You know that feeling when you finally complete something that's been on your to do list for a while? Yup, that's how I'm feeling right now about finally updating my master closet. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for a walk-in closet, but soooo many things were wrong with it: it felt narrow and tight on space, I was running out of space for my shoes and clothes, the blinds were broken, and don't get me started on that hideous brown paint the previous homeowners used. This room needed the Teljer touch, for sure!
Time to modernize this beast! Here are the steps I took to complete this diy project:
Remove old wire shelves to make the closet feel more spacious, and paint the space in my signature gray that I have all over my home.
Change the blinds. I have the cordless, faux wood blinds from Home Decorators collection that you can buy at the Home Depot here. They look elegant and expensive, and only cost around $22 for this small window.
Install two custom ClosetMaid closet systems: one larger one for the long side of my L-shaped closet, and a second, smaller one for the shorter side of the "L". The only difference between the two is the width of the shelves.
I bought the big one at Walmart (one of the cheapest places to get them - you can find it here). The nice, wide shelves are perfect for all my shoes. I got the smaller one at the Home Depot here. I was ok with the shorter shelves because I was planning on using them for folded clothes and for storage cubes - the shelves are the perfect size for 12 inch cubes!
I also bought an additional shoe rack from the Home Depot (because I have that many shoes - don't judge me!)
Add additional shelves to go above the hanging racks. Most of the ClosetMaid systems don't come with shelving, but I needed the extra space for storage. However, after I measured my space, nothing available fit the size I needed. Here is where I had to get creative. As a solution, I ended up buying another shelving system and used the parts to make 3 shelves. I used the two sides as shelves, and then I took the 3 smaller parts and glued them together with gorilla glue to make one longer shelf.
Just be sure to add brackets to the sides so you can hang it on the wall.
Now, glue the 3 smaller pieces together with Gorilla glue to form the last shelf
It's super strong! Just be sure to add brackets at the seams to reinforce before hanging the shelf.
You can watch my project video to see how I put it all together!
Doesn't it look amazing! Straight outta HGTV! (kinda)
I'm so happy with how it turned out! No joke, I walk into my closet now and just twirl! The space feels bigger and more inspiring! It's a destination now, haha!
Have you done a closet makeover before? I'd love to hear how your project turned out - or if you were inspired by my project, let me know as well in the comments below!
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