Series 1: Painted Stripe treatment
Rating 2.5 -moderate
First in a series of 3
tutorials, create softly rag rolled and striped
yellow walls. In series 2 and
3, add decorative
scrolls that playfully rest over
doors and painted furniture to
match. These decorative motifs
tie this room together,
all blending successfully to
transform this child's
Playful enough for a 5 year
and mature enough for a young
and without character.
Sunny yellow walls, softened
with a simple rag roll
technique easily transforms
the plain room into a fun and
cheery space. Both whimsy and
subdued, this children's room
will remain looking fresh
through out their growing
The first tutorial in the Decorating
Children's Rooms series will teach
you how to transform the
entire room by decorating
walls, adding accents and
We have recommended a color palette
based on yellow tones. Feel free to create
your own color themes, then continue
following this tutorial.
Step 1: Lay drop
cloths over furniture and on floor. Use
painter's tape and mask off all ceilings,
base molding, window and door frames.
Remove light and electrical outlet cover
Using Base color 1, take your painters
brush and Ďcut iní around ceiling,
wall corners, base board and door and
Next roll on your base color with your
roller and tray. Try and roll in
straight, even motions from floor to
Add the paint for Rag color 1 into a clean
2.5 quart bucket. Wear your disposable gloves
and completely saturate a clean rag in the paint. Carefully remove the rag, ringing
out all extra paint by pulling the rag
through your fingers, squeezing excess
paint back into the bucket. Itís a little
messy, so make sure you have your drop
cloths completely covering your working
The ragging process: Loosely ball up the
rag into your palm and gently blot the
wall. It helps to move the rag in your
hand frequently, keeping it loosely balled
up. This allows your texture to be varied
and remain interesting. Regularly refresh
your rag with paint, in the manner
described above. You may stop and break
when you like, then continue ragging until
your walls are done.
Start in one corner of your room. With a
tape measure mark a line every 6 inches.
Place a mark on the top of the wall, the
middle of the wall and the bottom of the
wall. These are your guide lines for
applying the painterís tape. Remember,
not all walls are straight, so pay
attention that your markings fall within
a straight line.
Using a roll of paper painterís
tape, tear a strip the length of the
wall. Stick the tape on the mark
near the ceiling, then hold the tape
taut and place it on the middle
mark. Rub down tape, then repeat
with the lower mark near the floor.
This should give you a straight line
from ceiling to floor.
Painting the 2nd base color
Once you have completed your taping,
paint the upper and lower portion of
your stripe, where it touches the base
board and ceiling, with your painterís
brush. Take your mini-roller and paint
the Stripe color 1 in the areas you have
taped. Allow this to dry. Do not remove
You will essentially repeat the
ragging process from step 3.
Add the paint for Rag color 2 into a
clean 2.5 quart bucket. Wear your
disposable gloves and completely
saturate a clean rag in the paint.
Carefully remove the rag, ringing
out all extra paint by pulling the
rag through your fingers, squeezing
excess paint back into the bucket.
The ragging process: Loosely ball up
the rag into your palm and gently
blot the wall. It helps to move the
rag in your hand frequently, keeping
it loosely balled up. This allows
your texture to be varied and remain
interesting. Regularly refresh your
rag with paint, in the manner
Once you have completed the
room, your walls should be dry
enough to allow you to remove
the tape. Carefully pull the
tape from the wall, balling it
up as you go. Dispose of the
tape in a waste bag.
9: Cleaning up
Remove tape from ceiling, base
board, window trim and doors. Wash
brushes in warm, soapy water and
dispose of paint tray and roller
The completed room!
Visit the other
features in this series:
hand-painted decorative scrolls,
allows you to
the room with decorative motifs.
Painting furniture details. Complete the room by
adding the final touches to
furniture and room details.
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