Do you feel like it is time to change that paint color and bring freshness into your room? Or perhaps you feel adventurous and want to dive into some DIY painting. Whatever the case, I have some tips for you that I have found to be crucial to put into consideration before painting your walls. I personally love DIY’s and I don’t shy off from taking on a project.

1. Take paintings, décor and all hangings off the wall

You first need to clear your walls of anything hanging off them. Be sure to protect your wall hangings and store them safely to put back up when you’re done with your project. Old newspapers come in handy for wrapping these items as well as bubble wrap paper.

2. Empty out your bedroom

During my first attempt at painting my walls, I thought I would be able to do it with every piece of furniture in place. I was terribly wrong! Take out everything in your bedroom and store in in another room or space. This will make the work much easier for you and it will protect your furniture and other items. If you are unable to take out everything for example the large and heavy pieces of furniture, go to your local hardware and they should be able to sell you some protective paper/covers.

3. Protect your floors and hardware

Lay drop cloths or plastic coverings on your floor in order to protect it. Cover the entire perimeter of your bedroom and tape the drop cloth or plastic covering to the floor to secure it. Unscrew all your hardware e.g. knobs and handles and power outlets using a good quality screw driver. Store all your hardware and the little screws well to avoid misplacing them then cover the exposed power outlets with painters tape for protection.

4. Fill in any holes present in your walls or wood and sand them down

Prior to painting, fill in any holes in your walls with some good quality wall filler and wood filler. You can find this at your local hardware store. Let it dry completely for like a day. Once dry, sand it sown with some quality sandpaper. Be sure to put on a mask and eye protection while sanding your wall in order to avoid inhaling the paint particles and dust. Be sure to sand down other areas that may be having imperfections.

5. Dust and wipe your walls

Dust your walls using a piece of cloth or even a broom. After dusting them, wipe them using a sponge dipped in soapy water. The sponge should be just wet enough with the cleaning solution, not dripping. Use circular motions while cleaning your walls. This may seem like a lot but I assure you that step is important. Painting over dusty walls and imperfections ensures that the paint doesn’t stick and it only magnifies the imperfections. So if you’re looking to have your walls look gorgeous after painting, make sure to dust and wipe.

6. Protect edges with painters’ tape

Make sure to use your painters tape to cover any areas you don’t want to paint. Tape around your windows and press it in so that it sticks on your surfaces.

7. Paint away

It is time to paint. If you’re painting a light color over a previous dark color, be sure to apply some primer first so that the dark color doesn’t show through your new light colored paint. If you’re painting a light color over a previous light color or a dark color over a previous dark color, you don’t need to use primer. Also, use oil based primer for oil based paint. All other types of paint can be used with a latex based primer. Two coats of paint will be enough depending on the quality of paint you use. Crown paints and Dura coat are the brands of paint I have tried and I like their results so far.

So if you feel that you need a change in the appearance on your bedroom or any other space in your home, I hope these tips give you the confidence you need to go ahead and take on this project. Also if you’re feeling adventurous and want a nice DIY project to get your mind and hands on, painting your walls in definitely a good one. I hope these tips provide you with insight on how to go about painting your bedroom walls.

By Wanjiru Muhoro | Writer

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