"Sleek Silver & Blue Man Cave" was designed by Tony Scaletta, EncoreGarage, East Dundee, Illinois. Scaletta was the winner in the Garage: Under 600 square feet in the 2016 Top Shelf Closet Design Awards.

Project details:

Using a mix of materials and finishes Scaletta says he designed floor-to-ceiling cabinets capped off by a 12-inch crown riser. A 1.5-inch-thick spacer was created and placed between the cabinets, about halfway up, to create a more interesting transition between the cabinet finish color changes. Walls were treated to about 3 feet with ATI Laminates’ MirroFlex embossed pattern in Black Chrome, followed by black slatwall. The same MirroFlex was used on the backsplash above the countertop. The space was outfitted with an integrated flat-screen TV, a deep stainless steel drop-in sink and fully recessed under-cabinet LED lighting system above the workbench.

A beautiful metallic reflector floor system was done in a combination of two colors to coordinate with the cabinet finishes.

All winners for the 2016 Top Shelf Closet Design Awards were announced in March during at a special reception at the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo in Pasadena, California. See more of the winners here.

2017 Overall Top Shelf Design winner gets $500 prize. Enter Now

The Top Shelf Closet Design Awards are given annually to honor designers for their creative closet and home organizational designs. The deadline for entry is January 14, 2017.

All award winners will be featured in Closets & Organized Storage magazine and celebrated at a gala awards reception during the 2017 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, April 11- 13 in Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago). The Overall Winner (project receiving the highest score from the judges) will receive a $500 gift card.


  • Garage: under 600 square feet; Garage: over 600 square feet
  • Home Office: under 150 square feet; Home Office: over 150 square feet
  • Closet: Closet: Laminate under 18 linear feet; Laminate over 18 linear feet; Closet: Wood under 18 linear feet; Closet: Wood over 18 linear feet; Closet: Reach in
  • Specialty: (craft, pantry, laundry, mudroom)
  • Wine Cellar/Storage

For more information contact Editor Michaelle Bradford at [email protected].

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