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Ben’s Peony in the Closet!

February 18, 2013  —  Written by Julia 

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Last week, I busted the single shelf and clothing bar out of Greta’s closet to prep for paint and her closet makeover.  The shelf and bar came out pretty quickly, but I was reminded of how bad the walls were in the rest of her room when we moved in.  Answer: ba-ad.

In addition to all of the pencil/crayon marks it also looked like someone shot a BB gun at the walls.  There was lots of spackle action before I could paint.  Almost 900 of you chimed in about the paint color for Greta’s closet in our reader’s choice poll, and “bold pink” won by only 90ish votes.  We had a lot of fun pin-pointing exactly which pink we were going for.  The pink present in Greta’s art and even in her throw is a cool pink and we knew we wanted something bold–we landed on Benjamin Moore’s Peony.  It is really deep with cool undertones and almost matches the fabric in the shadowbox exactly. Here’s how it looks in Greta’s closet:

This was my first time painting with a bright, bold pink and I was surprised it took just as many coats as our almost-black walls in the living room!  Even with three coats, I was still able to get by using just a quart of paint (although I ended up having to buy two because of the accident).

I ended up painting the whole interior–the ceiling, the interior header wall–everything.  Is that normal?  It felt normal–although this is the first closet I’ve painted. If it isn’t the norm I will say, it took more paint–but it made for quick edging work. Worth it! Chris and I are charmed by the results and Greta is completely over the moon about her new pink closet, I almost feel bad putting clothes back in.

Now, we are crossing our t’s on the details of the closet makeover (which includes new knobs for the exterior–fear not) and can’t wait to share the plans and get started this week.  Stay tuned, friends.

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  1. Love the color! It looks wonderful! Like a giant shadowbox ;)

  2. kamcicle says:

    i want this in MY closet!

  3. Absolutely love it. I agree – the ceiling painted looks GREAT! And I love the contrast and fun it is providing against the tan. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

    I am also secretly hoping that they will come a change out your whole carpet for you under the stain warranty.

  4. What a fun, happy color, when it’s on the walls. ;) Really though, how fun is that?!? Maybe you can save a little space at the bottom for it to become a fort?

  5. The pink! The purple tights! The polka dots! It’s all so cute, I want to stick it in my pocket.

  6. Rachael says:

    LOVE this little detail! How fun!

  7. I love that color what a fun pop of color!!i just painted my pantry and did the exact same thing and painted everything, it was much easier and for small spaces it makes them feel bigger.

  8. Audrey says:

    looove it! i so badly want to do this to a closet when we buy another place!

  9. Abby Kozel says:

    the pink makes such an impact. lurve it! :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    I just read about the paint accident and saw the other problems last week on instagram, (the lotion, the ipad stand, the refrigerator climbing) and just can’t believe it all. I feel so sorry for you. I love your blog and your house is just beautiful. I have noticed though as I look through the pictures that there are no signs of a three year old girl living in your house. You have mentioned blocks, books and a train set, but no kitchen pllay set, no baby dolls, no baby doll crib, no barbies, no doll house, no playhouse, no swinhset in the backyard. This makes me wonder since Greta has no siblings to play with, maybe she is bored. All 3 years olds are high energy, active and easily bored maybe she just needs more to entertain herself with. (I also noticed a bottle of pills next to the lamp with the lotion so thank God she didn’t get into those, I am so affraid that it is just a matter of time before she gets hurt)

    • We have received this question/concern quite frequently lately. I am going to dedicate a whole post to the three-year-old side of this house.

    • Hang in there, Julia. My daughter is only just about to turn two and gets into stuff all the time. They are curious, not bored. Greta is a normal, inquisitive, and imaginative child just like all the other kids. I would be more concerned if she didn’t give you “problems”. Gahhh sorry but people who judge parenting like that (“anonymous” commenter) really tick me off. FORGIVE US (and our children) FOR NOT BEING PERFECT! My oh my!

  11. I love that you painted the ceiling! What’s the latest on the carpet warranty?

  12. It is the cutest color of pink I’ve ever seen. I don’t what more I can say. Love it. And that throw! Hope I win ;-)

  13. That color looks absolutely perfect in there. I think you did the right thing by painting the ceiling, too.

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