One thing that I have always wanted is a coat closet in our front room. I know, this isn’t a horse thing. (Sort of) But in a way, it is. You see without a closet on our main level, if we want to store coats, or shoes, or anything else we have to go down to the lower level.
And to make up for the lack of a closet, we added some hooks by our backdoor to accommodate all of the coats, gloves, an occasional bridle, or whatever else gets piled up by the back door. But it gets really cluttered. And even if all of our coats are hung neatly, it still looks bad to me.
Shelves that were meant as a decorating accent, have become cluttered with our gloves, hats, and other things.
But no more!
I made a comment to my husband about how nice it would be to have a coat closet by the front door. And then I asked him how hard would it be to build a closet? That was all I needed to say. His mind took over, and the process of building a closet began!
Building A Closet – The Beginnings
Thankfully my husband has an engineer type brain. Where I will look at something and think about how nice it would be, he sits down and comes up with a plan to make it happen.
He even came up with some blueprint ideas so he would know exactly what this little project would entail.
And then he did the research to figure out how to do it. YouTube to the rescue! Seriously, if you want to learn how to do something, all you have to do it seems is go to YouTube to see how it’s done.
He had a plan, a project list, and was ready to get started.
Our closet ended up being in a little bit different of a spot because of a very formidable metal strap.
He sent me a picture while I was at work, and asked me “What do you suppose this is?”
I looked at the photo, and had no idea. But I also had the sens to tell him to ask my dad. My father has a lot of experience with home improvement projects. His profession was that of a house painter before he retired. So he has years and years of experience when it comes to homes. We trust his advice.
And his advice was not to touch the strap. Leave it alone, and whatever we did decide to do, we needed to leave the strap intact.
He said the strap is something used when they frame the house. And one time he and a friend did cut one, and the house literally settled before their eyes. He said nothing in that house was the same after they cut that strap. Doors wouldn’t close properly, nothing was square, and it was a horrible idea to cut the strap. We heeded his advice.
Don’t Believe Everything Your Read on the Internet
Although, my husband did do a little internet research, and people said “You can cut it, it won’t hurt anything.” And “It’ll be fine, you don’t need that strap.” Yeah, if you don’t mind literally destroying your house.
So we decided to listen to a professional, and not people who think they are professionals on the internet. And even though we had to alter our little closet a bit, it was still possible to build our closet.
The Skeleton of a Closet
The first step was to bring the floor of the closet up to the level of the living room floor. Again, this is why I am glad my husband’s brain works the way it does. He is meticulous when it comes to the details.
He did the research, and built a platform that will be the floor of our closet. It is perfect!
Then it was time to frame in the actual space of the closet itself. Again, my husband is so good when it comes to this kind of thing. Everything MUST be perfect. And with walls, I can understand why perfection is important.
It may not look like much, but this is the skeleton of the closet. And this is the basis for which the rest of the process will rely. So it was important that it was perfect.
And after the ‘skeleton’ or frame was up, then he got to do the fun part of not only cutting an opening for the door frame, but also adding a header for support to the top of the opening, but also dealing with that annoying strap as well.
Then all that was about left for him at this point was to get buy the drywall, and then put it up.
It’s All in the Details
So while the major part of the project is now complete, now is the time where I get to play. You see, while my husband is very meticulous with the construction part of a project, I am even more meticulous with the small details.
My job is to do the ‘finish’ work. So once the drywall was up, I taped all of the drywall, and filled in all of the little gaps. I may not be a professional, but I am pretty good with drywall tape and joint compound.
I also made sure to fill any gaps with spray foam. This closet backs into our garage. So all of the gaps needed to be filled for insulating purposes. And yes, there is that blasted strap again!
And we went ahead and put in the shelf, as well as the hanging bar for the coats. I am going to texture and then paint everything once we get the door – which won’t be for 2 weeks because we had to special order the size. But at least we can use our closet. It may not be perfect, but it’s getting there!
A Work In Progress
While we are waiting for the door, we can still use the closet.
It isn’t perfect, but it will do for now. And it is so nice to be able to finally have a closet for everything instead of just piling the coats, or gloves, or whatever else we have when we come in our home.
It may not be the prettiest closet right now, but hey, it’s a closet! All that is left to do is the texturing, painting, adding the door and trim, and then just a few finishing touches that I have planned.
And once the door arrives, I promise to give you a finished closet tour. This has been a much needed addition, and I am so glad we did it. And I can’t wait to show you the completed project!