DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room + Video

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirror doors | Classy Glam Living

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!

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 1
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 2
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 3

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.

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 5
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 6
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 7
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 8
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 9
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, view of built-in vanity | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray on vanity | glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living

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.

Turning his and her closets to a dressing room | Classy Glam Living

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:

Image via Atlanta Homes

Image via Atlanta Homes

... any Sex and the City fan would recognize Carrie Bradshaw's dreamy dressing room from the movie:

Image via Marks & Frantz, set designer

Image via Marks & Frantz, set designer

... and we created our own version:

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, pull-out folding table, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living

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 )

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, pull-out folding table, glam DIY walk-in closet | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Pull-out tie rack | glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living

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 #1

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Classy Glam Living

Update #4 - lots of detailed shots in this post

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Acrylic mirror doors | Classy Glam Living

Source Guide

  • 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.

Our DIY Custom Dressing Room is (almost) Done!

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  What's the game plan today?  Awesome brunch, followed by high tea, followed by a gourmet dinner paired with champagne?  That all sounds very lovely!  For me, I won't mind just spending my morning, afternoon, and night here...  My Mother's Day present from the Mr. - our ALMOST complete dressing room/ walk-in closet.

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Full view | Classy Glam Living

Disclaimer:  I'm sorry if my tripod sneaked in the photos.  I'm sure a professional photographer would know the trick with mirrors, but I'm not one!

We left off the previous dressing room update with the closet doors built and dry-fitted.

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Full view dry fit stage | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Hallway view dry fit stage | Classy Glam Living

This is the current view coming into our master suite.

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Hallway view | Classy Glam Living

After the Mr. painted the closet doors, I suggested that a rope trim be added to the inner frame of the door.  The little architectural detail adds depth and dimension, while tying in with the trim that separates the bottom drawers and the upper hanging units.  Not to mention, it adds a touch of elegance to the otherwise plain shaker style closet doors.

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet door trim detail, cabinet hardware | Classy Glam Living

I'm so glad the Mr. agreed to this little addition, though he warned that it would be the last wifey request for the closet.  :-P

The "must have" for any built-in unit is, of course, the crown mouldings.  For our closet design, the icing on the cake was the LED tape lights that the Mr. installed at the crown.

He toyed with the idea of LED lighting even before we moved in, and had our electrician install the rough-in for the LED lighting.  The Mr. decided to beef-up the simple crown design by adding a low profile chair rail just below it to create the illusion of a thick crown. 

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design crown moulding and trim detail | Classy Glam Living

The LED lights are then taped on the top of the chair rail to highlight the crown and light up the perimeter of the dressing room.

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design crown moulding and trim detail with LED tape lights | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design crown moulding and trim detail, full view with LED tape lights | Classy Glam Living

While he worked on the trim, we ordered mirrors to go on the doors.  For safety concerns, we opted to go with acrylic mirror instead of glass mirrors. Although all of the closet doors have soft closing hinges, we don't want to risk the danger of shattering fragile mirrors, especially when we have a silly little one in the house.  So for the look of mirrors and brightness, acrylic mirrors work out for us. 

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design crown moulding and trim detail, mirror closet doors, LED tape lights | Classy Glam Living

The con of using acrylic mirrors is that they can scratch very easily and they need to be cleaned with a special cloth/ material.  Installation can also be tricky, requiring the thinnest of double-sided tape to avoid any warping of the mirror.  

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design crown moulding and trim detail, mirror closet doors, LED tape lights | Classy Glam Living

We understood all of these, even the unavoidable minimal warping, before we placed the order.  In the end, we still love the acrylic mirrors, how it brightens up the dark indented closet space, especially when the sunshine pours in from the ensuite windows across the closet.

Drawers, as you can see, are a huge part of this closet.  They can store a ton of stuff with the KonMari folding method!  Having them on full extension self-closing glides are little indulgences that hit the sweet spot for our particular selves - when we don't hear the returning "bang" upon closing the drawers.  

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, mirror closet doors, LED tape lights | Classy Glam Living

Nothing beats customized storage.  Even though we don't have excessive articles of clothing, it's important that we have a spot for everything to keep clothing clutter under control. 

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Built-in vanity with full extension drawer | Classy Glam Living

The vanity drawers are also on full extension glides.  Sorry I can't share the more intimates with you.  But I'm totally envious of the Mr.'s collection of colorful socks!

The Mr. still needs to patch up the trims at the mirrors and install the chandelier.  I wouldn't even have minded if the mirrors aren't installed by Mother's Day.  But I've to admit, seeing it to pretty much completed is like my closet dreams come true.  

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, built-in vanity with pull-out folding table, and pull-out side racks | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living

This closet has definitely come a long way from our previous DIY dressing room from hacking IKEA PAX wardrobes.  I can't name one favorite part of this closet - the built-in vanity, pull-out racks, numerous drawers, or the mirror doors.  All aspects of this closet are pretty AND functional.   

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, built-in vanity with pull-out folding table, and pull-out side racks | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, built-in vanity | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living

I'm quite proud of the Mr.'s amazing build, and so is he!  He asked if I were surprised by his ability to build this closet from scratch, or does he just meet expectation.  One thing I know is, I never doubted he would be able to build this from scratch (he built our office built-in at our previous home).  Yet, he still exceeded my expectations; I think the closet has turned out even more beautiful than I had envisioned it to be.  I hope he's happy with this report card =)

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, built-in vanity | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living

Just as he wrapped up the other night, I told him the closet reminds me of a wedding gown boutique's dressing room.  It could be all the mirror doors' reflections on each other, the lighting, or the sparkly hardware, that had me reminisce about being at the wedding boutique.  I know I'm a lucky girl, and this closet was definitely built with love.  Thanks Honey!!

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, ample drawers, mirror closet doors, built-in vanity with pull-out folding table, and pull-out side racks | Classy Glam Living

Here are the previous updates of our DIY custom walk-in closet/ dressing room:

Update #1

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Progress shot framed closet | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Progress Shot of painted fronts | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Progress shot of closet doors dry-fitted | Classy Glam Living