My younger boys’ bedroom has been in desperate need of a makeover for awhile now. The beds have gone from bunkbeds to singles and back and forth several times. We’ve envisioned several different makeovers, designed a new room in our heads, taken all of the artwork off of the walls…and then life gets busy, and the project gets put to the back burner again for awhile. Eventually the kids started hanging up their own posters and artwork again, and once again their room has become a hodgepodge of different styles (or lack thereof!) and colors. I knew that it was time to do something fun to personalize their room again, so I am embarking on a journey to make over their room spending as little money as possible and using items that we already have in the house as much as I can.
For Phase One of their bedroom makeover, I wanted to liven up their walls and increase the “cool factor,” but I really didn’t want to paint their entire room again. We opted to do a graphic design on the main wall, and I chose two paint colors (Grape Green and Quiet Storm) that complimented their current teal walls (Lagoon). I figured that I could mix all three of the colors + white to get a variety of shades to use on the wall.
We started by giving the wall a quick coat of primer. Since our paint colors were still in the same color family, we didn’t worry too much about getting even coverage (just trying to keep the teal from bleeding through that bright Grape Green!).
I was really excited to try the FrogTape® Textured Surface™ kit because we have heavy texture on our walls. Every time we paint a room, I worry that we’ll end up with funky tape lines and have to do a ton of touch-up, so planning a striped design that required crisp lines had me super nervous!
FrogTape® is treated with patented PaintBlock® Technology, a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, which helps prevent paint bleed. Once you apply the tape to the walls, you can wipe it down with a damp cloth to activate the polymer and seal it in place before you even start painting.
While I was waiting for the sealer to dry, I played mixologist and mixed up about a zillion different color options for our stripes. The bright green ended up being a little too yellow-based on its own, so I added a teeny bit of white to help tone it down.
We always peel up the tape as soon as we’re finished painting to avoid any sticking or peeling of paint after it has dried. I was anxiously holding my breath as Mitch peeled the tape off, and I was shocked to see those incredible clean lines!
All-in-all there are six different colors on the walls in this room, yet it doesn’t look like too many since the intermixed shades all complement each other really well. It added SO much personality to the room with a teensy budget and a tiny bit of effort…and I didn’t even have to paint the entire room!
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