This is a long post, so hold on to your hats.
I am notorious for loving paint. I have probably repainted every room in my house AT LEAST two or three times. It can change the mood of the room, make it look cleaner and fresher, and really update older rooms (like every one in our house).
The rooms in our house that haven't been tackled by my paintbrush only consist of the garage, and about half of the closets. Make that 40% of the closets now, because the nursery's closet just got a makeover. Take a look at what we were working with:
Dingy, dirty, scuffed up, and just ugly. I couldn't let our baby girl store her adorable, new clothes in such a nasty place. Not to mention this stuff:
YUCK. I will never buy another house with the original BROWN wood baseboards, doors, etc. It's taken me 5 years to paint them all by hand, and it's still not done. Over. It.
I knew a little paint could fix this problem, but I also wanted to make it a fun place for our daughter. Sounds odd to have a FUN closet, doesn't it? Take a look what happened when I mixed together some light turquoise paint with some crisp white molding paint, and added a large section of surprise paint.
I removed the doors and they will stay off. I want this to be a part of the room, not a place to hide clutter. I'll get to that big black wall in a second.
Our whole goal in this room is to have storage, storage, and MORE storage. I know how kid's clutter can pile up, but I'd like to contain most of it to her room. It's literally right off the family room, so there is no reason we can't put things away at the end of the day. So, we also purchased this wall storage unit from Ikea:
Right now, it's just holding things that will go into her dresser when it comes in (MORE storage!), gifts for others, and my sewing materials, but I'm positive that we will not have an issue filling this thing once those are removed. We also plan to pick up more baskets for hidden storage. Aunt Tiay even has her own cubby, filled with the books and toys she has already given our little girl, for easy access on her visits :)
Okay, so back to my open closet plan. That paint on the bottom isn't black paint, but this:
Chalkboard Paint!! How fun is that? I'm hoping when she's old enough, this can keep her entertained while I pick up her room, fold and put away laundry, or stuff cloth diapers...since these will be an almost everyday occurrence. Once the room was put back together and a couple outfits (only the ones that have yet to be washed) were hung, I decided to write her a little message to test it out. Here is the final product:
Look who popped into my shot...little rascal.
Only a Mom can love that sweet, droopy face :)
Let's go back to the before:
And now, the AFTER:
Bye bye ugly, dated molding!
This project cost me around $10 for the pint of chalkboard paint, since I mixed together some dark turquoise with the white molding paint, both of which I already had on had. Jackpot.
I also got a little paint crazy with this 16 inch "K" that I picked up from Hobby Lobby. The gold HAD to go.
All it needed was some white, spray primer and a coat of light turquoise leftover from the closet.
Not bad for 3 1/2 hours of painting, right?