Want a New Atmosphere for Your Bedroom?
A bedroom is your oasis, your pleasant and peaceful area where you can expect some comfort by lying down on a cosy bedroom after a hectic day. It can also be your most private area where you do and express everything you feel like doing.
Your bedroom also describes who you are. Therefore, most people will want to design their room to suit their personality and can awaken the mood they wish to create. There are ways to refresh your bedroom with a minimum budget. You can try painting or re-styling it.
Re-setting the mood
A blank canvas that is what bedroom is like. To change the atmosphere of the space entirely, you can try painting. When you feel that your room is outdated or looking tired, go get the paintbrushes. Give a new life to your room by applying new colours, at a low cost.
When you have refreshed the bedroom with a new colour, remodelling or changing the style of the layout will give a pleasantly new look. To get this new look, you will not need to buy a new bed dressing or furniture set. Reusing or repurposing the available items can be your choice for restyling. Adding inexpensive decorative accents can also be an option. This method will be budget friendly.
Refreshing or remodelling your bedroom does not always require a lot of money if you can be a little creative. To minimise the cost, you can do DIY for painting.
Here is a DIY on how to paint your bedroom from diynetwork.
- Latex paint
- Painter tape
- Fibreglass drywall tape
- Drywall compound
- Paint rollers
- Paint roller extension handle
- Paint scraper
- Paint tray
- Drop cloth
- Putty knife
These are what you have to do:
1. Plan your approach before you start
Before you begin with your actual jobs, you need to get organised. Do the preparation work before you start working on your painting. It will make you work much faster and minimise the mistakes.
- Moving all the furniture from your bedroom.
- Pile large furnishings in the centre of the room then cover them with drop cloths.
- Disconnect and remove any chandelier if painting the ceiling is included.
- Cover the floor with drop cloths.
- Decide one area in the room as a place for you to gather tools, mix paints as you work.
- Paint from the top down to help you see and fix any runs or drips as you go.
- Paint the ceiling first then walls if you plan on painting the entire room.
2. Fix damaged surfaces
Prepare the surface for painting by scraping away old, flaking paint. Also, sand painted woodwork to get rid of glossy surfaces. Before repainting, you need to use a prime-sealer for covering high-gloss enamel paints.
Before you start painting, you have to fix dents, cracks or chips in the walls by patching small imperfections using a drywall or spackling compound. If the cracks or holes are larger, you have to cut away a bigger plaster or drywall for creating a patch.
3. Prepare the room
You have to remove the entire electrical switch as well as outlet covers, picture hangers, wall sconces, and other fixtures and attachments on walls. Tape the outlet screws to the covers to keep tracking them.
Put the painter tape to cover around windows and woodwork like ceiling mouldings, doorframes and baseboard. Remember to pain only on clean and dry surfaces. While doing the painting, windows should be opened to give a constant supply of fresh air that will help to dry the paint more quickly.
4. Prepare the materials
Ask the type of a roller or brush that is suitable for your job before you buy the paint. Generally, the paint dealer will give you guidance on the right combination of materials and tools for your work.
During the painting process, use a paint stick to mix the paint regularly. To avoid the pigments from settling, stir the paint from the bottom up. Punch a hole on the paint rim by punching nail and hammer to avoid the paint from spilling over the sides and building up in the rim of the paint can.
5. Using a brush
Put a brush by dipping one-third of the bristles into the paint. Continue by pulling the brush lightly back against the inner edge of the bucket of the paint can. To squeegee off the extra paint on the surface of the bristle, use the edge. You can prevent brush marks and streaks by making long and smooth brushstrokes.
6. Use a paint roller
When painting the ceilings, you need to cover your hair to avoid any splash and drip. Cover the wall areas and try not to miss any spot.
7. Paint the trim
If the walls are already dry, you can remove the tape painter from the trim. Do it slowly and evenly to ensure that you will not pull up any paint. You can use hot air from a heat gun or hair dryer to peel the tape. Once the tape is removed, now paint the trim that is the closest to the ceilings and continues to the lower part. You have to minimise the brush strokes and not to over work the paint. If you need a second paint for the trim, make sure the first one has already been dry.
8. Clean up
Wrap your brushes and rollers using the plastic wrap when you need a break during the work. The plastic wrap will keep them wet and pliable for a whole day or more. To clean the brush, you can hang the brush to let it soak after it is cleaned with water or paint solvent. To keep the bristle straight, wrap the brush in the plastic wrap or put it back to its original place.
Before you clean the old paint, you need to check your house first. Make sure that your house does not contain asbestos. The asbestos material can be found in houses built before 1990. Asbestos walls were used because they have good properties for heat and moisture resistance and fireproofing.
Mostly asbestos walls do not pose any risks if they are painted or sealed. The main concern is when the asbestos is broken down into pieces by a power tool or hand pressure during the renovation, which is when the material causes risks for health.
To make sure whether your house contains asbestos walls, you need to engage a consultant to do asbestos testing. The testing can identify fibrous materials installed within your house. When your house is confirmed to be installed with asbestos, and you decide to remove it, you need to make sure the disposal of is legal and safe.
Do you live in Sydney? You have to know that the disposal of asbestos in Sydney is a process that is heavily regulated with legal consequences and significant financial if you do not follow the law. If you plan to dispose the fibrous waste yourself, you need to find out the tip location and requirements on how to prepare your products and what the landfill tip will not or will take.
At present, there are 9 landfill tips in Sydney Metro area that possibly accept asbestos, including:
- Elizabeth Drive Landfill Kemps Creek
- Jacks Gully Waste and Recycling Centre
- Eastern Creek Waste Management Centre
- Blaxland Waste Management Facility
- Horsley Park Waste Management Facility
- Genesis Xero Waste – Landfill and Recyling
- Lucas Heights Waste & Recycling Centre
- Wetherill Park Resource Recovery Facility
- Kimbriki Recycling and Waste disposal centre