The Barn has a closet. Yay for progress! If you watched my IGTV then you got the first look at our progress. Did you know Instagram has it’s on tv now!? I just shared my first show in the form of a progress tour of our new entertainments space I’ve dubbed The Barn. Now I want to take you even more behind the scene’s and explain what the heck we did (because I all looks relatively the same.)
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So we have started the tedious process of getting the boring stuff out of the way. After having installed our new exterior door last week, it was time to get the closet completed. We needed a space in this room to store all of Chris’ recreational equipment. That included totes upon totes of hunting and fishing gear. Therefore, we required a closet.
How to frame out a closet
Chris started with the framing, which was pretty simple since it only required one straight wall. There will be a doorway in the middle of the wall. The whole process was fairly basic since the room was already down to studs. Lucky for us, all the equipment needed for this task we already owned or borrowed, but I’ll leave links in case you are wondering what we used.
We started everything off by nailing a 2×4 along the joists in the ceiling going the entire length of the room. This gave us a header. Since the doorway would fall in the center of the wall, we broke the framing out into two sections. Assembling each section by using 2x4s which were cut to size with a miter saw and a framing gun to attach them. Each section was stood up and anchored to the concrete floor using a hammer drill.
Next up we had to frame out the doorway. We added a simple 1×10 and a 2×4 to create the header for the doorway. Once this is finished, we will trim it out and add two sliding barn doors on the front side.
With the wall completely framed out, and the wiring for a few of the plugs moved, Chris added insulation. This room is off of our detached garage and lacked insulation, to begin with. We knew that this was a must to create a comfortable entertainment space. Once that was done to the entire room we could begin finishing out the closet.
Finishing out the closet on a budget
To save a few bucks and time, Chris made the decision to use OSB, a basic plywood, to finish out the closet space. Since the primary use was storage and it would be hidden from sight, this was an area we were ok to take a discounted approach with, instead of sheetrock. If you remember back to this post, we discussed our shopping list and how we try to buy all of our items at once. We made this decision at that time to do the OSB closet. He used a table saw to cut the sheets and the framing gun to attach them to the studs.
The last step to complete the closet space was to cover all of the electrical outlets. All that’s left for this space is to build a simple shelving unit, seal the floors and finish it off with the door. The decorator in me may even whitewash that OSB for a more pleasing look.
The lighting is a simple fluorescent light that was already in this room. We added a plugin in the closet and moved it in there.
What do you think, whitewash the OSB or leave the mans closet alone!? Comment below, I love hearing from you.