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The Wife's Dream Master Closet


Riewski
Riewski
Riewski
Riewski

After getting quotes from several companies, I couldn't believe the cost to get a custom master closet. I looked at some prefab systems made of particleboard with a cheap veneer or sticker over the top. These systems simply hung on the wall and didn't provide that true built-in look that I was wanting. So I decided to design and built my own from scratch. I took the time to layout the project, but as with any project it evolved during the construction process. I was able to retrofit two existing dresser that I had into the design

Essentially you are building a series of boxes that you then attached together. I built a platform for the units to sit on to give the look of a cabinet toe-kick. Once the units were in I then installed a face-frame made from 1x4 boards. This gives the unit a more substantial look and hides the edges of the plywood.

I had the two dressers already. I cut off the legs, painted them and installed new hardware. Allowing the dressers to stick out slightly further than the closet units added some depth and gave a real nice built in look.

It took awhile to sand and paint all the wood. It took something like 3 gallons of paint and was the most time consuming part of the project. 17 sheets of plywood, 500 linear foot of face framing and a few hundred wood screws later....I am very happy with the end results.

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  • My wife saw these pictures. . . so guess what my next project is gonna be? Excellent work - you should be proud and I'm sure your wife is!
    By Captainsursea, on September 12, 2013

  • Thank you both!
    By Riewski, on September 16, 2013

  • That would be a $9500 a month apartment loft in New York City. Amazing!
    By Hilary A, on September 19, 2013

  • So true!!! Hilarious.
    By RYOBI_ROCKS, on September 20, 2013

  • Awesome. Like you I'm going to have to do the same thing for the same reasons. The prefab stuff is cheap and overpriced. You've inspired me.
    By cfoote, on September 26, 2013

  • Super cool! I made a walk-in for my lady but was never and still am not happy with it's layout. Yours is just what I've wanted do but couldn't quite picture it in my mind. Yep, and the lady saw yours so I've yet another project to go along with my total home renovation. Again, super cool and fine work indeed.
    By William Ver Valin, on November 18, 2013

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The Wife's Dream Master Closet

by Riewski
Sep 06, 2013

After getting quotes from several companies, I couldn't believe the cost to get a custom master closet. I looked at some prefab systems made of particleboard with a cheap veneer or sticker over the top. These systems simply hung on the wall and didn't provide that true built-in look that I was wanting. So I decided to design and built my own from scratch. I took the time to layout the project, but as with any project it evolved during the construction process. I was able to retrofit two existing dresser that I had into the design Essentially you are building a series of boxes that you then attached together. I built a platform for the units to sit on to give the look of a cabinet toe-kick. Once the units were in I then installed a face-frame made from 1x4 boards. This gives the unit a more substantial look and hides the edges of the plywood. I had the two dressers already. I cut off the legs, painted them and installed new hardware. Allowing the dressers to stick out slightly further than the closet units added some depth and gave a real nice built in look. It took awhile to sand and paint all the wood. It took something like 3 gallons of paint and was the most time consuming part of the project. 17 sheets of plywood, 500 linear foot of face framing and a few hundred wood screws later....I am very happy with the end results.