When it came time for two of my kids to move into the same room, we decided it was time for a kid’s room remodel, hoping the younger kid will feel like the room was their own, not just moving into the established older kid’s territory.
Part of the project involved two walls. As usual, my wife came up with the design for the whole kid’s room remodel. She had a specific palette in mind and decided on one wall she wanted chevrons. On the other, polka dots. Sounded like fun.
All I can say is that in painting jobs like this, blue painter’s tape is your friend. I pulled out my trusty tape measure, pencil, and level for the chevron wall. Once I determined the slope, thickness of the stripes, etc. it was just a matter of marking the peaks and connecting them with tape. Because my stripes where the same size as the white space between, I did have to be careful to remember which part was which.
As it turned out, my stripes were the perfect size that one pass with a paint roller covered the whole width of the stripe. Amazing coincidence, or brilliant DIY Kid’s Room Remodel Painting Trick? It’s all about careful planning while designing the project to save you time, trouble, and materials in the long run.
Once the tape came off the chevrons looked really cool. I used a pencil eraser to get rid of any little marks remaining. First wall done!
For the 2nd wall I my wife asked for polka dots. Again, I went to my blue painters tape. You might say “well why didn’t you do it like this? It is so much easier than the way you did it.” Well don’t! This took me a long time so I don’t want to hear it! Just kidding. One goal of this blog is that you can learn from my mistakes so if you know a better way to make it happen, please comment below and let us know.
I started by marking a center mark where every one of my dots will be. I then taped off around where the dot will be, making sure the inside of my tape was within the radius, and the outside of the tape was always outside.
I then used a compass to draw my circle from the center point on the tape itself. Once completed, I used an X-Acto knife to cut along the line. Peeling the inside tape away, I now had a circle stencil! I only had to do that 42 times and my wall was ready to paint.
It took a while but I finally had all the stencils for all the dots on the entire wall cut and ready. Whew! After that, the actual painting seemed like a piece of cake.
It was an exciting time pulling off that tape and seeing the actual dots. Wall number 2 is done. We also added the Yarn Letters to the room as well and new beds, a modified Ikea nightstand, and a rug.