more studio closet progress

by | Apr 30, 2019 | All Things Home, Decorating, Home Studio, My House, Room Makeovers | 26 comments

Thanks so much for all of the lovely comments on my guest room and for the overwhelming response on my milk paint birthday post!  This group knows how to make a girl feel good.  Thank you!  I’ll announce the giveaway winner in tomorrow’s post.

Well, we took advantage of a pretty day last week and finally finished building the studio closet!

Now, I need to prime and paint it.  I’m planning to paint it the same color as the walls, Simply White by Benjamin Moore, so it just blends in.  I don’t want it to be too visually imposing, which would be easy since it is quite large.

We built the last of the three doors and this time added a Z brace to minimize warping.  The door was still a little warped, but not anywhere near as wonky as the other two were.

We did make one bone-headed mistake, though.  Can you see it?  If you can’t see it, I won’t point it out!

And we also got all of the doors situated, so they fit in the catches and stay closed.  (That sounds like a simple thing, but it was trickier than one would think.)

Until it’s painted and I can install the handles, I put some makeshift painter’s tape handles in place.

I’ll get it primed and painted this week!

For those who are curious about the construction, here is how it looked before we put the cladding, face frame, and doors on…

As you can see, it’s a very simple closet, but it offers a boatload of storage, which is just what I needed!


  1. Lisa

    I can’t wait to see the utility closet painted. I love every little thing about this room. Thanks for always being so gracious and for sharing with us. I look forward to your posts daily.

  2. Debbie

    Not sure if it was a mistake but doors are made out of different wood.

    • Marian Parsons

      They are actually the same wood, but we installed them “backwards”, so the v-grooves are on the interior instead of the exterior!

  3. Stephanie

    I went back to study the picture and started laughing! Totally something I would do, but it just adds character, right?

    • Marian Parsons

      Yep, that’s what I said. Most people won’t notice and it just adds character!

  4. Debbie

    Love that closet! (And your mistake is such an easy fix.)

    • Mary

      Could the different one b in the middle? Would look like a design plan!

  5. Heidi

    The saying goes like this ‘a blind man would like to see it’.

    Love those ikea carts. They hold so much. I use one as a bedside as the headboard to my bed is on the chimney breast wall so no place for a bedside. It’s amazing I get so much on it. I just wheel it into a corner during the day so the room always looks good.

    • Jenn

      That is good to know about the carts. I have been thinking about getting some for my girls to use as bedside tables.

  6. beth

    My nickname is ‘Oblivious’…what is the mistake??? lol

    • Patty Soriano

      Beth, see Marian’s reply to Debbie above your post.

  7. mary m

    Your closet reminds me of a much smaller closet that my father built for my
    sister who was nine years older. Apparently I couldn’t keep my hands off her
    stuff so he built her a closet compete with a KEY. lol

  8. Sally Nygren

    It looks fabulous! I never noticed a thing!

    • Jackie B.

      Your studio is fabulous! I wonder if anyone would have noticed the mistake had you not mentioned it. You are such a talented woman and are simply amazing. Thank you for all the inspiration you share daily.


    Looks great, Marian! How nice to have such a large cupboard!

  10. Liz

    Yup, I see the grooves on door on left are wider apart than the other two doors. But had to look twice to see it! Beautiful job and closet. Enjoy.

  11. Claire

    I couldn’t find the mistake. I had to read it in the comments. say it was a “design choice.”

  12. Lisa P

    Looks great and stores so much! Now you are inspiring us to try a little carpentry too! You are an awesome role model. Always look forward to hearing about your projects. Thank you!

  13. Susan

    Wouldn’t it be easy enough to switch the boards around? Since doors will be painted you can just putty any holes. Maybe that’s more work than you want to do. Even with that small mishap, it still looks great and it so useful!

  14. Michele M.

    I thought it was b/c the left doors boards are wider planks than the other two ( I am a Libra, so those things stick out to me!) I never even noticed the v grooves on wrong side – hardly noticeable at all.

    Nice closet – you are so right, will hold (does hold) a TON of unsightly equipment! Well done! : – )

  15. Barbara

    I read whenever the Shakers made something, they purposely made a mistake. Their thought was only God is perfect. I like that, I’ve used it many times over the years. 😉

  16. Jeanine

    Hi, the brace on any door or gate that is made of single boards should go from top of door on open side where latch goes to bottom of the door/gate where hinges are. Unfortunately yours are going the wrong way. 😐

  17. Maria O.

    It wouldn’t bother me one bit! I like things a bit different! It’s wonderful!

  18. Sue Anderson

    Nice job! The different door? Well, sure–not a deal breaker. I love the idea of building a closet around shelving.

  19. Sue

    You guys are amazing. I always have great ideas in my head and that’s where they stay LOL. You actually make the great ideas a reality. I would love a closet that big for my supplies, right now I am using a Hoosier cabinet that is more charming than practical 😉. Can’t wait to see how you use it. Thanks for the constant inspiration.

  20. Cynthia

    Haha~ I felt like I was playing eye spy and couldn’t see the difference and now I’m still not sure that I can~
    It sure will hold a ton of very important thing!



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