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A Dreamy Master Closet Makeover | part 4

April 30, 2019

If you have been around here for a while, you know from building my DIY stair rails (here) that geometry was my least favorite class in school.  My Geometry teacher, Mr. Trudgen, would be so disappointed.  Math and I are not the best of friends and I wish that I had listened better when I was 15, lol!  I don’t know why there had to be an angled wall in the ONE closet I wanted to renovate, but there was, and I had to deal with it.  I decided that the shoe shelves would be a good fit for this space and that this shoe cabinet was not going to keep me from moving forward in my dreamy master closet makeover!!

master closet makeover

master closet makeover

The base and the cabinet itself could be built square so I got the base done and constructed the cabinet.  Once I got the cabinet square, I stapled on a 1/8″ sheet of backing (I love my cordless stapler).  I then got it onto the base and secured it and put in all of the shelf pin holes….all 3,679 of them (it seemed, anyway).  I will need to install the trim at an angle but I will worry about the trim angles later. The face frame doesn’t need to be installed or cut at an angle so I just added those when I added the face frame to the other cabinets.

master closet makeover

After building the shoe cabinet for this master closet makeover I was able to add the face frames to all of the cabinets.  The difference from the picture above and the picture below is mind-blowing to me.  Face frames make such a difference in making the vision come alive and really gives you a sense of what the finished product will look like!

Then there are the baskets. Am I the only one who adds elements of the finished product before it is time?  The real reason is because I wanted to see if the baskets would be enough for storage for me or if I wanted to build another layer of cabinets.  (Plus, it keeps me focused on WHY I am doing this in the first place.)  Nope….the baskets would be enough.  I also left enough of the trim sticking up over the  back cabinet to attach my trim to.

diy master closet

My Favorite Glue //  Screws //  Wood Putty // Cordless Staple Gun

This photo above is shot from the doorway as you walk into the master closet.  As you look at this picture you can see the shoe shelves on the left.  Perfect placement.  The next cabinets are mine.  Remember, I wanted a boutique feel to my closet.  The three on top (not the very top) are for my shirts, jackets, tops and set perfectly for my 5’2″ frame.  The very top is for shoe boxes and sweaters, etc.  The bottom will be a set of drawers on the left, hanging in the two middle cabinets and then another set of drawers. The entire back wall is for my hubby.

I cut all of the shelves for the shoes and wanted to fit them in the space before I put all of the fronts on them.  I then cut and attached the fronts to the shelves once they were all in.  They are adjustable which is why there are so many shelf-pin holes.  I also loaded the shelves with shoes to make sure all the shoes fit on the shelves.  (I still have too many shoes that won’t fit, but I can’t build a bigger closet so I guess I will purge some shoes).

Projects like this are not glamorous in any way. I wish the photos were better and this part of the master closet makeover were Pinterest worthy, but this is just the pain of the progress and this is reality.  You can see how this all began when our builder-installed closet collapsed and I was forced to do something about.  I ripped it all out and started from scratch. Or follow along to see how my vision started to become a reality.  Maybe you want to see what I did for my husband and myself? Check out the links below to join the journey….maybe you will be inspired.

A Dreamy Closet Makeover | Part 1

A Dreamy Closet Makeover | Part 2

A Dreamy Closet Makeover | Part 3

In Part 5 I will finish the trim and begin to paint.  You will begin to see how this master closet makeover came together.  I do have some time-saving tips so I hope you will check it out!  We have a lot of changes coming fast for our family and I will be sharing those soon.  I can’t wait!  Have a great week ahead, friends!

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