Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My stenciled closet makes me smile!

My husband was completely baffled when I told him I was going to stencil our guest room/office closet.  "Why?" he asks me. "Because when I walk in there, it will make me smile".  That's what it's all about.  It's the little things for me.  If going into a closet that is nothing more than a glorified catch-all (which it is, since we lack storage in this house) can make me happy, what could be better?!

Ta Da!

Are you smiling yet?  Or even better, did it make you gasp?!  (I love coming upon something that makes me gasp or say "ooooh"...those are the best kind of blog finds)

I know I gave you a little glimpse of the closet when I finished up the office, but I've been so looking forward to showing the whole thing to you.

This was my first large project with stencils.  I used the Casablanca Trellis Moroccan from Royal Designs Studio.  I got it when they had a 1/2 price Sunday sale for that specific stencil in March.  Since we were in Oklahoma at the time, I had it shipped to my sister in Washington and then we drove it back with us to Alaska (I will do nearly anything to avoid those ridiculous shipping costs...I think they wanted $29 more to get it all the way here).

 I didn't get a good before picture, but just imagine builder grade white with wire shelves.  I was going to try and just paint the stencil in beige to entirely avoid painting the walls, but once I got going I realized the walls were just too dirty and dingy to get a good outcome.  I painted the walls with the beige I had on hand and then used my SW Aria Ivory for the stencil (the office walls are Aria Ivory also, so the closet really compliments the room)

It took about 1 1/2 hours to paint the base coat and then the stencil took another 5 hours to complete.

Overall, this went very smoothly.  I had to touch up the corners and the base by hand, but with the design style, it wasn't too hard (it's not perfect, but it's fine, especially for a closet)

In this corner, I didn't finish the whole design because the way the sides were connecting made it appear too busy.  Besides, once the shelves go in, you don't notice those types of details.

The hardest part of this was rehanging the stupid wire shelves (my husband kindly helped me so I wouldn't freak out, as I'm so prone to do when frustrated)

In the end, it was all worth it.

This closet holds my decorating projects and craft tools as well as my boys' dress clothes since they don't have a closet in their room.

I used the aviary prints that used to be in the kids bathroom.  They fit in perfectly here, and elevate the space to feel like a true room.


 I keep my photo albums on the floor.  These are just our dating, new marriage and the first 2 years of our oldest sons life...all the rest of our pictures are sitting on my computer and I desperately need to print and catalog them.  

That will be a huge project, ugh.  I wish I liked scrapbooking.

I've used a folding leaf table to have a landing place for my messes

I'm loving the new tool caddy I snagged from Decor Steals.

Yards of fabric...for those someday sewing projects
My childhood chair sits up in left hand corner.  You can see I opted not to stencil the doorway wall.  It was just too small and would have added unnecessary stress with little reward.

These beer jugs are destined for something great, I just have to figure out what.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my closet.  It's pretty fun decorating something unexpected.

There is no end the ways you could use stencils. My Master Bedroom closet is next on the stencil project list, so stay tuned :)

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  1. Oh yes - it definitely makes me smile - and drool - would give anything for a closet like that!
    I have a teensy little Victorian flat closet :(
    Beautifully done!

  2. It looks lovely!
    Greetings from Australia♥

  3. Fantastic! I so need to do this now!

  4. I would have never thought of doing a closet in fact I'm really impressed you took so much time and effort with this but I have to say it looks just stunning. My husband does not like stencils and I have a few of the press on kind from Stampin Up I've never used. I'm not thinking I may get one of those out again and see about using it in the new basement room he couldn't object to that!

  5. Looks great! I'm about to paint some closets, this gave me ideas!!!


  6. Looks great!! My husband gets baffled by this kind of thing too :) I'm doing up my toddler's big boy room and he couldn't understand why I started with the closet. Men huh!

  7. This looks really lovely. I'm not sure how you had the patience to stencil so carefully in such a small space. Good for you though!


  8. What a pretty closet and deep! Nice job!

  9. Wow! I love it! It looks like a lot of work, but it's such a fun surprise when you open the door!

  10. Love the unexpected look of the stencil. I have plans for my closets too.

  11. I absolutely love this idea! It makes me happy too, thanks for the inspiration. To bad the shelves hide the corner, I kind of like how hey look. found you at Treasure Hunt Thursday

  12. Love it! Why haven't I thought of that…I love my closet, but wow! Neat idea~I'd love for you to share this at my blog party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. It's every Tuesday through Sunday. This would be a great addition! Hope you can stop by!

  13. Oh wow! I love your closet! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Time Travel. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-11.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. Your closet looks fantastic--very inspiring!

  15. oh i love your closet!! that's a lot of hardwork and it sure paid off =) if i had a closet like yours, i would probably remove the doors so people can see how awesome my closet is!! lol!!

    visiting from flaunt it fridays..


  16. Hi Miranda! Just stopping by from Freckled Laundry Textile Party to see your amazing closet stencil project. I've wanted to stencil or even free-hand a design in my closet for the longest time. Thank you for the inspiration! When you have a moment, please stop by and say hello!

  17. This is the most beautiful closet I have ever seen.

  18. Every woman's closet should feel like a retreat, and yours is stunning. I love that you took the time to make a small corner in your home your own little slice of Alaskan paradise. Way to go!

  19. I just LOVE your closet too! Makes me smile! You did a great job on the stencilling and love the bird prints :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  20. Wow! I never would have thought of the idea of painting or stenciling a closet... but, wow! It definitely made me smile :) It's cheery, and you almost don't want to hide it with a closet door!

    Found you at I Gotta Create!

  21. Wow!! So beautiful! You use the closet all the time so why not have it make you smile?!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  22. Love it! I plan to stencil the closet in my master bedroom, as well - but I'm dreading emptying it first!

    Stopping by from Feature Friday Free-For-All. :)

  23. Miranda- THis takes a closet to a whole nother level! First I need to build me a functional closet in my 110 year old house and then I can do this!

    Thank you for stopping by and for the sweet words you left. I love your blog title BTW, So appropriate.


  24. Love it! Might think of doing this with my vintage built in closet.....

  25. What a great idea to treat the closet like a small room!! No wonder you smile when you see it! -Marci

  26. Looks GREAT! I love how you added the bird art. It really makes it feel special.

  27. Wow! What a difference a little paint and stencil can make!! Where did you get your stencil....maybe I missed that part :) It looks very lovely!
    Brooke @ Design Stash

  28. I never thought about painting a closet, but I love this! Thanks for linking up to our Pretty Things party. Hope to see you back next week!

  29. Girl, I've been waiting with baited breath on this post. It looks AWESOME. I've featured you on today's Tuesday Ten: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/08/new-tuesday-ten.html

    Thanks for linking up yesterday!

  30. totally agree - it made me smile too! I used a similar pattern wall paper in my powder room, check it out if you time/ Great job :-)


  31. I am smiling, you closet room is so pretty. Love the stencil and the wall color. I just finished stenciling a stairway wall and boy was that a lot of work because of all the angles. Love the aviary birds on the wall, does help to make it look like a room. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success! PS - following you on Linky!

  32. this looks so good! one day i will stencil something!

  33. Hi Miranda, I'm so glad that I'm following you! I have been scared to death to try stenciling but yours looks so good! I'm inspired:) Thanks for posting on Adventures of a DIY Mom link party!


  34. Love this so much I'm featuring it tomorrow! :)

  35. I absolutely LOVE your stenciled closet! And I'm totally jealous, I wish my closets looked that good :) I'm featuring you at this week's party! I hope you'll stop by again and grab your feature button if you want it :) http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-8/

  36. Yup, that would totally make me smile too! Thank you for sharing at our
    Pinteresting Party!

  37. Your closet makes me smile too. It's like the happy surprise you get when you open a drawer that's been painted or papered! This inspires me to make my closets cute & stylish. Featuring this tonight! Thanks for sharing with air your laundry friday! xo Jami

  38. Your closet makes me smile too. It's like the happy surprise you get when you open a drawer that's been painted or papered! This inspires me to make my closets cute & stylish. Featuring this tonight! Thanks for sharing with air your laundry friday! xo Jami

  39. Oh my goodness I love your closet! You did great! I'm featuring you on Saturday at It's Overflowing!

    XO, Aimee

  40. Lovely closet! I love your color choice too.

    PS: Thanks for linking upto Show Me What You Got Tuesday's at ODH.

    Mrs. Delightful

  41. Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Martha Mondays! I do hope you’ll drop by again this week and share another post : )




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