Published on April 19th, 2011 | by Jules IKEAHacker17
PAX Wardrobe Turned Custom Reach in Closets
Materials: Pax wardrobes (1 large, 2 medium and 1 small), Various komplement peices and pax bergsbo / frosted glass doors, Martha Stewart living Paint #MSLO29 “glass of milk”, poplar moldings 1×2 and 1×3. Crown molding 1x 5/16. Plaster, paint, Hammer, Screwgun, Level, Screw Driver
Description: I converted a basic reach in closet in a small bedroom into two stunning custom closets that look like a $5000 custom “California Closet” systems. One large closet in the bedroom and one small linen closet in the hallway.
The Original closet was 7′ wide and 2’6″ deep. The bifold door opening was about 4′ wide and 80″ tall. I completely gutted the closet down to the studs including the walls, ceiling and the framing around the closet door.
I cut out a space in the hallway to the right of the original closet space, framed in and finished a cove 20″ wide, 79″tall and 16″ deep. In that cove I installed a small pax wardrobe,(pax wardrobe 598.418.77), the wardrobe fits perfectly after i cut off 8″ from the back. I finished it by applying a 1×2 poplar molding around the wardrobe, adding a pax bergso / frosted glass door and matching paint framing it in giving it a complete streamline look.
Back to the bedroom, I applied drywall (sheetrock) on the walls and ceiling making the closet space flush with all the room surfaces. The open cove dimensions were 79″w, 95″h (same as ceiling) and 23″ deep.
I inserted pre assembled pax wardrobe frames into the cove, one large pax wardrobe frame (700.140.13) and two smaller pax frames (100.140.30). I shimmed the frames so they all lined up evenly and then secured them to the wall.
I made the wardrobes look more complete and custom by adding 1″ x 3″ poplar molding around the room and under the closet, on the front. Also across the top flush with the closet. I also added the crown molding in the room across the top of the closet achieving the streamline custom look i wanted. The molding was painted with Martha Stewart living Paint #MSLO29 “glass of milk”.
All of the moldings were painted with “Martha Stewart” Paint (MSLO29)”GLASS OF MILK”, it matches the Pax “bergsbo” doors perfectly creating a dramatic style.
~ Ilir Bitici, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey