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Since I am working with Closet Factory to turn an extra bedroom into my own dressing room — swoon — we have two closets in our master bedroom up for grabs. Since my hubby has NEVER had a closet in the twelve years we have been together, he was long overdue. The problem, however, was that the two master closets were the most black hole, you-will-never-find-anything BS because they were standard builder closets. (Image: Ashley Hafstead)

9 steps to DIY the mini walk-in closet of your dreams

Since I am working with Closet Factory to turn an extra bedroom into my own dressing room — swoon — we have two closets in our master bedroom up for grabs. Since my hubby has NEVER had a closet in the twelve years we have been together, he was long overdue. The problem, however, was that the two master closets were the most black hole, you-will-never-find-anything BS because they were standard builder closets.

One night, we were getting ready for a trip and I was sitting on the bed helping the hubby pack. He was so frustrated, as he had his head buried deep in the closet like an ostrich, trying to find things in the deep depths of the closet and mumbling profanities under his breath. As I am witnessing this spectacle, I realized very quickly that this just wasn’t going to work! Even though he now has two closets, if they stayed like this it was almost as if he didn’t have a closet at all.

I then came up with a plan: why couldn’t I turn these two closets into two mini walk-in closets? Once I had this revelation, I began drawing out a rough sketch and the rest was relatively simple…ish. Each closet cost around $250 in materials and it took three full days of DIYing, but the results are INCREDIBLE!!! I can not stress enough, if you have a closet like this at home, run, don’t walk, to your local hardware store. You will be so happy with how functional and usable a black hole closet can be.

1. Make a plan

Start by taking an inventory list of your clothing, shoes, and accessories. Do you need more shelves or do you need more hanging room?

2. Measure

Once you have a rough plan, begin measuring the walls to get the wood cut for shelving. TIP: Home Depot will cut down all the wood you need for this project to size, just make sure to come prepared with all your measurements written down in advance.

3. Demo

Demo the space and keep any pieces you might be able to reuse such as tension rods etc.

4. Fix and paint

Patch the dry wall, allow enough time for it to properly dry and then paint the entire closet. Also paint all of the wood shelving and cleats.

5. Install shelves

Install your shelves — we used a cleat method to hold the weight of the shelf and the contents that will be stored on each shelf. This entails taking three pieces of 1x4 wood and attaching them to the studs, one piece on each wall of the three walls. If you need help, simply search on You Tube “cleat shelf how-to”.

6. Finishing

Add 2x4 wood finishing pieces on the front of your cleat shelving. Then caulk all seams between the shelves and the wall. This seems optional, but it will give you closet a finished look.

7. Hang rods

Install rods for your hanging clothes. TIP: Don’t be afraid to capitalize on the height inside your closets with hanging pieces. I put a step stool in each closet and a garment hook in the closet that has the hubby’s hanging clothes to make it both easy and functional. Make sure to find a stud first before attaching your hanging rods. If there is no stud, always use dry wall screws so your hanging clothes don’t end up falling because of too much weight.

8. Accessorize

Add all the bells and whistles such as a tie holder, full length mirror, belt and hat hooks, basket storage for socks, work out gear, brief cases, etc.

9. Fill with clothes

Place all clothing and accessories back into the closets, maybe hang a piece of art on the wall to finish the space off and ENJOY your beautiful new closet!

You can follow Ashley's first-time homeowner series as she renovates #chic_villa here!


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