We also had a really old dresser that was given to us. The drawers were broken and most of them would not close. I was about to take it to the recycling barn when I realized we could take the drawers out, build shelves and have a small hutch instead. A hutch for the closet that we never use.
This was a fun, quick project that we did in two nights.
First, we took off the closet doors, and the hardware, covered the holes and painted. I painted the inside of the closet a slightly different color than the white walls and trim- cottage white, by Behr. I hung a curtain on one side to hide the vacuum cleaner hose that is hanging on the wall, and the mop. The curtain is actually a queen size white sheet I already had. I used a curtain rod and curtain clips, so there was no sewing involved.
I made a curtain for the hutch using a piece of utility fabric I had in my stash. Under the curtain I keep my sewing machine, a swiffer duster and a small carpet cleaner. This was all we had in the closet to begin with, so it worked out really well.
We painted the shelf that was already in there white, and added a small piece of crown moulding. I put all of my cleaning supplies up high, and the paper towels and toilet tissue in the basket.