Painted Closet Walls | DIY Thibaut Tanzania Wallpaper

When I cleaned out and organized my closet, I decided to do something funky to the walls. I’ve been crazy for Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper for ages and knew I’d love to see it in pink in my closet, but figured painting it would be easier and cheaper than the real deal wallpaper.  The back wall is the main wall you see when you enter my closet, so I wanted to remove the jewelry that was hanging there previously, and make it more of a feature wall with framed art.  I really like how it turned out!

The Tanzania design is a wild, random pattern with leopard-like shapes and comes in several color ways.  Isn’t it cool?!

Here’s a close-up of the pattern. 
My walls were a blank canvas before.
I used Centastional Girl’s technique of cutting a sponge into four small shapes and dipped them into the paint and applied randomly to the walls, eyeballing spacing them out appropriately to mimic the pattern.  It looks like I cut my sponge into smaller pieces than she did and I also spaced my pattern out more. 
Below is a close-up of the shape of my sponge and how it looked on the wall.  
I started with the largest shape and sponged that one over the entire wall, before moving onto my next sponge.  I did that for all four sponges, then went back and filled in any gaps. 
The finished result is really nice, exactly what I had in mind. 

I repeated this pattern on the two adjacent walls also. Then, I couldn’t help but feel that the bottom ledge would look really cool in the same pink- Sherwin Williams ‘Coming Up Roses’. It’s the same color I painted my office doors.

I debated whether to leave the island top the pale pink, but ultimately couldn’t leave well enough alone and painted the top the bright pink also.  It might be too much, but I think it’s fun for now.  One thing I know is that it’s better to go ahead and paint while you’re in the groove and all your supplies are out than to put everything away, only to decide you “wish you would have” later.  
Also, although I love the natural light that the windows provide in my closet, they have their downside too.  First, I realized they did fade clothing if it was hanging there too long, and second, sometimes it gets too hot, especially in the summer.  Hence, why I’m not afraid to cover some of that light with the frames. 

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43 Comments

  1. March 19, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Fun project, Megan! My girls would love to do this πŸ™‚

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:03 pm

      Perfect little project for kids. I'll take all the help I can get! Have a great weekend Emily!

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks Sarah, this pink is really a fun color!

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:04 pm

      The shelves were also scuffed up, so painting hid all that too. πŸ™‚

  2. March 19, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    love your closet! How did you hand your jewelry. Is that pins? or screw hooks? looks fab! thank, im always looking for a better way to organize my jewelry. love your blog!
    K

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:04 pm

      Thanks Kelly! The necklaces are just hanging on silver pushpins. You could do this on a cork board or poster board too.

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      Thanks so much!

  3. March 19, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    I adore this! I've loved that pattern for years, as well, and I'm so glad to know the DIY is actually doable πŸ™‚ Great job!

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      Just cut the sponge in small, random shapes. Easy!!

  4. March 19, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Love this! You make it look so easy! I'm inspired to give it a try too!

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      I'm all about the easy projects! πŸ˜‰

  5. March 19, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Such a cute idea! I also love the color of the top of the island, very good choice πŸ™‚

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      I wasn't so sure about the island, so thanks for saying you like it Robyn!

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      Thank you for the shout out Court!

  6. March 19, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    That is so fun…love it!! The pink is perfect…I just swoon every time I see your closet! And J will be fine on the plane!! Prep just like you would a road trip…lots of stuff on the ipad and a few snacks! xo

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:07 pm

      He's so excited to fly! We're on a small plane, but that's okay. His friends will be on the trip with us too.

  7. March 19, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    Love the pink shelves and island top. Beautiful color!

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:07 pm

      Thanks Shavonda!

  8. March 19, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    I actually like your painting technique more than the actual wallpaper. Really pretty!

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:08 pm

      Oh wow! That's a big compliment. I've never hung wallpaper, but I'm sure it's way harder than my sponge paint!

  9. March 19, 2015 / 11:38 pm

    Megan, it looks fabulous! You have the most beautiful closet ever! I love the island top the bright pink. You did a beautiful job.

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:08 pm

      Thank you Allison! I've always enjoyed it, but having it all clean and organized makes it even better.

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:09 pm

      The pink island is growing on me!

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:09 pm

      Not really sure where else in our house I could pull off pink and orange!

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:10 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I know you've been knee deep in paint lately! Your cabinets are just gorgeous!

  10. March 20, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    What a beautiful job you did ! I like it a little more spaced like you did it – makes it a little more subtle and not so busy. The matching pink shelves and island are gorgeous, too! What a closet !!!

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      Thanks Cathy, I like the pattern more spaced out too. So glad to hear you like the island, I thought I went too crazy at first. But now I'm liking it!

  11. March 20, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    The hanging jewelry display was my favorite part of your WIC. I'm so glad you hung it back up after painting. The walls came out lovely.

    • March 21, 2015 / 4:12 pm

      Having the necklaces hanging is the practical way for me to see everything. Makes accessorizing so much easier. I'm thankful to have the wall space for it!

  12. March 21, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    Gorgeous! The pattern you added totally made it ultra-fab!!!!

  13. March 23, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    This is so genius!!

  14. March 31, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    my oh my! you have the most beautiful closet that i have ever seen in the blog land meganβ™₯
    your technique looks so pretty, plus wallpaper is more difficult to change in the future πŸ™‚

    thanks for sharing,
    rea

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