We’ve planned to open up our entryway for a long while. The last project would be the closet renovation, and it’s almost done by the end of this year, yay! I’m going to share the progress and product sources of the whole project:)
- renovation ideas
Our entryway is narrow and no room for storage at all, usually people can put some shoe racks, cloth hooks, or even a bench on the wall next to the door, but we don’t have any space for that. The layout is very awkward, study room first, then a close closet. I was thinking about remove the entire wall on that side, but too much work for me (literally louis cannot do much help…). Then I thought about to switch the study room door with the closet. My dad said it would look much better once you walk into the house, there is a beautiful study room instead of a closet (I agree). So, we went with our last but easiest plan, open up the closet.
- Renovation progress
- rebuild the frame.
We removed the door jamb and trims, then cut the studs till it flush to the inside wall. I opened up the drywall inside the closet, make sure it’s not a bearing wall! We also knocked down the old header and put a longer one back.
You can see it was really mess when we did the demo and rebuilt the frame. Louis even knocked down the doorbell by accident… and I want to add a lighting, so we just teared down the drywall to make the work easier. We would build new walls anyway because the wall didn’t have smooth finish, errrr, it’s not allowed to exist in my house.
2. build the new wall
Since we removed the entire drywall, and I really hate to do the pluster, I need figure out a way to cover the wall without seeing any drywall. We thought about my favorite ikea pax closet system, it could add a lot space and very organized storage room for us, but, there is always a but, the dimension didn’t work out. or we can make a bench with some storage.
We cannot use the closet to cover the wall, which means we still have to build something to cover it. I thought about wallpaper and shiplap. wallpaper is too expensive…and it still needs drywall in the back, so we went with shiplap. We bought the shiplap from Lowe’s, then we found out it also need drywall or plywood…and we just let people took all of our plywood last week for free! My heart was so broken… Lowe’s has different kinds of shiplaps, we picked cedar wood. It’s not as soft as white pine, which is good for a traffic area, still pretty soft though. It’s tongue and groove shiplap, very easy to install.
After install the shiplap, I caulked the nailer holes and most wood grains, then painted it white.
3. build the storage
We decided to make a bench with storage and we have three super fur and shedding animals at home. If we just build the open frame to fit in some beautiful baskets, everything in it would be covered by mochi’s hair, sumie’s hair and eggies’ hair…Baskets won’t work for us, so we chose drawers. I was trying to buy an existing bench with drawers or low dressers to put it in, but I have to say, they are tooooo ugly!!! I saw some beautiful drawers people made from scratch, errrr, too hard for me…
Finally we decided to buy ikea cabinets, different heights, different widths and different door styles, all your choices!
We bought cabinets frame from ikea and drawer fronts from semihandmade. Here is the frame and a wooden top, which is a countertop and we cut it to fit it in. In the bottom, i used L shaped bracket to hold it.
We waited about 4 weeks to get the drawer fronts, the left one was a door, I asked them to make it as a drawer. I love their shaker style doors, so clean and sleek. I installed the drawer fronts in the morning I got them, just can’t wait any second! After that, I locked (screwed) these two cabinets tight, put on the toe tick and capped the gap between cabinet frames and jambs. Done done!
Two wide drawers for our daily shoes and the tall drawer for my boots.
The hooks, how cute!
A peacock, and our new doorbell…
Check out the before and after of our entryway closet! (can’t believe that bathroom door was open from outside…)