Up until now, the closet has been a space full of bones. What I mean by that is it has been a space full of cabinet carcasses and construction, ladders and tools sprinkled with lots of hope. A lot of second guessing happens it this phase. You can see a vision in your head, but are crossing your fingers that it will translate into reality. THIS is where the fun begins. When you can finally add the trim and start to paint! It makes this dreamy master closet makeover turn from hoping to happening. I have to apologize in advance for the lack of “beautiful” pictures. The lighting is harsh and the space is small.
The space you see at the end of the closet is a “wardrobe” space for my husband. He is 6’3 and his shirts are long. I wanted him to have his own space to have all of his things in one place. I will have to get on a step stool to actually hang up his clothes! The lower section of his wardrobe is hanging space for pants and shorts along with drawer space for everything he needs to get ready for the day and long hanging on the sides. The space on the left is MINE. I wanted a boutique feel to our closet. This section will have my shirts, hanging for skirts, etc. and a lot of drawers. The section on the right will have some shelves, hanging space for dresses, lots of jewelry drawers and a place for baskets for dirty laundry.
Baseboards have been attached and everything has been taped off in preparation for the primer and paint. **TIP** Be careful when you remove your baseboards, remove the nails that were used to attach them to the wall, and recut them to reuse them in the same space. I was able to use the same baseboards that were already in there so I didn’t have to purchase new.**
The boxes were assembled and taped off for paint. I do have to say that I wish I had taken the time to paint all of my boards BEFORE cutting and putting everything together. Someone told me that once. I was too hasty and excited to put it all together and I didn’t listen. At the very least, I wish that I had primed it all first. I had to prime, sand, paint, sand and paint everything AFTER it was all put together and that was so time consuming because I now had corners to deal with. So, word to the wise, prime and paint BEFORE assembling your cabinets.
Luckily I was patient enough to add the holes for the shelves in the shoe cabinet while the board was flat on a table instead of trying to do it after it was assembled. While those boards were down I got wild and primed them, too. It was so much easier to paint!
In other news, I managed the angles on the trim pieces just fine!! My geometry teacher would be proud after all! All of the wood was then caulked, which makes any gap between any seams unnoticeable once you paint.
When it is being pieced together, it is really hard to visualize how the space is going to actually look. The different pieces of wood can vary in coloration and you have nail holes. But, after filling in those nail holes, sanding, caulking and priming everything, the whole vision comes to life and it is so exciting! Hours and hours have been spent priming, sanding and painting this space. Again, why didn’t I paint it all when it was just flat boards on the table? Oh yeah, I’m impatient sometimes. How about you? Do you get impatient when you do a project?
In case you missed it, you can see what sparked this master closet makeover from the very beginning when the closet collapsed and I was FORCED to do a makeover in part 1. Stay tuned to next week when I add drawers, tell you all about how I made the drawer fronts and I share my favorite source for hardware.
Have a great week, friends!