So it seems that becoming a Dad means to paint at least one room and possibly seven. And, if you’re anything like me, you will all be drastically under resourced when it comes to starting the job. ‘No problem Wifey, it’ll only take an hour or so’ was the underestimated time given. ‘Yeeeeeees, I’ve got everything I need’ wrong again.
Painting a room can be simple if you’ve got everything you need and you’re prepared, much like making a baby. It is a simple process (once colours and nursery accessories are chosen which is absolutely not a simple process) which involves a few simple tools.
Paint a Room – Colours
Choosing a colour isn’t easy. What does it say about you? What does it say about your baby? Or your finances? Or your sex life? Or….who gives a s**t. What you need to consider is how it might affect your baby. Now although your small human won’t be in there sleeping from day one, I imagine they will be in there for at least a change of bum. The colour of the nursery wall may affect how your baby feels believe it or not. Not that they can see colour for weeks anyway.
Paint a Room – Tool List
Here’s a list of what you’ll need at a minimum;
- Flathead screwdriver
- Phillips screwdriver
- A cheap bunch of brushes of different thicknesses. You really don’t need to spend the big bucks on these
- A cheap roller and tray set. If you want to keep the tray clean, put it inside a bin bag and pour the paint on top as normal. This way you can throw away the bin bag and reuse the tray
- Frog Tape (much better than masking tape which leaves s**t everywhere and absorbs paint making the tape process almost as long as the colour choosing process)
- A pair of scissors to cut the tape
- A stool/stepladder if you’re the massive height of 5 foot 9 ½”
- Dust sheets to cover the floor (doubled up where painting as dropped paint will get through)
- The colour of your choice (make sure it’s not the kitchen or bathroom sort and matt in finish (unless you want shiny walls).
Here We Go
Once we’ve got the kit it’s time to start working. Follow this process in order to save time for the next job you’ll get told to do (love you Wifey).
- Hoover the walls to get rid of any dust and cobwebs that will ruin your life if you paint over them.
- For the love of God tape the edges where you don’t want paint using the Frog Tape.
- Unscrew the sockets/fittings (you won’t need to turn the electrics off for this).
- Dust sheets down, remember, doubled up where you paint.
- Mix the paint around with a brush.
- Cut in the corners – this means paint in the corners and along any edge where the roller won’t reach.
- Roll the rest of the walls.
- Repeat if needed.
Let me know how you get on!