There have been lots of questions about where different items in the closet came from after last week’s post, so hopefully this will answer them all. I thought this was also a good post to talk about the MANY ways we saved money along the way to make this transformation possible.
I seriously can’t fathom what this closet would have cost if we hired out the work or used a professional closet company, but my best guess would be that we’d be looking at 5 figures.
Starting at the top, we saved over $1000 just on lighting. I had this grand plan to add a gorgeous fixture and then lots of recessed lights to get the brightness we wanted. Well, that lasted as long as one quote from an electrician. My dream plan would be $1000-$1500, not including the new fixture. That was half the total budget! After some sulking and paranoia, I wondered if I could find a super bright track or rail lighting system that actually looked decent. After lots of research, I found something that would work! It is SO much brighter than the old fixture.
Navy Paint: HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams (Lowes) in Naval, Satin Finish
White Paint: Benjamin Moore in White Dove
Art: Collide by Leigh Viner on Etsy (16×20)
In the vanity area, my inspiration was this Jonathan Adler beauty, which was over my budget.
Then I found a gorgeous replacement under $275, which promptly went out of stock before I ordered and wasn’t going to be available until after the One Room Challenge. Take 3 was finally a win and was even less expense from Wayfair.com
Vanity: In Room Designs Computer Desk
Chair: Casper Arm Chair in Clear by LexMod Such a steal considering my inspiration version is over $2000!
Huge Mirror: IKEA STAVE This price is so good that it was worth a 4 hour trip to Dallas to pick it up.
Necklace Bust: Target I stalked this bust for MONTHS in the store waiting for it to go on sale and it NEVER happened. Ugh!
Glass & Gold Box: Target
Wall-Mounted Necklace Holders: Horn Pulls from Hobby Lobby (mounted using wall anchors) – (Dang, these seem to be discontinued)
Earring Organization: Bead Storage System
Gold Lipstick Artwork: Hobby Lobby (in store) – Picked it up for 50% off
Pink Ottoman: World Market
Closet Rods: Oval Chrome Rods from Amazon
Hangers: Black Velvet Suit Hangers
If you are going for a higher-end glam look, these hangers are a huge bang for your buck. After a decade of wanting fancy wood hangers, I had purchased a bunch of them over time and decided they took up WAY too much room and I was hugely disappointed in them. I ended up selling the woods ones in a garage sale and used the money to buy these. I will say that the velvet hangers are VERY clingy, which I love because nothing is falling off of them. However, they make my husband a little crazy. It takes longer to get your shirts on the hanger since the fabric doesn’t really slide. Luckily he loves me more than he hates the hangers, so they are staying.
Purse Storage: DIY Project – click for tutorial!
Pull-Out Belt/Scarf Organizer: Rev-A-Shelf Slide Out Belt Rack
Pull-Out Valet Rods: Rev-A-Shelf Designer Valet Rod
Pull-Out Tie Organizer: Rev-A-Shelf Side Mount Tie Rack
I’ve always liked the products from Rev-A-Shelf, and had an experience during the last week before the final reveal that made me a life-long customer. I opened all the boxes (which had been sitting on the dining room table unopened for WEEKS) and my heart briefly stopped when I realized that the belt racks were a completely different color than the valet rods and tie rack. The boxes on all the items said chrome, but the belt racks were not at all chrome. Whaaaaa!?!?!
I had less than a week before the reveal, so went for double problem solving and emailed both the third-party seller on Amazon AND tweeted Rev-A-Shelf to clarify if the belt racks came in a true chrome like the other items. The seller replied that they could check into it, but that their customer service wasn’t in the office (on a weekday!) and they’d get back to me in a few days. Fail. Meanwhile, Rev-A-Shelf came through in a BIG way. The tweet turned into an email, and their representative had me send a photo of the wrong item, and then quickly shipped out the correct item, even though I hadn’t ordered from them directly. AND she suggested I donate the incorrect items to Habitat for Humanity versus shipping them back. Talk about a win-win!
Pull-Out Pants Organizer– IKEA
Solid Gold Bins – Target In Store
From the earliest planning stages in the closet, I knew we needed lots of drawer space. With our limited skills and timeline, I was desperate to find an affordable way out of building them ourselves. I should have guessed that IKEA would be the answer, but I did research many alternatives. I selected the IKEA MALM series because of the streamlined flat sides and top. This allowed us to truly build them into to closet. I gotta say, it was a little disturbing shooting nails into a brand new dresser, but it all worked out in the end. The MALM series also comes in several sizes, which gave me maximum flexibility when designing the room.
Dressers – IKEA MALM
Painting the drawer pulls instead of buying them gold was a ridiculous savings again, just like it was in the pantry. The only 15″ brass pulls I could find are $36 each and I needed 8, so it would have been $288. My 10 pack in silver was $56. Just that savings more than paid for a dresser!
I also used the following tools from HomeRight, my One Room Challenge sponsor. Each one made my life infinitely easier and less messy throughout the makeover. Which is good, because we seriously had ZERO extra time or capacity for mess!
Finish Max Paint Sprayer – Putting the first coat of white paint on the shelves with the sprayer reminded my why I love the Finish Max so much.
Spray Shelter – You may have only seen this in the week #4 post with the Finish Max, but I use it constantly, including every time I spray paint.
PaintStick – This got put to work on both the ceilings and the walls in week #2
Digital Temp Heat Gun – I couldn’t have made the clutch holders without this!
Speaking of tools, here’s the low-down on what we needed to build all the shelving. This DIY aspect is were we saved an unimaginable amount. There was lots of trial and error since we aren’t woodworkers, but this proves it is possible for anyone to do it!
Wood Shelving: This is an odd thing to include, but it’s not easy to find affordable wide pieces of wood big enough for a closet. At least locally, we found the best option at Lowes. They carry paint grade 16″ wide x 8 ft long pieces for $19.99. It is hard to find more than 4-5 good pieces per store, so I HIGHLY recommend having them order it ahead of when you need it. We ended up buying wood from 5 different Lowes locations in order to come up with enough, and I know some people don’t have that many stores around.
Sander: Ryobi Sheet Sander I wouldn’t have blamed this thing if it had quit, it was used constantly. Cheaper wood means lots of sanding. I used to have a mouse-style sander and the replacement sandpaper was outrageously priced. With this option, you can use regular sandpaper and get 4 pieces for the sander out of every full sheet. Honestly, we probably should have invested in a belt sander for this big project, but we already had this and it held up great.
Saw to Cut Metal Closet Rods: Rockwell Bladerunner I actually won this in a giveaway. It turned out to be super handy for cutting metal.
Miter Saw for Wood Cutting: Ryobi 10″ Sliding Miter Saw We bought this during the closet makeover and HIGHLY recommend it for beginner DIYers. I’d even call it a must-have.
3D Design Software – Home Designer by Chief Architect – WARNING: This is not an easy software to just start using. There is a big learning curve, and much of what you see in my renderings was imported into the program from the SketchUp 3D Warehouse. You won’t be able to install the software and then drag and drop to make rooms look like the spaces I showed. Plan to spend lots of time learning and reading forums. It’s not impossible to learn, but it more complicated than you may expect from a $99 software. It’s hugely powerful for the price, but there are still limitations. I plan to upgrade to the $495 version this year, but wanted to make sure I could learn on the less expensive version.
Whew – I think that’s everything, but let me know if I forgot anything. If you haven’t seen ALL the closet pictures, you can find them here.
See the whole closet makeover week by week:
Week #1: Skeletons In My Closet
Week #2: There’s No Going Back Now
Week #3: Road Trips and Close Calls
Week #4: Adventures in Closet Building
Week #5: The Final Countdown
Week #6: It’s Done – The Final Reveal!!!
Follow Up: Source List & Money Saving Tips
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Her work has been featured in print in Better Homes & Gardens and Room to Create Magazine, and online by HGTV, House Beautiful, Buzzfeed, & more.
In 2018 & 2019, Melissa was named as a Style Maker by Better Homes & Gardens. In 2019, Polished Habitat was shortlisted for the Amara Blog Awards Best Interior Styling Blog - International.
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