It was one year ago yesterday that I posted this post about our basement bedroom: what it looked like when we moved in, the way we had been using it up until then, and the things about it that just weren’t working for us anymore. A few weeks later, I posted this post about our new plan to make this our master bedroom with a nice big walk-in closet. I am pleased to tell you today that that plan has been fully executed!

So let’s review, shall we?

This is what the room looked like when we bought the house:

This is what it looked like when I set this corner of the room up as my sewing space:

I already showed you in this post how we tore out the closet and framed in a new one. But let me show you again 🙂

This is what it looked like with the old closet torn out:

…and the new closet framed in:Here it is with dry-wall:Here it is trimmed and painted:Then came the big job of planning, cutting, painting, and installing custom shelving:We bought huge sheets of MDF, primed them, painted them, cut them up, and painted them again. Whew. (We could have saved time with pre-primed MDF or even the sheets in smaller “pre-cut” sizes. But this was by far the cheapest way to go).

My favorite part is these fantastic angled shoe shelves:Then came carpet and doors (I’ll tell you more about those tomorrow):And then the fun part!! Moving in:I love that we were able to design a separate space for my husband’s work clothes and gear.And I’d like to point out that the closet space is actually pretty evenly divided between us:(maybe not in the shoe department…but it is still pretty close!):Do you recognize the jewelry board that I made over?

Most of the closet really does look that way most of the time: lots of space and custom shelving really helps in keeping things neat and organized. But, when I am honest, I’ll admit that the laundry basket does tend to be overflowing more often than not, and my husbands work shelves…and the floor space around them…can be chaos. I’ll also admit that these clean crisp clothes are not what is usually hanging from these his and hers hooks. We hung the hooks for all of those clothes that you wear that are not really dirty enough to be tossed in the laundry basket but aren’t really clean enough to hang back up. You know what I mean….the ones that would otherwise be draped on furniture all around the bedroom. Not gonna lie – It’s pretty fun to have a closet so big you can’t capture it in one picture!🙂And we were grateful to finish it – for a while, our temporary closet was a rake suspended by a ladder amidst the construction chaos in the bedroom.So there ya have it, silly narrow bedroom nook to fabulously spacious walk-in closet….And here is a quick composite of the stages the closet side of this room has gone through.
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If you are new to my Big Bedroom Swap Around Project, click on the following links to get caught up:

Click here for an overview of and introduction to our project.

Check out this post about the ways we determined bedroom #1 was not really meeting our needs as our guestroom/sewing room.

Check out this post about the ways we determined bedroom #2 was not really meeting our needs as a nursery.

Check out this post about the ways we determined bedroom #3 was not really meeting our needs as our master bedroom.

Check out this post about our new plan to make bedroom #1 our master bedroom.

Check out this post about our new plan to make bedroom #2 my sewing room.

Click here to see what our needs were for the bedroom #3 and click here to find out our plans to make it a kids’ room SLASH guestroom.

Click here to see the kid’s room all painted and ready to move into.

Click here to see construction updates on the new master bedroom (bedroom #1).

Click here to see construction updates on the new walk-in closet (bedroom #1).

and Click here to see the new kids’ room (bedroom #3).

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  1. Kaylee says:

    WOW!!! I LOVE IT!!!! I love the shoe storage – it is awesome!! I remeber when I re-did my closet with elfa shelving and storage shelves and shoe shelves – it was awesome! I still love my closet – you have definitely made a great space and the future owner of the house will love it too!
    I was excited to read that you put up those hooks for the sorta-clean clothes because I can completely relate! And I have been trying to come up with an idea for where to put those items as well. I don’t really have a place for hooks in my closet (mine is a lot smaller), but I will come up with something and will let you know. : ) LOVE the closet!!! Oh, and I love the window! : )

  2. lisa says:

    Oh my goodness am I envious! This turned out beautiful and all that room!!! Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  3. Kirsten says:

    Wow, what an endeavor! Kudos to you for creating your own master bedroom closet, especially all on your own! It looks fantastic. I love all of the custom shelving, as well as the French doors. Great job!

  4. Carol@arewethereyet says:

    Wow – love all the shoe storage. Great use of space and I’m sure you are extremely happy with the ways things turned out! Would love for you to come check my blog out and see the work that we have done in our “new” house!

  5. Emily says:

    I have serious closet envy. And I need some hooks for clothes that aren’t quite dirty enough to need washing and I’m sure I would feel similarly about my husband’s side of the closet floors if we had a walk in closet.

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