I thought I better start this post with a pretty picture to catch your attention. I’m currently writing this on my laptop staring at an empty closet. And closets, while essential, aren’t typically the most interesting rooms in your house!
But it is clean and fresh looking, isn’t it?! Kind of makes me wish I didn’t have to fill it back up. But that clothing rack in my bedroom is an eyesore, so I guess I’ll have to. But before I do that, shall we talk about where this project started?
There are actually two closets connected to our master bathroom. One is smallish, with a bad location (think Monopoly purple spaces.) 😉 And the other is large, with a great location. Possibly the yellow spaces??! Can you guess which closet was Hubby’s? Of course you can!! But wait for it …. I’ve invited Hubby to move up to Marvin Gardens!! Shocking!!
Before you think I’ve been inhaling too many paint fumes, hear me out. Once we removed everything from both closets, it was obvious that they had become more “storage” closets than actually clothes closets. It makes sense. Neither Hubby or I have that many clothes, so our closets ended up being filled with all that “in between” stuff. Stuff you can’t bring yourself to get rid of or you don’t want to permanently put away because you may need it in a couple of months.
Now is a good time to purge. Hubby’s work culture has changed dramatically over the years, and he seldom wears business suits anymore. The majority were donated, and the few keepers went to the dry cleaners beause boy were they dusty! I purged and donated as well, but it’s much more likely that my clothes will be ripped up and made into rag rugs. (Check with your local charity shop. I use to toss anything that had a little stain or rip, but now that I know there is a use for them, I donate all my old clothes.)
Once both closets were empty, we could assess the physical damage. Painting the ceilings was numero uno on the list. The photo below is of Hubby’s smaller closet.
Then the molding, doors, and shelves got a fresh coat of paint. If we hadn’t recently remodeled the master bathroom, it’s possible I could have skipped this step. But if I had to paint the front of the doors, I’m going to paint the back. Plus, who doesn’t love freshly painted woodwork? If we hadn’t been having the rainiest winter ever, I could have sprayed the doors. Luckily, I’m pretty good with a paint brush, so it wasn’t that bad. But if you’re nervous about painting woodwork and doors, I would suggest you add Floetrol to help the paint level out and to minimize brush strokes.
The primer looks so white, doesn’t it?? Pictured below is the same door after the walls had also been painted. The trim color is a crisp white, but not too bright.
The shelves were only difficult to paint because of their size and weight. Why do I always start these projects when I’m the only one home??!! Good thing I work out. 😉 Painting flat surfaces like these shelves is quick and easy with Painter’s Pyramid Stands and a small high density foam roller. I just had a little assembly line going out in my garage. Prime … dry …. flip … prime …. dry …. flip …. paint …. dry ….
The railings were stained in our bonus room, where I had another assembly line going. A cleaning wipe, Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, and a couple coats of Rust-oleum stain with an old sock was all it took to update these builder grade railings. They look so much better now!
I know a lot of people wouldn’t paint their closet a color, but I just went to the trouble of painting all that woodwork. I want it to pop! We chose the same wall color as our bathroom. Apologies again about the boring pictures. It’s really hard to photograph a closet!
And the final step was cleaning the carpet! Years ago we bought a Hoover Power Scrub, and we’ve been really happy with it.
Do I feel it was worth the time and energy to update our closets? Absolutely. The only negative is now I’ve noticed that the pantry and downstairs coat closet need the same treatment. :/ But that’s how it goes, isn’t it? One finished project always creates another one!
I’m currently trying a new finishing technique on a couple pieces of furniture, so you’ll have to be on the lookout for them. (Fingers crossed it’s not a Pinterest fail!!) And I’m continuing to “play” with my camera. I’ll close with a couple pics of what’s blooming in our yard. D.C. isn’t the only Washington with cherry blossoms! 😀 Till next time, Cynthia
God bless the original homeowner for planting these gorgeous trees!!
p.s. As always, if you have any specific questions, just ask. I read and respond to each comment. 😀
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