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Pantry Door bw blog

I think it must be some kind of an interior decorating Murphy’s law requiring that every house, old or new, must have at least one area that is extremely hard to decorate. One such area in our new house was the small space between the dining room and the kitchen that houses two closets, laundry/utility room area, and a narrow passageway with a window.

As those closets are an absolute storage necessity in a house as small as ours, and as the laundry/utility area could not be relocated without some major construction and remodeling, I had to settle for concealing the obvious and beautifying what we were given. The original wall paint in that area was a brighter shade of olive green with dingy off-white trim and closet doors in the same dingy off-white color. The walls in the larger area were smooth, while the ones in the narrow passageway were textured.

Closet Door before - blog        Pantry Door before - blog

As I liked the idea of a green kitchen, I opted to paint this mid-space in a little more subdued olive green, specifically Valspar Kitchen and Bath paint in Homestead Resort Olive for the walls and Valspar Satin paint in Swiss Coffee for trim. One thing that really bothered me in this space was the glaring whiteness of those closet doors, so I decided to give the pantry door a whimsical makeover with the background in Homestead Resort Olive and the stenciled and hand painted tree motif in Hotel Churchill Vanilla and Appletini. Add to that a leaf shaped door pull in oil rubbed bronze finish, and you get a sight much easier on the eyes.

Pantry Door blog

The other closet door presented a little bit more of a challenge since I wanted to make it both different and useful. In the end, I settled on painting it with Valspar Chalkboard paint in black with the addition of a playful hand painted scalloped border in Swiss Coffee. Now, I can use that door to keep a running weekly shopping list. No more forgotten items after a grocery shopping trip. Yay!

Closet Door blogNotice the chalk holder basket on the left wall? A little woven basket from World Market was transformed into a hanging container with a little bit of green satin ribbon and an antique key knob from Pottery Barn.

Closet Door Detail blog

What once was an ugly, decorating nightmare of a space is now morphing into a whimsical and useful one. I still have to sew a curtain to cover up the opening in the wall leading to the laundry/utility room, but the space already looks much better now than it was before.

Do you have any ideas for transforming hard to decorate spaces? Feel free to share in the comments.