Oh, hey; we finished the master closet…about a month ago…. Here it is!


If you need to catch up: in this post I talk about design plans for the closet, early preparations, and installation of the ceiling; in this post I talk about how I turned freestanding IKEA dressers into built-in drawers. (The high-contrast photos in that second post make it look like I was showing renderings, but nope—just too much contrast!)


After my last check-in, we installed the dresser drawers and the Elfa components, hung a mirror, put down carpeting, and replaced the old light switch. This room is DONE.




We’ve also moved in! We’re pleased with how the closet is functioning, and made just one tweak to the Elfa setup: since J’s hanging clothes all fit on his lower clothes rod, he wanted to use the space below the higher rod for more drawers. Above the drawers, he hung sweaters.


I’ve added a few closet accessories—a valet rod for J, an accessories hanger for me, drawer dividers for both of us, that type of thing—and it’s all working well. I still need to put my shoes away though; there’s an empty shelf below one of my clothes rods, waiting for its purpose to be fulfilled. We’ve ditched plastic hangers in favor of velvet, thin-profile hangers, and incorporated some rubberized trouser hangers as well, which improves the overall look and keeps everything so tidy.



I also installed standard covers. I hadn’t used them before, thinking they weren’t worth the expense, but I really like how they clean up the look by covering the slots/holes in the standards. I’ve since added covers to our other Elfa closets, too. Bracket covers are also a given. They make the shelves look more finished and they stabilize the shelves within the brackets. (Bracket covers in the photo above; standard cover in the photo below.)


I’ll leave you with the new view from what used to be the other master closet—we’ve completely re-purposed the room. It’s no longer a closet but it can be turned back into one if and when needed. Stay tuned for that reveal!



SOURCES:  closet wall paint: Behr Marquee Matte mixed to match Benjamin Moore 967 “Cloud White” / trim paint: Behr Marquee Semi-Gloss mixed to match Benjamin Moore 967 “Cloud White” / drawer top paint: Behr Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel mixed to match Benjamin Moore 1541 “London Fog”  / light fixture: “Nova” in natural brass with opal shade by Schoolhouse Electric / mirror: vintage / shelving: Elfa platinum ventilated / drawers: Ikea Nordli series / carpet: Flor “Sew What” tiles in Pearl