Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Coat closet painted

After many days of scraping, sanding, priming and painting, I can finally say I don't need to bring a paintbrush inside this closet ever again.  It took forever.  Here she is:
I thought long and hard about paint color.  I hate white closets, so I needed color or pattern.  I briefly thought about stenciling or adding beadboard, but I knew it would take forever and would always be hidden with coats and stuff, so it just wasn't worth the effort.  The color is Ralph Lauren 'Reflecting Pool', the same as the hallway. 
I was able to use some leftover gray primer in the closet, it made it possible to only do ONE coat of the teal with minor touchups.  How sweet is that?
I love the color!  I know it's dark, but I felt free to take liberties since the window brightens it up considerably.  And if you're looking for something at night, good luck!   
The shelves and trim turned out nice and crispy as well. 
What do you think?  Am I crazy for putting such a deep color in a small closet?

58 comments:

  1. Oooh, I love this - especially with the window in the closet. Makes me look at my closet and dream things we can't do while renting. Oh well. Love the color and the contrast of the white against it.

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  2. I don't think you're crazy. It looks really nice. It does make a difference that you have some natural light in there.

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  3. Looks great!!!! :) I love the deep colour!

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  4. I love love love love love it! What a beautiful color!

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  5. gorgeous! i love that you actually have a window there! i hate looking in all of our dark closets for anything- windows would be nice!

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  6. I was just telling a friend yesterday that I love dark color in small spaces! I think it looks great!

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  7. You're sooooo not crazy. I love this. Great work!

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  8. that is absolutely STUNNING. i just started following your blog today-- super happy i did!

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  9. I'm not happy about this. Not happy at all. Yet ANOTHER post, not fed to me by my bloglovin.

    I'm emailing the president.

    Of the world.

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  10. Great job Sara, I think the dark colour looks fabulous. xx

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  11. Mmm teal. That is my all time favorite color. I commend you on your selection! And I agree. Closets should be boring white.

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  12. Sara! When are you coming to my house to work your magic?? Pretty please! Love the color, the trim just pops. Fabulous.

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  13. Gorgeous color! No way are you crazy, I love dark color in small spaces... no more beige or tan for me EVER.

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  14. Personally I think it looks fantastic Sara. Hall lights are for finding things in dark closets at night. Most closets are dark, just the way it goes! :) Love the colour too!

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  15. I LOVE IT! I'm a big fan of dark colors in small spaces. It adds a nice surprise to the closet!

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  16. I really think it is top notch. The white really pops and I bet you will smile every time you pull out a coat. I bet it puts a pep in your step.

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  17. Wow! What can I say but WOW. The color is great. Your house and all it's projects just keeps getting better and better!

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  18. I think it's gorgeous. So much more character and depth then when it was white. Nice work!

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  19. Absolutely love it! I think you got it just right with a bold, fun color! It'll put a big smile on your face every time you grab a coat :)

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  20. I love the color! I think you made a great choice. The window really brightens up the space.

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  21. Wow! The color is awesome! Tying it into the hall works really well. Can't wait to see the next step...

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  22. I LOVE this!! The colour looks fantastic in there!

    I'm currently trying to choose a colour for inside my linen closet (it's currently a nasty pea soup green - NOT my choice!), but alas it has no natural light to make such a rich colour work!

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  23. Oh! I think it is absolutely fabulous! What a fresh look!
    Angie xo

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  24. LOVE it ... the white trim make that colour just pop. Too bad you have to put coats and boots in there !!!

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  25. You might be a little crazy but it has nothing to do with the paint color! Seriously...love it! Nothing like a bold color paired with bright white.

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  26. I am so smitten with those shades of blue right now...i've got several swatches taped to my armoire. I think your closet is perfect...you are a seriously good painter! So neat and crisp!

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  27. I love it! It looks great with the flooring. You are so fortunate to have a window in a coat closet.

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  28. I Love It! Great color. I'm loving these bright blues/teals lately!

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  29. That is a fabulous color. Might not work for everyone but with the window & bright white trim it really looks great.

    If there isn't enough light from the hall to find things at night maybe you can find some sort of battery operated light to put on the wall opposite the window. I've never used one but I see them once in a while advertised for using in dark closets.

    Cheryl
    Orlando

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  30. Hey now that is a gorgeous closet!

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  31. Love it! The window will make the dark color lighten up, and it won't show scuffs like white closets do! Great job! :)

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  32. Ooh! I love it! I think it will be nice and cheery when you're putting away coats and winter weather stuff. Great job!

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  33. This is absolutely beautiful! I love it!

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  34. I love it! You did a great job - and I think closets are perfect spaces for dark colors - especially if you're storing shoes and such in there that can scuff up the paint, they'll be less noticeable. ;)

    ~Chelsea

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  35. That color is GORGEOUS! I think that's the best looking closet I've ever seen. Hands down.

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  36. I love the color! It's absolutley gorgeous and it's making me have total closet envy (something that I never thought I'd have...)

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  37. Shut the front door! Or should I say shut the closet door hehe!? I LOVE IT! I want to leave work, rush home, and paint all my closest some bold jewel tone colors now!

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  38. what a pretty closet. i've never thought to paint a closet.... now i'm inspired!

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  39. Love it! The color and that adorable box!

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  40. No way. It is AMAZING. You seriously have the best eye for color. Your whole house is lovely, saturated color, but somehow it all just floooowwwws together. Beautiful.

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  41. OOh! Gorgeous! I seriously want to go paint my new bathroom that color RIGHT NOW!

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  42. It's the prettiest closet I have ever seen...

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  43. Wow I love that color. What a great closet. It is prettier than my bedroom!

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  44. Beautiful colour. Our closet is painted dark as well. We have chocolate brown wood hangers that were always leaving marks on the walls. My solution was to paint the closet chocolate brown too, we had leftover paint from an accent wall in the kitchen.

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  45. Agree... I feel like blah, blah, blah-ing at the whole "dark colors make the space look smaller" phrase.

    And anyway this is a closet, and of course it looks awesome!

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  46. I looooooove that color! The contrast is gorgeous, I would almost want to stick a chair in that closet and hang out. :)

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  47. Very crispy. The colour looks great. YOu made the right decision.

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  48. Fantastic color and you are so lucky to have a window with all that gorgeous natural light in there. I don't even have a light bulb in mine. nice work

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  49. It's a nice surprise to see a bold color when you open up the closet! Much more exciting than white/beige.

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  50. I love it!!! Dark colours in small spaces are amazing! :)

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  51. LOVE the color in your coat closet - that was the color I had in my laundry room (with lime green cabinets...it looked SO GOOD).
    ps...LOVE Boozy Susie - that was HILARIOUS!!

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Thanks so much for reading....your comments mean a lot to me!
Sara