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How to Bring your Boring Closets to Life (Before and After)

Discover a simple painting trick that will make a small boring space look bigger and lighter. That’s how I transformed my entry closet into a chic craft room!

We spend a lot of time picking colors for the visible walls around our home, but we often forget about the closets thinking that they are not that important. In fact, we see this closed spaces more than we think. So yes, we should try to bring them to life with a pretty color that make us happy.

It’s even more important to pay attention to those details when our we have walk-in a closet that actually can be used as a functional room. For example, I was craving for a space where I could store my craft and sewing material. Our closet in our living is actually pretty big and we don’t use it so I decided to make it my own creative room.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

The problem was that it was painted in a yellowish beige tone and the walls really looked dirty, especially since I don’t have enough natural light coming in. I wanted something fresh and clean, so I decided to use a color named Extra White (SW 7006). This bright color makes my new craft room look crisp and it has a modern touch that I really like.

I also used Silver Peony (SW 6547) to highlight some artwork prints and paint some stripes on the walls. Horizontal stripes are an amazing painting trick to make walls long longer so they whole space look bigger. They also look really chic. Vertical stripes make the walls look taller, this works for big spaces with low ceilings.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

MATERIALS:

  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Silver Peony SW 6547. Matte
  • 2 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Extra White SW 7006. Matte
  • 1 Purdy® White Dove™ Roller Cover
  • KWIK-Release™ 9″ Roller Frame
  • 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth
  • 1 ½” Sherwin Williams Contractor Series® Extra Firm Angle Sash Brush
  • Multi surface Scotch tape

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

STEPS:

1. Start by cleaning the walls with a dry cloth to remove dirt or dust.

2. Use tape around the molding and to adhere the plastic drop cloth and protect your floors.

3. Paint the walls with the roller and use an angle brush for the ceiling, corners and other

details. I used the color named Extra White (SW 7006), it looks really crispy and clean.

4. When the walls are already painted in that base color, measure and mark a few horizontal stripes on the wall. Use a roller to cover the stripes and wait for a few hours until the paint dries to remove the tape.

When your walls are dry you are ready to start organizing your clothes, material and anything else you want to store in your new, fresh and crispy closet.

EXTRA TIP:

Pick one color in two different shades for the stripes on the wall. That way the effect will be subtle and chic. That’s one of the reasons I decided to use a white base with a violet hue that is really light and blends great on the whole space but still make it look cheerful and clean.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. The original post is in Spanish on the Sherwin-Williams Latino blog. Find it here. 

 

I hope this DIY project inspired you to transform a boring dark closet into something functional and bright that you can enjoy!

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