DIY—Painting A Bedroom – Open Heart Story

Story By Cynthia Lee De Boer

Dingy paint hampering your bedroom’s style, transform your room with this step-by-step in just a few days.  A fresh coat of paint or a new color choice will give you and your space a fresh feel.

1.         Choose colors wisely for your desired look and feel.  Color has the ability to make a space appear larger, smaller, lively or subdued.  It can make walls appear taller or shorten them.  Also, when walls and ceiling are the same color, the room can resemble the inside of a box.  If the existing ceiling color is fine, decide whether it needs a fresh coat or if a cleaning will do.

2.         Choose a wall color, if this is a shared space, make sure the color choice is enjoyable to everyone concerned.  Paint charts acquired from your local store can aid in this process.  You can also choose an item in the color of your choice and have the store match it.  Keep in mind a small swatch of color may look great but may not be so wonderful on an entire wall.

3.         Measure the walls and ceiling surfaces you wish to paint and record these dimensions to begin a list of needed supplies.

4.         Match your current supplies to this list and add what you need:  TSP or other wall cleaner, patch compound for nail holes, caulking and caulking gun for baseboards and crown molding, blue painter’s tape, drop cloths, paint brushes, rollers and trays, stir sticks, paint can opener, step stool or ladder depending on ceiling height, hammer and appropriate screwdrivers for removing electrical covers, hooks etc.  A bucket, rubber gloves and cleaning rags need to be on hand at all times.

Note:  Brushes and rollers should be appropriate for paint type and surface texture.  A cleaning solvent may be needed if your paint is not a water-based product.

5.         Take the list to the store and calculate the amount and type of paint needed and decide if a primer is needed to cover the existing color.  While your paint is being mixed, gather the remaining supplies.  Plan a long weekend to devote to the project.  Consider drying time and arrange an alternate place to sleep if necessary.  This is also a perfect time to study your current furniture placement; even small changes make large improvements.

6.         Dress appropriately and cover your hair.  Apply lotion to exposed skin as it will saturate your pores, and make clean up much easier.  Remove everything from the walls including electrical covers.  Remove or cover all furniture, floors, light fixtures and/or fans.

7.         In this order wash down the ceiling, walls and baseboards.  Be sure to rinse thoroughly otherwise your paint may not adhere properly.

8.         Fill holes and caulk where needed.  Allow the appropriate drying time.  Using blue painter’s tape, mask off the baseboards, windows, sills and outlets.  If you’re not painting the ceiling the tape will be applied on the ceiling.  If the ceiling is to be painted apply the tape to the walls bordering the ceiling and paint it first.

9.         Make sure you have plenty of ventilation before you begin. In case of accidental spills, a bucket of clean water and some cleaning rags should be at your disposal.  Paint the ceiling if needed and let dry.  Remove the tape at the ceiling line and apply new tape to the freshly painted ceiling, separating it from the new wall color.

10.       Paint the walls using a brush for the corners, ceiling and baselines.  Roll the remainder.  Let the first coat dry thoroughly and decide if a second coat is needed.  I generally use two coats; the second coat insures complete coverage.  Whan the final coat is completely dry, carefully remove all tape and drop cloths.  Replace electrical covers, furniture and artwork.  Your room is now complete.


You can store wet brushes and rollers in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic.  This saves paint and cleanup time until the job is complete.

Blue painter’s tape is more expensive than masking tape but its well worth the money.  It is easier to apply and remove than masking tape. And paint doesn’t bleed through it as much, so it provides a more professional finish.  Good tools and proper preparation are vital keys to a successful job.

The actual time spent painting is minimal compared to the time involved in preparing the room.  Bearing this in mind, if possible move and clean things out before your actual painting day.  You may want to spend a night or two in another room to avoid inhaling paint fumes while you sleep.

As you prepare to paint, take advantage and clean out those hard to reach areas.  This helps to increase the freshness of your room.

Lastly, your bedroom should be your private sanctuary.  Make it fit you!

 Author’s Note:  These tried and true tips can make any project a success.  Don’t rush it, enjoy  the transformation, and amaze yourself.  The photo was designed especially for this article.

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