Budget-Friendly Entryway Closet Makeover

Give your entryway closet a makeover with this quick and budget-friendly idea and simple coat closet organization for everything!

Entryway closet makeover with stenciled wall and organization with text overlay


You know how that entryway closet – as important as it is – ends up being a messy catch-all?

Today, I am taking you behind the scenes of my messy closet and showing you how I redid it on a tiny budget!

Table of Contents

The Before

When we moved into this house 3 years ago, we vacuumed the insides, loaded in our jackets and coats, and never gave it a second thought.

Entryway closet before with coats and pink carpet

Honestly, I didn’t like opening the closet – it was sad and messy. Over time, the bottom got filled with backpacks and yoga mats to contribute to the mess.

Finally, I decided it was time for this closet to shine!

The Plan

I wanted to keep this makeover simple (ha!) and quick. The main parts of the project included –

  • Pulling out the old pink carpet and evaluating options for the floor.
  • Removing old security equipment which hadn’t been used in 3 years and patch all the holes.
  • Repainting the interior and adding new baseboards
  • Organization for the yoga mats, scarfs and backpacks

Here is the palette I picked –

coral, blue and gold color pallet for stenciled wall using Cricut maker


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Entryway Closet Makeover

Watch the complete closet makeover video below to see how I went about it. I have the complete written tutorial with all the details below.

Budget-Friendly Coat Closet Makeover

My goal for this closet makeover was to keep it as quick and budget-friendly as possible.

Step 1 – Demo-Day

  • Remove all old finishes.
  • Remove any old baseboards

In my case, this was mainly the old pink carpet. I removed the carpet and padding, pulled out the staples, and removed the tack strips.

Woman removing old pink carpet

I examined the floor underneath to see if it could be refinished. It was cedar but was in a very bad state – with paint splatters and chips.

Step 2 – Prepare and Paint

We had a lot of old security equipment which we took off the walls so I had a lot of holes to patch.

I also filled all the seams with caulk as they were cracking.

  • Paint the wall in the color of your choice.
  • Stencil or apply wallpaper if you like (this is totally optional)
  • Paint or replace clothing rod
Coat closet repainted with blue and white ready to be stenciled using Cricut made stencils

For the paint – I used Alabaster on the two side walls and Sky Light View on the center wall.

To add lots of fun and brightness, I stenciled the entire wall using custom stencils made on my Cricut.

applying red paint to feather stencil on wall

The clothing rod was in great shape and just needed a refresh so I gave it a coat of black paint.


Step 3 – Fix Floor

  • Apply vinyl peel and stick tile.

I had never used peel and stick tile before and I was really happy I decided to go with the marble peel and stick tile. It was really simple to attach.

Woman installing peel and stick tile to the closet floor

Just remember to leave about ¼” on the sides. This will get covered up by baseboards anyway.

Cutting them up with a utility knife was super easy too!

Step 4 – Finishing Touches

  • Replace baseboard
  • Apply caulking and paint baseboards.

I replaced the baseboards to match the rest of the house.

using a masking tape for the perfect caulking line

To caulk, I decided to use masking tape so I could protect the freshly painted stenciled wall.


There were two main items that needed organizing – the backpacks and the yoga mats.

Yoga Mat Organizer

For the yoga mat, I decided to build a “crate” to hold them standing up .

It is a simple structure built with scrap 1x2s and ¾” dowels which I put together using super glue and brad nails.

Building a yoga mat organizer for the closet

Backpack Organizer

To keep all the backpacks in check, I added casters to the bottom of a crate.

This way, you can easily pull it out, take out or put in the backpack and then slide it back in. There is enough space in the closet to fit one more of these crates if the need arises.

This crate can also be used for shoes if needed.

organization at the bottom of a coat closet


Storing Hats and Scarfs

I added a basket at the top to store the hats and scarves. In our case, these are mostly sun-hats and caps…

The After

Are you ready to see the full closet?

It turned out better than I had imagined in my mind. I was surprised at the difference adding the stenciled wall made to the overall look of the closet.

Coat closet after makeover

It is now neat and tidy and looks happy.

It makes me smile every time I open it!

Material Used

My goal with this closet makeover was to keep the budget at a minimum and use what I had. Here is a list of the basic materials and supplies I used.


How Long Did the Closet Makeover Take?

It took me about four days with 2-3 hours of active work everyday.

  • Day 1 was emptying out the closet, patching holes and painting the base wall color
  • Day 2 was stenciling
  • Day 3 was fixing up the floor and baseboards.
  • Day 4 was putting it all back together and organizing.

How Much Did the Makeover Cost?

Like I mentioned earlier, my goal for this makeover was to keep the costs down as much as possible.

I used leftover paint from the rest of the house to paint the closet. In fact for the accent wall, I used a sample pot of paint I had purchased to try colors for the hallway. I already had the colors for the stencils too!

The only items I purchased were

  • The floor tiles which cost about $0.80/sqft. so under $6 for the whole closet!
  • A crate for the backpacks.
  • 7′ of new baseboards – about $10.

So, for about $30 out of my pocket, I have a new entryway closet that makes me very happy!

Therefore, my friends, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve the look you want!


If you redo your closet inspired by this, I would love to see it! Email me at anika@anikasdiylife.com or share and tag me on Instagram @anikasdiylife.com. I cannot wait to see what you make!

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Coat closet after makeover

Budget-Friendly Entryway Closet Makeover

Yield: 1 budget friendly closet makeover
Active Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $30

Give your entryway closet a makeover with this quick and budget friendly idea and simple coat closet organization for everything!



    1. Remove all old finishes.
    2. Patch up any holes in the walls. Fill cracks with caulk.
    3. Paint the wall in the color of your choice. Stencil or apply wallpaper if you like (this is totally optional). Paint or replace clothing rod.
    4. Apply vinyl peel and stick tile to the floor.
    5. Replace baseboard. Apply caulking and paint baseboards.
    6. Add organization and you're done.

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  1. Hi Anika! Seems like a simple idea, but the result is amazing! I want to clean up and do something like that in my closet.

  2. Fred McIntyre says:

    Turned out great Anika! 😃👍🏻👊🏻

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