Shaker cabinetry, Labradorite stone and LED lighting illuminate this walk-in closet
April 4, 2022 | 9:10 am CDT
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2022 Top Shelf Design Awards

Designer: Kathleen Jacobson, The Couture Closet 

Category: Closet: Laminate Over 18 linear ft. 

Project Title: Builder-Grade Closet Makeover 

Project Description: 

Our Dallas clients found the perfect home to move into, but the master closet was a disaster! Fixed cubbies and wall-to-wall rods supported by cleats left no room to modify. They hired us to demo the space and design a beautiful new walk-in just for her!

Based on the door swing and location, we chose to design a wall with three large shoe units behind glass inset doors. All are fully adjustable with slanted shelves and a toe lip. That opened the space as you entered and created the perfect design for the shoe-lover. With a transom window above, we kept the shoe cabinetry to just over 8 feet high. 

For the focal wall, we built a very large dresser, 5-feet wide with two banks of drawers. We added a mirror above and a glass-enclosed upper cabinet to display her handbags.

We added a second dresser on the opposite wall to house her cashmere sweater collection behind glass doors with accessory drawers below. Six wardrobe boxes all behind glass doors provide plenty of hanging space. Solid panel doors above the boxes polished off the clean look. We had just enough room to build an island, 56 inches wide by 28 inches deep, featuring a stunning Labradorite stone top. 

Project Construction Details:

Our cabinet team, J & J Construction and Cabinetry, used paint-grade maple plywood for all the woodwork and Baltic birch inside all the drawers. We designed an inset style beaded shaker cabinetry with a bone trim to dress up the millwork. Cabinetry to 10 feet high with crown molding. Lighting is now a key element in all our closet designs and fabrication. We used Hafele Loox5 LED tape with a 45-degree angled channel to distribute the lighting back into the 24-inch-deep wardrobe boxes. The vertical and horizontal lighting is concealed behind custom run styles and rails all trimmed out on site. A deeper reinforced box was built for a large brown jewelry safe behind mirrored doors. Drawers were outfitted with removable dividers. Recessed pull-out valet rods were drilled into the millwork. The closet was finished off with stunning lacquered brass hardware by Schaub. 

Materials Used 

*All cabinets were built with paint-grade maple plywood 
*Baltic birch inside the drawers
*Grass under mount soft closing full extension glides 
*Blum full overlay soft-close hinges 
*Hafele Loox5 LED tape lighting and WAC 45-degree channels 
*Satin brass finish hanging rods and flanges
*Colonial Bronze recessed style pull out valet rods 
*Labradorite stone for the island and dresser countertops 
*Benjamin Moore Advance Paint – Color: Cashmere Gray 
*Schaub lacquered brass hardware pulls 
*Starphire ultra-clear glass & mirrors – Glasshouse of Dallas 

Equipment and/or Software Used: 

CAD Drawings were used for the conceptual design work for our clients.
J & J Construction & Cabinetry field measured, and laser leveled all walls & floors to begin fabrication 


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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.