Enough with the furniture posts for a time: now we talk about DIY house upgrades.
Problem: our house has no entryway closet.
Temporary solution: I added a closet bar to our old entertainment center and repurposed it as a wardrobe. This was a decent temporary solution, in all honesty.
Real solution: danggit, just build a new entryway closet, J, and stop being such a lazy bum.
The real solution was forced on us by our recent acquisition of ~1200 square feet of new bamboo flooring (but that's another post). Order of operations forces me to rip out old carpet, build a closet, then install floors, rather than install floors, rip out new floors where the closet will go, build a closet, then install new floors again. Though, if I was billing by the hour, I'd want to do the latter.
Before we started: just look at this wall, with its lack of entry closet. Pitiful. We debated whether the closet should go on this wall or the wall with our entryway furniture on it and decided this one made more sense. For dimensions, we wanted it as wide as possible and deep enough to accommodate our largest coats (which our bedroom closets weren't quite able to do). Internal rough dimensions: 71 inches wide (six feet less drywall), 2 feet deep.
First run for supplies: studs and doors. Doors are for a 60 inch opening and we went with solid wood, because I insist on solid wood whenever possible. Insert obligatory comment about having an SUV here.
Things start looking real finished real fast now. Primed and painted in a day. Flat white on the interior and Edgecombe Gray on the exterior to match the rest of the living room and hallway. Shelf and closet bar added. Trim work around the door. Paint and caulk all the trim. Paint the doors. And just like that, a finished closet!
Project time: Three busy weekends with lots of drywall work during the weeks.