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Before and After

Happy Green Master Closet: Before & After

By 03/01/2013February 20th, 201728 Comments

Remember these colours (below) I chose for Traci who won the I Hate my Closet Contest with the Designer Closet Guys? Well, her closet was just installed and I went over last week to check it out.

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I realized we didn’t get a before picture without people in it so here we are again.


Maria, Traci & Chris from the Designer Closet Guys


Traci and I went shopping to buy some new bedding and accessories.  We found this great medallian green and blue duvet (from HomeSense). She already had the green pillows. Here’s BM Gray Wisp bedroom.


Here’s the CSP-865 Limeade closet. Traci said it was sooo bright when it first went up but  then after the white closet was installed it was perfect (as I knew it would be). Especially because she works from home and this is also her office.


Once the clothes go in the green becomes background.


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In our travels that day we found a funky green lamp and a clock, and here’s the same cabinet after I styled it with Traci’s artwork and books.

I got a few comments last time with people saying a colourful closet isn’t good for re-sale but I would much rather have a closet that needed re-painting instead of bad tile that needed to be replaced in a kitchen or bathroom!

This is one of the only times when you’ll catch me saying “It’s only paint”.



Happy colour is here to stay!

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  • teresa says:

    That is so bright and fresh and GREEN just in time for St Paddy’s Day! Stunning. I love how you styled the side table as well. It hardly looks like the same space. My walk-in-closet is white and I think maybe I could incorporate some brighter colour there as I’m happy with my bedroom wall colours.
    I actually call my closet “The Shrine” as I display all my keepsakes that would otherwise fill drawers. I have beautiful postcards, old ticket stubs and all sorts of interesting memorabilia from my life.I’m not keen on a lot of clutter, but it makes me happy to see it all together in my closet behind a door. It’s like visiting with old friends.

    • Betty says:

      You could put some of your keepsakes in Shadow Box frames or make a collage in a large frame. It would show off your favorite things and memories without the clutter. I am creating three Shadow Boxes for my son, daughter-in-law and grandson tp group together on one wall in the guest room. So Cool!!

  • KT says:

    Hmm that must be one colour that divides people I’d say!

  • Agnes P says:

    I love this green, it’s so refreshing.. I think this is great idea for closet.. why not? This colour goes very well with bedroom green-gray wall, bedding and accessories… lovely soothing and fresh monochromatic blend.

  • carol jane says:

    Maria, I agree with you about a bright closet interior. I am not going to worry about resale. If I love a color I will use it and not worry about the next people moving into my home!!!

    • Debbiecz says:

      It always makes me want to scream when I hear home buyers (on HGTV) complain about a paint color. Really people, paint is the easiest, fastest way to make a home your personal space.

  • carol jane says:

    Oh, and I forgot to say, i think the closet is fun, fresh, and totally wonderful. I would paint my closet that color for sure!

  • Paula Van Hoogen says:

    Maria, that’s so masterful! You have the touch. In fact I believe that is one of your real gifts. You should have a little practice “vignette” excercise at your seminars to teach people how to create table top scenes! When you “retire,” you could very well take classes in drawing & painting–you’ve got everything it takes to create artwork! OK…I realize that is what you ARE doing!

  • I love all of it! I would definitely buy a closet that was painted that color!

  • Christian says:

    It looks wonderful! As for the resale comment, I have spent the last 10+ years thinking about what would look good to a potential new buyer of my homes, and decorating/painting accordingly. After reading your blog for the last few years I have started to decorate/paint based on how I want to feel in each room. Unless you are planning on selling right away, isn’t it better to live in a house that makes you happy everyday? Isn’t that what it is for? Thanks Maria!

  • Farha Syed says:

    Love that closet Maria

    I would love my closet to be custom. In time, I will do it.
    Its a great place to sit and work in also.
    As always, a masterful creation.

  • Fran says:

    Love it, Maria! So fresh and pretty.

  • Franki says:

    I did this paint in our kitchen pantry (also put in some mirrored backs) and VOILA’ re-freshed! p.s. luv your outfit!! franki

  • samantha says:

    The point of owning a home should be to live in something that you enjoy, not living for the day of resale — that’s not living, that’s existing. Paint those closets!

  • Susan@Susan Silverman Designs says:

    That is one happy closet!!!!

  • Rolanda Connors says:

    Thank you so much for posting all the pictures of the before and after closet! Tracey is my sister, and I have been hounding her for photos (she sent one!) So really nice to see it all come together! Coming to Ontario any time soon? Boy have I got closets for you!!

  • Arlene says:

    I love it particularly what you did by the cabinet. Nice arrangement Maria. Tracie should have good energy for work as color effects us more than we know. This is playful and happy in my eyes.

  • SandyCGC says:

    Serendipity again, Maria! This morning as I was in the “water closet with shower and window” portion of my master (the vanity area being open and off the bedroom as 1980 designers thought was so cool), I was thinking once I pull off the rest of the wallpaper, I need to paint the little room some vibrant, happy color and while I’m doing that, why not the closet too – love the green, of course, but my new bedlinens to come will have more of a tangerine focus, so I had already decided to paint the back of my late husband’s old barrister bookcase (which I’m using for books and display) some version of tangerine – why not carry it over to the bathroom and closet too.

    Also great to see the pix of how Chris set up Traci’s closet – looks like mine has the same config though much smaller, but I don’t need to put my office in there.

    And congrats, Christian, on doing what makes you happy, and I’m with you, Samantha. If I here one more comment about “resale” of the house I just bought which will be my forever home until I can’t live here anymore, I’ll physically or mentally strangle the commenter. AND I DON’T CARE ABOUT “but what if something happens ?”

    Fun and happy post, Maria!

    • Beth says:

      I’m with you. And from experience color consulting with a savvy broker whose homes never stayed on the market long, even in the worst of times, buyers are impressed by well-designed, well cared for, decluttered homes. They do not have to love the color schemes (but often do). Besides, you’ll never please everyone.

  • Ivy Lane says:

    Love it! Now i need to re-organize my closet!!! The bedroom looks pretty great too! 🙂

  • TracyB says:

    I love it!

  • Diane says:

    I love the cheerful green paint. I’m thinking of painting my new linen/storage closet a cheerful green too. I probably won’t see much of the wall when it’s full but I’ll see enough to make me happy. I love the pretty green lamp and art wall too.

  • BillP says:

    It looks like a clean color next to a muddy color. I would not have chosen this color green but like all of the upgrades otherwise.

    • Maria Killam says:

      Hi Bill, you are absolutely right! I always tell my colour students that you can combine clean and dirty colours when you leave but you can’t do it here. The BM fan deck in Canada has an extremely limited number of greens and since the paint and painting was being sponsored by BM and the client loved the green (and there was nothing close in a slightly muted version) I approved the colour choice! Good eye for noticing! Maria

      • BillP says:

        Thank you, Maria, for the clarification! I guess it goes to show that rules can sometimes be broken and still look great.

  • KT says:

    Hi Maria,
    I wonder, how does this colour look under artificial light? (which I’m presuming, is what is required in there) It seems like a colour that would respond best to natural light.

    • Maria Killam says:

      It looks exactly like the photo! And it’s a good thing it’s in a room without natural light because from what I’ve been told those colour studio colours change so vastly with lighting changes that its best to stay away from full spectrum colour if you don’t want such a dramatic change. Thanks for your comment!

  • Adele says:

    I love this colour!!

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