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Ikea Hack: Closet Island


I'm pretty sure most of you know that my love for DIY is undeniable. I don't know where I got this "itch" to do things myself came from, but creating something out of almost nothing is my idea of fun. I love perusing the aisles of Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill and finding an item or piece that has the potential to be something great. Denny usually thinks I'm crazy when I start a project, but he is typically impressed when it's all finished. Especially with this one above. Initially, I was looking to make a craft table for my office upstairs. You know a big table that can be used to wrap gifts, make crafts, pay bills, etc. Basically I wanted a do it all table. Well after looking through Pinterest, I found something I thought I could use (see picture below). It was an Ikea hack using cube shelves and a butcher block. I thought, this is totally doable!! 

Photo Courtesy: Karen Ackva, Ikea Hackers
But at the time, I was more in need of something to use in my closet to help organize my jewelry, sunglasses, lingerie, and other small items. But everything I had seen on Pinterest was too much money, too big, or had to be customized (see below). 


But how beautiful are these? I loved the glass top, but it was something I could sacrifice. I got creative.. what else could I use instead of glass or a butcher's block, that still looked just as nice and beautiful? I went on Craigslist, and looked for spare granite in the Charlotte area. It was just by luck that I found the perfect piece of granite slab. It belonged to a couple that was redoing their bathroom, but had changed their mind during the process. It was already precut and the edges were already rounded. And best part.. it was for sale for $60!!! Their trash, became my treasure. I immediately called my nephew Nathan to assist me on my new project.

Here's what we bought: 



3. Craigslist Black Granite Slab - $60 (1)

Baseline Total = $258

**Optional Bells & Whistles: 





Total Price w/bells & whistles = $395

After we bought everything, and brought it home, we got to work. We first put the shelving units together. There were three of them total, so we both worked on the first one together, and then did the other two solo. They really aren't that hard to put together, but definitely require some patience and a willing partner. 

After that we flipped the shelves upside down and attached the legs. This requires someone who is familiar with a drill, so I recommend asking your boyfriend, husband, father-in-law or neighbor to do this part. Now the shelves don't have predrilled holes, so you will need a drill bit that is a tad smaller than the screws that come with the pack of legs. Also remember to be sure to wear the correct safety gear when doing any sort of assembly.


After that, we flipped the shelves right side up, and positioned two of them back to back with the third on the side (see below). Note we did not use anything to attach the shelving units together. I decided this just in the case I might want to use them separately somewhere else in the future.

To finish, we added the granite slab on top. Now as most of you know granite is extremely HEAVY, but also extremely FRAGILE. So be sure you have two STRONG MEN to do this part for you. I know you women are strong, but this part is a man's job. I promise you just can't do it; no matter how much muscle you think you pack. I enlisted the help of my neighbor with this because as most of you know Denny has a bad back. This piece was laying in the bed of my nephew's truck, and they had to carry it about 25 yards to my closet. Before that, we laid some cardboard that came from the Ikea packaging on top of the island that acted as a cushion between the shelving units and the granite. They then carefully carried the granite, and gently laid it on top.


 It fit absolutely perfect. It was like it was meant to be! After the bones of the project were finished, it was time to start the fun stuff...


The accessorizing! While Nathan put together the drawers; I began putting the baskets, and other small items together. This was the easy part.


On one side, I put up a bracelet stand, a couple Ikea pull out baskets, and a necklace on display. The baskets are really handy. I use them to keep my socks, small purses and clutches in. They work perfectly for smaller items! 


On the other side, I have another necklace on display, a couple adjacent baskets, and a LV makeup bag that I received from Denny as a Christmas gift. These shelves work great at displaying my much loved items, as well as keeping them nice and clean.



Last but not least, I added a 3-tier serving platter, a ring box, and a stainless steel bowl I found from Habitat for Humanity. This is where I keep the jewelry I wear more frequently. Originally I found the 3-tier glass platter in the kitchen section at Ikea, but I thought it would look nice as a jewelry stand on top. And I agree :)


All together, I think it turned out quite nicely, and I couldn't be more happy with how everything came together!  What other Ikea hacks or DIY have you done? I would love to know, leave a comment below!



22 comments

  1. This is such a great hack! It looks so professional, it is a great example of a DIY done well, not a DIY that looks DIY. And in my next home I am definitely going to put windows in the closet! It makes everything look so much more inviting!

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  2. hey, I lOVE this DIY! Question, what size was the granite slab in case I try this myself, thanks!! :)

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  3. yes, what was the size of granite?

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  4. Genius...and to get the granite size all you have to do is go on ikea and measure the items she listed!

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  5. such a sickening example of excess and greed. You have enough money for useless clothing and then you want to cheap out on furniture. laughable.

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    1. Well, why are you reading this site? Troll.

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    3. Didn't your mother teach you if you don't have anything nice to say. Don't say anything. Because she wants to organize her belongs big deal. Sounds like jealousy

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    4. Just because she has a lot of clothing items doesn't mean she spent a fortune on every item. Even millionaires find ways to save money. #bitter.

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  6. "This requires someone who is familiar with a drill, so I recommend asking your boyfriend, husband, father-in-law or neighbor to do this part. "

    Or you could join the 21st century and learn how to use a drill. I promise, if you can use a curling iron you can probably figure out how to use a drill. Even "sweet little 'ole feminine" you can learn how to use a rudimentary tool.

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  7. Wow this is absolutely amazing! I love it!

    Felicia | Beloved Style

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  8. This looks great! Shame on the person with the nasty comment! Remember what your mother told you, if you can't something nice, don't say anything at all!

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  9. Love your design. Do you mind sharing where you purchased your rug? Love it.

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  10. "This requires someone who is familiar with a drill, so I recommend asking your boyfriend, husband, father-in-law or neighbor to do this part."

    "Now as most of you know granite is extremely HEAVY, but also extremely FRAGILE. So be sure you have two STRONG MEN to do this part for you. I know you women are strong, but this part is a man's job. I promise you just can't do it;"

    I want to say that this really is a magnificent hack. Very well done. However, the above points are disappointing and sexist. I'm a long-time single woman (and child of a father who died many year ago). I've drilled, moved, pushed, carried, assembled, hammered, etc. anything I've ever needed in my home. And, if I couldn't, very rarely, I hired someone to help. Sometimes, that help was another capable and amazing woman.

    Like Aretha Franklin said long ago, "Sisters are doin' it for themselves." We shouldn't teach young women otherwise.

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  11. Your closet dresser for odds and ends is a great look. Love it.
    we are having a 14' x 18' closet built (adding on to the house). Plan to purchase two 63" long dressers (each dresser with 6 drawers) and place them back-to-back in our new closet when it is completed. Plan to change out the hardware to some more expensive type of crystal and silver hardware. When it is completed will post photos. Love your look though. Very creative.

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  12. I am getting ready to move into a new home that has a 'flex space' that sits between the master closet and the master bathroom - I have been frustrated with what I considered this to be a lack of space. A friend recommended that I search for a closet island but they are big and expensive - I absolutely love your idea and am very excited to show my husband. Thanks for the great idea

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  13. Gorgeous, closetgasm! And yes, so jealous of ur LV makeup bag! I confess that l absolutely wear thousand dollar shoes with fifty cent or dollar bargain dresses that l store on (gasp) rollaway racks. You've inspired me to convert our 7x8 bunk room into an organized heaven of a closet with a hundred bucks. My husband and l THANK YOU for saving our marriage! It can be done & without a 50K addition!

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  14. I loved this idea so I had to do it! My space is smaller, so I only used 2 Kallax shelves. I didn't use drawers, just baskets from Target (I feel there's are nicer than Ikea's). I didn't luck up on the granite, but did get it at a decent price from my local granite store; the real cost comes with cutting and polishing the edges. It adds such a nice touch, so totally worth it.

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