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Painting Kids Rooms: Tips andTricks to Get It Right

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.

Choosing Colors

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.

Painting Tips

• 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.


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