Today's guest poster needs no introduction but I'll introduce her anyway. It's Kate of Centsational Girl! It will come as no surprise that she whipped up her master closet into glam style in no time. Not only does it look beautiful but I love how she did something so few people seem to have the courage to do - paint ugly laminate shelving! I'll let her tell you all about it.
One Saturday afternoon I decided I was tired of the brown shelving and wanted to paint them gray with the hint of perfect peony pink on the walls ~ completely and totally girl. My mister told me I was crazy so I reminded him that he had his own closet with brown laminate shelving off our bedroom and he could keep his brown shelves, fondle them, caress them and sing sweet love songs to them.
As for me and my closet, we were going girly glam all the way. I envisioned something completely feminine, more like a boutique! So I painted the shelves and the walls, switched out the chandelier, and refinished the jewelry chest too. Then I put only half my clothes back inside and I think I’ll just live that way forever.
Originally, I thought about wallpaper on the walls, but after considering the cost and the extensive and precise trimming required to install around all that shelving, I took the simple route and opted for paint instead. I’ve painted laminate before, the trick is to use the right primer. Oil based Zinsser Cover Stain has always worked for me.
For the paint, I chose ‘Mellow Pink’ for the walls, and ‘Pewter’ for the shelving, both by Benjamin Moore, then I added a clematis stencil in champagne and silver metallic paint, and scattered the whimsical stems around the space. A quick coat of white spray paint on an old shiny brass chandy and a new ceiling medallion adds a bit more glam to this closet space.