We built custom closet built ins! We used many of the techniques, tips and tricks shown on the Sawdust Girl website and wanted to thank you for the great resource for building built ins.
Custom Built-in Closet
We built the drawers using the drawer tutorial, cut the plywood using the styrofoam under the sheet to save the table and help guide the kreg jig, and installed the drawer glides using the jig technique.
The carcasses are cabinet grade plywood. We learned from Sandra and chose the right material for cabinets this large. We didn’t want to hurt our backs and not be able to finish! LOL
Corner cabinets are a pain so we didn’t take one side all the back to the wall. Just far enough that we’d be able to reach in.
It was alot of work, and took us about a month, but without these tips and tricks it would have taken alot longer, especially with 18 drawers!
Thanks so much! Here is a video of the final build if interested:
This is a tad personal so if you don’t want to share, I understand. 🙂 I would love to have my Brother in Law attempt this (he refinishes houses). What was your estimated costs for a project this size? Great job!
jb @BuildingMoxie says
looks great Jim. well done.
That is absolutely gorgeous. Did I spy a washer/dryer hookup in the closet in the video? If I did, that is pure genius and I want one. Now.
Joyce T says
I saw that too!!! Really, really nice.
Thanks for the kind comments. Yes it is a washer / dryer hookup in the closet. Looking forward to getting them in there, but will also be building a custom stand / drawer / drying rack for them.
In materials alone (hardwood plywood @ $50/sheet, trim, paint, drawer glides, hardware) we spent about $1750. This doesn’t include the router and router bits we bought for this project or the kreg jig, or circular saw. Of course it doesn’t include labor either.
Dimensions: The long wall is 14′ 8″, 24″ deep. The adjacent drawer section is 4′ long, 15″ deep and the adjacent shoe rack on the other end is 2′ long, 15″ deep. The long wall consists of (1) 4′ long section, (1) 3′ long section and (3) 2′ 6″ long sections.
Chantelle - ThousandSquareFeet says
It looks just perfect for the space. Nice work!
Great job! I am definitely moving this up on my list. I got the bug from Sandra’s closet project and been wanting to do mine for months now. Your closet is closer to my size so it gives me a better idea how to size it.
BTW, how high is your ceiling in this closet?
The ceiling is 8′ above finished floor.
Hello from Europe,
First well done for your work and video ! I have a simple naive question : why do we have to build a big base, could we just put a piece of wood for the basement ?
I hope you understand my question ! Thanks
You can vary everything based on your wants and needs. The reason I used a tall base is because my baseboards in that house are 5 1/2″ tall. I like to continue the base and crown mouldings over built-in cabinetry because that is what makes it look “Built-In”. If you don’t want to do that, you don’t need a base. Or you can use a small base just to keep it off the ground. Whatever you want.
Please come to my home and build cabinets for me close to Chattanooga TN.
We play in Maryville at SMB all the time ?
I love Chattanooga. Maybe someday I’ll take on custom cabinetry work. For now, I’m focusing on renovating my building so I can open up my Build and Breakfast — to teach others’ how to build their own cabinets.
Tracey Hayduke says
Hi there. Love the closet design. Hubby and I are finishing up our master right now. Wondering if you could provide info on the closet rods you purchased. Thank you!
It’s been quite some time since that closet. I don’t remember where I ordered my hardware from or if it is still available. Best option is to do an online search for what you’re looking for.
Cleo Burrows says
Hi. Love the closet. I’m wondering where you bought the metal grate/floor register for the front of the cabinet?
I think I searched for them online. It’s been a while and I don’t remember where I found them. Google to the rescue. 🙂