Walk-in Closet Overhaul

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by: Sous-sol on 03/07/2010 Views 8036

Budget

$200.00

Tools & Materials

  • Screws
  • 3 x 24"x 8Ƌ/8 thick melamine board (one for the back
  • Two sides which were cut at 20"about $12.00 each
  • 1 x 16"x 6Ƌ/8"thick melamine board about $9.00
  • 4 x european hinges (2 for $8.00)
  • 1 x 35 mm bit (for hinges$25
  • 4"rail hardware ($22)
  • 6"rail no hardware (forgot how much $)
  • Screw caps ($1.50)
  • 2 x Door handles ($5.00)

Summary

We wanted to use our walk-in closet more efficiently as we lost a closet because there's a kid on the way.So I simply built a cabinet with white melamine, built two doors and used european hinges (hidden and adjustable). Then I reused the rail and raised it at 7 feet (the height of the cabinet) and I installed new rails at a little less than 4 feet.With a bench saw, this project was really easy. I didn't use a melamine blade as they're expensive (around $90 - 1 model available at the store) and I didn't bother much for little chips, as no one's gonna see it. I bought a wood filler pen for $2.00 and that took care of it.Also, good thing to know in the future, the cabinet width is 24", so I bought a 12" board to make two doors, turns out a 12" board is actually 11 3/4" so I had to return the board and buy a 16" board which I had to cut to 12".Also, I thought there was only one size of edge tape so I cut it, much harder than I thought to get a clean cut. When I bought the 16" board, I noticed there's 5/8" tape, much easier to install and better looking.Finally, I bought the only model of screw caps and they wouldn't hold on the screws (even on screws made for melamine...) so I've put some carpenter's glue and it's fine now.

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