DIY Closet Progress

September 10, 2014

We tackled a big closet project last month and we’re so close to being done! I was super inspired by Kelly’s girly glam closet makeover, so I sent the link to my husband and father-in-law so they could get excited about it. :) Here’s what we did to make over our roomy, reach-in closets.


Our “before” closets weren’t terrible, Allen’s was basically two rods and a couple of wood shelves. Mine was actually all wire shelves and no rods, which was bad because I had to hang hangers in the wire and couldn’t slide anything around, you know?

closet before

With Kelly’s awesome closet inspiration, I drew up an idea of what I wanted in my reach-in closet. An area with shelves and drawers in the middle, rods on each side and lots of spaces for shoes. My awesome father-in-law took on this project and helped us with everything while Allen and I were at work. :)

diy closet sketch

We started with an unfinished, oak base cabinet from Home Depot to build the whole thing off of. My father-in-law, Charles, is a construction guy, so he had all the measurements and pieces figured out to have shelves above the base cabinet, rods on either side, and shoe shelves on the bottom right side.

diy closet 1

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The best part is all the custom finishes that Charles knew we should add. Around the top of the base cabinet, we attached this finish trim that’s rounded and makes the whole unit look more custom than just a base cabinet.

diy closet 2

Look at all those shoe shelves!

diy closet 3

Painting was a tedious job, getting in all the tight corners and shelves. We color matched paint for the middle unit and shelves to the trim color in the room. It took a few coats!

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I can’t wait to show you the finished product!


5 thoughts on “DIY Closet Progress

  1. Brandi

    Can’t wait to see more, Whitney! You’re so lucky to have a carpenter in your family so close by. Luckily my handy uncle and cousins live in NJ, otherwise I’d have a bunch of projects in the works!

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