"This DIY master closet system is what dreams are made of."

Today is a very exciting day because I finally get to share the final reveal of my DIY Master closet and man am I happy to say that all of the hard work was worth it. It came out better than I had imagined.

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But before we get into the final reveal, let's do a little recap of how the closet was built! If you've been following along since day one, you know that the closet includes a full on wardrobe built in and a shoe built it in.

Master Closet Recap

Be sure to check out Part 1 and 2 of the closet build for more detailed information and step-by-step instructions!

Part 1: Shoe Built-In Install

Part 2: Wardrobe Built-In Install

 Materials Used 
3/4" Plywood
1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
Fluted Casing
1" and 2" Brad Nails
Wood Glue
12" Drawer Slides
3" Wood Screws
Select Pine Boards - 1x2, 1x6, 1x8, 1x12
Wood Filler, Caulk, Spackle
Painters Tape
Tools Used
Brad Nailer
Miter Saw
Kreg Jig
Right Angle Clamps
Track Saw
Staple Gun
Hammer / Crowbar/ Utility Knife
Stud Finder

I first started off with the shoe built in. Honestly, because this was the side I was most excited about. I decided to designate a whole area for my shoes; I mean a girl can never have too many shoes right.

DIY shoe built inWatching the shoe built in come together was so fun, and the more I began to build it the more excited I became about it. If you want more details on how I built this shoe built in out, make sure you go check out Part 1 - Shoe Built In.

Installing Shoe Built InNow even though I always had a plan to paint the built-ins, man did they look good naturally. I was almost swayed to leave it like it was, but ultimately I knew I would be happier with it painted.

DIY Master Walk In ClosetNow, the wardrobe portion of the walk-in closet system was a beast. This took a lot of work to get done, and being that I work alone, I was definitely feeling the burn after this one.

Walk In Master Closet DIYOne of the things that helped the most was mapping out the design first with the tape! Even though I changed the design up along the way, being able to visualize everything was a game changer during this build.

DIY Master Walk In Closet BuildAlthough it was a ton of work, seeing this closet come together was so exciting and fulfilling. To know that I built this with my one two hands just makes it that more special!

Many people asked why not use the IKEA Pax closet system, but I wanted to build my closet custom, it was a lot cheaper and I knew the wood I was using was better then the pre-fabbed cabinets.

Applying the Finishing Touches

The most fulfilling thing was finishing all of the building of the closet. I'm not going to lie, I was so out of gas at this point but I knew I was so close to finishing. Now with everything built out it was time to paint my DIY master walk in closet; closet organizer of my dreams.

But before I started painting, I had to prep everything. I went through and filled all of the nail holes and pocket holes with wood filler and caulked all of the corners and crevices for a clean look, drawers included. Once that was all dry I went back and sanded everything down, first with 80-grit sandpaper and then again with 120 and 220 grit. Sanding is tedious and it sucks but the better you prep, the better your finish will be in the end.

Spray Painting Shoe Built In with Graco X7Once everything was sanded down, I used my Graco X7 to spray paint the built ins.Theres no way I wouldn't use a pint sprayer on a project like this. Even though the prep takes a while, the clean finish is so worth it.

Behr Premium Plus - Spanish SandAnytime I'm using a paint sprayer, I use Behr Premium Plus because I don't need to thin it. I just dip the tube in the bucket and I'm good to go. For this particular project, I decided to go with Behr-Spanish Sand because I wanted to stay in the white family but I wanted a warmer tone.

Spraying a closet built in with a grace x7The overspray wasn't too bad after adjusting the pressure of the sprayer. I just made sure to cover the floors and the surrounding areas to prevent anything from getting sprayed. Make sure you have a good respirator mask and goggles when spraying for safety.

Adding drawer handlesRight after I painted and the paint dried, I  immediately started putting my clothes in the closet because I just couldn't contain my excitement. I used these socket set rods to hang up my clothes. They were really simple to install.

I hadn't even finished yet! HA! Has anyone else been there? Next up was adding some fancy hardware.

When I first saw these gold drawer pulls, I was absolutely in love and they definitely elevated the closet.

The Final Reveal

Well the time has come; the moment you all are waiting for the final reveal. Well here it is folks!

DIY Master Walk In ClosetThere are no words to describe how happy I was to finally finish this beast of a project. It took a lot of work, but I must say it was absolutely worth it! The drawer pulls really gave it a luxurious look.

DIY Master Closet Built InDuring the build process, I had a few folks say that they couldn't envision how I was going to make the corners work, but I think I knocked it out of the park. This closet organizer is the perfect place to hang all of my favorite clothes. I wanted to make sure I used every single space and it turned out better than I could have imagined, now I have two designated corner areas for my longer clothes. DIY Shoe Built InLet's talk about this shoe built in though; this thing is a work of art and I am so glad to finally get my shoes out of the guest room and in a designated area and of course I couldn't forget my hat collection. I figured, why not use that empty space up top and make a place for them as well.

Even better, I have a spot for all of the socks and other miscellaneous items underneath and all hidden and tucked away.

DIY Master Walk In ClosetI knew I wanted the middle portion to be a focal point, so I added in some fun items to make the middle really draw your eye. The first thing I added was this decorative wallpaper in the back. I saw this online and immediately knew that was the one. It was peel and stick, so it was really easy to install.

I also added this round mirror to one side for my personal preference and a fun piece of wall art on the other side.

DIY Master Walk in closetbut I must say, the ironing board drawer takes the cake. I absolutely love this feature in my newly built closet.

DIY Master Closet with custom built insI am so in love with my new closet, I don't think I ever want to leave.

and that's a wrap folks, I hope you love my closet just as much as I do and I can't wait for you guys to follow me along on the next project!! Thanks for reading guys, XOXO Ashley.

March 28, 2021 — Ashley Basnight