Our Built-in Closet

When we moved into our new home we had to make a lot of design decisions (and we still have a lot more to make). One thing we decided was that we didn’t want to put a dresser in our bedroom-we wanted to put a little seating area instead. That meant that our closet was going to have to be extremely organized with lots of storage areas to fit everything we had. It took us a while to get this project started, so in the meantime our closet was a complete DISASTER. I’m a little embarrassed to share these before pictures with you all!

Before:

As you can see, everything was still in suitcases, boxes, bags, whatever was available. It looked awful, made it impossible to find specific things, and was embarrassing!!!

We made our plan for the layout, and all of the materials for the closet came from Home Depot.  We knew we needed drawers, shelves, lots of hanging space, and OF COURSE space for shoes & bags!

First we had to clear everything out and remove all the existing shelves.  My husband moved the light switch from inside the closet to the outside (isn’t he amazing!!).  He also took off the existing base molding and painted a white semi gloss 3/4 of the way up the walls so it would match the color of our built-ins.

After assembling some of the pieces in the living room, it was time to start the installation!

Since we have two toddlers at home we really wanted to ensure that all the pieces were sturdy and installed correctly.  We used brackets to make sure none of the pieces would move or tip over.

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Once we had all the pieces installed we had to go around and caulk, add trim where needed, and put the baseboard back on.  As you can see there were some pretty big gaps between the pieces in some areas.

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We used Power Grab glue to glue down the trim.  Here are some pictures of the trim:

This closet is officially FINISHED now and it is everything I dreamed about!  It has a space for everything we need and keeps everything organized.  Plus it’s a lot brighter in there since we went with white!!

After:

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Renovation Project Checklist

This summer I took two graduate classes toward my Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and I was so pleasantly surprised & pleased when one of my professors allowed us to choose ANYTHING for our major project.  I’m sure it doesn’t come as a shock when I tell you that I chose to renovate our guest bathroom as my project.  Our bathroom is SO CLOSE to being done, but I couldn’t wait to share this template that I created as part of my project!

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Whenever I’m doing a project I always have a lot of pieces of paper lying around with things to do, buy, measurements, notes, etc.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember where I put a specific piece of paper!  As part of my project and presentation I had to create a handout to share with my classmates, and I had a major light bulb moment: I could create a template to share for future home renovations.  I LOVE having those moments where a good idea just comes to you. Totally makes my day!

I can’t wait to use this template.  I’m planning on printing a sheet for each room in our house that I want to change and update.  Maybe I’ll even put together a binder with the templates along with project ideas!  The options are endless.

Anyways, if you feel as though you could use this for your own renovations or projects, please feel free to use it! And I welcome any feedback if you think of something that could be added 🙂

Home Renovation Template