Sometimes a DIY project can be so huge that it consumes much of your "me" time and every ounce of patience. Even the best of DIY'er, no matter how much s/he enjoys the project, would want to get it done and move on to the next project. I can see a bunch of you DIY'ers nodding your head in agreement. I feel for you, and the Mr. can relate.
Our DIY closet/ dressing room was one such monstrous build. The Mr. worked on our closet tirelessly, after work and on weekends. In between the miscellaneous projects I threw at him (my bad) and other commitments, (did I mention he was also the coach of our son's hockey team?), he managed to stay afloat. Although it took longer than he expected, the build is now complete, AND the chandelier installed. WOO-HOO!
To mark this special occasion, we've put together a video that documents the blood and sweat that went into the building of this closet. It's funny how this closet required so much detailed planning, that the Mr. was amazed he had done it all while watching the video.
(Please scroll to the bottom of this post for a source guide.)
After he came back from his much-deserved amazing guys' trip last month, I again had a bunch of "stuff" lined up for him. Putting up this chandelier was one of them. It's the cherry on top; what the closet/ dressing room needed to feel complete. The sparkles from the chandelier compliment the sparkly glass pulls on the doors, and bring out the gold tone in the drawer hardware.
If you've only started to follow our blog, allow me to backtrack a bit. This closet came to be when we made a request to the builder of this new house to delete the wall that separates the "his and her" closets, so that we can create this dressing room.
The closet's design went through several iterations and changes, and we ultimately ended with our current design. We were very into the boutique style closet for a long time, and even researched the DIY possibilities. However, we leaned towards a closet of closed storage, so that I can hide my mess!
So we blended these two sources of closet inspiration:
... any Sex and the City fan would recognize Carrie Bradshaw's dreamy dressing room from the movie:
... and we created our own version:
Now, this is a dressing room fit for a princess; one who demands that there's a spot for all her specific storage needs. (Did I just describe myself? ;-P )
While making the DIY start-to-finish video above, I witnessed once again the Mr.'s persistence to complete this project. I never doubted his ability to build this closet, and like I mentioned in the previous update, the closet turned out to be even more beautiful and elegant than I had imagined. I hope he knows that I am immensely proud of this monstrous undertaking.
Well, that's precisely one of the reasons why I started this blog, so that I would be reminded again and again of the Mr.'s dedication to making our house a beautiful home. For this home, this custom closet/ dressing room is the first step to making this home a classy and glamorous one.
Understandably, building from scratch isn't for the faint of heart. But we've also done an easier dressing room in our previous home with IKEA PAX wardrobes. All you need are some mouldings. Check it out here!
(Scroll down for source guide)
We hope we haven't kept you waiting for too long for this final reveal of our DIY custom closet/ dressing room! Here are the previous updates of this DIY project:
Update #4 - lots of detailed shots in this post
- The closet frames and drawers were constructed from maple wood for sturdiness.
- Paint color - Benjamin Moore's Sidewalk Gray @ 50% tint
- Hardware - Glass door pulls from House of Antique Hardware; vanity glass knobs from Lee Valley Tools; brass drawer pulls from Gingers Bath.
- Marble adhesive - Amazon (affiliated link)
- Acrylic mirrors - Plas-Tech Inc.