We’re moving right along with our master closet. TJ has most of the custom cabinets and shelves built and installed.
If you’re new to the blog, you may want to go back and review my first post to see some before pictures and understand how we took unused space from our master bedroom to design space for our new Master Closet.
As you can see in the picture above, we’re going to include hanging space, drawers, and shelves for shoes and other items. You won’t see it in this post, but I’m also designating the area in the back, right corner (formerly a small closet) to use as a laundry center. You’ll definitely want to check that post out.
WE DECIDED TO GO FULL CUSTOM RATHER THAN UTILIZING IKEA CABINETS AND DRAWERS
This is a big project because we are building the custom cabinets and shelves from scratch. We considered doing an Ikea hack like we’ve seen on several other social media sites. We thought the Ikea hack was a great idea, but after reviewing the pros and cons, we decided for our situation we had to go with a complete custom build. I may do an in depth post on the pros and cons of why we didn’t go with the Ikea hack, if so, I’ll link it here.
PLAN CUTS CAREFULLY TO SAVE MONEY
We used 4 x 8 sheets of 3/4″ sanded plywood to build all the cabinets and shelves. TJ took a week’s vacation from his day job and worked late into the night cutting what he needed to build the cabinet boxes. TIP: Especially with the high cost of lumber now, it really pays to plan your cuts. Where an inch or two may not matter to your project, it can make a big difference in how efficiently you can utilize the 4 x 8.
Everything in the closet, whether it’s going to be used for hanging space, drawers, or shelves – started with a cabinet box.
I was working in the basement on another project so my only contribution to this portion of the build was to carry all the lumber upstairs after TJ cut it =).
On both sides of the closet TJ used 2 x 4s to build bases for each cabinet. Once trim is added, you won’t see them.
TJ used our Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig to add pocket holes and 3″ screws to build the cabinet boxes. After getting the cabinet boxes built he lifted them onto their bases.
In the picture above, you can see that we’re completely covering windows on one side of the closet with cabinets. This was a big dilemma for us because these windows face the street and are a huge factor in our curb appeal. Check out this post for the how and the why: DESIGN DILEMMA – HOW WE HID OUR CLOSET FROM THE ROAD | MASTER CLOSET (Part 2)
ADDING TRIM TO THE CABINETS
TJ used leftovers from the plywood to cut 2″ strips which he used to cover the seam running in between all of the cabinets horizontally and vertically. He used the same plywood to add 4″ trim around the perimeter of the cabinets. Adding the trim, as always, made such a difference in how everything looked. Once he began this step, it really started to get exciting.
We ended up with more shoe shelving than TJ and I will ever need! It was the best use of the space however. We feel confident when the time does come to sell, anyone considering the home will definitely appreciate all the space for the shoes.
A few more pictures of current status.
Once TJ completes the trim, he will start building out the laundry center I mentioned earlier in the post.
I’ve started building the drawers. Twenty-two of them! Neither of us have ever built drawers, so this is quite an undertaking. I am just a tad nervous. It’s not that I worry about messing up because that’s part of learning. I just don’t want to waste lumber right now because it’s so expensive. And mostly, I don’t want to do anything that slows us down!
Click this link for my next post on this master closet project: MASTER CLOSET (Part 4) BUILDING CLOSET DRAWERS!
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