Last weekend I had all of Saturday to myself which is pretty much unheard of when you’re married with 3 kids. In true mom form, I took advantage of it by working. Haha! That is not to say that I didn’t make the most of it by blasting my music or catching up on some Criminal Minds while painting the walls and ceiling. Do you want to know my new tip for painting walls quickly and efficiently? Kick everyone out of your house! You will be amazed at how productive you can be when you’re not constantly filling up sippy cups, locating lost items, and mediating arguments. Okay, that is not really the tip I want to share with you today but it will ratchet up your productivity. You can find the tips for any painting job in the tutorial below. They can be used even when your house is full of demanding little ones.
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- Flat Head Screw Driver (I love this screwdriver that my Papa got me!)
- Paper Towels
- Multi-Purpose Cleaner (I use the Clorox from our Tiki Post and it worked great!)
- Yellow Highlighter
- Painters Tape (I didn’t use any but I still recommend it for most DIY-ers)
- Drop Cloth
- Paint Roller
- 2 inch Paintbrush
- Wall and Ceiling Paint Choices (at least 1 gallon of each)
Clear everything out of the room including anything on the walls, like décor and wall stickers.
Remove all of the outlet and switch plate covers in the room.
Next, clean the walls, baseboards, trim, and ceiling.
- This room hasn’t been painted in the 3 years since we moved in so it had 3 years’ worth of crayon, marker, and nail polish stains from tiny hands. There are tips for getting this off (toothpaste, magic erasers, etcetera) but this was roughly 4 feet high and all around the room except where furniture was. I chose to do what I could and then add an extra coat of paint necessary.
Before you paint, measure how far down onto the wall that you want the “night sky” to come. Cut a square of cardboard to that size.
Then use that square of cardboard to measure that line from the ceiling all the way around the room and mark it with your yellow highlighter.
As I said above, I didn’t use painters tape but if you do, this is the step to tape everything up.
Next, throw down your drop cloth and start painting the lower walls.
Paint one coat of paint with the roller up to the highlighter line on the walls.
- I used Valspar Signature Interior Paint and Primer in One and I was amazed at how well it covered all of those crayon, marker, and nail polish stains in one coat!
Fill in any corners and edges using your paint brush.
Allow your first coat of paint to dry.
Next add your second coat of paint and allow it to dry before moving on.
After your wall paint is dry, paint your first coat of paint on the ceiling and the tops of the walls.
Again, fill in any corners and edges with paint.
Allow the first coat of ceiling paint to dry completely.
Next, add a second coat of paint to the ceiling and the tops of the walls. Let it dry and you are done painting.
Remove all of your tape and re-attach outlet and switch plate covers.
This is easily the longest part of the makeover. Even with an entire Saturday alone, painting the walls and ceiling took all weekend. One the plus side, I have eaten the frog as Mark Twain would say, and it is all downhill from here. Next, I am adding trim between the ceiling and wall color. After that I will add glow stars to the ceiling. Check out the Boys Room Makeover to see the other awesome projects coming your way. See you next week with the next room update!
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