Don’t Waste Space- Make a Closet!

Have you found hidden space in your home where you can create a closet?

Recently  For the last nine months, we’ve been working on a new bedroom suite in which we took the two end bedrooms in our double wide and tore down the wall between them to make it one large master suite. (If you do this, be sure the wall you are tearing down is not load bearing!)

Since our kids have completed college and moved to the Big City, we don’t really have a need for 3 bedrooms any longer. Plus, we’ve always wanted a king sized bed, and when we bought one, it would not fit in our original master bedroom that we had been using for the last 20 years. So, since we always go big or go home, rather than buying a smaller bed, we opted to tear down a wall and completely renovate one end of our house. But, I must say, we do love the bed and it is a beautiful room!

One of the lovely little creations we got out of this project was a little closet for supplies such as toilet paper/paper towels, batteries, vitamins, shampoos, you name it, if it fits, we are storing it in there! It is really tiny, but we haven’t even filled it yet.

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This new suite is comprised of two rooms, and we really only need one door, so we had this space that was the width, height, and depth of a doorway from the unused entry that we were going to have to close up and cover. Fortunately, we had a brilliant idea!

Why not back it with luan, put shelves in it, paint it and put a nice door on it? Well, that’s just what we did.

We found a great opportunity to add a little rustic flair to this area of the house. We are always looking for ways to use left over materials, and this project gave us a way to use some of the left over pine plywood flooring strips we didn’t need for the floor in the suite.

The door is made of 1/2″ plywood strips ripped at 6 inch width. It was so easy to do that one afternoon I came home from work and the Mr. had already built it and hung it. He had only been home an hour before me! (He’s talented like that :-))

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We didn’t even use the Kreg Jig on this project. We (Mr. McGee) built straight wood shelf guides for this closet and put ’em up. Done.

The mirror on the closet door was an added touch I couldn’t resist. I love how it contrasts with the rich stain on the wood door.

Closet at

BTW, the stain is Minwax waterbase American Walnut. We did the floor in the suite in the same stain and it looks fantastic, plus, it doesn’t smell terrible and dries quickly. So rich and earthy. The mirror on the closet door is a Better Homes and Garden’s product found at Walmart.



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  1. Hey! I have a question and wasn't sure where to post it :)

    I noticed that you have crown molding in your doublewide as well. Have you tried removing it? I'm wondering if it's possible as ours is an ugly dark oak color. I've considered painting it but it'd be extremely time intensive and I think it'd look nicer if I just took it all off. Wasn't sure if there's an issue with what's underneath. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hi Lauren.
      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. We have removed the crown molding in most rooms. You will likely find gaps at the top of the walls that really are embarrassing "craftsmanship"- if you can call it that. At least in our case. We have replaced or resurfaced the walls in nearly every room. In each of these rooms, we've edged the top of the walls with a simple, flat 1 and 1/2 inch trip piece that is about 1/4 inch thick. In the only room and bathroom we've kept the same walls, we've kept the crown molding. We have painted it white. Since the ceiling is white, it isn't too difficult to keep it neat and make it look good. There is a great type of paintbrush at Lowes and at Home Depot. It's a rubbery handle and the edge of the bristles is shaped as a cutting brush. It works really well for painting straight edges without taping. You may have luck with this.

      Many times, the crown molding is just a cheap paper board with a glued on "skin" that looks like wood. You can sand this a bit to scuff it up and then paint with a paint that has a primer in it. Since it's up at the top of the wall, it won't see a lot of action so it isn't likely to peel or scratch. But if you find that it does, you can use a Glidden product called Gripper first and this will help adhere the paint much better.

      Good luck with your project!

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