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DIY Custom Built Organizer for our Ikea Pax Wardrobe

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of the updates we have completed on the Master Closet / Dressing Room. I’m not ready to show the final reveal as I am currently in the process of spray painting the Ikea Pax Wardrobe doors, but I should be done soon!

So we decided to add three Ikea PAX brown-black wardrobes to our closet rather than building a custom setup. We already have plenty of hanging space, but my hubby needed some additional drawers and shelves for things like shoes, socks, underwear and I wanted they’re cool jewelry organizer.

Ikea Brown Black PAX Wardrobes in custom closet

We chose to buy one of the 14” deep cabinets for his shoes, but the 24” deep one for all of the organizers we wanted that aren’t available in the more shallow cabinet. I love the insert and drawer options that are available for these wardrobes, but they are missing some options I’d love to see them add at some point. I thought I could find a simple drawer organizer that would work for us, but no one seemed to have just what I was looking for so I designed a simple, no fasten system for the drawer and we built it and painted it to match the cabinet.

This really easy and simple project that consist of: 1/2 birch plywood, 5mm Poplar plywood, some white birch veneer tape.

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

First we cut the 1/2” plywood to height and width and then I adhered (with an iron) the veneer tape to the top edge of the board. After the veneer had cooled we trimmed the veneer and sanded the edges. Then using our table saw we ran the boards through 3 times, moving the blade out a little each pass to cut about 1/4” notches on each board at the desired locations.

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

We then placed the boards in the front and back of the drawer and measured for the length of the dividers. We then cut the 5mm plywood to length and width and sanded all of the pieces with 220 grit paper.

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

I spray painted all of the pieces with Benjamin Moore Advance Satin black brown paint that I had custom matched to the Ikea black-brown color perfectly! I took one of the shelves from the wardrobe to my local Benjamin Moore Store and had them color match to it, it was a little bit of a process to get it just right, but they did a fabulous job! I had looked and looked online for a formula or a color someone else had found already, but there was nothing that truly matched it that I could find. I am a HUGE fan of Benjamin Moore paints and their stores, they seem to employ very knowledgeable “paint people” and if need be I can call ahead and have my paint mixed and ready for pickup when I get there… just all around great customer service! I use Bluegrass Paint & Decorating here in Louisville, but when I lived in Richmond I used Virginia Paint Company.

Here is a picture of the Ikea Black-Brown paint formula for those that may need it, created in Benjamin Moore Advance Satin paint Base 4.

Ikea brown black paint color formula match Benjamin Moore

The front and back slotted 1/2” plywood pieces are only held in place by the tension of the divider pieces which allows this system to be easily removed or changed around if necessary. Love me some organized drawers even if they’re not “mine”!!!

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

Hope you are all enjoying some nice Fall weather and as always thanks so much for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

The Master Closet Remodel Part. 1

We had SOOO much fun this weekend starting on our master closet remodel / renovation. Lots of drywall dust, carpet crud and insulation removing fun! Here is a recap from the beginning…

Our closet is located off of the master bath, on the end of the house over the garage. It was by far the largest closet we saw while house hunting here in Louisville (which is just one of the reasons we loved this house). Having said that though it has some “issues”, it’s layout is awkward and it’s chilly in there in the winter. As a side note we have already replaced the 2 windows so we are assuming the problem is in the way it was (or was not) insulated.

This is the view looking into the closet from the bathroom:

Master closet renovation remodel

This is my side of the closet. The door you see is access to the unfinished area that slopes down to the garage side walls, it’s large but freaking cold and we didn’t really use it.

Master closet renovation remodel

This is my hubby’s side of the closet, lots of nice natural light on this side, which he totally needed in order to help him determine blue from black suits…

Master closet renovation remodel

Here is the original layout of the master closet, just LOOK at all of that unused space marked “storage”!

Master closet renovation remodel

Below is the most recent plan for the new space, but since we are building the units ourselves this plan is certainly subject to change.master closet plans

One of the closet walls is being moved back in order to enlarge the shower, which is on the other side of that wall. Also, we will be removing the walls on both storage sides of the closet and installing a new knee wall 4 ft. back from the original walls. These changes will make the new walls about 5ft. tall (the original walls were 8ft. tall) and give us an additional 63 sq. ft. of closet space.

I was just thrilled with the space after we removed the center wall, the light just fills the room now… By the way there are 2 windows in the closet, the one you see pictured and the dormer window on the front of the house.

Master closet renovation remodel

We are saving all of the lumber we can so that they can be used to create the new walls. We removed all of the nails out of the wood before removing them from the wall.

Master closet renovation remodel

Now on to opening the side walls. There was insulation in these walls, but only R-13 which I think is the minimum for our zone. We did not save it to reuse as we will need to insulate this room better. This is the unfinished area on the left that they had setup as extra storage space.

Master closet renovation remodel

We then hit a “little” snag… my Hubby was a tad overzealous and started removing some of the vertical 2×4’s before we had a good look at the wall structure. Once we did we stopped removing the 2×4’s. See we’re not 100% sure if this is a load bearing wall or not. See photo of top of the wall below.

Master closet renovation remodel

See the 2×6 beams going across the ceiling of the room appear to be resting somewhat on the wall. Most of the beams appear to be nailed in with 2 nails on one side to the rafters but that doesn’t seems like enough support to us. After HOURS of research we think those beams are collar ties that also happen to be used as the ceiling structure, however we’re just not sure. To be 100% sure we’re having a contractor come by and look at it, if he’s not sure I’ll have a structural engineer come by and take a gander. You don’t happen to be a structural engineer who might know what’s going on here?

 Master closet renovation remodel

We moved on to removing the sheetrock on the other side of the room. This is another extra storage space that they had access to from the bathroom. I think they called this the “suitcase storage” on the realtor listing… again a VERY cold space. Same deal with the walls seeming to support collar ties?!

That’s where we finished up on Sunday. We filled up a bunch of bags of debris and cleaned up as much as possible, but we’re at a standstill until we here about the walls. Luckily we have a door on this room so it’s coldness can be closed off from the rest of the house… BRR!!

If you have any suggestions or ideas about these walls or the space please comment below! Thanks as always for stopping by!

Until next time…

K

One Room At A Time

Sorry I have been so lax in posting… I won’t list the multitude of excuses I came up with, so I’ll just fill you in on my latest project. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be inside working on something, rather than outside in this 95 degree heat!

So even though I titled this post “One Room At A Time” this is technically not a room, it’s a closet. Now, it’s a good sized walk-in closet, but it is a closet. I happen to be quite a freak about closets. I like my closets VERY organized and I abhor wire shelving… it’s just not my “thing”… I may or may not need help for it Winking smile This closet is Brie’s (she’s 12 going on 16 if you know what I mean), I gave her a few color options to choose from and she chose “Galt Blue”, it’s a Benjamin Moore color from their Williamsburg series, this color is NOT very accurate… it’s a blue green very pretty color.

Galt blue Benjamin Moore

We also decided to buy her new closet organizer from EasyCloset. We had used them in our last home’s pantry and just LOVED them. They are super easy to install (using a cleat),easy to assemble and removing them for painting is a snap. Yes, there are other products out there from the “big box” stores, but you always have to cut something or you have unused space leftover. These are custom made to fit YOUR wall perfectly so no cutting at all. I’m not a spokesperson for this product, but I totally could be I love it so much!

Below is the setup we decided would work best for her, 4 short hanging areas and a medium hanging area for dresses. I decided to separate the short hanging areas for winter / summer, I think that will help her find what she needs to wear easier.

EasyCloset closet layout

Below is her walk-in closet before, it’s 9’4” x 5’6” and gets the morning sun so it is very bright in there. It has plenty of hanging space for her needs, but the shelves on the left are really useless to her… so out they come!

Walk in closet update BEFORE

For those of you who have never removed wire shelving I must warn you, it’s a pain in the butt! First of all the installers ALWAYS anchor the shelves with a BAZILLION wall anchor screws, secondly removing those screws and nails cause HUGE holes in the walls which you will need to fill. I had 60 holes to fill in this room!!!

repairing holes in walls with spackle

I use the spackling that goes on pink, but dries white, it’s just easier for me. My process is fill holes twice, “sand” down with wet sanding sponge, spackle again, sand with 220 sandpaper. I did use my orbital sander with the shop vac hooked up to it because I had so many holes to sand.

repairing holes in walls with spackle

After I sanded I went over the new drywall spots with a quick coat of the paint. I do this because I have found it helps to pre-seal the areas before rolling, otherwise the patched areas suck in more paint than the surrounding areas and I can see the spots…

I decided that the baseboards and ceiling needed a fresh coat of paint as well. This closet had not been touched up in 12 years and it was looking a little dingy.

Everything is now painted and I am expecting delivery of the shelves today!

Galt Blue painted girls walk in closet

I was able to install Brie’s old chandelier in here too! I would have installed it in her room but she loves her ceiling fan, she uses it every night, so this was the next best place for it. Ok, so maybe it’s a little overkill for a closet, but I had it and it was just hanging in storage so why not?

vintage brass chandelier made in Spain

I’m also working on this updating this bookcase to use for a shoe storage. EasyCloset does make shoe shelves, but they are very expensive and this was “free”… plus I like the idea of a pimped out bookshelf/shoe storage better don’t you?

Bookcase for shoe storage

Now I need to start working on emptying out her room and getting it ready for paint while I wait for the shelves to be delivered. I hope to share with you the finished closet Monday. Until then stay cool and enjoy your summer!

Until next time!

K

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