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I’m embarrassed to admit it, but yes, this is a photo of my master bedroom closet. Of course, I have an excuse, sort of.
We redid our master bedroom about four years ago and at that time, we questioned the need for hanging rods on both sides of the closet. You see it’s not a very large walk in closet and with clothes hanging rods on both sides, it made it feel dark and cramped. So we decided to move some garage racks we weren’t using into the closet to see if we could maintain the closet with folded clothes on shelves (an obvious fail on our part). But what it did make us realize is that yes, having hanging clothes on one side and shelves on the other was the best option. And then life got in the way, and we haven’t had the time or energy to do anything about it, until the Memorial Day Weekend.
Master Bedroom Closet Makeover – Designing our Space
First, I visited the Rubbermaid® Storage Planner online to get some ideas about what we’d need to pull off our design and what the cost might be. I created a shopping list and made an appointment with my husband to go shopping.
As we headed off to Lowes to pick up our closet organizer. My husband took my hand and told me this would be our date night. How lucky am I! After spending some quality time together looking at the displays, reading the boxes, we purchased two 3-6 ft Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ Closet Kits, plus three slider drawers, two sets of extra shelves, and I noticed today that my hubby also snuck in a belt and tie rack.
Master Bedroom Makeover – Patch, Paint &Pattern
Before we could start hanging shelving, we had to empty the closet and do something about the terrible flat yellow paint that’s been there since the house was built in 1974. First, we had to take down the myriad of shelves that had been added over the years by the original owner and then us, plus the hanging racks. That left a lot of damaged wall board that needed to be fixed, but because we were on such a tight deadline, we had to start priming the walls around the drying spackle. Not ideal, but you’ve got to do what’s necessary when you’re working in a tight space with time limitations.
Day two my husband sanded the spackle, sucked the white dust it created from the room, and we finished the painting. Though the process was a bit unorthodox, the results were fine. When the paint was dry, my husband found the studs, figured out where the water pipes for the sink on the other side of the wall likely were and measured out where the rails would go. When that first header rail went up, I knew we were making progress, but it was sure hard to tell from the mess we made. Our king size bed was covered in parts, pieces, and tools.
While my husband finished installing the hardware, I “papered” the back wall with a lime green, white, and blue graphic print. Granted, it’s only self-stick patterned vinyl, but I think it looks fantastic. Who knew they were making repeatable patterns that could be installed like wallpaper now? I didn’t! And unlike the wallpaper I plastered all over the house in the 80’s, this will come down easily. I also used it to cover some craft hatboxes I had on hand and will use them for storage on the shelves. It’s an inexpensive way to coordinate the boxes with the wall.
My husband is impressed with the quality of the Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ Closet Kits. He has a second job as a finish carpenter, and he’s particular about the things he builds. The metal racks, runners, and fixtures are quite sturdy.
Our final layout strayed quite a bit from our original design. We discovered that the drawers and extra shelves came with additional hanging rails so we added them below the main unit and we mounted some of them between the main rails to create a closet perfect for us. We even moved the drawers from the front of the closet to the back because the system is so easy to change and completely flexible.
We’ve kept all our extra parts like the rods we didn’t use on the left side and additional mounting hardware we didn’t need so that the new owners of our house can use them to turn it into their dream closet.
Master Bedroom Makeover – Finishing Up
We’re not completely done. We have some fine tuning to do of the shelves, some hooks to install, and some shoe racks to build that have been in our garage for three years. I’m thrilled with the new look, and I hate the thought putting clothes in it – it’s like a little secret room, and I just want to enjoy it like it is.
Tell me the truth, do you have a dumping ground in your house? What room do you close the door on and hope nobody sees?