So this is our Master closet. Yes you heard me correctly, I said master. What is so “master” about it, I have yet to find out. Nonetheless it is a master and it happens to be hubby’s closet, I have my own closet that he built me, but this one came with the house in the master bedroom. First of all I can’t believe I am showing the world this picture because it’s pretty bad but for the sake of before and after’s here you go.
What’s wrong with this closet? EVERYTHING!!!! The shelves on the bottom are not space efficient and the long bar across the top takes up way too much room. Oh and have you noticed there are no doors. Lovely! And who knows, you just might need 2 lamp bases for some odd reason. It’s a good place to store them I suppose.
Ok, Where to start. Empty the entire contents of the closet into a massive pile on your bed so that you cannot see your bed or walk around in the room.
Ok check. That was easy. Now you have a blank space to work with.
The first thing we did was reconfigure the closet. We tore out the shelves and the bar so that we could cut and reuse them. We didn’t buy anything for this project, we just used what was already there. We cut up the wooden shelves into smaller shelves to use on the right side of the closet.
On the left side of the closet we cut the clothing bar in half and notched out a half-moon in the wood to keep the bar in place.
You can see the very technical half-moon notch in the wood here.
Ok now it’s paint time. I shoulder have painted before the shelves were installed but hubby put them up before I had a chance to paint, so painting after works fine too. (I used the leftover grey paint that we used in our master bathroom and painted all the walls with this color.) Now we are ready for the fun part. Stenciling!!!
I used Cutting Edge Stencils in Fish School All Over Stencil Pattern. I thought this was just the coolest stencil. It is essentially a stencil of a school of fish but it looks really modern at the same time. Therefore it was perfect to put in hubby’s closet. (He loves fishing as much as I love estate sales and DIY projects.) We also have a beachy sort of feel in our bedroom, so it was a perfect pick.
The first thing I did was tape the stencil on the wall starting at the top of the wall. I used frog tape to attach the stencil because it’s my personal preference.
You can also see I used the little attachable level at the bottom of my stencil. This genius little thing came with the stencil and made my life that much easier when taping my stencil to the wall.
I used a sample paint in Beluga from Home Depot. Beluga is my favorite muted black color and the sample size was perfect for this project.
Ok now don’t laugh but this is how I set up my paint trays. Always. I am a cheap skate and I hate buying paint liners so for smaller projects where I use a small roller, I line a shoe box with 2 plastic grocery bags and then tape them together at the seam. I know, I know, but it works perfectly and then I can throw the whole thing out without any guilt.
I used a foam roller for this project which is recommended. Then I rolled my roller in the paint and then rolled the excess paint off on a paper towel. You don’t want a sopping roller for this project. You want just enough paint on their to create color but not too much that it collects under the stencil.
Then just roll it on using a light-medium pressure. No need to get the big guns out for this project.
After you have completed rolling the whole stencil you can remove it and move the stencil down or over or wherever your next place is going to be. I just moved down.
I kept on moving it around until I was satisfied with the amount of fish on the wall. The top and the bottom of the wall weren’t a problem at all either. Easy as pie.
It looks like an aquarium!!! I love it. Now we are ready to put all the clothes back in and organize the heck out of this closet.
I also moved the top shelf up higher to allow for more room and added two motion sensored lights to top of that shelf for more light and of course to accent my newly painted fishies.
Did I mention that hubby didn’t know I was painting these in his closet. He was happily surprised to see them. It’s the next best thing to going on a fishing trip. Maybe?!?
I added a mirror to the back wall and finished putting in the rest of his clothes.
I bought new bi-fold closet doors at Habit Re-Store for $30.00. They had one pair that was the exact measurements that I needed for this closet. I totally lucked out on this one. I just need to paint them!
I think fish work very well in our room. What do you think?
This was a very satisfying project. The stencil was so easy to use and created such a nice space for us. How unexpected to see this in a closet. And even thought we have doors on the closet now, I will be tempted to keep them open.
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