Closetmaid Closet

by Chris on January 7, 2013

When we built this house, the number one mistake we made was not utilizing our closets better. Let me show you exhibit A. Great space, lots of room, and very poorly planned. We ended up putting all kinds of items in bins on the floor. Well that wasn’t working out well! (Bad cell phone pic taken by husband)

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It was at that moment that Closetmaid entered our lives and saved. the. day. Wanna hear how easy this goes?

ClosetMaid Logo

Closetmaid: “Hey Chris, send us the measurements of the closet and what you’d like it to look like!”

Me: “Ok. Here you go.”

Closetmaid: “Like these pictures? Choose from a couple of options we made for you, and we’ll send ‘em out!”

Me. “Ooooook? That’s it?”

Closetmaid: “Yup! It’s on its way!”

Eeks! That was quick, so I had to get a move on. The hardest part of this whole project was removing the old shelving (Holy difficult, Batman!). Because I chose white shelving, I decided to color match the paint in the closet. I think it looks more built in if the color is the same. Ahhhhh…a nice, clean pallet.

Closet before

Of course, with a project like this, ya know who we called? Dad. We lured him with a college football game and a free meal. Easy bait. They decided that putting as many items together as possible downstairs and then installing them in Little One’s room would be the best plan of attack.

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Of course Big Butt had to be right in the middle of things. He doesn’t do well with being left out.

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My favorite part–and the part I waited ever so impatiently for–is when things started getting installed. The closet was actually starting to look like…well…a closet. Giddy!

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I was adamant that I wanted it to look as built in and seamless as possible. The back baseboard was removed to make it flush against the wall and then the side baseboards were cut out to wrap around the shelving.


Like a glove! Not that anyone would ever see this part of my little one’s closet, but it makes a difference to me. I appreciate the extra attention to detail. I just have to caulk it and apply some trim paint to blend it in a bit.

closet tutorial

Oh man! Lookin’ good, little closet!

custom closet install

And here it is in it’s “almost finished” state. My father in law doesn’t normally look so drunk. I guess that’s what closet completion does to a man. I got to do all the FUN parts of this project, and I’ll be back on Wednesday to show you what that involved. Let’s just say I went on a spray painting binge. In my basement. With not enough ventilation. :(

closet finished

See you on Wednesday with the big reveal!

Disclaimer: Closetmaid generously supplied me…errr…Little One with a custom closet, but all opinions and thoughts–including the dumb ones–are entirely my own. 



Lisa~A Cottage To Me January 7, 2013 at 8:35 am

So much better! Looks like your tripled your space!

kristin January 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

What an improvement! Organization and decluttering is so satisfying! I wanted to post just to say I think your “blog better” for the new year is off to a great start. And I love your disclaimer….”including the dumb ones”.

Mary Jo January 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

It looks so good. Closet re-do’s are high on my list of projects this year. We did gut and re-do our coat closet a couple of months ago and it works so much better. Now we have walk-in closets for 3 of our 4 bedrooms that need to be made better because right now all they have is one hanging rail.

Cindy January 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Wow, what a blessing! And you’re making it gaw-geous, I’m sure.

“My father in law doesn’t normally look so drunk.” HAHAHAHA


Darlene January 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Love the new look (so far) in the closet and looking forward to the final reveal!

“Like a Glove!” (had to chuckle at this one…love that movie!!)

~ Darlene

Chris January 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Yes! Someone who gets my humor. :) Thank you, Darlene!

melissa January 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Love it! Looking forward to re-doing our Walmart closets we put in when we built 10 years ago! We just slapped them together without alot of planning just to move in faster. Looking forward to something more custom soon :) Way to go!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} January 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Super duper jealous. Can’t wait to see the reveal!!!

carmel January 7, 2013 at 9:53 pm

holy awesome – can’t wait for the big reveal!

Elaine January 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Hubby and Grandpa did a great job… simply beautiful! And what an extra little treat to see Maximus.


Runt January 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

I need Closetmaid in my life. Is it expensive? =[

Katie January 8, 2013 at 10:40 am

I love your closet! I also really like the wall color. It looks like a really pretty creamy light blue. What brand/color name is it?


Mindy@OurDreamHouseDIY January 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm

They look fabulous and totally custom!! So glad I saw this…..gonna have to go check out Closetmaid. Fingers crossed that they fit into my budget :P As always, thanks for the great info :-)

cassie {hi sugarplum} January 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

You lucky duck!! I’ve been tearing through all the ClosetMaid stuff online, trying to find ways of utilizing my closets and cabinets better! Can’t wait to see yours, and snag the ideas! ;)

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