Bookshelf Closet Makeover

How many of us own a closet that has become an unorganized, cluttered storage space? A lot of us have at least one. Riche Holmes Grant of The Riche Life is sharing how she and her little one turned their cluttered closet space into a cool, neat bookshelf closet. Riche is one of the 2020 Orange Tank Competition winners from this year’s Haven Conference, check out her project below.

Industrial Chic Closet Bookshelves

My daughter, Riley, and I share a Mommy + Me office that we love. Over the years, we’ve styled it to fit our personalities, but the one area that hasn’t gotten any love is our closet. It’s become a dumping ground for books and other miscellaneous items that don’t have a home.

We knew that the closet was long overdue for a makeover, so we decided to install DIY bookshelves. I was inspired by my time living in New York City to give the space an industrial chic look, so we used peel-and-stick wallpaper for the stunning exposed brick backdrop and poplar boards supported by decorative plumbing pipes for the open concept shelves.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Both the wallpaper calculator and the buy on-line, pick up in store option on made it so easy to get everything that we needed to bring our project to life!



Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Book Shelf Closet Makeover


Step 1: Measure and Prep the Space

Use a tape measure to measure the dimensions of the wall(s).

Use the Home Depot wallpaper calculator tool to calculate the number of rolls that you’ll need for your space.

Helpful Tip: It’s a good idea to determine where you want the shelves to be while the wall is still bare. I used a stud finder to identify where the studs are in the wall, which helped me determine that I needed my shelves to be at least 6 ft. long given the spacing of the studs. I decided on five 6-foot shelves, each 13 inches apart. Then, I used these measurements and a level to create a mock-up on the wall with painter’s tape  so that I could visualize how the shelves would look before I hung them.

If needed, clean walls with warm soap and water to remove any dust or debris. Let dry completely before installing.

Step 2: Install Wallpaper

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Unroll one the first roll of wallpaper on the floor to the length needed for the first panel, adding about 2-3 extra inches at the bottom that you will trim later. Cut this piece and set aside.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Next, unroll the remaining roll to find where the pattern lines up with the first panel. From this point, measure the length needed for the wall, adding about 2-3 inches at both the top and the bottom that you will trim later. After measuring, cut this piece from the roll and set aside.

Repeat the previous step for the remaining panels.

If possible, use two people to perform the following steps.

Using a ladder, line up the top of the first panel of wallpaper with where the wall and ceiling meet at the top of the left or right corner of the closet (whichever is easiest!). 

Starting from this point, slowly peel off about 3-4 inches of the backing and start sticking the wallpaper to the wall. It’s helpful if one person un-peels and sticks at the top while the other person holds the bottom of the panel and guides as necessary.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Use the wallpaper smoother to smooth out any bubbles and/or wrinkles as you go. Slowly continue this process down the length of the wall, making any adjustments as needed.

Since my wallpaper has bricks, I used a level to make sure that the rows were even as I worked my way down. Once you reach the bottom, use the utility knife to trim the excess at the bottom.

Position the second panel on the wall next to the one that you just hung and note where the pattern meets (remember that you should have a few extra inches at the top). Once you find this point, peel off the backing and repeat the previous step. Once you finish, use the utility knife to trim the excess at the top and bottom.

Repeat the previous step for the remaining panels.

Step 3: Prepare the Shelves

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Spray paint the plumbing pieces (pipe connectors, flanges and caps), all screws, and pipe straps so that they are all one color. Let dry completely.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Sand the boards (I had mine cut at the store). If desired, stain and/or finish the boards with the clear matte polyurethane to keep the natural look. Let dry completely before applying the next coat. Set aside once finished.

Step 4: Hang the Shelves

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Use the measurements that you took before installing the wallpaper and the level to determine the placement of the first shelf. Then, use the stud finder to locate the first stud and mark this spot.

Place a flange over the stud mark that you made in the previous step. Double-check the placement with the level and mark four holes to drive the 2 in. wood screws into the stud using the drill.

Repeat this process for the remaining flanges on the row.

Once the flanges are attached to the wall, screw in the pipes until secure.

Screw the caps on the ends of the pipes.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Place the board on top of the installed pipes. Secure the board to the pipes using a pipe strap and two ¾ in. wood screws. Note: I only opted to attach pipe straps to the end pipes for aesthetic purposes (the boards only need one strap to stay in place), but you can add an additional straps to the other pipes if desired.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Repeat this process for each row to finish the shelves.

Step 5: Add Decor

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

To complete the look, Riley and I used several industrial-themed pieces to style the shelves, including brass-finished bicycle bookends and decorative jacks in distressed gold, both available on

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

I’m so pleased with how our industrial chic closet bookshelves turned out! Each time I open the closet, I feel like I’m in a gorgeous New York loft. Best of all, Riley and I are so much more organized and can say that we truly love our entire space—no more running to close the closet when we have visitors!

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

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Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

We’ve all seen the typical “Man Cave” garage, but this one is for the ladies who love tools too. Read more to see how one of our Orange Tank winners, Cara Newhart of Never Skip Brunch, renovated her garage into a glamified workspace with the help of The Home Depot.

Cara from Never Skip Brunch here — I’m SO excited to show you the big reveal of my “Brunch Babe Space” aka my new Girl Garage.

This space functions as my studio and workshop space. As well as a place where I can create DIY tutorial content and host hands-on workshops in person.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

So many amazing products from The Home Depot went into making this space a reality. From materials that fueled unique DIY projects to bold furniture and chic accessories. All helped infuse character and bring gorgeous touches to an otherwise functional space.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

Unapologetically Feminine Feel

With pink accents almost everywhere you look and a playful chic style, this space is not your normal workshop. I’m on a mission to empower women to DIY big and design homes they’re truly in love with. I wanted the space to reflect that feeling.

DIY and home improvement isn’t just for the boys, and this space shows just how possible it is for women to tackle big projects on their own terms and still be able to embrace a more elegant aesthetic, full of pinks & yellows.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

Fresh Twists — Turning function into design

For this space, I wanted to take some of the classic elements found in a workshop and uplevel them. Creating design features that are both gorgeous and functional.

First was the pegboard wall — I built it out of using sanded plywood and drilled holes in a grid pattern with a tilt to create a diamond pattern. I included two different sized holes to fit different dowels which created more options for storing different things and also gives the wall some polka dot vibes.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

The whole wall can be rearranged as organization needs change, which is another awesome perk.

I added three gorgeous Oil Rubbed Bronze Sconce Lanterns as accent lights on the pegboard wall. They’re outdoor lights with a gorgeous gold accent inside which gives them a soft warm glow.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

I created a second pegboard wall for tool storage using a 4’x8’ pegboard and another 2’x4’ pegboard. I drew out an organic shape and cut it out with my jigsaw. Then painted it pink before attaching it to the wall using wood screws and some washers as spacers.

It’s all the functionality of a standard pegboard but with a fun twist that makes it feel a little more full of personality. I love this idea because I can use all of the pegboard hooks and organization products found at home depot to organize. But still have a pop of pink on the wall.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

Miter Saw Stand…but make it cute

I repurposed a thrift store dresser into a miter saw stand by adding 4” swivel casters and a plywood top and also changing out the hardware. I used the Shanty 2 Chic tutorial from the Home Depot Blog to build the top to fit my miter saw.

This project is a great option if you don’t feel ready to build your own drawers, but want a miter saw bench with sleek and hidden-away storage.

I painted the dresser in Melon Sorbet from Behr and added new gold hardware + a DIY magazine rack made from 1”x2” lumber and some aluminum flat bars I cut and spray painted with my favorite metallic gold spray paint.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

Wallpaper Your Fridge?!

To transform this basic white fridge from functional to show-stopping, I added some black and white floral wallpaper, then primed and painted the handles with my favorite gold metallic spray paint.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

This show-stopper was probably the most surprising DIY in the space. Since it was my first time using paste wallpaper and I had no idea whether this project would work out. I was pleasantly surprised with how amazing this project turned out!

I learned that pre-pasted wallpaper is not intimidating at all and was actually super easy to install. Plus, this particular paper is removable. So this DIY would work for renters or those unsure of whether they want this change to be permanent.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space


This space is an all-in-one workshop, studio, and content creation space. Each wall was carefully planned to incorporate storage elements as well as include gorgeous design that works as a backdrop for shooting videos and creative DIY content.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

Not only will the space function as my own studio, but I’ll also be able to host hands-on DIY workshops. Teaching women how to get started with power tools and create some amazing + chic home decor projects.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space


This yellow couch caught my eye right off the bat when browsing Home Depot’s selection of furniture & home decor items. It quickly became my anchor piece for the space and I designed the rest of the furniture grouping around it, adding spacious velvet chairs (in Dusty Rose & Pink) to pull in some pops of pink and layered rugs for extra texture and interest.

I paired a geometric rug which showcased some of the pinks and golds in my color palette, and layered a chunky chevron jute rug over it for extra texture.

This coffee table with a modern live-edge feel quickly became the perfect pick to be front and center. I also added a variety of pillows with pops of color, fun textures like tassels and pom poms, and modern boho vibes to cozy up the space and tie it all together.

(Shop Pillows: Handwoven Kilim Lumbar Throw Pillow // Saffron Floral Throw Pillows (set of 2) // Embroidered and Appliqued Throw Pillow // White Geometric Throw Pillow // Round Floor Pillow)

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

Ready to DIY big?

If you’re in love and feeling extra inspired, you can recreate this #GirlGarage with The Home Depot as your one-stop place for everything from my DIY projects to the furniture & some decor pieces.

I hope at least one of the projects in this space inspired you to dive in and DIY big. Don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Take on a project that will push you to learn new skills and try new techniques!

Whether it’s styling furniture & furnishings in a space from scratch all the way up to building a giant pegboard out of plywood, The Home Depot can help you tackle those big projects without intimidation. The friendly associates have helped me so much on my DIY journey — from cutting the wood for my furniture builds back when I was too scared to use a power saw, to having amazing people on staff that I can bounce my ideas off of.

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