A Guide on How to Paint Your Bedroom
Step-by-Step Instructions Supplies, Preperation and Execution
It is important to decide upon a color before you begin gathering supplies for painting a bedroom. Choose a color that complements both the occupant’s personality and bedroom furniture. No matter how much one likes the color, one probably doesn’t want to have neon green walls in a room decorated with brown and grey furniture.
Choose a color that emits the type of mood one wants to wake up to every day. Depending upon your personality colors may affect your psyche differently. However, bright shades of red and yellow usually emote a happy and energetic mood, whereas pale blue and green tend to have a calming effect.
Assemble Painting Supplies
After deciding upon a color, visit your local home improvement store and purchase necessary painting supplies. Painting a bedroom requires at least one gallon of paint in the color of choice, masking tape, painters’ plastic or a drop cloth, one or more paintbrushes, a roller and a tray. If you are changing the color or painting over a discolored wall, one coat of primer will also be required.
It is also advisable to prepare yourself by wearing clothes that can get painted and keep several towels on hand to clean up messes. Now it is time to prepare the bedroom for painting.
Prepare The Bedroom Before Painting
Remove all the furniture and cover the floor with plastic, canvas or old blankets. Use masking tape to secure the plastic or cloth and cover anything else that might be ruined by paint; consider covering electrical outlets, doorknobs and light switches. It is best to remove switchplates altogether.
Next, apply a three- or four-inch strip of masking tape around the top perimeter of the bedroom to protect the ceiling. You may also decide to mask light fixtures and window frames to protect them from any paint spray.
Using a paintbrush, paint a two- to four-inch outline along the edges of the floor, ceiling, window and door frames and fixtures, as well as in the corners. Use a smaller paintbrush to cover any intricate areas that are unreachable by roller, such as a radiator. Load the brush with paint about halway up the bristles, then roll one side of the brush over the shallow end of the painters’ pan to remove any excess.
Then use the roller to cover large surfaces with paint, being careful not to overload the roller or else it will drip paint and cover the space unevenly.
After the entire room is coated, allow it to dry completely before applying a second coat. (Check the paint label for recommended drying times.) If a base coat of primer is used, a second coat of coloured paint is not always necessary, but it definitely makes the paint color bolder and more attractive.
The room should be allowed to dry at least 18 hours before all the protective masking tape and plastic is removed from the room. Make sure the walls are dry and the color is the shade that you desire before cleaning up and returning furniture to its original position.