Elegant Unique Closet


Isn’t it gorgeous?

Isn’t it unique?

Most definitely.

Best of all — all 3 shelving units are portable!  And no closet doors are needed — I’m certainly not covering up all that beauty!  I am mesmerized, . . . in awe — not quite believing how elegant this all looks.  Is this really my closet?

The design was very organic — a simple shelf tower to add storage & bump up the sagging closet rod became a whole closet organizing system.  [I was thinking function more than beauty — had some sort of plan to maybe use drapes as ‘closet doors’.]

I first added the Martha Steward fabric cubes from Home Depot — at 11″ square, they determined the measurements.

The next upgrade was when my carpenter got some beautiful finished pine board instead of ordinary plywood — he didn’t want to see me add another painting project to my never-ending to-do list, hee hee.

Then, after I’d finished my first leaded stained glass window & was wondering where to place it [somewhere I’d see it often!], I got an ‘Aha moment’ — why not make it a door on the shelving unit?  Mr Carpenter, can you do that?  Hmmm, without a router — we installed it like a mirror.  Not the best but I wanted to see every inch!

Now my little plastic ‘dressers’ looked really tacky beside the beautiful glass & wood, so, . . . I designed a little cabinet & bought a small 2 sq. ft. sheet of glass [$15] to match the petals in the window [from my fave Glass-Smith & Co.].  Then Santa brought my carpenter a router — yeah, proper grooves for the glass!

Of course when that worked out so well, it led to the left cabinet becoming a double [yup, exactly 16″ of the 12″w glass left — just enough to get 2 more 8″ sq. doors out of it!], to complete the whole tacky-plastic-dresser replacement.

When the double was put in place, I had a breathless, & speechless, moment.  OMG, it all goes together so well & it’s so much more than originally envisioned — the simple gold-white swirled glass panes add elegance & enhance the soft pine grain.

I figure I’ve got the equivalent of two 4-drawer dressers in all those shelves.  [Hee hee, I might have enough for all my clothes now! — another dresser-worth of storage is under my bed [hidden by the bedskirt] in those great blue & red laundry baskets from The $ Store in Sooke.]

Then a little organizing of some of my many storage boxes [okay, a major addiction!], some colour co-ordinated books, a couple of clown-dolls that I can’t part with [gifts from my sons], a little colour co-ordination of shirts, & voila, I am organized.

For a priced supplies list please see my other site, Stained Glass ‘n Stuff.  The summary of each unit cost:

🙂 1) tower — 5 shelves [middle unit above] –> ~$ 105



🙂 2) single cabinet — 2 shelves [right unit above] –> ~$ 39




🙂 3) double cabinet — 4 shelves [left unit above] –> ~$ 62


😛  So, total cost for my elegant closet shelving units –>

😛   ~$ 206   😛

🙂 Not bad at all considering what a lot of those fake-wood or wire closet systems cost — at least double & triple this!

My mind is awash with possibilities for other projects using this simple construction — pantry doors with a rainbow of blue glass, a tv cabinet, a unit for my desk, & of course plenty of bookshelves!

Simply A Dawne Thought


Update May 10th, 2011:  A Little Ouch But Worth It

The elegance level is raised a notch with colour change.

As soon as I saw the new colours of Martha Stewart’s fabric cube drawers, I knew they’d be perfect for my closet — more at A Little Ouch But Worth It.

Simply A Dawne Thought