Occasionally, after finishing a big project like the Fullmer Kitchen or our bathroom renovation or the backyard–we share a budget breakdown. We get asked for them often and we get it, you’re curious what it costs to do projects like these! For some projects, it wouldn’t make sense because labor varies so much from area to area, but when we’re DIYing the whole thing–and taking you along for the ride, hopefully empowering you to be able to achieve or try something similar–labor costs aren’t included and it’s a lot easier to give you a ballpark.
Here’s how the closet budget breaks down!
$239 – Ceiling Paneling (See the full how-to here!)
$699 – Chandelier
$37 – Curtain Rod
$448 – Curtains: Custom from Martha & Ash, Fabric
$220 – Paint: Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball (You can see more on painting the closet here!)
$8 x 41 = $328 – Cabinet Knobs
$3,439 – Mirror: Custom from Handmade Industries
$2,150 – IKEA PAX: (See more on building the wardrobes here! You can also see how to use the IKEA PAX wardrobe planner here!)
$1,199 – Ottoman
$781 – LED undercabinet lighting
$2,750 – Rug: The Vintage Rug Shop
$229 – Chair
$11 x 5 = $55 – Marble Knobs
$559 – Vanity
We also love to pair these kinds of posts with some budget friendly alternatives. Some people LOVE this, some people HATE this. And I think the people that don’t like it, it’s because, well why didn’t you just use the budget friendly alternative in the first place?!
Valid question! Sometimes, when it comes to things like the light fixture or desk–the size was a determining factor. And for other things like the rug (one of a kind vintage) and mirror (custom made) –we purchased at full price from small shops that we have followed on Instagram forever and were honored to support. We have always loved mixing high and low and because we went low on the cabinetry (Ikea Pax, for the win!), we felt good about including some splurge pieces, too!
But that doesn’t mean you have to! I always recommend splurging on something. (Remember: “Splurge” is obviously going to mean something different to everybody!) Maybe it’s a piece of art or curtains or hardware. It will automatically make you feel more invested in the space. And then save where you can! Hopefully the Look For Less ideas below will help open up your mind even more to making your own dream closet.
Crystal Chandelier: $147
Swivel Mirror: $229
Plaid Curtains: $34
Gold Knobs (pack of 5): $21
Leather Ottoman: $339 (another good one!)
Desk: $474 (this is another great one that is currently sold out)
LED undercabinet lighting: $15
Although we used the real Farrow & Ball paint in our closet, we’ve also had pretty good luck color-matching Farrow & Ball paint at Sherwin Williams. The depth is NOT the same to F&B’s formula (it’s magic, I swear) but the color is there if you want to go that route!