Whether you’re looking to set up anursery or update your Tween’s bedroom, painting is an easy and cost-effectiveway to create just the right atmosphere. Knowing where & how to start can getoverwhelming. Take your time and think of the following tips to help you choosethe best type and color of paint, while easing the stress.
Sheen Savvy -Sheen determines how shiny your paint looks when it’s dry.Choosing the right sheen adds the perfect finishing touch on a room, and it canmake a big difference when it comes to cleaning up.
Semi-Gloss – Brings a soft shine to the room without being overpowering.It’s good for kids’ rooms because it’s durable and easy to clean. You can wipeoff crayon and pencil marks with common non-abrasive cleaners.
Eggshell/Satin – Has a smooth finish with a subtle sheen, and iswashable and scrubbable.
Flat – A beautiful matte coatingwith no shine. It is ideal for low-traffic areas and hides minor dents or nicksbest.
For many DIYers, choosing paint colors can be a tricky and time-intensiveprocess. There are so many options and many people worry about making a bigcolor mistake.
Get inspired – Look through magazines, websites such as Pinterest®, an online pinboard, and even at friends’ homes to get some ideas.
Try them out – Once you’ve narrowed down your color choices, try outyour top picks to see how they will look in the room with your specificlighting conditions.
• Consider using a combination paint and primer — it can save you time andmoney by eliminating the need to use two painting products.
• Work from the ceiling down to the baseboards. Do one entire wall or area at atime.
• Use wide masking tape to mask off areas you don’t want to paint, such aswindow panes or trim.
• Use a roller to paint in blocks of roughly 4 x 4 feet. Paint adjacent blocksbefore each previous block dries to help blend the edges.
• Paint molding and woodwork with a brush, in the direction of the wood grain.Use short strokes to coat the surface, then use longer, smoother strokes for aneven and finished surface.
• Make sure the room is well ventilated as you paint.
• Pick a paint that dries quickly and has low odor, so your child can move intothe newly painted space sooner.