Whether tackling a remodeling project or transforming an extra room into a nursery, painting is a fantastic way to spruce up and personalize your child’s space. But before you dive right in, here are five helpful tips to ensure your project goes swimmingly from start to finish.
Don’t Overlook Preparation
Before painting any wall, it’s essential to remove any old paint, wash the surface thoroughly, and repair any cracks or holes. Doing so will help ensure that your new paint job will look its best. Should you decide to skip this step, you risk the fresh paint not sticking correctly and bubbling up over time. Other outcomes could be stained walls or a paint job that doesn’t look as polished as it could.
Be sure to test any existing paint to determine if it is oil-based or water-based. Depending on the color you’re working with, you’ll need different paint removers and cleaners, so it’s essential to know this information before getting started.
Gender Neutral Tones Leave Room For Growth
When painting a nursery or toddler’s bedroom, it might be a little too early to tell whether your child is going to prefer blue or pink. Fortunately, several gender-neutral tones – like yellow, green, and purple – can work for a boy or a girl. As they grow older, you can always repaint in a more specific hue if they have any preferences.
Let Your Kids Decide (Or At Least Weigh In!)
If painting an older child’s bedroom, it’s best to involve them in the process as much as possible. After all, it is their space! Letting your child help choose the paint color (or colors) can make them feel more invested and excited about the project. You might even be surprised by how artful they can be regarding color coordination.
Pick The Best Paint And Supplies
An unmistakable smell comes with most paint, but some are worse than others. If you or your child is sensitive to smells, look for low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) or no-VOC options when shopping for paint. These types of paint have very little odor and are often just as durable as their counterparts. Low or No VOC paints are available in both oil-based and water-based options.
You might also need a variety of paintbrushes, including a 2-3 inch brush for painting trim, a smaller angled brush for cutting around the ceiling, and a roller and tray for painting walls. Foam rollers can be used instead of traditional ones and often provide better coverage with fewer paint drips.
Get Ready For A Little Mess
Although you can take many precautions, painting usually results in at least a little bit of mess. If possible, move large furniture out of the room to avoid drips and spills wrecking your valuables. Further, use drop cloths or tarps to protect the floor and any remaining furniture.
And finally, don’t forget to open some windows for ventilation!
Don’t underestimate the positive impact a fresh coat of paint can have on your surroundings. It can brighten up any room – and put a smile on your child’s face. So remember not to rush, use the right supplies, and enjoy the process!