What color is your bedroom?
I asked this question on my Walking on Sunshine Facebook page weeks ago, maybe even months ago and, of course, got a variety of answers. I started thinking about our master bedroom and the color we've had on the walls for 11 years now! RED. I loved it 11 years ago, but for the past 5 years have really wanted a change. But I knew covering red would be a challenge and a huge job. But we did it. Or more importantly, my husband did it, with a little help from our son. Click to see the results!
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Tips on Painting over Dark Colored Walls
We really did love the red color. But overtime, the red started to fade in spots and it was horrible to keep clean. Dust would cling to the walls and you could still see the dust after I wiped the walls down with a wet cloth every now and then. So it was time for the red to go. Here are a few tips for helping you paint over dark colored walls.
Move Furniture Away from the Walls and Clean.
You will be surprised how much dust is behind large pieces of furniture. Then wipe down the walls with a wet cloth. The walls should be dry before applying any paint.
Protect the Ceiling and Molding
My husband loves to use THIS tape when painting. It really does protect the ceiling and moldings from any paint getting on them accidentally.
Remove Curtains and Use Drop Cloths
Cover the carpeting and furniture with drop cloths. Remove the curtains and the hardware as well. You don't want any paint to accidentally get on your furniture or the curtains.
Apply a Primer and Let it Dry
My husband and son applied the primer early in the morning and then let everything dry a good six hours before even attempting to add the top coat of paint.
Apply Top Coat
My husband chose to use a paint that also had a primer added. Since we chose a very light color as our new paint, he wanted to make sure the red was completely covered. And it worked beautifully.
Let the Walls Dry Completely before Removing Tape
That's right, be patient. Wait at least 24 hours before removing the tape or you will have problems with the new paint peeling. You shouldn't even sleep in the room overnight if at all possible. We didn't want to breathe in the paint fumes so we slept in the guest room.
Enjoy your New Space
A week later and we are loving the new color of our bedroom. It feels so much larger and brighter. I told my husband I feel like we're away on vacation.
Now, I need some new accessories!
As with any redecorating project, getting something new is always the best way to make the room feel special again. Especially after seeing all the dust that was hiding under and behind the furniture. Here are a few things that would look lovely in our newly decorated bedroom. Let me know your favorites too!
I love this clock! Would look so much prettier than the digital clock we currently have.
There you have it. Our master bedroom farmhouse makeover. Hope you were able to get some inspiration. Let me know what you think of our new color in the comments below!
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