Worth the Wait

Pinch me please! And not because it's almost St. Patrick's Day and I was caught not wearing green. We built (ok when I say "we" it sounds like we did all the work - obviously that is so not the case. I mean we went with new construction for our home) back in 2011, and were so excited to have a brand new home and to pick everything ourselves that we were unaware of how many things needed a little more thought and attention. We were basically kids buying our first house, and were amazed at how much more house we were able to get in Florida compared to where we grew up in Connecticut. 

Fast forward to a decade later, and we have been re-doing spaces that weren't done right the first time around. Exhibit A: our master closet. We had a builders grade rack put up all the way around, and that was it. No shelving, drawers, etc... it was a terrible usage of the big space. 

If you've been following along on InstagramI've been documenting in Stories how we have been tackling a DIY master closet re-design. This is something I've wanted to do for several years, but couldn't stomach the cost of professional installation. It's seriously SO expensive, like I'm talking we could gut our kitchen for the same amount. Craziness! 

My husband mentioned a few months back that he could install it himself if we purchase closet systems from Home Depot or Lowes. I initially said absolutely not because I was afraid it couldn't be done, but I eventually warmed up to the idea and am SO glad I did! I'm already LOVING the newly transformed space. We ordered everything from Home Depot, and as the sections arrived, he worked on it here and there on the weekends or at night. 


As you can see above - the "before" photos are a cluttered mess and horrible use of the space. We had a builders grade rack going around the whole perimeter and that was it. No fun shelves or drawers, no tiered racks, etc... I even still had a plastic dresser that I used in college to move back and forth from the dorms. It was that bad...



Here's a breakdown of the closet system pieces we purchased:

ClosetMaid White Wood Closet Systems - 1 for each side wall
Corner Closet Towers - 1 for each back corner - they made it easy to connect everything
Narrow Closet System for the back wall

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the materials and easy to follow directions and installation. After measuring, make sure you're ordering closet system kits that will fit your space appropriately and utilize the existing holes in the walls after removing what's currently there to locate the studs.

Real Talk: I don't want to paint the picture that this was 100% easy. It was much easier than I had originally thought, but we still hit a few hiccups along the way. 

Hiccup #1: Even after measuring the space, and researching pieces and systems online the rods for the closet systems we picked for both sides were about 1/2 an inch too short. SO frustrating! So, we ordered some extra rods which meant we were using 3 rods instead of 2 for each level of bars to hang our clothes up on. 

Hiccup #2: Since the rods were about 1/2 an inch too short that meant the boards that would act as shelves above the bars were also too short. We decided to scrap them, and only put shelves above the bars on the back wall. Thankfully, we have more than enough storage for our needs and didn't end up needing them. 

Hiccup #3: Speaking of the shelving boards - for the back wall they were too long so we tried a hack saw which wasn't doing the job, and ended up having them professionally cut at Home Depot. Insider tip - they cut them for free since the materials were purchased through their store. 

Another big bonus is while we were moving everything out of the closet and then back in after completion we were able to really go through all of our stuff and found plenty of items to donate. I dropped off a few big bags of clothing and shoe donations throughout the re-do, and it felt great! 

I also listed a few new items on Poshmark and some of his clothes are on there too. Has anyone else noticed it's much harder to move men's clothing on Poshmark than woman's? I think I've sold one pair of his jeans, and I end up donating his clothes when they have been sitting on the site too long without anyone interested. 

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  1. What a great transformation! Although it was hard, I know it paid off and now you get to enjoy your new space!

  2. Great job. It looks so good and functional. Love it.

  3. Your closet looks so good!! Now come do mine :) Haha! I still have a plastic drawer bin in my closet too. It's funny how we think we know what we want when we are buying a home/building a home...but you never really know until you get in it and live in it for awhile. I decided to wait a few years before any major renovations in our home and now is the time that I have come to know what I really want. I am about to redo our master bedroom.

  4. It looks SO good!!!! Such a much better use of the space! Now I need to do mine!

  5. Your closet looks so good! I cannot wait to do something like this with ours!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  6. I have loved seeing this project progress so much. You guys did amazing, thanks for sharing!

  7. It looks great and you guys did a great job! I am loving the drawers and how organized everything is. :-) XO, Caroline

  8. It turned out so amazing! I really need to do this to my closet too. I need organization like this in my life :)



  9. You guys did such a great job!! I love the set up now and everything has a place!

  10. Yesssss! Closet victory is yours! So happy for you and your super chic (and functional!) new space!


  11. It looks SO good! We used the HD system in ours too and it is amazing how great it comes out. I love how much space you have and how it's so functional now!

  12. It looks so good. Such a great job maximizing space. I love all the shelving and drawers. I want a big closet like this.

  13. Kate, you guys did such a good job!!!! I love how it turned out! I really need to figure out what to do with our master closest. We designed it how we wanted it when we did the big remodel, but it's one part that never got finished the way it was intended to. I'm going to have to look into this system and see if we can follow in your footsteps!