See How I Gave My Cluttered Closet a “Budget Luxe” Makeover

published Jun 12, 2024
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crowded walk in closet before renovation

This is truly a dream. Although we do not have the largest walk-in closet, I wanted to make the most of it and make it something I wanted to go to. Having your home organized and aesthetically pleasing translates directly to how you feel internally, in my opinion. When I am surrounded by chaos, I feel it so I wanted to create a Zen place that I would be visiting every morning and evening and I think I did just that!

In this post I will go over the measurements of each section in our closet and then I will answer the most-asked question: “How much did that cost?” If you want to see how we got here, check out my last blog post here where I showed the build process through painting. For starters, the basic footprint of our space is approximately 7ft x 7ft (7 feet deep by 78.25″ wide, to be exact). Let’s start with the back wall.

All of this area was made using 3/4″ plywood that was ripped down to a depth of 13″. I started with the base by just using 2x4s with the 3/4″ plywood on top, making for a 4.25″ base. 

I made the wardrobe in the middle first; it was 70″ tall x 30.25″ wide. I did these dimensions because once I centered the wardrobe on this back wall, I was left with 2 feet on either side for my shoe shelves. Also, the mirror that would act as a door to enclose this space was 24″ x 64″, so adding a 1×3 frame around this would be a perfect fit to act as the door.

I cut all of my shoe shelves at 24″ long and spaced them evenly up the sides of my wardrobe 9.25″ apart, leaving about a 9″ opening once my 1×2 face framing was added.

Next, I moved on to my side of the closet. I found it easier to find the dresser before starting the hanging wardrobe section. I was aiming for something around 30″ wide by 19″ deep. I was so happy to score this dresser off Facebook Marketplace and it came in at 31.25″ wide by 18.75″ deep — perfect!

Once I had that in place, I built the wardrobe to fill the remaining space. I used the same 3/4″ plywood ripped down to 14″ deep pieces. The outer shell was 38″ wide and a total of 91″ tall. I measured down 4 feet to divide it in half for two hanging sections. All of this was also built on top of the same 2×4 base like the back wall was so that it could all be framed in as one with a baseboard.

The last section I basically mirrored my side with a few tweaks. The dresser I found for him was slightly narrower than mine, coming in at 30″ wide. To accommodate that, I made his hanging wardrobe slightly wider than mine, with the outer shell being 40″ wide.

I did divide the hanging sections the same as mine with a 48″ tall top section and 41″ tall bottom section. The only difference was I put a divider in his bottom section 14″ in so that we could store our hamper there. The same 2×4 base was built here as well for a cohesive look.

After all of that was in place, I used 1x2s for all the face framing of the raw edges of plywood and filled in any little gaps that were left with scrap molding I had. Once it was all caulked and painted it all blended and looked built-in.

We left off on the last post at this point, where I painted everything with HGTV Sherwin Williams’s Delft, such a pretty and tranquil blue.

Next was the huge debate on what to do with the ceiling! I was dead set on adding wallpaper from the beginning of this renovation, but in the end I felt like it was just too busy when everything was added back into the closet. I love my decision to keep everything monochromatic — from the baseboards, molding, trim, walls and ceiling it all was painted, and I love it!

I did, however, use the wallpaper inside the hidden wardrobe behind the mirror and I think it is just the perfect addition to give a little personality without being too overbearing.

Other accessories that made the biggest difference were the dresser pulls that I got from Battlecreek Hardware that added such a touch of elegance and the Florentine brass looks so amazing up against the blue paint color.

I also ended up making a couple of floating shelves for these little nooks that added more wood tones that broke up all of the blue I had going on. Not to mention, it was an excuse for me to get to style this area! I added just a few things to these areas and kept it simple for our cologne/perfume and jewelry. The picture lights I added are such a perfect nightlight for those early mornings as well!

Budget Breakdown

I was super diligent to keep all of the receipts for this project. Here are the expenses we had.


Grand total: $1,428.50

For a custom closet that is aesthetically pleasing, I would say this was well-worth it — especially because I will be in there every day! Did you think it was going to cost about that much or does that number come as a surprise to you? Let me know in the comments below along with any questions you may have!

Also, like always, if you are more of a visual person you can check out the entire build process on my Instagram highlight here!

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