This closet post business was quickly becoming WAY too long and complicated, so I decided to break it up into smaller segments to make a little series out of it. I actually completed the whole project (minus a trim piece or two) in a weekend, so naturally I’m taking weeks to blog about it ha! I’m hoping to post one update each week, so I hope you follow along with us! : )
Today’s topic: The plans.
For some background… this was my birthday present to M that was put together while he was away on a guys golf trip this summer. We have been living out of suitcases for the better part of our relationship between visiting each others apartments (we lived just under an hour apart which required planned stays and packed bags) and moving twice. So, even though a walk-in closet sounds like one of those presents that you buy for someone that’s actually for yourself (I plead the 5th on gifts I’ve given to Paige haha!) it was meant to be more of a romantic gesture (because clearly closets scream romance for men) since we have our first home together aka smell-ya-later wrinkly clothes and spare toothbrushes!
Now for the good stuff! As a reminder, here’s what the closet looked like when we moved in…
I LOVE that it’s a walk in with lots of storage, but two hanging bars and gross carpet just don’t do the space any justice. Here’s what it looked like up until about a month ago.
We ripped out all of the carpet and had beautiful dark bamboo flooring put in, but it wasn’t enough beauty to compensate for the old ugly hanging bars. I really don’t understand why they used to be backwards. Can anyone explain this? It drives me batty.
So, after a long Pinterest searching session, I narrowed it down to the most important elements I wanted to fit in… plenty of shelf space for M’s clothes, two separate places to hang clothes so we each have our own sides, a shoe rack with room for boots and one spot to hang dresses and suits. And alas, this storage-filled-plan was born!
Next up was measuring for supplies and putting together my shopping list:
- 2- 3/4″ pieces of plywood
- 2- 1/2″ pieces of plywood
- 1- 1×2 at 93″
- 1- 1×2 at 61″
- 5- 1×2 at 21″
- 8- 1×2 at 32″
- 10- 1×2 at 15.5″
- 16- 1×2 at 12″
- 4- 1×2 at 76″
- 3- 1×4 at 24″
- 3- 1×4 at 35″
- 5 hanging rods
- 10 rod brackets
- 1″ & 1 1/4″ screws and small nails
This list looks a bit long, but in reality it’s just a ton of 1×2 cuts that make it look complicated when it’s not! Here’s how we made the most out of the plywood that was purchased, and it left us with extras that we have already been using on other projects so it’s perfect!
Okay. I think that’s enough for post #1 : ) Next up is all of the demo and the paint! Including the stripes on the back wall and the mirror that was a garage sale score from M’s mom. Can’t wait to share more!
Hope you’re having a fabulous week! What’s on your project list?
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