We moved into my mother-in-laws vacation rental home in May 2020. The heart of COVID had begun, I had to sell all her furniture online while trying to avoid any interaction with the buyers. It was unknown and awkward to say the least. We knew the house was a temporary fix as B wants to live in a 10th floor condo while I want acreage to build a rancher. You might say we have no idea what we are going to do. Then the real estate market proceeded to explode in our little Okanagan city! So almost a year later – here we are still hanging out!
When COVID hit I had decided to pack everything nice I owned. I was now going to school online from home, I really wasn’t supposed to leave the house so who needed a pair of heels and a nice dress? Today’s current wardrobe consists of very fashionable sweats and Birkenstocks! Our master bedroom currently has one single closet and an IKEA Pax system against a wall. I really have no room to unpack 8 Rubbermaid’s of clothes and shoes stashed in storage for the last year but I have been dying to see all my beautiful dresses with floral patterns and gorgeous leopard print heels – I have missed all of it!!
To add to all the change my cute little daughter has recently moved all her furniture out and found herself a new apartment. All of a sudden I had this spacious room for me to create a closet! Storage systems are so expensive and I really couldn’t justify a huge cost if this was just temporary so after much research I decided I would build a custom metal pipe closet!! I really had no idea what I was getting into and when I say “I”, I”m talking about the entire family project I forced upon them.
So if I can give any advice at the beginning, be prepared to change your design a few times until it works in the space. I read a lot of blogs but this one was the most informative so a shout out to Centsational Style for her great information. What I learned the most is make sure to read the entire blog! lol. I purchased everything from Rona and Home Depot and my closet ended up being over 9 Feet so I had to purchase a few extra pieces to change the height.! Ha! One of many design changes made!
Alright, once you have figured out your design and purchased your 1/2 inch black metal pipe, the first step is to wipe them all down with disinfecting wipes as they are very dirty and oily. To my luck we had Clorox wipes in every room of the house due to present day pandemic!
You can leave the metal pipe black if you are wanting a charcoal color in your scheme but I chose a brushed gold and when I found a Rust-Oleum Paint & Primer in one called Champagne Mist – I was sold. Does anyone else buy paint etc. based on the name? I initially started to spray all the pieces but realized it was easier to spray once it was built! Hot tip!
In the end I purchased 3 – 36″ pipe, 2 – 24″ pipe, 1 – 4″ pipe, 3 – 18″ pipe, 7 Flange, 7 Tee Connector, 3 Elbows and 5 nipple connectors. This gave me one 4-foot rod for long dresses and two 2-foot rods for tops and pants. We built outside first and boy was that fun! lol
After a few tries, lots of opinions from the onlookers (friends & family drinking wine), we finished the final layout. You can see the 2 small bars for tops and pants and the longer 4-foot bar for dresses. The champagne mist was sprayed on and we left overnight.
Here is a close-up of the final project. The flange is on the wall, the 18 inch rod is the depth of the closet, then the elbow, connector and tee gives you an idea of the layout.
The current home has dated laminate flooring which we are not removing anytime soon, so in the middle of the metal pipe hunting, I found this Olive Branch wallpaper from Magnolia and paired it with the Hendesi Heriz Cream 8×10 Rug from Ruggable. The area rug covered most of the room! Another simple fix when you are in a temporary location. The wallpaper is also peel and stick so we can remove without destroying the paint when we leave.
For the last year, being home schooled, my desk sat in the living room and I am happy to say it has been moved into this room also. I no longer spend 10 hours a day listening to 3 hour long classes with an insane amount of homework.
Here are some final photos of the space! It was so great to unpack everything after a year and see dresses I forgot I even had. I may have added some new ones to the collection too! I chose a Costco LED Flushmount because this room was so dark prior and it’s an amazing light for $35. The walls are Benjamin Moore Dove Wing which is my favorite paint color, it’s timeless and elegant and part of their Classic Colour Collection. I personally, have never been a fan of cold white walls, I like a little warmth instead and this is the perfect color.
When it comes to shoes, I again searched trying to find a shoe rack that was sturdy and desirable – I think we need to design a stylish shoe rack! I decided on an antique wood book shelf from facebook marketplace! It has 5 shelves and holds 18 pairs of shoes. The flat shoes and flip flops I just put in a basket.
The unknown of what this summer is going to bring is still stressful but I am officially ready to head back into the real world. I even leased a new office space in town so I can socialize with humans instead of cats and Molly! Here’s the last picture for you. A new dress from the Cella Jane Blog collection from Amazon Drop and the Spring Curation Hat from Rachel Zoe.
I hoped you enjoyed reading this one, it was a long one! If you are interested in building a metal pipe closet, feel free to send me a message and I would be more than happy to help with the process!