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Adding decorative features, like these painted scrolls, to both walls and furniture create a charming and consistent overall theme.

 

 




Latex eggshell paint
Base color 1: Benjamin Moore Provence Creme # 2021-60
Rag Color 1: Benjamin Moore Lightning White # 2019-70
Stripe color 1: Benjamin Moore Creamy Beige # 2016-60
Rag Color 2: Benjamin Moore Lightning White # 2019-70
1 Three inch painters brush
Roller and paint tray
3/4 inch nap roller head
Mini-roller
Cotton Rags
2 2.5 quart buckets
Disposable gloves
Paper Painters tape (You may need up to 6 rolls)
Drop cloth
Tape Measure
Pencil

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Discover the techniques to antique the base of the furniture seen here. This technique antique striee effect is perfectly suited for kitchen cabinets and bath vanities!

 

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Series 2, adding
hand-painted decorative scrolls, allows you to further embellish the room with decorative motifs.
 




"Poetry is superior to painting in the presentation of words, and painting is superior to poetry in the presentation of facts"

Leonardo da Vinci  1452-1519

 

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Decorating Children's Rooms
Series 1: Painted Stripe treatment

Section 1

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 bedroom.

 

Playful enough for a 5 year old,
and mature enough for a young teen.


Before, plain 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 years.

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 painting furniture.

We have recommended a color palette based on yellow tones. Feel free to create your own color themes, then continue following this tutorial.

Preparing the room

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 plates.

Painting the base color


Step 2:


Using Base color 1, take your painters brush and Ďcut iní around ceiling, wall corners, base board and door and window frames.
Next roll on your base color with your roller and tray. Try and roll in straight, even motions from floor to ceiling.

 

Ragging the first color

Step 3:
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 area.

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.

More on Rag Rolling.

Measuring your lines

 

Step 4:
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.

Taping your lines

 

Step 5:

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

Step 6:
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 the tape.

Ragging the 2nd color

Step 7:
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 described above.

Removing the tape


Step 8:
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.

Step 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 head.

The completed room!

Visit the other features in this series:


Series 2
Adding hand-painted decorative scrolls, allows you to
further embellish the room with decorative motifs.


Series 3
Painting furniture details. Complete the room by
adding the final touches to furniture and room details.

 

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