I’ve mentioned before that when we moved into this foreclosure home it was stripped to the bare walls. No appliances, no mirrors and certainly nothing helpful in the closets. We took care of our oldest’s closet with a clever IKEA Hack for under $100 but we’ve taken FOREVER getting to our own. Today, however, I finally bring you – The Man Closet Makeover.
With so much to do when we moved in (including covering up the hideous linoleum throughout the master suite) the best we could do at the time was throw up a couple of those triangle bar holder brackets and add a shelf on top. And we lived like that far too long.
He only had the one bar with the shelf on top for most of his clothes. This isn’t a large closet but this was definitely not the best use of the space available. Not to mention that so dark and gloomy in here.
So the day I was contacted by the good folks at Cedar Safe who wanted to know if I’d like to makeover a closet with cedar planking, I was like, Psssh! YES!
We cut each of our panels randomly to create an interesting pattern and attached them with my Ryobi AirStrike nail gun. Naturally, cutting the panels like this created waste but I used the leftovers to make the top of this gorgeous DIY pallet coffee table. I still have more leftover and I cannot wait to add these beautiful panels to other projects.
Once they’re incorporated into the other parts of this DIY closet they don’t look like stand alone pre-fab elements.
I didn’t want to use those triangle brackets again because I wanted the entire rod to be usable. With a top rod this long a middle support would be necessary to keep the rod from sagging. Unless you use 1″ galvanized pipe!
I used 3/4″ pipe, flanges and pipe caps for the upper shelf. To create the 13 1/2″ deep to shelf I used two 2x8s, one ripped to make it the right size. Each of the shelf rods we had cut and re-threaded at Lowe’s to 14″.
The top rod for all of those shirts.
I got a second Billy for other side of the closet (this was the side the clothing bar was originally on). I wanted to use the most space possible while keeping an open feel and making sure it was a space that made getting ready easier. I had thought that I might use this Billy for shoes. Then I decided it would be best used for something else.
This space, behind the door, will be getting a full length mirror. Just as soon as the back to college season is over and I can find one that isn’t hot pink or turquoise. OR until I can make a trip out of this college town.
My favorite part of this makeover? Him walking into his new closet and saying, “This closet really makes me feel like I’m somebody!” Everyone deserves to feel like somebody and everyone deserves a nice closet! Because, not only does it make you feel good but it is so much easier to stay organized and keep tidy. And that means, we’re all happy!Have you every thought of using cedar in your closets? What about galvanized rods? Me, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Great big thank you to Cedar Safe for making this closet makeover possible by providing the beautiful cedar planking! As always, ideas and opinions are 100% my own.