DIY Kid Room Makeover

This post is written two years after the fact, so I may omit a few details/steps here. With the arrival of our fourth child, we thought it would be a great bonding experience to put a big kid with a little kid. We also wanted them to have a space that felt like their own room on days they needed more space from each other.

We let the girls pick out the colors and they each had a theme in mind. After much debate, I got them on board with the paint design.  I already had it done in one of the rooms and I loved how it made it feel more open and hid the gabled roof line. I went with Glidden Premium Paint and Primer from Home Depot in a Satin finish. I believe it was one of their cheaper brands/on sale because I knew this color would change (hopefully, by new owners) eventually.

My color selections came from Behr’s Sea Ice 450-1u, Tahitian Breeze P450-2u, and Rainwater P450-3U (the turquoise room). In the purple room, I went with Glidden’s Lilac Bouquet (O2RB 53/171 V45) and I believe the other two purples came from Behr’s line (I’m missing the color info for the other two shades).

The first step and middle layer is the most tedious (but oh so worth it) part of this process. We begin with the middle color and paint around the middle of the room. To figure out the what the “center” would be, we measured the complete height of the room and divided it into thirds. I ended up bringing the bottom color up a few inches in order to see it around the furniture, the center layer ended up 36″ wide. I used a laser level as a guide to make sure I stayed close enough to the measurements for the center layer. I painted one coat, let it dry and painted another coat and then let it dry for  a longer period of time. Since we were painting two rooms, I moved on to the next room while paint was drying in the first room.

Once you are sure your paint is fully dried, you can begin taping. A laser level, a 4-foot level, and tape measure will aid in creating a straight center layer.


We live in a house that was built circa 1900s — this means floors are not completely level. To make sure our lines matched up around the room, we used a tape measure to make sure our strip maintained a width of 36″ as well as using a 4-foot level to double check the laser line.  When applying your tape, for the bottom tape line, you want to place the bottom edge of the tape above the laser line. For the top of the tape line, you want to place the top edge of the tape below the laser line. You want to make sure the tape covers the middle color you painted.

Once you have the room taped, and to make sure you have crisp lines,  paint over the tape with the middle color. The top tape line, you paint over the top edge of the tape; the bottom tape line, you paint along the bottom edge of the tape. You do not need to paint heavily, you just need enough coverage to make a “seal” between the wall and the tape. Let it dry and leave the tape where it is. After that is dry, you can go over the tape lines again with your other colors.

Things start to move a bit faster at this step. I painted the ceiling the same color as the first layer. Apply the first coat, let it dry then apply the second coat. While the first coat dried, I moved on to the bottom half of the room and used the darkest color. Once the second coats are completely dry, carefully remove the tape and touch up any areas.

And viola, look at these rooms … look at that paint job! 😉 Go here to see the wall art I created for the rooms and go here to see what they look like two years later.

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