ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo

How to Remove a Wire Closet System - Charleston Crafted

Hello, we are back again with progress on our master walk in closet! As a reminder, we are redoing the closet as a part of the six week One Room Challenge. This week I am excited to share the full demolition and process of getting the closet ready for the new system.

As a reminder: Week 1 I shared our vision for the space and Week 2 I shared how I designed our system in Excel.

How to Remove a Wire Closet System - Charleston Crafted

Here is the total closet demolition process:

One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Closet Design Plan - Charleston Crafted

Remove all of the clothing from the space. We left it on the hangers and took it to the guest bedroom. It was, ummm, a lot. This is a great time to purge clothing as well!

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

Remove the existing shelving. For us, this involved using a drill or screwdriver to unscrew the metal brackets from the wall and then popping out the shelves. There were also plastic anchors in the wall that I yanked out with needle nose pliers. Any shelving that you take out I really suggest trying to take to your local Habitat ReStore or similar so it doesn’t go in the landfill!

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

Patch any holes you just created. All those screws left a lot of holes. Here are my tips for patching the holes, but my #1 tip is to do multiple coats and use this light weight spackle. Once it dries, lightly sand it for a smooth finish.

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

Make any other updates. We used this as an opportunity to scrape the ceilings and also give them a fresh coat of paint. Here is our blog post + video about how to remove popcorn ceilings. It’s messy, but luckily this is a small space.

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

Paint the entire space. We gave the ceiling 2 coats of white ceiling paint and the walls 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua in an eggshell finish, which is the color of the bathroom. Instantly the space felt clean and 2 feet taller.

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

Now we finally get to start building! I can’t wait to share how we turned this blank slate into a super useful and organized space!

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ORC: How to Design a Closet Organization System in Microsoft Excel

ORC: How to Design a Closet Organization System in Microsoft Excel - Charleston Crafted

Hello and welcome back to the One Room Challenge! We are so excited to be pairing up with a TON of other bloggers to be making over a room in six weeks. We are making over our walk in closet (and the accompanying linen closet!) and are so excited for it!

For the why and the design plan, check out week one here!

Now, I wanted to share with you the incredibly nerdy way that I designed this closet system. Our previous closets in the condo I just designed on paper based on the IKEA system of drawers that I wanted to use. This time I knew that I wanted something 100% custom, so I had to get in there and design it myself.

I am an analyst and I am very type A so I decided to design my closet using Microsoft Excel. The first thing that you need to do is get some measurements. Measure and write down:

  • The height from floor to ceiling
  • The width from wall to wall
  • The height needed for each section of clothing – IE dresses, shirts, pant. Here is what I used:
    • Maxi dress: 68″
    • Ladies tops: 34″
    • Ladies bottoms: 22″
    • Dresses: 46″
    • Mens shirts: 33″
    • Mens pants: 36″
  • The width of each item that you currently own (roughly). IE if you own 36″ wide of dresses you will need to design differently than if you own 6″ of dresses.

ORC: How to Design a Closet Organization System in Microsoft Excel - Charleston Crafted

Now open an Excel document. You want to select all, right click, and choose Column Width. Set this to 1. Repeat with the Row Height. Each cell corresponds to one inch.

(Start in cell B2 if you want the black border.) Select the area to be the number of inches wide that your closet is by the number of inches tall. Use your Borders tool to add a thick black border around your selection. This is your closet wall. I skipped one row and column in before doing this so I could make a border of 1 cell of black filled cells to make the border even thicker.

Nos start playing! use your upper, lower, left, and right borders to create lines to separate your space into the appropriate widths and heights. I played around with a few layouts.

ORC: How to Design a Closet Organization System in Microsoft Excel - Charleston Crafted

At first, I wanted to mimic our condo closet as much as possible. I wanted drawers down the middle. However I quickly realized how much that limited our hanging space.

ORC: How to Design a Closet Organization System in Microsoft Excel - Charleston Crafted

I tried to minimize the drawers to have more hanging space. We talked about it a bit and decided that since our master bedroom is so big, we have plenty of space for drawer storage out there. We actually already have 3 dressers (our side tables are campaign dressers!) so we wanted to focus entirely on hanging storage in this space.

ORC: How to Design a Closet Organization System in Microsoft Excel - Charleston Crafted

My last change was to just keep my stuff on one side and Sean’s on the other. It’s just simpler that way!

ORC: How to Design a Closet Organization System in Microsoft Excel - Charleston Crafted

I was finally pleased with the design and printed it out to bring home. Sean was able to use these measurements to make shopping and cut lists for the build. I definitely recommend using Excel to design your closet organization system!

 

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One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Closet Design Plan

One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Closet Design Plan - Charleston Crafted

Hey hey y’all. I know this is crazy. We literally JUST finished a $100 one month half bathroom makeover last week. But… this week starts the one room challenge again! I love participating in these kinds of challenges because they push me to get things done but also they are an awesome way to connect with new blogs and new readers. So, if you are joining us from the link up, HELLO! We are so glad to have you! Please check out our About Us, Home Tours, and DIY archive page. If you like what you see, add us to your blog reader or sign up for our newsletter!

So, the One Room Challenge means that we are making over a room in six weeks. Last time, we did our front room, which turned out to be a little slice of coastal heaven. Still mostly only the dogs sits in there (lol) but we are excited for it to be a space that we grow into and use with guests a lot.

This season, we decided that we wanted to makeover our master closet.

One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Closet Design Plan - Charleston Crafted

One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Closet Design Plan - Charleston Crafted

I know, not what you normally see with the ORC. But, it is the #1 space in our home that really needs the makeover, just for purely functionality reasons. Our closet makeover in the condo was actually our first big project there and one of my favorites. But, since we moved into this house in July, we have been using the standard closet. Here are my problems with it:

  • We have to share a closet – previously, Sean used the condo guestroom. To be fair, I lived there alone before he moved in, but he totally hated the set up. I get that marriage means sharing a closet, but that doesn’t mean I’m thrilled about it. Sadly, this isn’t going to change.
  • It’s just one rod going down the middle of the wall – it’s a major waste of vertical space. I am super excited to really expand.
  • We have to move the laundry basket – our dog CiCi is a dirty underwear eater. It’s a gross and expensive habit. We got a fancy laundry basket with a lid but it still hasn’t kept her out. Since our closet doesn’t have a door, we are going to have to move it to the linen closet (which does have a door). This will open up space in the main closet but lose 3 shelves in the linen closet. We don’t actually keep any linens in there (we have another closet in the laundry room) but that was my planned accessory storage.
  • I want some shoe storage – to get them off the floor – hopefully in the above mentioned linen closet. And I’d love for it to look like this.
  • Wooden shelves – I have normally gone for white shelving but after seeing the wooden shelves in our pantry, I want to go in a similar direction up here. We don’t have the same dark floors in this space so I will go for a lighter stain but I am excited about it!

So, here is my design plan for the space:

One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Closet Design Plan - Charleston Crafted

Step one will be demo. We will then patch the walls, paint, and scrape the ceilings. I will probably paint the space Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua since that’s whats in the bathroom and I have leftover paint!

The closets themselves will be 100% custom built from wood from Lowes. I have done the design (coming next week!) and Sean will take the lead on the build.

We actually already have this overhead light. It’s currently in our hallway but doesn’t work in the space (the arms block changing the air filter in the vent…) I am excited to bring it in here. It is SUPER bright. It also is a touch glam which is not normally my style but will go well with the closet vibe, I think.

I plan to lay a gray faux sheepskin rug in this place. I know, how very TJ Maxx of me, but they are inexpensive and Sean won’t let me put one anywhere else 🙂 I think that having a bit of fur underfoot will actually be really nice for getting ready. TBD on what size I end up finding. Probably at TJ Maxx 🙂

We are also going to be making over the linen closet. Like I said, half of it will be dog-proof hamper. The top half will be amazing for SHOES! I am excited for some tilted style shelves in there, but they need to be able to accommodate my shoes as well as Sean’s size 12 canoes.

I am so excited to make over this space and make it exactly what we want! Keep following along every week to see our progress.

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Accessorizing and Completing our Pantry Remodel

Accessorizing and Completing our Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

I have to confess something. Tuesday, we published our “complete” pantry remodel, but we lied. It wasn’t complete. Of course, is any room project ever “complete”? We thought it was done, but we quickly found three ways to make our new pantry even better!

Accessorizing and Completing our Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

The first was that was were super excited to move our Keurig coffee maker and our toaster into the pantry. Well, the toaster is about half the height of the Keurig, so that left us with some empty space that was worthless. We decided to build a little shelf that would fit perfectly around the toaster so that we could put some more things on top of it to fill the empty space! It was super simple. We just measured the width of the toaster, added an inch to both sides for the legs, then cut that and two legs that were the height of the toaster and screwed it all together. Very elementary, but very effective. We have used the toaster since putting it under the shelf and since we left about a 1 inch gap all the way around and the back is open, steam and heat has plenty of space to escape. Winning!

Accessorizing and Completing our Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Next, we decided to add one more shelf to the left side of the pantry walls. We had lined up all of those shelves with the big shelves, so again, since the one shelf (for appliances) was so much taller than the others, we had a big gap above the one shelf. Enough of a gap that we were able to add a whole other shelf. We cut it the exact same as the other shallow shelves on that wall and made it our second spice rack so that the spices weren’t doubled up on the one shelf.

Accessorizing and Completing our Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Accessorizing and Completing our Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Finally, we addressed the opposite wall. Here, we hung all of our measuring cups using Command hooks for easy access. Above that, we hung our rolling pin as well, since that straight up just doesn’t fit in a drawer. Finally, we bought a thin sheet of metal and hung it to the wall with four screws. Here, we can attach anything that has a magnet on it, like our grocery list, meal plan sheets and bag clips. It’s a perfect way to get them into the pantry with the food and not hanging on the back of the metal kitchen door in the open.

Accessorizing and Completing our Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

So there. NOW I think the pantry is completely finished. We have so much storage and so many options for the future. We’re loving this and can’t wait to tackle the actual kitchen!

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Our Complete Pantry Remodel

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

It’s funny how far a few complaints and “subtle” aggravation can go. We aren’t planning to remodel our kitchen until spring, but one of our biggest problems in the house has been our pantry. The pantry was full of shallow wire shelves and when we moved in all we did was just cram our food in there. That led to frustrations whenever we were looking for something we needed to cook with or when we realized we had just bought a box of something we already had but couldn’t see before. So, we decided to put that to an end and go ahead and remodel our pantry now.

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Our big goal for our new pantry was to create a custom storage solution that we could organize what we had, but also create more space for the future. Back in the condo, we created a custom pantry and ripped out the wire shelving there too. We wanted to go with the same plan and do wooden shelves with wooden railings to hold them up. Since this pantry is wider and deeper, we knew we’d also be able to add some storage to the side walls as well. But in order to do anything, I had to start with demo. That included taking out all the food then ripping out all the old shelving.

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Then, I patched all the holes from the wire shelving’s screws with spackle and then painted the walls with the same grey that we used in the front room and dining room. We plan to take it throughout the downstairs.

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

I also got to get back into the swing of scraping popcorn ceilings! Super fun. Haven’t done that since we did our master bedroom.

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Once everything was all painted, it was time to reconstruct. We designed a layout with the proper spacing we wanted in between each shelf. With that, we took things into account like a tall shelf in the middle where we’re going to keep our coffee maker and toaster. We have an outlet in the pantry and we didn’t have a place to keep those two appliances after we had the walls taken down. Once the walls were open to the dining room, we didn’t like having the toaster oven and coffee maker be the first thing you saw when you walked into the front door. Putting them in the pantry tucks them away while still making them readily accessible.

We used 1″ x 2″ boards as the railings for each shelf along the back and sides. We nailed them up in the “L-shape” we wanted for deep shelves in the back and thing shelves on the side.

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Once all the boards were up, we painted them the same color as the wall to “blend in.”

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Last thing was the actual shelves. We used boards that were 1″ thick, 36″ wide, and 16″ deep for the back, and 1″x 3″x 25″ boards for the side shelves. We stained all of these with our favorite Dark Walnut stain to bring out the texture. The long term plan is to run the laminate “wood” flooring in the kitchen when we remodel, so the shelves will match the floors pretty closely at that point.

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

We also added some shelving to the lefthand wall. These are made from 4″ wide boards cut to go from the end of the back wall shelves to the wall next to the door. This allows for some additional storage about 1 can deep (just over 3.5″ deep). Then, we tossed the shelves up on the railings with no problem.

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

We also added one additional shelf over the door. It’s hidden when you look in unless you look up, but it’s a little bonus storage for little-used items like a drink canister or soft cooler.

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

The last thing to do was to stock our shelves!

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

Our Complete Pantry Remodel - Charleston Crafted

We’re thrilled with how our pantry remodel turned out. It really wasn’t hard at all, but we needed three days to allow for various drying times. Now, we have custom pantry that fits everything we had before and more, plus allows for rearranging in the future.

A few things to note – we are on the lookout for a shorter extension cord for the appliances. The current one is 6 foot and has a lot of excess, but we haven’t been able to find a 3 foot 3 prong 2 plug cord yet. Also, this set up works for us because we really don’t have a lot of pantry food. We have baking stuff, a selection of similar cans that we buy in bulk, oils and spices, and a few dry goods. We primarily eat fresh foods or freezer meats. If we had a lot of pantry-items, the large shelf in the middle probably wouldn’t have worked for us. That’s why it’s great to go custom!

We completed this makeover on Sunday and have since decided to add a few more things – including one more spice shelf, a magnet board, and our measuring cups. Stay tuned for Thursday when we share a couple other details we did to accessorize and complete our pantry!

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