It’s been a while- April and May are my craziest months for work and I did NOT do a good job of planning content. I apologize for that. However, this blog post is one that I have been VERY excited about and I really wanted to make sure I had enough time to do it well.
If you’ve been following along with me this year, you’ll know that I have big plans for our house. If you missed out on that, check out my 2019 home goals post. We finished the guest room/guest bathroom and we started on the office (the closet was a NIGHTMARE) but we moved that down the list because it wasn’t a huge priority. After pricing out some options in the master bathroom, we’ve decided to make some smaller updates than originally planned. That brings us to today’s post: the master closet.
When we bought our home last year, we knew the closet was going to need some TLC. It had wire shelving that was oddly placed and one florescent tube light. ‘Twas not the closet from my Pinterest dreams, y’all.
We moved in and the light was the FIRST THING TO GO. Literally the first Saturday we were in the house. Buh-bye, weird tube light. We replaced with this lovely semi-flush mount light fixture with LED bulbs. It’s AWESOME.
Then we lived with the closet for a year to see what we needed. I had one dresser and Drew’s dresser was in the guest room, which was not ideal. The top of the wire shelves was too tall for me to reach and the clothes stuck out a lot. It made our awesome closet look so much smaller than it was. The dark beige wasn’t doing anyone any favors, either.
After much deliberation, we decided to try out this Easy Track Closet System from Wayfair. It had great reviews, easy install, and it was less than $150. Hard to beat a full wall of shelving for less than $150. There’s several different variations of the Easy Track system and it’s all full customizable so you can put your rods and shelves wherever you want. It also shipped in 2 days, so that was awesome. (This isn’t sponsored by Easy Track or Wayfair, but hey Easy Track/Wayfair if you’re reading I will HAPPILY WORK WITH YOU).
The first step was to take our entire closet apart. Let me just prepare you for something if you’re doing this same thing: this SUCKS. BUT, it is a really good opportunity to go through your clothes and clean everything out.
Next we removed the rods and wire shelving. Removing the wire shelves and hardware was the hardest part of the clean out process. Pro tip: Use a rubber mallet to dislodge the shelves from the wall brackets. Also, if you’re having issues with removal, Google your wall hardware. Our anchors were wall clips with nails, so we had to pry the nails out with a screwdriver and gently twist the anchor out. A simple YouTube video showed us how to do this instead of ripping a gaping hole in the wall. #TheMoreYouKnow
After you spackle/patch the holes (and sand if necessary), next step is to paint.
We did the walls Extra White from Sherwin Williams because it was the same color as the shelves and the back wall Bravo Blue from Sherwin Williams because we ran out of the white paint and didn’t feel like going out to get more. Necessity is the mother of invention. It’s okay to quote me on that.
We did all of that in one day and used Sunday to install the Easy Track system. All you need is a drill and a screwdriver. It’s probably possible to install by yourself but I recommend getting some help. If nothing else, for emotional support.
The Easy Track system is fairly straightforward. You hang the wall track (or multiple tracks, depending on the size of your system), you assemble the shelves, and then you put the shelves on the track.
Here are some tips:
-Invest in a good stud finder. You’ll want to make sure this goes into the studs to accommodate a heavier load (especially if you have a lot of clothes like me).
-Get an extra set of hands to help you mark your screw/nail holes, where you need drywall anchors, and to hold the track while you install. Your arms will get VERY tired.
-Take a break. I highly suggest drinking a beer during said break.
-Drill your pilot holes into the studs WELL. It will be impossible to drill the screws in later if you don’t.
-Put screws in the first and last holes on the tracks, even if not specified. It will help it sit flush against the wall.
It took us about 2.5 hours to install my side first, and only about an hour to install Drew’s side after we had everything figured out. You’ll also need an extra set of hands to put the finished unit on the track because it is VERY heavy. Final step is to add the shelves and rods where you want them, but you can always move them around if you need to!
This was just the first step in our renovation for the master closet- we’re hoping to add some shelving on the back wall, to get a large dresser to fully move Drew’s clothes into the closet, to hang our full size mirror, and to find additional shelving for shoes. But for right now, we’re VERY happy with how it’s turning out. Stay tuned for future updates!
If you’re interested in updating your closet, everything is linked in this post OR with this picture on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app! Let me know what you think!