My wife and I are starting to outgrow our first house which has very little storage and with kids very likely coming very soon, we had to think about future living. We’ve decided we can live in our house for probably another 5 years if we had more storage and a more comfortable living environment, so we are slowly tackling those projects. I’ve spent 4 months over this past summer in my spare time remodeling the guest bathroom but I didn’t post that here because it isn’t really woodworking related(other than the crown molding and base molding and molding on the wall cabinet), but if you’re interested you can check out the slideshow here…. http://s824.photobucket.com/albums/zz162/seidele/Bathroom%20Remodel/?albumview=slideshow
Next summer will be the master bathroom remodel.
Anyways, the next project is to rearrange the master bedroom. But first, we want to see if we can get rid of one of our dressers to make the room more open, moving the other dresser to what will be the kids room. So on to remodelling the master closet first. The closet is nothing more than a small walk-in, 57.5×60” room with a rod across one wall for me and two rods across another wall for my wife’s clothing. There is also a tiny bit of shelving but nothing great. So my project for this weekend is to start the redo of this.
I looked at the box stores and online for custom shelving, which is all crappy quality particle board and costs about 5 times as much as I wanted to spend. So I decided I can easily tackle this on my own with everything I’ve learned.
After cleaning out our closet and donating stuff we don’t wear anymore, here is the sketchup model I came up with…. The left side is for my wife Ren, right side is mine….
The walls are all 93” high with rods at 39” and 79 (we measured our stuff)
It consists of two rods for each of us and a much longer rod for my wife’s dresses. There will also be tall shoe rack on the right wall that isn’t in the drawing yet but will be added later. In addition to the two rods each, we each get shelving, with each other row alternating in length between 14” wide and the full 28” wide”. It looks tricky to build but it really won’t be.
Ignore the plywood thickness lines though on the linen shelving, they were just to help me quickly build the drawing. In reality, the side walls go from floor to ceiling with each row of shelving having 3/8” rabbets to attach to 3/8 dados in the side walls. Also, the top row of shelving will in fact be in line with all the other top shelving, I raised it up one inch to match the shelving above the rods. I’ll post updates of that tomorrow hopefully.
And here are the 5 sheets of 3/4” Birch plywood I’ve purchased today. I really hate having to rent a truck to pick these up, our cars can’t handle 4×8’s and my friends nearby don’t own a truck. I’ll also need to purchase some cheap hardwood to finish the front edges or pine if we decide to paint it white :(, a few drawer slides to make a sliding tie rack and belt rack and a vanity pole for my wife. I’m hoping I have some plywood leftover though for jigs.
I’m still unsure how it will be finished. We’re debating painting it white :( or staining it :) Any suggestions? We want the closet to feel larger and I think a wood finish will do the opposite with the white walls…its not that big to begin with. We are also debating redoing the floor from carpet to bamboo as we slowly redo all the flooring in the house…too many projects :(
-- - Eric Noblesville, IN