Painting A Teen Boy's Room DIY

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3 Days

We just painted my son’s room and I’ll share the journey, tips, and answer some questions along the way. You can see more of my crazy creations here

This is my son’s room, and as you can see it still has the nursery accent wall I painted.

He was requesting an accent wall.

We headed over to our hardware store to grab some paint samples, and brought them home so we could see what they look like in the light of my son’s room.

We moved my son’s bed and desk to the middle of the room and covered it with a drop cloth. We moved out everything else. Next we covered the floor with drop cloths as well.

I used painters tape to tape the baseboards, molding, and anything we didn’t want paint to get on.

My husband painted the Behr Ultra Scuff Defense Vibrant White Paint in a diagonal line on the wall that would become our accent wall. We would need this to dry before we could do more to that wall so we did that first.

My husband started painting the ceiling. This amazing Behr Ultra Scuff Defense has a primer built in and it went on nicely. It’s meant to hold up against wall scuffs too which is great for kids and we picked the satin finish.

While my husband was painting the ceiling my son and I started painting all of the edges. This would be the area the roller couldn’t quite reach like above baseboards, around closets and doors, corners, and the creases between the ceiling and walls.

After the ceiling was done we started painting the walls. We painted 3 of the walls with the vibrant white paint.

On the second day, we were ready to tackle our accent wall. I used Frog tape to tape the edges and the diagonal line.

My son had picked firecracker red for part of the accent wall. Red is his favorite color. My husband rolled it on while I painted the edges.

My son picked blackout black for his other accent color. My husband rolled it on while I painted the edges.

We waited until both coats of the painting was done and the paint was dry to the touch. Pulling at a 45-90 degree angle helps.

He’s also hoping for a strip of LED lights around the top perimeter of his room.

We taught him a life skill and built family memories with this project.

He is so happy with how the room turned out.

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