Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ikea Pax System Tutorial

Ikea Pax System Tutorial

Your complete post for how to make your own built in closet from ikea storage system! 

Hello readers! Here goes with the large built-in closet systems I built for our large walk in closet both the ladies side and men's side. 

Before you get started you need to look at the ikea closet planner on their website. You can find that here Pax Online Planner

Do all of your measurements and do an "inventory" of your clothes, shoes, bags, and other items you need to organize. 

Here is what we were working with, from our new home blueprints: 

My vision included having the left side as the ladies side and the right side as the men's side. Once the house was built, I was able to re measure (after the baseboards were in) and confirm the dimensions. Please note we have 9 foot ceilings hence we were able to purchase the taller built in versions. 

After messing with the ikea planner for weeks (literally) I decided I could not be bothered with doing the closet in one design, so I had to split them up into two designs, men's side and ladies side. 


For my inventory I needed space for: 

Lots of long dresses and skirts, short sleeve tops, sleeveless tops, long sleeve tops, coats, vests, jammie tops, belts and scarves, bags, shoes and higher boots. Also, I wanted to eliminate the need for dressers (for underwear, bras, bathing suits, jammie pants, yoga pants) in the master so, a number of drawers needed to be factored in. 

I also wanted doors that were mirrored, and some drawers with glass fronts and shelves with glass tops for pretty stuff like pictures, jewelry and perfumes. 

Here is after using the planner on ikea my rough built ins looked in a cad like drawing. 

You enter your dimensions and get a picture like this, note the blue wall is going to become my vanity, so I am not putting closet there and I had to split the right wall so I know I only have 6' 5" to work with there for closet, because the rest of it is open area. 

If you would like you can virtually paint the walls and choose your carpet color to make the virtual closet more realistic but for this I am keeping it black. 

With the Pax system there are only a certain number of sizes, depths and widths for each section. Lets start with the left corner. Here on the whole left side I am able to install the deeper cabinets, they are all going to be 22 7/8 deep. Some will have doors some will not. I am adding my first cabinet, this will be for my jammie tops and bags. 

These are your choices in white, but they also have darker and wooden colors:

If you want hinged doors and to be able to hang clothing by hangers on a pole:
higher--9 foot ceilings
19 5/8 x 92 7/8 x 22 7/8
39 5/8 x 92 7/8 x 22 7/8
shorter--8 foot ceilings
19 5/8 x 79 1/4 x 22 7/8
39 5/8 x 79 1/4 x 22 7/8

If you want hinged doors and NOT be able to hang clothing by hangers on a pole:
higher--9 foot ceilings
19 5/8 x 92 7/8 x 13 3/4
39 5/8 x 92 7/8 x 13 3/4
shorter--8 foot ceilings
19 5/8 x 79 1/4 x 13 3/4
39 5/8 x 79 1/4 x 13 3/4

If you want to be able to hang clothing but not have doors add this size:
tall and short sizes--
29 5/8 x 92 7/8 x 22 7/8
29 5/8 x 79 1/4 x 22 7/8
29 5/8 x 92 7/8 x 13 3/4
29 5/8 x 79 1/4 x 13 3/4

You can see how you can choose the height, depth and width. The 19 inch cabinets can have doors and the 39 inch cabinets can have doors, but not the 29 inch cabinets. 

So here I added a 19 inch cabinet that can have a door.  

So now lets add accessories. Here I added two shelves and a clothing rod. 

And then add a door- This is a Vikedal mirrored door, there are lots to choose from. 

Lets keep going and add more. Now for a larger cabinet with room for laundry baskets. This will be my dress cabinet, then my non door cabinet for drawers, then more hanging cabinet. Now we have this. 

Here is the view with the doors: 

Now for the other side of the closet where shoes and pants (the slide out pants hangers are awesome! and that funny looking hook thing off to the right side is awesome too its for hanging hangers and towels) will go along with some drawers. Because the left side of the closet contains the deep shelves, in order to have walking room we will install the shallower units 13 inches deep, and these will have no doors. 

So, with this... you will get a shopping list and price so you will know exactly how much it costs before walking into the store. Know that they won't pull it for you, and you will be shopping in chaos. It will be heavy and you will be overwhelmed, then you will have to get it home and unload it and all of this stuff is very very heavy. My kids could not go to the kids club cause it was full, but I was on a mission. So I brought them with and took my list and went to the store.

Here is a screenshot of the bottom of the list. And price- Look- now everything is on sale cool! 

My Assembly print out:

Just shoot me! Yes, This is all my stuff for my closet, both carts:

WARNING- EMBARRASSING STORY--I will skip the details of the story of loading the pieces and the Ikea loading helper dropping my glass piece and shattering it, and having both kids, my minivan, and a manager continuously fussing at me to move my parked car out of the loading zone, even though I had to go back in and exchange the piece the worker dropped and... was NOT moving my car. Turns out I made such a fuss that the manager and undercover security came to "help me"- read, "make me angrier" and moved me out of the way of the public because I was so angry and causing a scene. In the end, I was personally escorted out of Ikea by a man who looked like a Redskins Linebacker. And on with the project......

Here was my empty closet space before the cabinetry was installed. 

I brought it all home and started to put things together. The paperwork tells you how to do everything- even which numbered hole to install shelves etc. Here are some action shots: 

You have to lay everything on its side to build the frames, make sure you have a lot of room . 

Deep cabinets.
Shoe Shelf- shallower cabinets.
Joining Cabinets together you will need clamps. 
And when filled it looks pretty good! 
Shoe and Pants storage. 

Please note,  that since the early stages of my closet I have changed things around and added a lighted vanity, still have to spray paint the mirror, but my FIL (a Naval electrical engineer), taught me how to turn a fixture into a plugged in fixture since we did not have the light hardwired into the wall. The Malm vanity is also from Ikea. I love it! That's the beauty of the Pax system, you can change things around as you like. 

Sorry, bad pic,,,,,My vanity area, and YES, I am spray painting the mirror silver.

 And here are more updated pics of my closet:

Perfumes and jewelry.

Love the hanging space. 

Shoes 3 or 4 pair per shelf.

Jammies/ Bags Closet 

Hope you all like my Ikea Pax tutorial, you really can do it yourself! 

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Peace, Kristen 

Friday, October 30, 2015

I'm getting married!!!!..... Project: Wood Burned Sign

Happy Halloween readers!

In the spirit of getting married next week I have made a wood burned sign for my 5 year old son to carry down the aisle before I strut down the aisle with my dad. When I get time, I will post a tutorial as to how to make it. I heart this project! ENJOY....

Here it is:

This was the before a nice long 1x10 :

Happy wedding to me- Happy building to you!

Kristen -
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Lipstick and Sawdust on a Break until September

Transition time- moving....

Hello readers- Thanks for all of the great feedback on my projects, and your following and support.

The last few months I have been working on.....moving. Yep- moving out of my home of 9 years and am building a new house with my fiancé, Date of completion is the middle-end of August. So.... I will be without a shop for a few months, everything going into storage. Lipstick and Sawdust has been reduced to this:

Here are some pics of the progress of the new house:

The third bay? My new shop! So excited! 

So, until I get my shop back I won't be building any custom furniture. Expect some tutorials on trim, the mud room, lighting, decor and much more when we move in and I can get to work.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Shabby Chic Herb Garden Tutorial

Shabby Chic Herb Garden Tutorial 

~Reverse building project~ 
~Even if you don't have a pallet, make it look like a pallet~

Please enjoy my newest tutorial for this super cute herb garden. I used mostly one scrap piece of 3/4 inch plywood to build this entire project. It's funny that I kind of call this project my "reverse build", and here is why: everyone these days are making furniture out of pallets... pallet beds, pallet tables, pallet shelving, pallet rolling carts,  pallet chairs, pallet couches, pallet outdoor furniture, pallet gardens...you name it- someone has made it out of a pallet. A pallet is a wooden structure used for shipping items constructed for a forklift to easily pick it up and move goods around. There are 6 standard pallet sizes, and many people can get their hands on one and spiff it up and build furniture out of it. Mostly made of pine, and not the greatest quality wood it is made to withstand 1,000 pounds of goods. Us "furniture builders" usually cringe when seeing these types of projects, because making something out of a pallet is not really "building", but the truth is you can still make some pretty cool looking stuff from a pallet. Since I don't make it a habit of collecting pallet's. I made my own pallet from the plywood and a few 1x pieces. 

This project is for my son's class project for the school's annual Gala auction, since I am usually the project doer for my kids' classes- I took on this project no problem. The picture I was sent to recreate was this one- made from surprise!  A pallet.

I had to recreate it so - up next find scraps and a buy few new pieces and make a pallet herb garden. 

Here is my version: 

Final dimensions, 49 inches tall x 26 1/4 inches wide x 4 1/4 inches deep 

Here's what you need- 

1 piece of plywood 3/4 inches thick about 4 feet wide and 5 feet long 
3 pieces of 1x2's one at 6 foot and one at 4 foot 
1 1x6 at 27 3/4 inches long 
nail gun w/nails 
old nails with pretty wide tops (to give the piece character)
gorilla/ wood glue
kreg jig and 1 1/4 inch coarse screws 
clamps, paint 
pots for herbs
varnish or sealant if being used outdoors
router (if desired for adding detail)

Cut list- 

3 pieces of cut plywood @ 3.5 inches wide x 49 inches tall x 3/4 inches thick (same size as a 1x4) for side legs and middle 

3 pieces of cut plywood @ 3.5 inches wide x 26 1/4 inches wide x 3/4 inches thick (again, same size as a 1x4 ) for front rails

6 pieces of cut plywood @ 3.5 inches wide x 12 1/8 inches for shelves 

1 piece of 1x6 cut @ 27 3/4 inches wide for front footer

1 piece of plywood cut at 3.5 inches wide x 25 7/8 inches long (same as a 1x4) for back of footer

2 pieces of 1x6 cut at 3.5 inches wide for footer sides

3 1x2's cut @ 26 1/4 inch long 

Starting off- I cut my lumber 

Original plywood scrap

Used circular saw to cut down.

Set my fence at proper width and ripped with my table saw. 

Ripping and more ripping

 Then use your keg jig to drill holes in the sides of the shelves only, these will be installed holes down.

Shelf piece with two sets of keg jig holes drilled. 
You will need 6 shelves. 
Next start to build your first "ladder" Using a speed square and 90 degree angle clamps. I set up my shelves at 15 inches from top, then another 15 inches below that then at about 19 inches from the bottom to allow for the footer to be stable. I am aware these are not spaced "perfectly" but it works.

Use wood glue and screw in the shelves to the side and middle rails. Use a clamp to help strengthen the glue and tighten the integrity of the piece. 

Kreg screws you will need

Wood gluing all joinery with an old little paint brush. 

Underside shot of joining the shelves to the side legs. 
Next, lets give the front rails some character. I used my router to route the wood and give it some coved detailing. I started with the footer and routed each long end of the 1x6 footer to add detail.

A cove router bit looks like this and makes this shape in the wood.

A dangerous picture - holding router while trying to take a pic = prob not the safest. 

Can you see the detailing? 

Then, I attached the footer of the front of the frame. Please note this footer must leave 3/4 of an inch on each end in order for the footer sides to be attached.

See overhang for side footer??

And now the side footers. 

Nail and glue them on. 

Stand her up. 

Very solid- but needs a back to the footer to counterweight.
For the back of the footer. I have no real specific pic of this. But I realized when standing - there needed to be more weight on the back of the piece to steady it. This is when I glued and nailed in the back footer piece. This piece is 25 7/8 inches long and only reaches the top of the bottom shelf. No back overhang. This is mostly for weight and structure. I did not do any fancy routing for this piece. 

Next the front rails. I routed the same cove pattern to the top of each rail and glued and nailed on each rail. Please note there is about 1/4 of an inch hanging over to cover the bottom of each shelf, and about 2 inch lip over the shelf to hold the pots. 

Looks great!

Next for the "let's make it look like an old pallet". I found some old nails that I had pulled out of an old wardrobe and used 2 on each side of the rails to make it look old and like a pallet for real. See? 

Old rusty nail to add character **

**Note I predrilled the holes for these and tapped them into the wood with a rubber hammer. Hammering them in would have bent them or split the wood, they were pretty thick. 

Predrilled and tapped in. 
Then I sanded the entire piece down,  just with 120 all over and with 120 and 220 on the front rails. I wanted this to look like a pallet so not a ton of sanding was needed.

Now to paint. I used a mix of 5 parts Provence and 2 parts French linen Annie Sloan chalk paint that I had on hand. I mixed it in my kitchen with a spoon - it was the perfect amount!

Start painting-
Nice. This thing only needs about one coat. 

Mid painting -

And painting finished! 

And a little light sanding on the corners for distressing. I used a 220 sanding block to sand the edges and some corners, also I sanded over the painted nails so that they would show through- again - trying to make the piece look more shabby.

I bet you are wondering about the back rails the 1x2's huh? Well, I could not add those yet until I purchased the pots, so I just painted them ahead of time while the paint was still mixed and went out to purchase the pots.

I got them at BIG LOTS for 6 dollars for 2. The size are 4.5 inches wide on top to 2 3/4 inches wide on bottom. They are 4 inches tall. Once I brought those home I set them on the shelves and nailed the 1x2's under the rim of the pot snugly so that they would not fall back. 

Next for those purdy names of herbs I added to the garden frame. I wanted to have accurate information on the herbs one could plant in the garden in our area of the country so, I googled "best herbs to grow in _______ (state). Found the top 6 easiest and best to grow together and came up with the following: Chives, Mint, Dill, Rosemary, Parsley, Basil.

I went to a stencil maker program online and printed out these words, then took hours and cut them out with a pair of eyebrow scissors that my German cousin gave me. Turns out Germans make some awesomely sharp little tiny scissors.
Scissors best used for eyebrows, thread, and paper stencils. 

Next I taped the stencil to the dried herb garden frame and stenciled the words carefully using old black spray paint that I dabbed with a q-tip.

That took forever and it was a short word! 
All the words done! Praise God! 

And for the last two parts, I got the terra cotta colored pots in to school for the Pre-K class to paint and then it was time to seal the frame somehow.

At school: We used some extra cream paint I had sitting around for the pots and the Pre-K kids loved painting them with sponge brushes. We let them dry then sprayed with a poly coating for outdoors.

At home in the shop: Now for the sealant. I decided - because I did not want to go spend more money on the project on a varnish I had left in the garage that is made for outdoor projects like my picnic tables I built and for boats etc. It's some pretty tough stuff for the elements, and it's smells very potent. My daughter thought she would die when she caught a whiff of it in the garage. I dipped a rag in the varnish and covered it thinly and quickly to coat and allowed to dry for 2 days.

Wearing my OJ Simpson gloves.
Sorry not a clear pic but hard to do using
varnish this strong. 

Cabot varnish I used actually it did not yellow the paint as I was afraid it would
it was just light enough to coat the frame but not so caked on to discolor the paint. 

And a glam shot!

LOVE THIS PROJECT. It will be auctioned off at the end of April with the seed 
packets for each herb.

Thanks for checking out my tutorial!

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