Closet Makeover

We spent most of January remodeling our closet, and although it was a big project, it was worth all the nights and weekends. The closet makeover is so beautiful, and it feels good to declutter a space that had become our catch-all for the past nine years – and the perfect way to start off the new year!

This post is a sponsored post by Whalen Furniture. I take pride in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. And while this post is sponsored, all the opinions are my own.

Last fall, I visited High Point Market, and one of the many showrooms I toured was Whalen Furniture. I was really excited about their closet systems in partnership with Scott Living (Drew and Jonathan Scott) and knew it was time to makeover our closet. I instantly fell in love with the sophisticated look of the Robin closet system.

I ordered seven units in total, and they were delivered straight to our home – four hanging/drawer systems and three glass door systems.

Besides our closet being ridiculously gigantic, the DIY to our dream closet took quite a bit of time and energy.


Steve and the boys removed the previous shelving units in the closet.

Prep Work

I (with the help of my dad) did the prep work. I skimmed the walls, removed the trim, and painted the walls (and trim).

Cabinet Build

While I was working on the prep by day, Steve and I spent our nights and weekends building the units. It definitely was a two-person job and took close to two hours per unit. We got faster with the builds as we went along, but we did find that we spent quite a bit of time leveling drawers and doors.

We used RTA (ready-to-assemble) in our kitchen remodel, so we had experience with leveling cabinets, doors, and drawers. If you aren’t familiar with this, it’s not difficult but it does require time and patience.


We did not install any cabinets until we had them all built. This allowed us to move things around and play with the layout. Once we had a plan, we leveled the cabinets (there are adjustable feet on the bottom) and found studs to mount the closet systems to.

Here are a few before and afters of the closet:

For the first time ever, I actually love walking into our closet. It is so peaceful and beautiful!

A couple of tips we learned along the way with the closet systems:

  • The lower sections work well for shoe racks. I found some inexpensive black show racks on Amazon that fit perfectly.
  • The hanging rod sections are short. They worked perfectly for my clothes but we had to raise them for my husband. We added some additional hanging racks since my dresses and my husband’s suits were too long for the rod cabinet.
  • We were lucky that our closet was so large because it would be hard to get the closet systems into the closet already built. It’s doable but would be a little awkward.

This is definitely a project that required a lot of time and energy, BUT it was worth it for the end result. As my daughter said, I now have a closet fit for a Kardashian! 🙂

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