Small Space, Big Impact: Paint Your Closet and Happify Your Home

Small Space, Big Impact: Paint Your Closet and Happify Your Home

Aug 18, 2017
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(Image credit: Dutch Boy® Paints)

It's the little things that matter most — those surprises that make you happy when you're home. They don't have to be expensive; in fact, the best details are often the ones that cost the least. The flea market bookends on your shelf, the cast-iron frying pan your mom gave you, or the burnt salmon closet doors you painted yourself. That last one is so simple, you might even choose to make it happen this weekend. Not a burnt salmon person? No problem! Here's how bring any kind of color to your closet (inside and out).

(Image credit: Dutch Boy® Paints)

For this project, you just need a few things: Dutch Boy® Interior Wall and Trim Paint for the inside of your closet, Dutch Boy® Cabinet, Door & Trim Paint for the outside of your door, and a few simple painting supplies. It's fun to choose one color for the outside and another for the inside; it creates a moment of surprise every time you open your closet doors.

If you're into the idea of using different colors but a little daunted, start here. The post is an oldie but a goodie (remember the color wheel?) that will help you choose two colors that work together, whether you're going the complementary ("opposite") or monochromatic route.

(Image credit: Dutch Boy® Paints)

Here's What You'll Need:

Here's What You'll Do Inside Your Closet:

1. Clean your closet.

Take everything out of the closet, remove any in-the-way hardware with your screwdriver, and wipe the walls and any shelving with a clean, damp cloth.

2. Tape and cover.

Cover your closet floor with the drop cloth. Use painter's tape to cover the edges of your baseboards, ceiling and any molding or trim.

3. Twist, pour, and paint!

The Dutch Boy® Twist-and-Pour® container is easy to hold, open and pour. No more prying the metal lid off with a screwdriver, plus the built-in spout helps alleviate messy spills. Pour the paint into your tray, and use your angled brush to paint inside the edges of your taped areas. Then, use your mini roller to paint the rest. After you've poured, the cap screws right back on so it's good (and clean) to go next time.

4. Remove the tape and clean up.

Before the paint dries, while it's still damp, remove the painter's tape. Use your damp cloth to wipe away any paint that might have seeped through. Follow the suggested drying time on the paint can label.

5. Add a second coat, if you like.

Depending on how your closet looks, you might want to add a second coat of paint. Just follow steps 2–5 again.

Here's What You'll Do Outside Your Closet:

1. Prep the door.

Remove the hardware on your door, and use the sandpaper to sand any rough or glossy surfaces. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth to prep for painting.

2. Tape and cover.

Cover the floor with your drop cloth. Use painter's tape to cover the door frames and hinges. Smooth the tape down as you go to make sure you have a tight seal.

3. Twist, pour, and paint!

Using your Dutch Boy® Twist-and-Pour® container, pour the paint into your tray, then use your angled brush to paint the door panels and any hard-to-reach areas. Use your mini roller to paint the remaining area.

4. Remove the tape and clean up.

Before the paint dries, while it's still damp, remove the painter's tape. Use your damp cloth to wipe away any mistakes. Follow the suggested drying time on the paint can label.

5. Add a second coat, if you like.

Depending on how your closet looks, you might want to add a second coat of paint. Just follow steps 2-5 again.

6. Enjoy your new closet!

Reattach your hardware, put your clothes back, and bask in your colorful new closet every time you open it!

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