Category: WOODWORK

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How to make a wardrobe closet from scratch

If your home has limited closet space, or even worse, NO closet,  then a DIY Wardrobe closet may be the perfect option for you! A DIY solution is substantially less inexpensive and allows for complete customization of size, look and storage options. It’s also much easier to build than you might think! 

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It’s week three of the One Room Challenge (aka the ORC), hosted by Calling it Home –  A six-week event that challenges those of us with a love of design to transform a room in just six weeks. It’s a blissfully crazy time but one of my favorite things to do!


Wanna catch up on the progress? It’s all right here! 

Wanna see all the projects? It’s all right here! 

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In week one I shared the plan to transform our daughter’s room into a Glam Bohemian dream, with a slight edge, full of gray and silver tones mixed with soft pastels. You can check out the whole design plan and the rest of the nasty before pictures HERE.

Last week I shared with you the new teeny unuseable closet turned closet bed nook. The bed nook gives us so much more usable space, but we had to lose the closet to gain that space! A teen girl without a closet is a bit like a world without air. But a teen girl with this crazy – that’s just as bad!

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Coming up with a plan was a bit challenging. I knew all along that I was going to want to add a standalone wardrobe closet, but I didn’t know what that was going to look like.

I explored various options, including the PAX system from IKEA, but they were either too small, too large, or too expensive. I’m starting to sound like Goldilocks and the three bears – Let’s say a DIY wardrobe solution for this room was not too small, too large but just right!
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How to make a wardrobe closet from scratch

Getting Started

Step one was to measure, measure, and measure. We’d talked about the room dimension issues in week one, but the long and short is that I had one location in the room to place the closet – that makes things easy when needing to make decisions!
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Once I had my dimensions, I went on to Easyclosets.com to design my solution. They have a great tool that allows you to plan custom closets and it’s free! They aren’t paying me for this promotion, I just use their tool ALL the time (tiny closets are not a yay kinda thing). Once I put in the dimensions, I played around with the design, adding components such as shoe storage and drawers, before I came up with something that fit our needs. I finally decided on a closet with three columns – one with a single rod (for long clothing) and shoe storage, a drawer bank and a third with two rods. Next up, find some building plans!

Building Plans

For the building plans, I visited AnaWhite.com – everyone knows Ana has the BEST ideas for free and of course, she had something on her site that was workable – the Industrial Style Wood Slat closet system.  I pretty much followed her plans verbatim but adapted it to our needs. The main modification I made was adding a center column of drawers. Having a built-in drawer tower means I can remove the existing dresser in the room, hence giving even more usable space. With the plans figured out, it was time to get to work. The other modification I made was to add cross supports to the bottom and top of each support tower. This allowed me to secure the unit to the wall and floor for a built-in look.

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Using Common Wood

Using common wood helped to keep the costs down to reasonable – was able to build the entire unit for around $150, minus the doors – but meant a little more sanding and prep work. I often use common boards for parts of a piece that isn’t visible, such as the inside of a closet, and splurge on trim work. If you’re using common boards, do your best to check each board for straightness and fill any knotholes with wood filler. I started off giving all of the wood a good sanding, then built the framework for all three columns.

The Drawer Column

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wardrobe closet - add slides column

wardrobe closet - add drawers

Before securing any of the columns to the wall, I completed the drawer column so I could move the center if needed. I’d decided on a depth of 18″ for my closet and as luck would have it, found wooden crates at Home Depot with the perfect dimension to accommodate that depth – score!

At $11 a piece and ball-bearing drawer slides, using the containers was time-saving, economical and functional. I built the supports from the bottom up, adding cross supports at the location of each drawer.

The closet columns


The plans from Easyclosets.com helped to determine the placements for the closet rods in both of the more prominent units.


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In the closet section with the single rod, I added four half-shelves for shoes, allowing for better viewing of the shoes when stacked.


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Finishing up

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To help the finished closet blend in with the room I painted the exterior and the columns the same muted gray as the rest of the room, while staining the shelves a warm walnut color. Finally, I secured the entire unit to the back wall, floor and ceiling. 1″x6″ boards act as a kickboard.
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Left to Do

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Ugh, I hate having to say that this is “mostly” done but I still have to add the trim pieces back in and make mirrored doors – that’s next on my list. Although we could leave the closet open, I want to hide the eventual and inevitable clutter.  Once I’ve got the doors on, I’ll drop by and update this post! Although it’s mostly done and not done, done, I’m going to go ahead and cross the closet off of the TODO list.


  • Create space for a larger bed
  • Include additional closet space
  • Provide well-lit make-up vanity
  • Homework desk
  • Add Sitting/hangout area

Still, I’m happy to say that the wardrobe closet is mostly done!

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Eeek! There are still more than a few things to get done, and we’re halfway through the challenge! I better get my butt moving! Be sure to pop in next week for hopefully the latest updates on this room. If you are looking for me, you know where I’ll be! In the meantime, be sure to check out the other guest participants in the One Room Challenge and prepared to be wowed! There is much inspiration going on over there!

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DIY Geometric Wood Candle Holder

Hi, I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend! If you aren’t already, I’d love for you to follow KnockitoffKim on Pinterest and Instagram – it’s an easy way to keep up with my latest projects.

I’m here today to share my project for the13 Days of Woodworking challenge – I’m day 11! The hashtag for today’s entry is #candlelit!


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If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m doing my best to keep up with a super-talented group of woodworking bloggers to bring you 13 days of DIY woodworking projects. Our gift to you – free build plans and a giveaway for $300 worth of tools! Refer to this post for instructions on how to enter, and while you are there, take a moment to check out all of the projects  – the projects are out of this world!


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Today I’m sharing a tutorial for these geometric candle holders!

This project is a little new for me, but wow, I’ve had so much fun!  Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Tools I used:
You can make the candle holders without electric tools, but they are much easier with!

Things you will need:

  • (1) 1″x 6″ x 8′ board – I used common pine
  • (4) 1.5″ x 6′ lattice strips
  • black paint (I used Rustoleum high gloss)
  • polyurethane or polyacrylic
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • wood glue
  • wood filler, if needed
  • sandpaper – 80 grit and 220 grit
  • measuring tape
  • a printed copy (print on 8″x11.5″ paper) of this template, pieces cut out
  • tealight candles (3)
Although you can make the bases any height, I’m going to be sharing the sizes I made. To change this, just make sure all sides of your eventual triangle are equal.
Make the bases:
My bases are 5.5″, 7.5″ and 9.5″ tall and were cut from the 1″ x 6″ board.
Step 1: Begin by cutting (3) boards from the 1″ x 6″ to your desired height for each base. Step 2: Set your miter or table saw to 30˚. Trim the sides of each base piece to 30˚. Step 3: Using the provided template, cut the center triangle (piece A) from 1×6. This piece will be used to hold the tealight candle. Step 4: Arrange the pieces, matching the edges by overlapping on each end, around the center triangle, ensuring proper fit, and that the center drops down 1/4″ from the top edge. Step 5: Glue together using a thin yet generous smear along connecting edge and secure with a brad nailer, ensuring the pieces are pressed tightly together. Wipe off any excess glue. Fill brad nail holes with wood filler. Step 6: Let glue and wood filler dry, then sand the base smooth to 220 grit. Repeat for all three bases, then paint the tallest base and half of the middle base in black.


Add embellishments:
Step 7: Cut the required pieces (pieces b – g) as outlined in the template from the lattice strips and print out a copy of the Embellishment Layout. Step 8: Paint 6 of piece b and 3 of piece c in black. Step 9: Assemble using glue (and brad nails where needed) as outlined in the Embellishment Layout. Step 9: Fill any holes with wood filler. Step 10: Sand any rough areas in embellishments and apply a clear polyurethane over the candles holders. Let dry. Step 11: Add candles. Make merry and enjoy!
I hope you’ll give this project a try! If you have any questions, let me know by leaving a comment below.
These candle holders would make a great gift idea this Christmas and fit nicely into a wide variety of decor styles. #onegiftdownamilliontogo
Thanks for stopping by! I’m off to tackle my gift list – wish me luck!
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How to Make Easy Valentine’s Day Decor – Hanging Heart

Make your home Valentine’s Day ready using this quick and easy Valentine’s Day decor idea! This hanging heart is a cinch to make and decorate and will have everyone seeing heart-eyes! 

Valentines Day Decor

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you’ve followed along with me for a while, you know I like to dress things up around here for love day, but with so much going on all the time, motivation can be hard to find. Participating in the 2016 Valentine’s Day Blog Hop, hosted by Danielle from Creatively Homespun, was just the inspiration I needed! For my project, I’m sharing how I made this fun vintage-industrial style hanging heart – It’s a super easy Valentine’s Day decor idea!

How to Make Easy Hanging Heart Valentine’s Day Decor


Inspiration comes from the strangest places. On this project, my inspiration came from a cute, linen-wrapped bedside table. Funny, my project inspiration has little to do with Valentine’s Day! I’m just mad for the linen covered look so trendy right now. I want to wrap everything in my house in linen and go crazy with the upholstery nails!


Like literally everything else I’m ever looking – or not looking for – but have a desperate need for when I see it – I found a perfect craft kit for this project at where else, but Target! It was as if the Target Gods were looking down on me saying.. “yep, that one does not need to be drilling or hammering ninety plus holes.” Agreed.
Update: Target no longer carries this product AND Hand Made Modern is a Target only product line – bummer. I did find a few similar products on Etsy though – you can take a look there. 

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The wooden heart kit comes in two separate pieces, one with pre-drilled holes. Perfect, no?
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The first step: Give the heart cutout portion a gray stain finish with a light hand. Be sure to stir the stain well before applying – I found the gray especially seems to separate, with most of the pigment sinking to the bottom of the can. Follow up with a dark finishing wax. Allow the finish to dry for a few hours.

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It took approximately 120 nails in a hammered, nickel finish to go all the way around the heart. The nails, at .5″, were a tiny bit long, so I opted to snip them with a pair of sharp wire cutters to about half their length.

Everbilt 7/16 in. x 1/2 in. Nickel Hammered Upholstery Nails (20-Piece per Pack)

I found it easiest to start one hole away from the center bottom and work my way to the center top, or the dip of the heart. Once reaching the top, I laid the center nails over both rows at the top and bottom.

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Working quickly, I’d add a dab of glue into the hole, and set the pin. Then repeated this one hundred and twenty times, give or take. It seemed less tedious in theory than in reality! Luckily it went by fast. Please, ignore my gross lack of manicure and, even more, offensive glue gun!

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Ebony Rub'n Buff



To age the nails ever so slightly, I applied a very, very thin layer of ebony rub n’ buff to random nails. I’ve used this product more times than I can count! You can read about it here, here and here. To get around this step altogether, you could use a dark nail  instead of the nickel.



To finish, I attached string for hanging, a mini-close pin to the front and clipped on the image card.

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What I love about this project is the versatility. It’s a great accent piece for Valentine’s Day, but swapping out the picture card with a favorite photo makes it a home accent to be used year round.

For now, I’m happy to use it as-is in my lovefest decorating!

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Pottery Barn Inspired Vase Tutorial

For past Valentine’s Day fun from Knockitoffcrafts.com, here are a few suggestions:


Thanks again for stopping by! Before you go, please be sure to check out the links below and show them some love this Sweetheart Season! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours. Xoxo


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