Are you planning on painting a kids room? Have you ever seen a great looking wall and thought "I sure wish I could do that!"
Well, you can! Painting a kids room does not have to be hard. You just need some pointers to start you in the right direction. We will give you some great information like that painting idea you have been wanting to learn and some cool bedroom wall ideas. We have made it easy for you by listing all the supplies you will need. Grab those painting rollers and overalls...it's time to get started!
Choosing the Color
When painting a kids room one of the first things you will need to do is get the right color paint. What's the best way to do that? Well, it depends on what you are trying to match the paint to. Usually when decorating a room you pick out the bedding and curtains first or maybe a wallpaper border. Take whatever it is to the paint store and have them match it. That will save you money, time and frustration when painting a kids room. This may seem like a no brainer but you would be surprised how many people go to the paint store saying, "Well, it's not quite a red, but not pink. It's kind of in between with a little hint of orange, but not too much orange, blah, blah,blah..." You get the idea! Take that toy, wallpaper sample or fabric swatch with you to the store.
Here are some basic supplies you will need for creating those bedroom wall ideas you want:
*Drop cloths for the floor and furniture
*Painter's tape or edger
*Metal paint pan, plastic liner (they go inside the pan for easy cleanup and it makes switching colors a breeze)
*A paint roller with handle extension for ceiling or high walls
*Brushes for painting trim
How Much Paint Do I Need?
Now as far as how much paint you will need for painting a kids room, most of them have it printed on the can. The average coverage for paints and primers are 400 sq. feet per gallon, but ALWAYS check first! Here's a basic way to calculate how much paint you will need. Measure the perimeter of all the walls in the room and multiply that by the height of the ceiling. That will give you your square footage. Don't worry about the windows and doors unless they are huge and almost cover a whole wall. Divide that into the number of square feet the paint says it will cover. Always round up to the nearest whole number because it is always better to have a little more than to run out near the end of a project. Here is an example:
1200 sq. foot room divided by 400 (amount of square footage one can of this paint will cover) = 3 cans of paint
Types of Paint
When painting a kids room you also want to consider the type of paint to use. The walls in a kids room usually end of with crayon, marker or dirty hand prints all over them. It is best to use a semi-gloss latex paint because it is easier to clean than a paint that gives you a flat finish.
There are some really cool paints out there for painting a kids room. Some specialty paints to help you create that perfect painting idea are:
*Chalkboard paint (You can actually write on it with chalk and then wipe the chalk off! Amazing isn't it? This is a great idea for one wall in your kids room, especially those little ones who love to play teacher!)
*Glitter paint (very cute in a princess room!)
*Glow-in-the-dark paint ( you could do all kinds of interesting things with this; stars on the ceiling; lizards and other reptiles all over the walls, just use your imagination or your kids' for that matter!)
Preparing the Wall
Let's start painting a kids room! Before you paint that bedroom wall idea you've created, rub your hands over the walls and feel for any rough spots. If you find any, gently rub over them with some sandpaper. Your end result will thank you for it! Also remember to always start with a primer. It seems like a pain but the paint will go on so much better.
To apply the paint to the roller when painting a kids room, roll it around in the paint until the entire roller is covered. Then roll the roller on the washboard area of the tray (the top of the tray) to remove excess paint. Rollers can really soak up the paint and if you get too much of the paint on it you will end up with a mess on you and your walls. Also, to avoid any major splatters roll the paint on the walls slowly.
There are many different ideas out there when it comes to how to apply the paint to a large surface. A couple of them are: (1) to make a letter M (3ft high and 3 ft. across) and then fill in spaces, working from the unpainted area to painted area; (2) use overlapping V strokes, covering about 3 sq. feet at a time, then fill in unpainted areas with parallel strokes. They are basically the same idea and these techniques will help to distribute the paint on the walls evenly. Most walls will need a second coat of paint. Wait for the first one to dry before adding the second.
If you are painting the trim the same color just paint it as you go. If the trim is going to be a different color then you will want to save that for last.
The easiest way to paint a kids room is to do all the walls just a solid color. This can look very nice and adds clean lines to a room. It is also easy to paint over when your kids taste change.