Well I am finally back with a closet update, and I so wish I could tell you that this project was completed months ago and I’m just now blogging about it, but unfortunately this is in real time.
Building a closet is hard, okay?
When I left off we had completed the demo and were excited to get to work on a bunch of custom shelving. I chuckle at our naïveté.
We started on the right side of the closet, where most of the hanging rods will go because this area had way less shelves and we figured it would be a good way to ease ourselves in.
I ended up choosing a four box design, with Max and I each getting half. Hanging bars across all four boxes with pants on the bottom (one side for me and one side for max) and hanging tops on top (one side for me and one side for Max). Make sense?
I also made a long shelf on top for my purses.
Routing worked well but it makes a huge mess and Max had to take every piece to his Grandpa’s shop to do it. Hence why this took SO LONG.
Finally I was able to caulk and I could see it all coming together. The bad news is, this was just the first (much smaller) side.
We started on the left side by fixing our first piece of MDF to the wall as we had with the first side. This ensures everything is sturdy and also helps with the built-in look.
At this point I’m gonna skip ahead to having the left side almost complete because let me tell you this was terrible to do and I don’t want to relive it. Essentially the boards are all held up by the routered joints but until the entire length was completed there was nothing to keep it upright. Yes it fell. Yes we damaged some MDF. Yes we changed some of the shelf heights to make it easier. And yes, we had to fill in the routed edges for the old layout.
You can see that in the above photo.
But eventually we got it all together, keeping fights between Max and I to a minimum. And I was able to caulk the left side, finally.
Hallelujah finally a part of a project I actually enjoy.
And finally I was able to paint. It took three coats and many, many, hours of Max and I brushing and rolling but it is looking much better and I’m glad we’re onto the “pretty” part of the project.
Stay tuned for the big reveal, as well as for my post on what to do when a project sucks and you hate it. Because let me tell you, after four months of closet mayhem, I’m an expert.
Let me know if you have any questions.