DIY Custom Master Closet: Part 4, The Reveal

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Alright, the master closet built-ins are complete! That is not to say that this room is complete, though, as you will notice the floor is still the plywood subfloor (although now painted a quick coat of white to maybe make me less crazy in the meantime). However, I believe we do have a tile choice picked out. I just have to work up the courage (and money) to tackle that big project soon!

As a reminder, here is the first post where I posted the before pictures and my vision for the space. Before I get to the reveal pictures, let me first say that although this room is very big for a closet, it is still hard to photograph. I had to pull as far out on my camera lens as I could, and these wide angle shots can get a bit distorted. So, if you see something that doesn’t look straight in the pictures, rest assured it is (probably) straight in real life. Alright, I’ll start at the entrance to the closet from our bathroom and work my way clockwise around the room. These first set of pictures are with the closet completely empty of our things…

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

That stool, you may notice, is the same one I recently purchased for my kitchen island. In fact, it IS one of those stools. I like it up here so I guess I’ll have to purchase another one!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

The mirror is one we’ve had forever from Ikea that has been hanging out in our guest bedroom for awhile. So nice having it up here now to check our outfits.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

The adjustable shelves are just so nice to have in here, both for us and for future owners. I’m so glad I went with them.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

You can kind of see below how the wood piece I added in the last post helps to cover up the blank space that would have been exposed at the top of the door if it weren’t there. As a reminder, I had to make the other door only tall enough to fit just under the shelf, as the vanity top attached flush with that shelf at an L-shape. I could have done the door on this side a bit taller, but I figured it was better to make both doors the same height. I figured that would bother me less, and so far it does.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

The crown moulding I constructed looks so great painted! So glad I went this route instead of more expensive and complicated crown.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Okay, and now, here are some “styled” photographs of the master closet. Or at least, my attempt at styled photographs…

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

I do wish we had nicer wooden hangers (and actually Ikea has some nice ones that I have my eye on…) but it just pains me to spend $150 on enough hangers to replace our current ones that are doing just fine. (But let’s be honest, it will happen, I’m sure.)

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Those storage bins are actually from Walmart, and hold some of our random travel bags, keepsakes and other odds and ends. They are sturdy and you can’t beat the price! Love how the black and white ties into the other accents in the room.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

I’m on the hunt for a rug for the middle of the room that will soften up the space a little more. The problem I’m running into is that I want a 4×6, and 5x7s seem to be more common in all the rugs I like. I could maybe make it work but it wouldn’t leave much room around the edge of the room. I’ll keep you updated, of course.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

I wanted to add some more decorative storage for my jewelry, perfumes and make-up, so on Mother’s Day I took a two hour trip to Target, Michael’s and HomeGoods and scoured the clearance endcaps for some cheapie solutions. I’d say I did pretty well! The black velvet jewelry towers below are from Michael’s, and it was a rare day they had a 30% off entire purchase coupon. That little plant in the white vase was also from Michael’s, and it was 50% off, so only like $3.50. I love adding a touch of greenery to all the rooms in my home (almost always fake greenery, in my case). It just seems to make a room feel a lot less…sterile? And its a fairly cheap and easy decor item. Ikea has some great faux plants that I use everywhere in my home.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

The divided tray is a Target find, on clearance for $6. I knew it would be perfect for some of my loose jewelry.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

That little black dish was only $2 at HomeGoods. I use it to store an old school Tiffany & Co chain necklace that was ALL the rage in high school.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

On the other side are a few more items I purchased on my Mother’s Day excursion. The dealie holding my make-up brushes is from Michaels. It was 50% off so I believe it was about $7 that day.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

The tray holding my perfume bottles is another Michael’s find, around $3 on sale. The leaf tray is from Homegoods. It had a few nicks in it, so it was clearanced to $2, but a little black sharpie and you would hardly know!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Below is probably my most favorite clearance find…a box to hold my make-up on my new vanity area. It was marked down to $5 and I didn’t even notice why until I was walking around with it awhile later and realized a side was missing! I debated it but it seemed like it would be pretty easy for me to replace the side with materials I already had at home, so I got it. Nothing else would have been as perfect for what I needed it for.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

I took it home, cut a piece of my scrap plywood to size, and made sure it fit. And it did. Like. A. Glove.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

So I took it inside, gave it a quick coat of black craft paint I had laying around, and then tried to mimic the white spots on the rest of the box with white craft paint and a small paint brush.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

It’s not perfect but I think it came out pretty close? No one is really going to be up close and personal to the side of this small box in my master closet so I think it was a win.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

It stores my make-up perfectly and obviously I love that I can close the lid and hide the mess.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Below is my husband’s work clothes section. This is where all his dress shirts, slacks and suits are stored. It’s also where I keep his little valet that holds his watches and other miscellaneous doodads.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

The left side of that same wall is devoted entirely to bags, hats and shoes. It is so nice having a place to display these and it makes it much easier to pick and choose what items to pick for our outfits.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

And here is what is behind one of the doors that I made to hide some of the not so pretty stuff. There is actually usually a smaller duffel bag that slides in that top shelf, but my husband is using it for his work trip this week. The other side just hides our file cabinet and the dog food bin. So nice not having those things take up visual space in the room.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

And lastly, here are some photos of what our closet looks like on an average day with all of our clothes in here…

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

I was able to take a lot of things out of the over-stuffed dresser in our bedroom and put them in here, which makes it much nicer when getting dressed to not have to go back and forth.

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

The white divided bins underneath the canvas storage bins below are used to store our travel toiletries and our medicines. I love that the toiletries are right there where we pack and that the medicines are up high so the kids can’t reach them.

You can see there is more space below the top rack of hanging clothes below to store more clothes if we need to. In fact, I think I may add a shelf under those clothes to better differentiate that space. I’m thinking I could store some of our bulky sweatshirts there that currently reside in the dresser in our bedroom…

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

You can see we have a few more shoes than were in the “styled” photos, but we still have room to spare. I could actually fit another pair of shoes on each shelf if I needed to, and of course could always add another shelf in the future. Honestly we hardly wear these shoes though, so we could stand to pare down a bit.

You might also notice the basket of dog toys on the floor. As I mentioned in the first closet post, this is the dog’s room too! 

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

Oh, and below you can see the tile that I think we have decided on for the floors in here and the attached master bath. It’s this porcelain tile called “Del Conca Verdiana” in color Bone from Lowe’s. It’s got a marble look to it but with the durability of a porcelain. I can’t wait to get around to that project!

Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!
Building a DIY custom closet system in my walk-in master closet!

I hope you have enjoyed my DIY custom closet reveal! I think I’m going to work on just one more post about the cost for this project as I go through all my receipts. I’m curious how much I spent on this project vs how much a custom closet system or even an Ikea closet system would have cost. (Although the idea of adding it all up is a bit scary!) This project was a lot of work but it has made our closet SO much more usable, and much nicer to look at. Onto the next project!

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