I have been working on this project for a couple weeks now and I am proud to say it’s finally finished. I probably could’ve gotten it done a lot sooner if I kept focus, but you know how things get…right?
Now why put so much time and energy into a closet? Well our closet in the bedroom doesn’t have a door on it, and I have yet to find a way to put one on. There isn’t a lot of room for the door to swing without hitting the bed and there is a vent on the wall next to the closet opening, therefore I don’t want to cover with a sliding barn door… so as of now it’s just open. So it’s kind of an eyesore.
I want to avoid having ugly corners in my home, but spaces like this also need to be functional. So I gave this little closet an overhaul…and when I say little, I mean it’s tiny. It fits 3/4s of my boyfriends shirts. We have to stash his nice flannels and button downs (which he hardly wears) upstairs because there is no room here. Now, we can’t do much about increasing the space, but I can make it nicer to look at. Also, I am only 5′ 2″ so I don’t care for grabbing a stool to reach the shelf.
So the mission here is: Make it pretty and functional. No problem.
I am still on my huge budget so this also needed to be an affordable update (my dream built ins are out of the question here). The least expensive option would be to rip down the wallpaper and paint. Well, I attempted taking down the wallpaper (I think there was 3-4 layers)…got half way through and gave up on that idea. It was taking forever and it was the LAST bit of wallpaper to take down in the house…so yeah, screw that.
We were very grateful to receive a bunch of free tongue and groove cedar planks from my previous employer awhile back. I was able to use these as my “shiplap”. So the only things I needed to purchase for this project was paint, a 1 x 4 board, and nails for the nail gun. (I had the cedar planks, stain, screws, and tools which are all necessary to complete this project)
- stain the pieces of wood for the ceiling, shelf, and floor.
How to Stain:
I used a dark walnut stain.
- Spread the stain with a brush or rag
- leave it for a few (5-15) minutes
- wipe off the excess stain
- I used an oil base stain so I allowed it 24 hours to dry before using it.
- Remove existing baseboards and/or trim (I took off the baseboards and existing shelving, but I did not remove the trim around the door.)
- You can do this with a pry bar and hammer.
- Add tongue and groove planking to walls of closet.
How to Hang Tongue and Groove Planks
The image on the left is the tongue of the board. The image on the right is the groove. Inserting the tongue inside the groove the other board will lock them together. (In case you haven’t noticed, I am in no way, shape, or form a hand model of any sort.)
- Start at the ceiling
- Measure the wall
- Cut your piece to the measurement
- Make sure this first piece is level
- Use a stud finder to nail your board to the studs of the wall.
- Mark where the studs run
- Nail (with a nail gun with 32 mm finishing nails) only the top of your board to the wall (DO NOT NAIL THE BOTTOM YET…)
- Measure your second piece and cut it to the correct measurement
- The tongue will be facing downward again, so slide the groove into the tongue of the first piece.
- To lock this in place, use a hammer and tap (Either be gentle with this or use a board in between your hammer and the tongue and groove board so you do not damage the tongue and groove board.)
- Then nail the bottom of the first piece and the top of the second piece (If you nail the bottom of a board before sliding in the next, then it doesn’t allow you any wiggle room to lock the boards together)
- Keep doing this process all the way down, the last piece may need to be cut down with a table saw.
- Work your way around the room in the same fashion you did for steps 1-11.
- Paint the tongue and groove planking
- Use a primer or paint + primer
- I used “designer white” from my local hardware store
- Use a paint brush
- Nail stained wood to ceiling
How to hang ceiling planks:
Obviously, I hung the boards before painting. This way would avoid having paint carefully next to the ceiling since I wasn’t adding any moldings, SO paint before doing the ceiling!
- Start the boards in the middle of the ceiling (center with the light fixture..this allows the end boards to be measure evenly)
- Measure the ceiling and where the light fixture holes need to be
- Cut the boards to your measurements
- Attach and nail the planks as you did before
- Add any ceiling moldings (if any)
Create rack for clothing.
- Figure and mark the height you want for your rack and shelf.
- Measure the width for your board and make your cut
- Make sure your board is level
- Attach 1×4 or a 2×4 board using screws and a drill
- Mark where you want the rod to be
- Make sure you have enough room for the hanger so it doesn’t rub against the wall (mine was about 12-13 inches out from the wall)
- Attach holders for rod to 1×4 board
- Do the same steps as 1-7 to the other side of the wall (it’s important that everything is level)
- Trim the rod (if it happens to be wood) so it will fit into the holders
This one is a bit more difficult to explain, but if you have questions: comment, e-mail, or Facebook message me!
- Figure where you want the end of your shelf to be and mark it (mine was about 21 1/2 inches from the wall)
- Cut a piece of 1×4 into a 5 inch piece and then screw it into the right and left 1×4’s
- Measure between the 1x4s and cut a piece of stained planking to the measurement (make sure this piece of stained planking is 4 inches so it covers the 1×4’s)
- Nail the stained wood with a nail gun to the outside ends of the 5inch 1×4’s
- Measure between the top of two the 1x4s so a board can rest on them.
- Cut stained wood to the measurement and nail it to the top of the two 1×4’s with a nail gun, go all the way back.
- This step is not shelf related, but you should attach your baseboards and final trimming at the end here 🙂
NOTE: I am not setting anything heavy on this shelf, if you plan to, you will need more support.
Again, if you have any questions feel free to comment, message me on Facebook @ myfarmhousefixerupper or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading and I hope you like it as much as I do!! 🙂