Master closet renovation: Done!

I am happy to report that the hubs’ master closet is finished. If you remember, we began this DIY closet project with a hot mess of a space that was not functioning well. In fact, at one point last year, we even stole a shelf (or two) from the mister’s closet so we could complete the little man’s closet, which then left my husband with, um, zero shelves and rods in his own closet. Here’s a reminder of what the project looked like when we were in the thick of things:


We basically designed the (new) closet from scratch. Our goal was to make it uber-functional yet budget-friendly, which meant we would be DIYing as much as possible and working to keep the grand total under $200.

Closet-plansHere’s the final result:

Closet-fullWe decided against the additional long hanging space you see noted in the drawing and opted for more shelves instead. We also decided to forego window treatments for the time being.


We built all the shelves ourselves using melamine-covered boards and furring strips (where necessary). If you haven’t been following this project from the beginning, be sure to check out our video on how to build shelves to fit perfectly when walls are out of square:

Here’s the cost breakdown of the whole project (all materials were purchased at Lowes):

  • 2 – closet rods = $17.08
  • 2 – 3/4″ melamine shelves = $18.82
  • 2 – closet rod holders = $7.26
  • 5 – 5/8″ melamine shelves = $61.20
  • Shelf clips = $3.30
  • Light fixture = $28.46
  • Drawer/shelf unit = $99.99
  • Paint – used leftover from office reno = Free

The grand total came to $236.11. While we went slightly over our budget goal, I am still thrilled with the results. For all the details of this project, including the reason we added pre-made drawers instead of building our own (best decision ever), click here and here. And don’t forget to check out my tips for creating a magazine-worthy closet.

What do you think of the final result?

I’m linking this up to Beneath My HeartHouse of RoseHome Stories A to ZNew Nostalgia and DIY by Design.