ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

Hello and welcome to week 6, the reveal, of the One Room Challenge! We have made over our walk in master closet and taken it from a generic, dysfunctional space to one that is personalized to our exact needs. In keeping with our DIY style, we did the whole thing by ourselves and on a budget. Nothing here was sponsored!

If you are just visiting us for the first time (Hi! Welcome! Check out our About Us page!) here is what you have missed:

Week 1: The design plan

Week 2: How to design a closet system in Excel

Week 3: How to remove a wire closet system – demo, patching, & painting

Week 4: building the closet system

Bonus post: custom shoe shelves + bag storage

Week 5: Repurposing the Linen Closet

Bonus post: wooden hanging belt & tie rack

So, here is how the space looks!

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

I just love how many more clothes we can fit in here compared to the one horizontal rod that we started with. And, yes, I have a ton of Lilly. It’s an addiction.

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

I was really excited to get rid of all janky metal over the door type hangers and upgrade to wooden and metal hooks. I think that it just really looks more permanent and custom this way.

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

Getting my shoes off the floor is a huge bonus, too. (Sean’s shoes are all in the lower cubby of the hanging system. We both have ratty outdoor boots and shoes on the rack in the garage).

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

Updating the linen closet to hold off season clothing was a last minute idea but really turned out to be a good one. We have plenty of room to add more things in here, too!

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

It’s shockingly hard to get a decent picture of this whole space, since you can’t back up more than 3 feet. How about this view from the floor? Also smooth ceilings = a happy Morgan. I can’t believe we were scraping just 6 weeks ago!

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

And I love sharing a budget breakdown on these bigger type projects. I think it really helps you to see how attainable/doable something like this really is! I knew that the cost of the closet system wood wouldn’t be nothing, but my goal was to make over the space for under $250. We ended up at $255, which is pretty good. I guess my anchor hooks were unnecessary and put me over, but I’m OK with it 🙂

ACTUAL SPENDING:

Paint – $18 via Lowes, color is Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua

Painting supplies – had on hand

Closet boards – $19 x4 = $76, via Lowes

Dowels – $6 x 5 =$30, via Lowes

Dowel Holders – $2.50 x6 = $15, via Lowes

Shoe Shelf wood – $25 x2 = $50, via Lowes

Stain – Minwax Early American, had on hand, via Lowes

Anchor hook – $8.50 via Amazon

Anchor hook with pivot – $8 via Amazon

Bins in bottom of closet – had on hand (via HomeGoods a while ago)

Bins for purses/wallets: $20 total, Large, small via Amazon

Light – had on hand, previously in hallway, via Amazon

Rugs – $9.99 x3 $30 total via Homegoods

Hamper – had on hand, via Amazon

Total spent: $255.50

Master Closet 6 Week $250 Makeover

This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you click through and make a purchase, we receive a small percentage of the sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Charleston Crafted possible!

 Charleston Crafted Logo heart
 Charleston Crafted Logo facebook
 Charleston Crafted Logo insta
 Charleston Crafted Logo pinterest
 Charleston Crafted Logo twitter

 

ORC: DIY Wooden Hanging Belt and Tie Rack

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We are almost done with our One Room Challenge. The FULL reveal will be live on Wednesday, but we have one little teaser post left for you before then. Today we’re focusing on the wooden belt and tie rack that we built for our… belts and ties. Shocker. We designed this one to keep the same wooden theme going to match the main clothes rack and the shoe shelf and it turned out great.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We started by cutting out a 12″x18″ piece of birch plywood and using wood glue to line the edges with a thin piece of molding to look like a frame.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We had decided on making this rack in a peg-style, planning to use short pieces of dowel jutting out from the board to hang the ties and belts on and determined we needed nine pegs to accommodate what we had and for growth. In order to do this, we had to drill holes for the pegs to go in. If you’re doing this for a project, try not to drill all the way through the wood, and know that you might need to go one size bigger with your drill bit than the dowel is.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We cut the pieces of dowel to be an inch and a half long. In hindsight, we wish they were maybe a half inch longer, but it’s working fine. We stained the dowel and the frame separately using the Early American Minwax stain we had used for the rest of the projects in the closet.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We used wood glue to lodge the dowels into the peg holes we had drilled. We dropped just a small amount into each hole and then stuck the dowel pieces in the hole, being sure to wipe up any excess that squirted out. Then we let that sit overnight.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We added a wire across the back and hung the rack up on two picture frame hangers on the wall.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

This last project matches everything in the closet and is a great asset for our belts and ties. It looks just a liiiiiittle bit better than the metal over-the-door rack that Sean had used since college that we were still using. It’s almost like we’re real adults now.

Again, tune in on Wednesday and we’ll have the full closet reveal for our ORC!

 Charleston Crafted Logo heart
 Charleston Crafted Logo facebook
 Charleston Crafted Logo insta
 Charleston Crafted Logo pinterest
 Charleston Crafted Logo twitter

ORC Week 5: Repurposing the Linen Closet

ORC Week 5: Repurposing the Linen Closet - Charleston Crafted

Hey y’all! Welcome back for week 5 of our spring One Room Challenge where we are making over our walk in master closet in 6 weeks.

In case you missed it:

Week 1: The design plan

Week 2: How to design a closet system in Excel

Week 3: How to remove a wire closet system – demo, patching, & painting

Week 4: building the closet system

Bonus post: custom shoe shelves + bag storage

This week we conquered the linen closet. It is also in our master bathroom and is one step from the walk in closet. We keep all of our extra linens in the laundry room shelving or on the open shelving in our bathroom, so we wanted to re-purpose this space. If you read our initial plan then you know that I wanted to make this an accessories closet. Dreamy, right? Well, we had to make a tough call and that got nixed. Our evil but adorable beagle mix, CiCi, has a terrible habit of getting into our dirty laundry. Since the only doorway in this space with an actual closing door that she can’t open (yeah, she can open the barn door) is the linen closet, we decided that the hamper needs to go in there. We have this hamper and it’s gorgeous and functional and as wonderful as a hamper can get, but it is 24″ high and therefor took out over 1/3 of our closet shelf space. I begrudgingly agreed to move the shoes to the main closet and re-think this space.

ORC Week 5: Repurposing the Linen Closet - Charleston Crafted

It actually wasn’t until we refilled the closet with all of our clothes that I realized what we really needed more of – hanging space. Crazy, I know. We decided to add one rod to the space and use this to store sweaters. Living in South Carolina, we wear sweaters for about 1 month a year (at most) but it really feels luxurious to get these out of tupperware bins and up hanging. And, if we every decided that we needed this hanging space for more frequently used clothes, back into the tupperwares they could go.

ORC Week 5: Repurposing the Linen Closet - Charleston Crafted

We also added one flat shelf right above the rod. This has a bin to hold my tote and beach bags. As I’ve mentioned, I tend to have one higher end purse (currently a Kate Spade) that I wear daily for 2-4 years until it is worn out and then I replace it. So I have totes and beach bags to store, as well as cross bodies and clutches for nights out, but no real handbags. Tucking these totes up and out of the way is just fine by me since they are mostly for travelling and not exactly display worthy.

As a reminder, here is what it looked like before!

ORC Week 5: Repurposing the Linen Closet - Charleston Crafted

I am so excited to finish this space in the next week. All we have left is tie/belt storage, adding some hooks and finishing touches, and taking final photos! I am going to get out my light kit and really try to capture the full space for you. I can’t wait!

 Charleston Crafted Logo heart
 Charleston Crafted Logo facebook
 Charleston Crafted Logo insta
 Charleston Crafted Logo pinterest
 Charleston Crafted Logo twitter

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

We have so much stuff going on with the Master Closet makeover that you are going to get some bonus posts this week! Today I am sharing the custom shoe shelving that Sean built me. I am so excited to have my shoes off of the floor and out of the way.

We decided that the best place for a shoe shelf in this closet would be on the diagonal wall to the left when you walk in. It is a bit of dead space and we were able to make a shelf 10″ deep without really blocking the access to any of the clothes hanging on that end of the rod.

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

We made the shelving unit 6 shelves high. It is the exact width of that diagonal wall (19 inches). Each shelf is angled which makes the shelves seem shallower than they actually are. Each shelf is capped off with a piece of 1/4″ square trim to keep the shoes from sliding off.

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

To build it, all Sean did was cut a 10′ long 1×10″ board in half to make two 5′ long pieces. Then, he used another 1×10 to cut six boards that were 17 1/2 inches long. The 17 1/2 plus the 3/4 inch that the two side boards are wide made up 19 inches for the exact length of the wall. After staining, he screwed each small board in between the two long boards at an angle that put them still going from front to back and spaced them evenly across the 5 foot boards.

 

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

The final part of this was to cut little square dowel and wood glue it to the bottom edge of each slanted board so that shoes could catch and not slide off.

We topped the whole thing with a flat shelf, level to the ground. I had Sean cut this piece in a diamond shape so that it connected all of the way to the wall on either side. This was unnecessary, but makes the piece look more custom and less like a square shoe tower.

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

I picked up some clear acrylic bins to store my cross body bags and clutches on top of the shoe shelves. It is great to have them put away but still easily accessible.

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

I am so excited with how this space is wrapping up and can’t wait to share more details with you this week!

 Charleston Crafted Logo heart
 Charleston Crafted Logo facebook
 Charleston Crafted Logo insta
 Charleston Crafted Logo pinterest
 Charleston Crafted Logo twitter

ORC: How to Build a Custom Wooden Closet System

ORC: How to Build a Custom Wooden Closet System - Charleston Crafted

Hello and welcome back to week 4 of the 6 week One Room Challenge. We are fully making over our walk in master closet to maximize the use of storage space and to make it more beautiful. If you need a flashback, here is our progress so far:

Week 1: The design plan

Week 2: How to design a closet system in Excel

Week 3: How to remove a wire closet system – demo, patching, & painting

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

When we last left off, we had completely demo-d the space. We removed the old system, patched the walls, and painted. We were left with a rather blank canvas. Now came the fun part – building! I wanted a wooden closet system. I initially planned to paint all of the wood white, but since we have 0 natural elements in here, I decided that a stained wood would bring in that warmth that I was looking for. Luckily, I had already designed the closet system, so Sean just had to translate that design to a wood shopping list and pick up all the pieces.

ORC: How to Build a Custom Wooden Closet System - Charleston Crafted

To build the system, we opted to get 40 feet of 1×10 pine boards. Being only 10 inches wide, we knew that clothes on hangers wouldn’t fit entirely into the structure, but to get wider pieces of wood was going to add about $60 to our cost so we decided it didn’t matter. The main point was to create sections that were the right size. We started out by cutting one to the length of the closet. Then, we cut four 7 inch tall pieces to create a base for the structure and screwed them together perpendicular to the long board. We took that section into the closet and attached it to the wall with small L-brackets.

ORC: How to Build a Custom Wooden Closet System - Charleston Crafted

I stained all of the pieces with Minwax Early American stain. This actually ties really nicely with the barn door leading to the bathroom about 3 feet from this closet. I am so glad that we went with the stained wood finish! Here are my best staining tips if you are a novice.

ORC: How to Build a Custom Wooden Closet System - Charleston Crafted

ORC: How to Build a Custom Wooden Closet System - Charleston Crafted

ORC: How to Build a Custom Wooden Closet System - Charleston Crafted

ORC: How to Build a Custom Wooden Closet System - Charleston Crafted

Next up with construction was to add two vertical boards. We attached these to the base section and the wall using L-brackets. Next, We attached one more section horizontally to the top, with a long board and two more 7 inch boards, creating three sections on the top. Finally, we added wooden rods at the appropriate heights. We made sections for man shirts, lady shirts, dresses, maxi dresses and all pants. The rods were put at the right heights to accommodate those types of clothing.

ORC: How to Build a Custom Wooden Closet System - Charleston Crafted

We also added 2 major decor pieces at this time. The first is the 18 light chandelier. It is really bright and dramatic! I actually got this at Christmas and hung it in our hallway, but the arms blocked the opening to our air vent! It fits much better in this space – the touch of glam is great & it is seriously bright! It can get really hot so it is important to use LED bulbs with this kind of light – I got these & love the vintage vibe and that they are LED 2 watts! It has 18 light sockets but I only used 12. We left the ones closest to the closet system empty because Sean was worried about knocking them with hangers/clothes. I think that it looks totally fine without those bulbs.

The other accessory is the rug. It is actually 3 bath mats from Home Goods in a row. I couldn’t find a runner to fit the space so I had to fake it. You might remember that I wanted a (faux) fur rug, but Sean vetoed it. This brings in the blue color, covers the tan carpet (that I clearly did not pick) and brings in that texture I was looking for.

What do we have left? Sean just finished building a slanted shoe rack, but I want to add some purse storage to it before sharing. We are re-purposing the linen closet this week and should have an update for you on that next week. We need a solution for belts + ties that is a little more sophisticated than the current situation. Then we just need a few accessories and final touches and we will be finished!

 Charleston Crafted Logo heart
 Charleston Crafted Logo facebook
 Charleston Crafted Logo insta
 Charleston Crafted Logo pinterest
 Charleston Crafted Logo twitter