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.