Painting a closet can just be as tricky as painting any other room in the house, this is especially so if you are not prepared. Because working in smaller spaces does present its own unique challenges, painting a closet requires some prior planning. Generally though, using the right materials and tools is the key to a successful closet painting project, be it a reach- in or walk-in closet. And, just like in any other space in your home, it is important that you choose the correct paint shade and finish so as to create an attractive and functional closet. Here are some interesting closet painting tips worth having a look at.
Choosing an appropriate paint shade can be a very tricky affair. Painting your closet to match the rest of the room does help in creating an elegant and simple look for the space, but the main disadvantage is that you will have to always repaint the closet every time you paint the room. This may not always be practical. On the other hand, if you choose to paint the closet to match a relatively dark wall shade, then it will be difficult to see what you have stored in the closet since dark colors are naturally not very good reflectors of light. Such dark colors also tend to show signs of wear and tear more easily, giving your closet a worn out look pretty fast. The best option is usually to choose light, neutral colors such as tan, gray, beige or white. The main advantage of these colors is that they work with virtually any color scheme you may think of and are also quite good at reflecting light, making it much easier for you to get things from the closet even if the lighting is not so good. These colors are also widely available and are quite affordable as well.
While the paint color chosen for the closet is very important, it is also vital that you select the correct finish for the walls. Typically, many people prefer to use semi or flat –gloss to match the rooms walls, unfortunately, for closet walls, this may not work out as envisaged. Satin paint is more often than not the better option for closets. This is because unlike semi-gloss, satin doesn’t show streaks, scuffs and other marks as easily. This does come in quite handy when you take into consideration the fact that you are constantly pulling items out of the closet and putting them back as well. Satin is also much easier to clean and wipe away dirt than flat paint. Using Satin therefore ensures that you can constantly clear out any smudges and stains without fear of messing up your closet walls.
Unless you have a relatively large walk-in closet, the ceiling is usually not visible from the rest of the room. Even though you may be inclined to also paint it white as you would otherwise paint a larger room, this is not absolutely necessary even if you are using a different color for the closet walls. To save time, it is recommended that you just use the same paint shade from the closet walls to the ceiling without having any transition along the edges. This is bound to save you lots of work because the alternative would be to carefully cut in the wall color along the edge of the ceiling; this is not only tedious but also quite difficult when you take into consideration the space constraint in a closet.
Most likely, your closet will have shelves as well as other areas which may require that you cut in. To make this process easy, it is recommended that you use a mini-roller which has a fabric covered end. This is an easy to use tool that helps you paint spots around shelves without the danger of getting paint on the shelves since the fabric cover does prevent the paint from transferring to the surface. To get precise results, it is recommended that you opt for a four (4) inch roller. For those spots high up in the wall, you simply deploy an extension pole so that you don’t have to use a step tool or ladder to paint the spots. This does significantly minimize your level of exposure to accidents such as falls and slips, making your painting experience not only enjoyable but also quite safe.