Saturday, April 19, 2014

Master Closet Make over - His Side Reveal (Part 2)

Here is the His side of Master Closet Reveal!!!

We switched the sides as I needed more deeper shelves or the cubby for the sarees. So decided to use the side C (I posted about the layout and plan here) for his side. we went to Ikea on a saturday to Pick up 3 malm dressers. I love going to Ikea, I feel like a kid in a candy store at Ikea. Though the nearest ikea is within an hours drive, I dont get to go there as often as I would love to.along with dressers, I also came home with few dozens of hangers, wooden hangers and the hooks and dozens of others things not related to the closet makeover :)

whilst I was out on a hike next day morning, kids and hubby assembled the three dressers. You get to see only one on his side, other two are on our side :D

Removed the baseboard before painting the walls. We built the built-ins around the dresser. Retained the support that was used for the builder provided shelf. We used it to anchor and support the built-ins.

Here is picture of Before and after removing the shelf



Here is how the closet looked thru various stages. Please note that its a photo heavy post. There is no natural light in this room. I have tried hard to avoid the shadow in photoes, which I failed miserably.

After installing the shelves but before the crown moulding.




One of the key things for us was the Crown moulding. We didn't want the crown moulding to go over the top shelf. That would make sliding the boxes and cabin bags difficult. we would have to lift them over the crown moulding to keep boxes. so we decided to put the top of the crown molding aligned with the top of the shelf. With this, I don't need a chair or ladder and I can slide them easily while still standing on the ground. Hope following picture makes it clear.



Other than the crown molding, I also love the rope moulding that is used to finish off the edges, which you can see in these pictures.





 here comes the most favorite part :) this is how his side looks now with the clothes




Before leaving, here is one more before and after.





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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Walk-in (Master) Closet Makeover (Part One - Planning)

This is the biggest DIY project I and hubby have worked on so-far and its the one we are very proud of. In this post I would like to walk you thru the layout and design plan

We had builder grade master walk-in closet. All that it had was one shelf which ran across and the dowel underneath to hold the hangers. It was ready to burst with the cloths in big suitcases on one side on the floor, loads and loads of boxes on the shelf. All Our Indian ethnic dresses in the suitcase made getting ready for parties literally a nightmare. After working on my sons closet, we were pretty certain that we can handle walk-in closet makeover too. 

Since the walk-in closet has three sides, I will be revealing the makeover in a series of 3 posts. sorry these posts will be picture heavy :)

We ripped out one side at a time as we were still using closet during the makeover and handled just that part. It took us about 6-8 weekends to finish it. Master bathroom was used as the workshop.

Closet layout:-



Hubby was using side A and most of side B. I was using just side C as most of my cloths were stuffed in the suitcases. Before coming out with the design, we both came up with the wishlist.

My side:
-- Hanging Rod with the glass door for the Indian Ethnic wear (sarees)
-- Drawers for seasonal wear
-- Space for the hamper
-- Lots of shelves
-- space above the built-in for storing the boxes or the cabin bags.

His Side:
-- Hanging rod for the casuals
-- Hanging rod for formals
-- Hanging rod for the Indian Ethnic wear
-- Drawers for seasonal wear
-- Dropping zone for his wallet, watch and coins

Closet Plan :-




Hubby wanted to build drawers himself, but I wanted to finish off the project quickly. When he built the drawers for my sons closet, it took him lot of time, so we decieded to go with the Malm dressers from Ikea.

We used the hardwood plywood and got it cut to our measurements at homedepot.


Stay tuned for the next post and I will be back with the details of side A soon.

Thanks for stopping by,





Monday, April 7, 2014

Beadboard wainscotting

I love different forms of wall treatments, be it beadboard or picture frame or board and batten. It was love at first sight with the beadboard paneling when I spotted this in one of the model homes and decided to try it out in son's bed room. This was our first wood work project at home. You might have noticed it in this post and this post

We first paneled boys room. We both fell in love with the outcome so much that we carried the beadboard paneling in girls bedroom too. Both the bedrooms face each other and hubby wanted it to uniform look.

Beadboard in boys room :


Another view from his bed.



In Girls room




Sorry I dont have any pictures after painting the rooms as we did these projects 4 years back and I didn't have iPhone back then (lol). Obviously no during pictures too as i had never thought even in my wildest dreams that I would be blogging about DIY. 

Materials :
Tongue and grove cape cod mdf beadboard panels (These come in pack of four)
handheld jigsaw
Nail stapler
Brad nails
Hammer
Miter saw
Cape Cod Chair Rail Trim
Coffee white paint in satin finish
Construction adhesive

Now on to the process.
  • Remove the baseboard completely.
  • Make sure the floor is level if not, mark the top using the first panel. Using a level, mark the line so that top of the panels is straight. Some times if the floor is not level all around, top of the board might not be in a straight line.
  • Apply construction adhesive at the back of the panel. Each panel has grove as shown in the below picture, which holds the next piece some thing like jigsaw puzzle. We also nailed the panels to make sure they don't shift.
  • For the electric outlets, corners and under window, we had to cut the panels using zig saw.
  • Install the baseboard
  • Install the chair rail trim on the top
  • Using caulk cover all the gaps and nail holes
  • Paint

Hubby and I fell in love with the outcome soo much that we carried the beadboard paneling in other kid bedroom too. Both the bedrooms face each other and hubby wanted it to uniform look.

Which form wainscotting do you like? this one or the board and batten (Here)?, do let me know.

Thanks and Have a wonderful week!!

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