When we moved into our 1970’s home over three years ago, I was tickled pink to have a walk in master bedroom closet. I’ve never before had one, and although this one would be shared with my husband, I was still completely stoked. This master bedroom closet makeover has to be one of my favourite projects we’ve tackled in recent years.
This closet was not at all living up to its full potential, and we certainly didn’t have the budget to hire a contractor to build a custom closet. So what’s a gal to do? Obviously a master bedroom closet makeover of course!
When we tore out the pink carpet in the bedroom and closet to lay the hardwood a couple years ago, we completed the closet first, and then moved our dressers into the closet to keep them out of the way. Turns out, we really liked not having our big bulky dressers in the bedroom, so we knew that any closet redesign would have to incorporate our dressers into the closet. If you want to see the Before and After pics of the bedroom click here ———-> Master Bedroom Revamp.
Here is the very messy and “not living up to its storage potential” closet pre-makeover. Just look at how low those hanging rods are; this much wasted space makes me 🙁 Plus, my clothes would often hang over my dresser and get stuck in the drawers. No bueno!
We started by emptying out the entire closet. We took down the shelves and luckily they came out very easily. It was shocking to find out that this closet has never been touched. It literally is the same closet that the builders put in. They used pennies as spacers, and they were all from 1976. We even found an old business card for a car dealership, where someone wrote ’72 Chrysler’ on the back. How cool, huh?
Once the room was cleared out, I installed this gorgeous oversized metallic damask wallpaper from Walls Republic. To check out more about the wallpaper installation,
Next, we started the building process. We knew we wanted to incorporate our dressers into the closet, so we basically built the closet around them. We went to Lowes and had them cut the 4×8 foot pieces down to 18 inch widths.
We started off by building the base for the dressers to sit on. We used 2×4’s, wood glue and a nail gun to secure it all in place.
Next we added the dividers which help to hang the rods, and keep things sorted and organized. Just to make sure the dresser fit, we squeezed it in place. Tight fit, but it fit. Yay!!!!!
We created this section for dresses or anything else that is extra long.
On the husband’s side, we created two sections for hanging rods with storage on top.
His side has a ton of storage, and the cubby that houses the high boy dresser makes the closet and drawers look custom built. Woo hoo! We continued to use the wood glue and nail gun method for the shelves.
This side was a huge pain the butt to build, but its my favourite part. I love the storage on this side because there’s finally enough room for my shoes, sweaters and laundry.
After all the built ins were completed, I sanded the shelves and edges. Then, I painted all the shelves Black Magic by Valspar. This colour is basically the darkest grey you could get before black. I LOVE how this masculine colour contrasts with the feminine wallpaper.
After all the cabinetry was painted, baseboards were installed and the hanging rods were put up. These sleek chrome rods and flanges matched the drawer pulls on the dressers. I love these since they are customizable to any size, as they can be cut down with a hack saw.
Check out how my clothes no longer hang over my dresser. I can’t even explain how exciting that is. Lol.
The total cost came in at just under $500. The bulk of the cost was the large 4×8 sheets of wood, which ran at $54 each. We used a total of 5. Other costs included paint, baseboards, wallpaper paste, silicone caulking, wood glue, 2×4’s, 3×1’s, and the chrome rods.
So after three long days, and some sore muscles the closet was finished. I am loving all the new storage and can’t believe how much more crap can fit in there now. I can’t even really remember what it looked it before, nor do I want to. I’m so glad we were able to bring this untouched 40 year old closet into this century and it’s now one of favourite places in the house. Is it weird that I say Good Morning and Good Night to my closet, and even “Goodbye Closet” when I leave for the day? Lol #ireallydo
See you soon my friends,