One of the things we have been looking forward to most with the bedroom renovation is having a closet – for the first time! We haven’t had proper clothes organization since we moved in two and half years ago; remember when we ripped out the second floor kitchen? We picked up a couple of garment racks, one for each of us, and we lined them up along the plumbing wall to, quite simply, hide the exposed plumbing work:
Our bedroom plans called for a complete rearrangement of, well, everything, and with the chimney removal, we could see the light! As it stands, we had our contractor build out a rough opening for our soon-to-be closet. Although we wished the closet could remain on the wall where we had those garment racks, the minimum 24″ depth we needed wasn’t there, and it would have seriously cramped the door. And so, here’s what we have right now:
To know exactly what opening we’d need to have our guys construct, we also needed to know what we were doing for our closet, right? For years, Scott and I have had our eyes on an IKEA PAX wardrobe. Although we could have easily added a rod and thrown in some adjustable shelves, we really wanted to go all in and make it just right. After more than two years of swearing every time we choose our (dusty) clothes in the morning, we were ready to allow ourselves the luxury of a little AM pick me up! We have friends that love their PAX, we’ve devoured countless reviews, and really, IKEA knocks it out of the park with the customization it allows.
IKEA generously offered to help us on this project – from design to build – and when I say we are thrilled, I actually mean, is this real life? In other words, we’ll be partnering with them on this project, and we’re looking forward to sharing our experience with you! At the same time, it was important for us to dive into the whole experience first hand, and so we politely declined their build service (did you know they do that?!), mostly because there is an odd satisfaction in piecing together those flat packed items. We got started by allotting ourselves a full afternoon in the megastore, knowing that we’d want to take our time touching the product, seeing the options in person and narrowing down every last detail in their PAX planner. The process was so, so simple (and the IKEA team was so, so helpful – thank you, Meredith and Delra!), that from start to finish, we had our plans hashed out in under an hour. Yes!
Our hope was to build a wardrobe that would eliminate the need for additional dressers, and although our wall space was somewhat limited, we were determined to make that work. We discussed which items would live in which drawers, and we were sure to include space for shoes, purses and ties. Dreamy! In the end, we pieced together a 40″ wide unit for each of us (so, 80″ total), with a height of not quite 8′. I was a little worried that the width wasn’t quite the massive amount of space that I pictured in my mind, but those PAX drawers are deep. Our current dresser can fit one neatly folded stack of tees front to back, but we’ll easily be able to double that in the new wardrobe.
On a whim, we decided on the white stained oak for the entire interior (above), nixing the idea of all white and surprising even ourselves! In person, the color is warm and beautiful, and we topped it off with soft close hinges, LED lighting and four sleek white doors. Our plan is to trim the doors with simple molding, paint them bright white to match the rest of our home’s trim (Behr’s Ultra Pure White) and add these large 18″ pulls. So brassy.
We had 42 boxes, bags and bits delivered to our front door, and for now? Well, CC’s holding down that fort.
As I type, I’m looking over the calendar, and our optimistic self-imposed goal is to build our PAX wardrobe this month – but, we also hope to finish tiling the bathroom, install the plumbing fixtures and choose a bedroom paint color. So many exciting things to come!
Bonus: The entire PAX system is 15% off with IKEA FAMILY member pricing through January 26th. IKEA FAMILY is a free loyalty rewards program, and different items are discounted each month. Learn more about the program and sign up right here to start saving! A huge thank you to IKEA for partnering with us on our bedroom renovation!