Before & After: Closet Camouflage

I've lived for 18 months staring at my disaster of a closet. There has been so much other stuff going on with the property that, despite the eyesore, I couldn't begin to think what I could do to enclose it. Believe it or not, this is the good version. For months I was sorting through boxes that I would drag up from the basement and they spent an awful lot of time sitting in front of this gaping hole of a closet.

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The one thing I'm super thankful for is that it's BIG. Good thing, since the flippers I bought the house from took all the other storage out of the house. Meaning, no broom closet, no linen closet, nadda, nothing.

Not wanting to have slider doors installed or to do any major construction at all, my choices were limited to something in the curtain family. So, I decided on the Kvartal system from IKEA.

I decided that with my slightly lower than normal ceilings (just a hair under 8 feet), I wanted to hang the tracks from the ceiling to give the illusion of height. I also thought that going the full length of the wall would increase the airiness by not breaking up that plane.

Of course, as with all IKEA construction endeavors, it looks easier than it is. For one, each of the Anno Tupplur panels was supposed to be 118 inches long. Turns out they were not cut uniformly at all and I found up to an inch discrepancy in the lengths of the 6 panels. Lovely, right? There were a few moments of choice words being shouted in frustration, but overall, I'm pleased with the results. One major tip: don't use the hacksaw they sell as a kit with the pre-sized miter boxes. There is no way it's properly constructed to cut through balsa wood, much less metal. The blade flew off twice and nearly hit me in the face. So I used my own heavier duty Black and Decker hacksaw.

I'm considering painting the track to match the wall so that it blends-in better. And, eventually, I might want to customize the panels. But for now...it sure is nice to not look at all that stuff!

(Images: Michelle Chin)

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