Thursday, January 30, 2014

From Functional to Fantastique: Master Closet Reveal + Stenciling a Glam Gold Wall

Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall
Bonjour! Bienvenue à mon placard! I don't know at which point this closet makeover started feeling a little french to me, but I like it because it's like no other area in our house and it gives me an excuse to finally use my college french. My parents will be happy about that. Could it be because of all the classic black and white and patterns like stripes and damask that's in here? Or maybe it's the pretty girly touches that you don't usually see in the rest of our house because of my alliances with the opposite sex. This closet is tres féminin, but my husband loves it too, could be because of the black, or maybe because it's finally tidy! I am ze locksmith of love, no?

Just so you can see how far this closet has come, here is a glimpse of the "before" closet. You can see more before photos here:
Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall
Le boo! Let's forget about this before photo and move on to the "afters". Oui, oui!


Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall


Can I just say how hard it is to get good pictures in a dark closet with no windows and only an overhead light? Sacrebleu! Excuse the shadows and glare from the pendant light, but it's much better than the old blinding orb that used to be in here.
Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall
Yes, I hang my clothes by color of the rainbow. I was born in the Rainbow State after all. Compulsive much?


I got rid of so much clothes that I had enough room to hang my purses on the rod. Most of my handbags are not structured so they don't sit nicely on a shelf. I got this idea from Ruth's closet at Living Well Spending Less. She has a really great post on creating a minimal, well organized closet. Hanging your bags is a good way to give them a little space and be able to see them all easily:
Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall

Black and white storage boxes now hold extra pareos, manicure/nail polish supplies, and nightgowns:
Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall


The black and white inspiration for this closet came from my love for all things noir et blanc, but especially from this little black and white Mackenzie-Childs canister that's been a staple item in my closet for years now:
Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall
This pretty little canister reminds me of a sweet time when our son was first born and I was very much into black and white checks and harlequin patterns, thanks to the whimsical designs of Mackenzie-Childs. I'm still really drawn to them. I loved all things M-C and had painted several pieces back then to mimic the Mackenzie-Childs checkers and stripes look. I picked up this canister, along with the pink striped canister behind it (and a few other things), the first time I ever went to NYC. I had made a "Must-See While in NYC" list and the Mackenzie-Childs store was near the top of that list. My friend Bobbi Jo (my pink cake friend!), who I was with on that trip, was rather amused at my list and the ensuing hunt for this little store up and down West 57th Street, but once I found it (I might have squealed a little), I think she finally understood my *slightly* obsessive excitement with Mackenzie-Childs. I couldn't wait to finally see the store in person and it did not disappoint! It's still one of my favorite stores to visit while in NYC, just for a little whimsical fantaisie. But I digress. Bons moments...
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The necklace organizers inside this shelf slide out for easy access. Made 'em here.


Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall
Scarf rack on the wall. Made it here.

Notice there are no shoes in this closet? I grew up in a place where we always took shoes off at the door before entering the house, so all my shoes are stored by the front and garage doors. I'll have to show you our coat closet by the front door with the built-ins for shoes, but that's for another day. :)


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Here's how we transformed this closet from boring functional to fantastique:
  1. Painted the closet with a fresh coat of white and installed new metal hanging rods.
  2. Added a gold feature wall using Royal Design Studio's Rockin' Roses Stencil - see below for details. I wish you could see all the shimmer and dimension of this wall, it is even prettier in person. You can see glimpses of it in some of the photos.
  3. Added baseboard molding.
  4. Changed out the wood supports on the feature wall that support the shelf and hanging rods to make them look less like supports and more like an intentional decorative molding across the wall.
  5. Made Slide-Out Hanging Organizers and added lots of hooks for necklaces, scarves, belts, ties, etc.
  6. Added other DIY custom organizers like a scarf rack and drawer dividers when I tried to Bring Sexy Back to Closets à la Justin Timberlake. What says sexy more than drawer dividers?! Don't answer that.
  7. Got rid of the larger dresser and mirror and replaced it with a smaller mirror and the black and white Craigslist jewelry armoire. That piece is all dressed up now, like a tuxedo! ♪I be on my suit and tie...♫ Excusez-moi, I couldn't help myself with another Justin Timberlake reference.
  8. Removed the old lighting and installed an Ikea light that I sorta hacked (I'll post the details on how I made-over this light next week). Update: Done! Click here to see how I madeover this light.
  9. Changed the drawer pulls on the built in drawers to these Ikea Metrik handles that I spray painted gold. It's amazing what just changing the pulls can do to a space. 
  10. Added extra storage baskets and boxes. Customized standard white storage boxes with decorative details (new post on that soon!)
  11. Went through all our stuff and got rid of a ton of it. Okay, maybe not a ton, but I'd say at least 1/2 the stuff that was in there. Woohoo!
Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall

THE GOLD WALL
Can we talk about the wall for a few minutes? It is my favorite part of this master closet makeover! I feel tres chic when I walk into this closet in part because of this glamorous wall. Even my manly man husband, who walked into the room while I was stenciling it, seemed genuinely surprised and said, "Wow! That looks really good!" I'm pretty sure he wasn't expecting to like a metallic gold floral wall after the look I got when I first described it to him. If gold isn't your thing, I could see this in a beautiful light gray tone or blush-y pink; maybe even the Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid. I could also see something very dramatic with black.

Royal Design Studio was kind enough to send me the Rockin' Roses Damask Stencil to try out because I was so in love with this pattern. I've used different stencils before and this one is really nice. It's large, the cuts are very precise and clean, and it lays very flat, even after shipping (it's well protected). You can use any kind of paint you want when stenciling, but I used Royal Design Studio's bright gold stencil creme paint and was really pleased with it. I wanted more of a brighter yellow-gold since I think that looks great with black and white, but they also have an antique gold that I'd love to try. This paint is really creamy and doesn't leave much residue on the stencil so it doesn't gunk up (professional stenciling term) on the stencil or on the edges like other paints. J'adore the metallic shimmer to it. 

If you've not stenciled before, or even if you have, I suggest making a sample board before you begin just so you know what to expect and can practice how to stencil, how much paint to apply, etc. You can use leftover cardboard, poster board, whatever you have to make a sample board. Paint it using the base paint color and let dry, then stencil over the top. The key to stenciling is "less is more" - use very little paint and blot! If you use too much paint, it will seep under the stencil and jack up your pretty design. It's much easier doing a sample board than repainting the wall after realizing you messed up or didn't like it, so practice first. I did several boards so I can show you a couple different stenciling methods and to test some colors out:
Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall
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Sample board #1 was made using this stencil brush and a light circular motion with the brush across the stencil. You can see this technique has a much more hand painted feel with lighter areas to give it lots of variation. I was looking for more of a solid look, but wanted to show this to you as it can be very charming in different applications.

Sample board #2 was made using a small foam roller and rolling the paint on right over the stencil using a somewhat light pressure while rolling. Don't go all hardcore here and apply a lot of pressure or paint will seep under the stencil.This method is much faster than the stencil brush and results in a more solid painted finish. The other photo of the #2 sample board shows the same board from a different angle. You can see the pretty metallic glimmer better in that shot. Ooh la la! 

Sample board #3 was made using a different color. I had a darker gold regular acrylic latex paint that I wanted to try but it was too dark and brown and it didn't have that shimmery metallic look I was looking for.

I'm not going to go through all the step by step details of how to stencil - this post is already long enough and there are plenty of tutorials out there for that, like Royal Design Studio's entire How to Stencil section on their website. I'll just show you the before and after and share a couple more tips below. It's like magique!

After: 
Et voilà!
Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall
You can see there's a crawlspace access door on that wall. I just stenciled right over it and painted a faux "molding" at the bottom to line up with the baseboard molding. The pattern helps camouflage that door a little better, no?

It took me about 4 hours to stencil this wall. That included some waiting around and snacking between coats of paint since I put two light coats on per stencil to get a more solid look. Using a foam roller really helped make this go faster and was much easier on the wrist than the brush. I will say that one thing you'll need a lot of is patience when stenciling a large project. Lots of patience. Some kind of alcoholic beverage would have helped too, and since we're in a french mood, I'd suggest a French 75 or 77. Warning: Crooked lines are quite possible when drinking cocktails while stenciling. I'll admit that towards the end I was losing steam so the stenciled area closer to the corners don't have as solid a coverage as the central areas, but it still looks fine. I also haven't mastered the art of painting corners and edges without cussing. Serious !@#$% was going on in those moments. But it was worth it!

Don't get too obsessed with the details and about areas that have a little seepage or the coverage isn't quite the same everywhere - in the scheme of things when you stand back and look at the whole thing, it's going to look grand!
Master Closet Makeover and Stenciling a Glam Wall

Come back tomorrow when I team up with Royal Design Studio for a magnifique giveaway
Check out some of the GORGEOUS Royal Design Studio stencils and start thinking of something in your own home that you want to transform, then check back in tomorrow for details on how you can enter and win. Bon chance!

Disclosure: Royal Design Studio provided the stencil, brush, and paint free of cost for my review (merci, Regina and RDS!). No monetary compensation was paid for this post and all opinions here are mine. Word. 

And while we're fully disclosing, I admit to going wayyy overboard on ze whole french thing in this post even though ze closet is only *slightly* reminiscent of ze french style decor. Pardonnez moi.

Aloha (et au revoir!),
Sharon




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35 comments:

  1. It looks amazing! I love the stencil and all the black and white. It feels very French to me, too! I can't wait to see your shoe closet. We're in the process of building a shoe rack for our mudroom right now.

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  2. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the gold shimmer stenciled wall and the black and white accents! Your closet is divine!

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  3. Love your new closet! It's so nice and neat. Pinning to use as inspiration for ours! Love that accent wall too!

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    1. Thank you Luisa! Now to keep it looking neat. I'm inspired to now though! :) Sharon

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  4. Sharon, AMAZING doesn't even begin to describe your closet. I wish my closet was a little bigger to re-do. But, you have ideas swirling around in my head ;-)

    xoxo
    Denyse

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    1. Aw, thanks buddy! I'm glad its giving you some ideas for your own space. xoxo, Sharon

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  5. LOVE everything about your closet re-do!! You did a fantastic job with everything, especially the beautiful stenciled wall. I really love that gorgeous metallic gold!! I'm curious about the cute little black and white circular tray you have some perfumes and jewelry on - it's really adorable, did you make it?

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    1. Thanks Jamie! I did make that tray, I didn't really mention that, did I? It's a fuschia colored tray I bought at Hobby Lobby in the party section area for around $8 and I used striped paper to wrap just the outside because I wanted the inside to still show the pink. Hobby Lobby carries round mirrors to set candles on and one of them fits the inside of this tray perfectly. I think you could wrap the outside with washi tape too, but I couldn't find a tape I liked better than these stripes. Thanks for noticing that and for commenting! Sharon

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    2. Ahhhh I love it! I might just have to steal that idea!! :) I want something for my new desk to put all my perfume bottles on and that would be so perfect! Thanks Sharon!!

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  6. Wow Sharon, your closet is so glamorous, sophisticated and of course, so very organized! Love that even your bags have a spot to hang. And that stencil really is a beautiful touch!

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  7. I thought your stenciling was wallpaper??? It is perfect!! Love love LOVE your closet and I too am obsessed with Mackenzie-Childs. I guess I will have to put that on my list of things to see. Good Job Girl!!!

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  8. This is just beautiful! I really love that stencil and the gold paired with black and white is perfect! You did a great job!

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  9. Fabulous! I am in a middle of my closet makeover and it was a great dose of inspiration!Thanks.

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    1. I'm glad! Thanks for stopping by. Sharon

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  10. Wow it is beautiful and looks very functional. Great job!

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  11. GIRL YOU DID IT! And it is stunnnning! The gold wall is too good. She is magnifique!

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  12. This is gorgeous, and I am absolutely pinning this - we are buying a house right now, and I am planning out so many makeovers in my head!!! Love this!

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  13. Okay...I am now jealous. Just look at your awesome closet. Thanks for sharing it at my party this week.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  14. What an awesome closet ... awesome job!! It would take me even longer than normal to get ready cause I'd be staring at my glammed up closet!

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  15. It looks amazing Sharon!! Unbelievably great. I love the stenciled wall- so pretty and it adds so much life. It looks like such a bright enjoyable space to be in now. I am working on our closet still... somehow I came to a standstill at about 90% done. Why do I do that? Anyhow, I am inspired to get going on it again thanks to you!!

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    1. Thank you Krista! I know what you mean about not having some projects completed, I do that too sometimes! I'm glad you're inspired to finish that closet, you will be so happy you did!

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  16. Sharon!!! Oh my, how amazing is this closet - you did such an incredible job and how much am I loving that gold wall?? I am thrilled that yo shared this at Best of the Weekend - love, love, love! Pinned and sharing. Ok, I have one question - can I fly you here to do mine? ;) You totally knocked this out of the park!

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  17. Wow, what an awesome closet Sharon!! I wish mine was that big. ;) You did an amazing job. I moved back to the mainland 19 years ago after 3 years on Kauai, and still leave my shoes at the door!!

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  18. Great Job! It looks beautiful! I love the gold stencil!

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  19. Your closet is beautiful!!! I agree; that gold wall is AH-mazing. Beautiful work!!! :)

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  20. Ok,very jealous of your closet. I have a 100+ year old house so all closets are 12" deep! they can't even hold a coat hanger unless it is kiddie size. you did an amazing job on everything.!
    Kim@reposhture.blogpspot.com

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  21. Amazing! Love all the gold great job!

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  22. Holy cow I am IN LOVE. there I said it. how do you say it in french? tre mangnifique! Found you at Thrifty Decor Chick ;)

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  23. Wow, that turned out great! I love the stenciling. I'll hafta come back tomorrow to enter the giveaway.

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  24. Oh Sharon, I love your closet and that stencil is amazing ~ great choice!! My closet may need to move up the to-do list after seeing this!

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  25. Seriously love that wall and the black, white, gold French boutique feel. C'est magnifique! =D

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    1. Aloha Yvonne, SO nice to see you again, it's been awhile! I've missed seeing you! :) Hope you are doing well. Thanks for the kind words. Sharon

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