DIY Master Bedroom Closet Makeover on a Budget

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We’ve been working on it slowly for a couple of months around other projects and, well, life. It’s been 8 long years living with these pieced together racks so it’s time to get organized. I can’t say that I’m not embarrassed to be showing you this but here’s what needed to happen:
I started by measuring out how many inches of clothes we each have (tops and bottoms) and then added a few inches to be on the safe side. For example, I needed about 60″ of hanging space for my shirts. Then I made a plan on paper.
We built  each section in a cubby or “box” and then attach them all together. We used birch plywood for the boxes, MDF for part of the base and pine for the rest of the trim. 
Then he added a 1.5 inch pine trim to the front and crown molding to the top. Let’s just say I spent A LOT of time spackling all those nail holes and caulking the edges.
We bought a long metal bar and then cut it to the size we needed for each hanging section and then I spray painted the pieces to match the cubbies. They were installed with little metal cups.
We needed space for linens and laundry so we created this unit from an old armoire and a base we built.
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  • Peggy davis Peggy davis on Apr 17, 2018

    What are the dimensions of your closet?

  • Pamela Ball Pamela Ball on Apr 17, 2018

    How would you do a small closet yours is amazing 71/2” tall by 42” wife by 251/2 deep

  • Sharon Huneycutt Harris Sharon Huneycutt Harris on Dec 01, 2018

    Beautiful job on your closet! I wonder if you have any problem with hampers in the closet? I had a hamper in mine but started having some mildew show up on the walls. I removed the hamper, cleaned the mildew with bleach (it wasn't bad, just tiny spots but you don't want to let that go). Then we added a hanging Damp Rid bag. I have to change it about every 3 weeks! We cannot figure out where it's getting the moisture from. I have added small fans too and I keep an eye out every day for any return of the mildew spots. About twice a year, I still have to dab with bleach to kill new little spots as they come up. We've had a new heat/ac system put in with all new ductwork and had our heat/ac consultant and they can't figure it out either. Under the house is dry as a bone and we added new plastic in the crawlspace when they redid the heat/ac system. Also, my closet, all 4 walls are interior walls. I.e. I don't have a closet wall where the other side of it is an outside wall. We've checked the attic and see no problems over the closet or with the vented bathroom next door. The vent fan is vented correctly through the roof. So it may not have started with the hamper in the closet or it may have. But I won't put a hamper in a closet again.

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  • Deana Steinberg Deana Steinberg on Mar 31, 2019

    I love the fact that you called it a boob light the first time I said it my husband thought I was crazy now I can show him and let him know its not just me! I too need to start my crazy L shaped closet but still a little to afraid but I love the laundry basket set up I definitely want to add that!

  • Donna Donna on Jan 19, 2021

    Do you loan out your husband, and what would he charge? He is amazing, and you picking up the armoire and different things, seeing into the future. I am blown away! I want a man with skills... 😂😭