Having the boys away every other weekend allows me the time and ability to forge through an idea with gusto! Today I will share some of my preparation for the boy's bedroom makeover.
First off, I start with removing ALL items from the walls (posters, pictures, screws/nails), ceilings and windows. I move the large and cumbersome furniture to the middle of the room and it gets a drop sheet on it for time and simplicity sake.
Next up is lighting. Nothing bugs more more than getting all cleaned up, looking at a section/spot on the wall and seeing a neglected area or not enough coats of paint. I learned early on in my 'painting career' (three houses ago) that lighting can make or break your sanity when it comes to a beautiful result. I take off every lamp shade, open all blinds (depending on the location of the sun--it can white out too much and throw the coloring off). I get extension cords plugged in the walls ahead of time so that all I have to do while I am 'in process' is pick up any lamp in the room and walk with it. It is important in evaluating your work after each section to scan for blotchy spots or major errors.
Once I have the good light beaming is when I patch up the walls with Spackle. My home is 68 years old and sand paint is the texture I have to apply for the rooms, which is applied after the Spackle dries.
Purchasing the paint and supplies can become costly (the first time you do it). Once you have a lot of the supplies, however, all you need is the paint. I like to scope out paint colors online and I stick with what the websites say 'works' for having certain colors together. I usually have an idea of the color I want, then seek out the coordinating/accent colors from the professionals. I have never been disappointed with my choices. I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS spend money on the higher quality paint and don't tolerate something from a (no offense) 'Big-Box/Man Store.'
When I get the paint home I like to examine the paint before I start the job. There have been times when I have had the paint mixed and the mixing person does not share the color with me... that drives me absolutely nuts! If I am spending $50.00 a gallon on paint, I want to see what I am purchasing from you. So, if they haven't done that for me before I purchased, I get my OCD self home and check it out. I also do a 'drop' sample on each lid and side of can. This way I can quick reference from the shelves when stored away or when I am standing in the room painting away and need to open something up quick. I am all about making my future self happy, this is a serious time-saver.
It is important to have a sturdy workstation while painting (covered with a drop cloth if the furniture is important). When starting out a job I like to have a list (found on Pinterest or any DIY website) with a suggested list of items. (Why NOT use it-again time-saver). Added on to my list are garbage bags-which I use to cover the paint tray and brushes overnight, rather than cleaning, some good tunes, 'junk shoes' (for standing on the ladder), a small bowl of water (with lid) and paper towels for small slip-ups.
Here is what my workstation looks like before I get going:
Once I have everything in one place, the room is cleared, I am dressed for a mess and tunes are on.. Stage 4 of prep starts... taping. I use Frogtape (shown above) and a straight edge to help push down for corners, woodwork and alternating between wall and ceiling. Taping can be a tedious job but it is worth it. I don't have a sturdy hand AND I am a huge klutz, so I appreciate this step big time. Once that is done, I am ready to rock with the drop cloths getting laid out, I pour my paint for trim work and begin....
I start with the ceiling. Every time. I start with the trim (any straight line is followed), corners and outlets/switches or areas that can't fit a roller between. When I have trimming (coat 1) complete I roll out the first big area. This is usually when I get excited because I know I am finally underway with the project and there is no turning back! A sturdy ladder or step stool is important to have nearby so that every area of the room is accessible. Note: it is important to roll out the entire wall/ceiling in one full coat completing it in its entirety. Reason being, if you have one area of the wall wet/the other dry and it isn't done together, you may mistake an area for not having a deep enough hue/shade. Can you tell I have made this mistake? Here is what the boy's room looked like when I started out: