Thursday, January 21, 2021

My Closet Renovation!

My closet renovation is something I have been wanting to do for years! For the past couple of years I've shared a room with my sister. Now that this space is finally my own I wanted to re-do my closet. 

Why did we decide to do this project on our own? 

  • First things first, I was planning to go with a closet company. The best thing I think you can do is get a consolation from a closet company. Why? #1, it's free, #2, they do this on the daily and have a lot of tips/tricks that you might not have thought of before. 
  • I personally got consultations/designs from 4 companies. I looked into Container Store, California Closets, Inspired Closets & Ikea Pax System. Most of these you can set up online since we are in a pandemic. 
  • I know that I'm not going to live in this house forever, so I did not want to spend over $1000 on this space. I showed my dad ( who is very handy/familiar with construction) and he said that the project would be something he is willing to tackle.
  • Please keep in mind, I only think this is doable if you are familiar with power tools/wood saws/etc. My dad is very familiar with these elements so this was something we both knew that he could handle. 
  • Of course, these things can be learned on youtube as well. My dad estimated that this job could be done for under $500.

What type of closet do you have?

  • I have a reach in closet, which means my closet is in the wall and you have to reach into it. My closet dimensions are 104 width x 96 height x 24 depth. One perk of doing a closet design with a company is that they will be able to give you dimensions and show you what can be done with your space. 

What materials were purchased? 

Most of our materials were purchased from Menards. I think Menards/Home Depot/ any store like that will work just fine. They also have 'pre-made' closets that can be built and that is a much easier route! But if you want custom they are just a few more steps. 


How did we start?

  • We had to demo and take everything out. Once closet was clear, gave it a fresh coat of white paint so everything can match.
  • First things that went up were the two masonite wood pieces that were 96" inches tall. These stayed up because they are the same height of the closet height so once mounted into the ground with the framing angle pieces. A power drill was used to mount these.   

These are the two pieces that went up first that created a base for everything else. 

I know the picture below isn't the best but you can see the bracket that is attaching the wood to the wall.

Then, we worked section by section. We put the first shelf up, we drilled it into the main wood piece framing the closet. Then the bars went under, those were fairly easy.

  • Once you get the hang of putting the shelves up, it get easier. Make sure to level everything before hand. You can always use a pencil to mark your spot, and erase it after. 
  • We knew the measurements of everything. We followed a printed out measurement guide of my closet to a T so that all measurements were perfect. 
  • Repeat placing the shelves and drilling them into the main 2 framing pieces for each section. Then, put each bar and bar holder. 
  • The key for us so that the designed stayed up right was that the two main pieces were secure! Once we knew those were secure, it was easy to drill the shelves into the main piece. 

The decorative things that were bought:

The final touches:

  • Puck lights make a world of a difference! I put them under each shelf. They really make a difference with the lighting of each section. 
  • The valet rod, definitely something 'extra' but I think it will be great to plan my outfits with.
  • Belt hooks, I was able to add them to the side of my closet to maximize space and storage.
  • Acrylic risers, these also maximize space because you can put things under them as well. Definitely gives the closet a 'boutique' feel.
  • Matching hangers was also a MUST for me. Finally got rid of all the plastic and love how it looks. So sleek & clean!
  • Screw sticker covers to minimize the look of screws.
  • If any screw ends poked out, they were covered with these screw caps. 


Any other questions for me? Please feel free to leave them below!


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