center. Here's a link (affiliate link). Good luck!

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Thursday 29th of June 2017

Absolutely a show stopper! Would baby gates be functional on either side as baby starts crawling? I bet the disco ball keeps her entertained for hours. I do like the new molded type disco balls opposed to the old choking hazard style. Well done! Julie


Friday 16th of June 2017

Soooo cute! Did you have to cut the brass bars?


Thursday 8th of June 2017

Hi. Where are the white boxes with gold trim from?