When we last left the Playroom closet, it looked like this:
When it was time to paint I grabbed a leftover gallon of Decorator White and applied it to everything, walls, trim, shelf, ceiling... yep, even the ceiling was painted green and needed to be redone.
It was at about that time that the HUbs came in.
Hubs: "Lookin' pretty good."
Erin: "Yeah, I guess. I mean it's clean and all, but I can't help but feel like I'm missing an opportunity."
Hubs: "Erin, it's just a closet..."
Erin: "Yeah. I'm going to Home Depot"
Hubs: "I immediately regret that response."
So it was off to Home Depot to blow my $0 budget and buy a quart of a more fun color paint. I was inspired from all your comments in this post about being a little bold in this room and going for a punch of color. I've really been wanting to try orange, but orange is so hard to do right, so I thought taking a test in this closet would give me a little practice. I went with the most muted orange I could find, with a definite gray undertone.
And the results:
Now I'm just stalling to move those bright orange pictures farther down your screen...
This shot was taken at night, so the color isn't quite as bold as it looks here, but it is bold. I don't think I would use it on the whole room, but its a fun and unexpected burst of color when the doors open. It's definitely making me want to repaint the Playroom walls though, likely something a bit more grassy green than the mint to work better with the closet.
I added a few L brackets into the studs under the shelf to give it some support in the middle, and then put everything back in.
As a reminder, here's our before:
Little bit of an improvement, eh?
I just have the one big shelf on top, but as you can see there's still room above that storage bin for a second shelf if we feel the need for it in the future.
And here's my little man after he politely asked me to step aside so that he could take a photo with his camera. I asked him what he was going to do with the picture and he responded, "I'm putting it on my blog Mommy." Duh.
I've created a monster.