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Extreme Closet Makeover


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I have a typical Spec Home from a National Builder. My closet is a decent size 9x7, with 10 foot ceiling. They had installed the standard wire racks for shelves and for hanging cloths. I was tired of the wire shelves, and needed to maximize the height of the ceiling for additional storage. I decided to rip out all of the wire shelves paint and build my own closet organizing system. I built a base cabinet with 2 pull outs for laundry baskets, a cabinet for the safe, 3 pull out drawers, 1 slide out for scarves and ties, and a glass enclosed cabinet for handbags or purses. Another pair of drawers on the other side. I lined the drawers with a purple fabric for the female draws and a chocolate colored fabric for the male drawers. I used 3/4 MDF sheets to save money, however it is a very soft material, and made the project very difficult, but it paints really well. I would simply spend the extra money on cabinet grade plywood. Total cost was only $900, and the majority of the cost was all of the hardware, draw pulls, plexi-glass, chrome rods, hinges, draw slides. The results are priceless. Very happy with the results. And the Ryobi one + batteries worked extremely well.

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  • Wow, that turned out great! Nice job!
    By Teonaka, on June 3, 2015

  • Love It! I can't wait to do my closet!
    By Clack20H, on June 3, 2015

  • He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. Great way to maximize your space! #Phenomenal Job!
    By MonaMona, on June 3, 2015

  • A+++ This is really nice. The built in unit is so clever, with pull out hamper baskets and drawers.....I need this =). Excellent craftsmanship!
    By ValKing88, on June 4, 2015

  • Russell, you were ALWAYS a neat freak. Excellent job!!!
    By debbieclay46, on June 7, 2015

  • Very nicely done. I'm moving into a new house in the next few months and for the first time I'll have a walk-in closet. This gives me some great ideas for that upcoming project. Thanks for submitting your project.
    By WoodworkingGuy916, on June 12, 2015

  • Very nice project, glad that you won! Congrats!
    By Bkarner, on February 17, 2016

  • Very nice project, glad that you won! Congrats!
    By Bkarner, on February 17, 2016

  • I really love the shallow drawers along the hanging rods. I've never seen that and it looks like an incredibly useful way to use otherwise wasted space.
    By Ship.marcharmon, on February 28, 2016

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Extreme Closet Makeover

by russepps
May 22, 2015

I have a typical Spec Home from a National Builder. My closet is a decent size 9x7, with 10 foot ceiling. They had installed the standard wire racks for shelves and for hanging cloths. I was tired of the wire shelves, and needed to maximize the height of the ceiling for additional storage. I decided to rip out all of the wire shelves paint and build my own closet organizing system. I built a base cabinet with 2 pull outs for laundry baskets, a cabinet for the safe, 3 pull out drawers, 1 slide out for scarves and ties, and a glass enclosed cabinet for handbags or purses. Another pair of drawers on the other side. I lined the drawers with a purple fabric for the female draws and a chocolate colored fabric for the male drawers. I used 3/4 MDF sheets to save money, however it is a very soft material, and made the project very difficult, but it paints really well. I would simply spend the extra money on cabinet grade plywood. Total cost was only $900, and the majority of the cost was all of the hardware, draw pulls, plexi-glass, chrome rods, hinges, draw slides. The results are priceless. Very happy with the results. And the Ryobi one + batteries worked extremely well.