One project that took us waaaay too long to finish was rebuilding the bedroom closet after we repainted. We’ve mentioned before that the previous owner smoked like a chimney, and apparently the bedroom closet must have been the hideout or something – the stains on the walls were worse in the closet than anywhere else. We never did take a photo of the how the closet looked when we bought the place. But the nasty old shelves didn’t last long – we ripped them out as quickly as possible. Here’s what the bare walls looked like after we removed the old shelves, but before we did anything else:
Gross, huh? The walls had been painted white sometime in the past, but they are now visibly brown and dirty. We scrubbed the walls pretty well – we just used a floor sponge and went to it. Here’s what it looked like after priming and painting:
Luckily, the scrubbing did an excellent job getting rid of the smell, and anything that lingered was sealed into place with the Killz primer we were using. I’m pleased to report that there is no longer any sign of smoke smells or stains on the walls!
Unfortunately, at this point we kind of ran out of steam on this project (or got distracted by holidays and presents and SANTA) and took a two month break before finishing it.
Next, we nailed some support rails to the wall to support the new shelves we were building. We used 1×4’s for all the rails, except for the sides where we would be attaching the closet rod in the future – in those places we used 1×6’s. We decided to install three shelves on each side. One at eye level, an upper shelf, and another one way down near the floor for shoes and such.
Meanwhile, down in the basement, we were busy priming and painting the shelves. We re-used a couple of the old shelves, because they were solid hardwood boards that were way better quality lumber than you can ever find today (at least at the big box stores). For the rest, we used 1×12 pine. Ignore the blue shelf – that one went into a different closet.
Once we finally finished all of this, Mel, KP, and I finally got around to installing the closet rods. We went with a brushed nickel look. We had considered going for a more industrial look using galvanized steel piping, but ended up deciding we’d be better off with just an off-the-shelf closet rod. Here’s some action shots showcasing our incredible photography skills.
Here’s the final product, loaded down with a fraction of our clothes (just in case anyone out there wasn’t sure how to use a closet). We think it looks pretty good, other than that awful window that we decided not to paint, but haven’t decided what to do with yet. Please ignore it.
We’re thrilled with how it turned out. We love the white shelves contrasting with the green walls. How about you? What do you think of the closet?