Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

I have been working on updating our girl’s Jack-n-Jill bathroom, one step at a time.  I wanted everything a fresh white to match our trim downstairs.  So I started with painting the bathroom vanities first, and have now moved on to the linen closet.  And I am really happy with how it turned out!  So excited that I decided to do a organization makeover too (coming soon)!  Let’s get to it.  Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps).

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Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 


Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

Let’s go over some paint choices before you begin.

Paint Choices

Normally – I would have done latex flat (ceiling), latex satin (walls),  latex semi-gloss (trim, shelves) oil-based semi-gloss (door). 

But who wants to use 4 different types of paint?

  • So I decided to use oil-based semi-gloss paint for all (ceiling, walls, trim, shelves, and door).  This way I would only have need one type of paint.
  • If you decide to use latex, I would use semi-gloss sheen for all.

Here are some factors to help you choose which paint is best for you.

#1)  Oil-based 

Pros:  

  • more durable
  • will adhere better
  • cleans off easier (scuff marks, etc.)
  • will last longer

Cons:

  • harder to paint with (sticky),
  • clean up requires oil-based cleaner
  • longer drying time
  • stronger fumes

#2)  Latex paint

Pros:

  • the fumes are not nearly as strong as oil-based paint
  • it is easier to work with (not as sticky)
  • cleans up with soap and water
  • and dries faster

Cons:

  • not as durable as oil-based paint
  • will not clean off as easily (scuff marks, etc.)

End Result:

Basically, this will be personal preference for you. 

  • I really, really do not like painting with oil-based paint – but I love how it looks/functions when it is done. 
  • So, it you like latex paint – then use it!

Just do whatever works best for your project – no pressure!

 Ok, now let’s move on to the supplies used for painting our linen closet.

 


Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

Supplies:

*If you use oil-based paint, you will need an oil-based cleaner for your brush & hands.

**(If you use latex paint, you will only need soap and water).

Ok, carry on to the 6 easy steps.

 


Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

6 Steps:

  •   Clean and Prep Area
  •   Paint Inside Top Shelf/Ceiling
  •   Paint Inside Shelves/Walls
  •   Paint Inside Trim
  •   Paint Outside Trim
  •   Paint Door(s)

Time Frame:

  • Paint time:  ~2 1/2 hours to paint 1st coat, 2 hours second coat
  • 2 day project
  • + 2 day wait time (letting paint dry/curing) before putting things back into closet.
  • 4 days total

Ok, carry on to the 6 easy steps.

 


6 Steps

Step #1:  Clean and Prep Area

  • The first thing you will want to do is remove everything in your linen closet.
  • Then you will give your closet a very good clean – inside and out.  
  • Next you will prep your painting area.

I used 409 and a sponge to get all of the grime left by our girls.

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Then set up your painter’s drop cloth + painting supplies, and get your painting clothes on.

  • And our area was very tight. 
  • So this project was extra fun ๐Ÿ˜‰  LOL!
  • You’ll notice it when I start painting this door in step #6.

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 


Step #2:  Paint Inside Top Shelf/Ceiling

Now it’s time to paint.

You will want to begin painting inside the linen closet – top shelf back wall first.

This is what I recommend:

  • (1)  Paint the corners and edges on tops, sides, and bottom (at ceiling, walls, & shelf).
  • (2) Next use your roller brush for all of the other areas (ceiling, walls, & shelf).

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Here is a better picture showing the ceiling.  I could not hold my phone and roller brush at the same time, so hopefully you get the idea!

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

And here is a picture with the walls and top shelf painted, but not the second shelf.

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

This one will be out of order – just because you will want to paint the inner wall/upper trim now – so you can put your step ladder away (if needed).

Sorry for the bad picture – but hopefully you can see what I’m talking about.

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 


Step #3:  Paint Inside Shelves/Walls

This step will be used for the other shelves – kind of like rinse and repeat.

This is what I recommend:

  • (1) Start with the corners and edges again – using your paintbrush.
  • (2) Then paint underneath your shelf – using your roller brush.
  • (3) Next paint the walls and top of your shelf – using your roller brush.
  • (4) Then paint the shelf edge – with your paintbrush, then roller brush (both).

Edges & Corners.

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Underneath Shelf.

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Walls

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Top of Shelf

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Edge of Shelf Using Paintbrush

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Edge of Shelf Using Roller Brush

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Rinse and Repeat for the remaining shelves.


Step #4:  Paint Inside Trim

Depending on what your linen closet looks like, you might need to add this step along with each shelf.

Our linen closet is so tight, that I had to paint the inside trim as I was going from shelf to shelf (otherwise I was leaning into my freshly painted shelf edge – ugh)!

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

And once all of the inside trim is painted, you will need to paint your baseboard also (if you have one).

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 


Step #5:  Paint Outside Trim

You’re on the home stretch – hang in there!!

This is what I recommend:

  • (1) Start with the upper corners and edges – using your paintbrush, then roller brush.
  • (2) Then paint the middle portions – using your paintbrush, then roller brush.

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 


Step #6:  Paint Door(s)

Last step!

This is what I recommend:

  • (1) Start with painting the inside portion of the door(s) first – paintbrush, then roller brush. 
  • (2) Then paint outside portion of the door – same method.

With paintbrush.

You can tell how tight our area is in the picture below – but at least it was the last step – lol!!

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

With roller brush.

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Now you will let it dry for 24 hours or overnight, then paint the second coat.

Then wait one day (latex) to fully cure and 2-3 days (oil-based) to let fully cure.

And you are Done!!


Before & After

Here are a couple pictures showing the duller off-white next to the crisp white – looks so fresh and clean now!

(Sorry that these are not the dramatic before & after pics – but it makes such a huge difference up close)!

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

 

Now….. what to do with all of the stuff that was IN the linen closet!

Painting Our Linen Closet (in 6 Easy Steps)

Have a Great Week!

Love & Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

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