ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo

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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.

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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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DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial for the $100 Room Challenge

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

We’re almost wrapped up with our $100 Room Challenge and today we’re bringing you the project that took up the most of that budget. We added some DIY nautical rope shelving to both store practical items and house pretty decor. We have been contemplating this idea for somewhere in our house for a few months now and this was the PERFECT opportunity for it.

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

This project is super easy and adds a great coastal/nautical touch to your home. based on the measurements of the wall we wanted to hang the shelves on, we needed four supplies:

  • Two deck cleats: $2.60 x 2
  • 6 foot 1×4 board: $12.50
  • 25 feet white nylon rope: $8
  • Total Cost: $25.70

That’s it. We started by determining the height of the shelves and, therefore, the height of the cleats that would hold them. Then we drilled drywall anchors in to secure the cleats. We actually painted the cleats using our new favorite oil-rubbed bronze spray paint so they would match the rest of the finishes in the bathroom.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

Next, we cut our rope in half and hung each half decoratively around each cleat.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

Next up was hanging the boards. The boards we cut three equally sized pieces, sanded, stained and drilled four 1/2 inch holes in the corners. We threaded the four hanging ends of rope through the four holes and tied a single knot under each so that the shelf was level.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

Then we continued that same thing with the next two shelves.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

To finish it off, we wound a thin piece of string around each rope end a few times to tie it off and keep the rope from fraying. We guaranteed that wouldn’t happen by using a lighter to melt the ends together.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

The last step was to style the shelves with a good mix of practical items and decor.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

We absolutely love how these shelves turned out. They were super simple and cheap and really turn into a statement piece for our bathroom. Plus, they work great for storage because the room is so small and has very little floor space, so this was a great solution and would work well for you too!

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DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

We are having so much fun making over our half bathroom as a part of the $100 room challenge. Working with such a tight budget has really pushed me to get creative. Since I really wanted to spend the majority of my budget on painting the walls (about $20) and a storage solution (budgeted $40) the art needed to be cheeeeeeap. Like, really inexpensive. I gave myself a $10 budget to buy a large canvas.

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

I went to Michael’s armed with a coupon and stumbled upon a sale instead – these 2 packs of “value” 18″x24″ canvases were only $6 total. Not the nicest or fanciest or deepest canvases (only about 1″ thick) but 100% acceptable for this space. I originally planned to have only one piece of art, but finding this 2 pack sale enabled me to get two!

I am 100% obsessed with local Charleston artist Blakely Little and all of her work. I want to preface this post with the fact that I by no means think that I can match her level of artistry. I also didn’t want to copy any of her specific paintings but instead wanted to mimic the style that she has perfected – colorful, abstract, beachy landscapes.

I would have loved to have an original or even a print of her work in this space, but that would have exceeded my budget for the whole space. I instead decided to paint my own pieces. Painting is something that so many people are afraid to do. Just try, y’all. It is fun and relaxing and an awesome way to get inexpensive art for your home, especially if you are looking for larger pieces.

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

I actually went Facebook live on one of the paintings, just kind of for the heck of it. While I really live life to the fullest on my Instagram stories (if you follow me you know what I mean) I hate that live stories don’t save anywhere. I am trying to do more facebook lives and I hope that you enjoy them!

So, these paintings were inspired by 2 photos that I took at Shem Creek a few weekends ago. It’s where we got married and the setting is just breathtaking.

The horizontal piece features shrimp boats. Of course I made them colorful!

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

The vertical piece is the marsh with the Ravenel bridge in the background. This is actually the view from the rooftop deck at our wedding venue, making it extra special to me. Of course, I just made it a bit more colorful. 🙂

 

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston CraftedSince I used paint & brushes that I already have on hand (by the hoard-full in my craft room) this was a $6 project. Not bad for 2 pieces of art that make me smile and bring a big, colorful statement to our half bath!

Check back in Wednesday for our regularly scheduled $100 room update – this week featuring our new storage shelves!

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