How To Get Kids Involved in Painting Their Room
Doing a huge home improvement project such as painting a bedroom can be tricky when you have little ones. After all, it’s hard to keep an eye on them when you’re covered in paint. Oftentimes, the best solution to this is to enlist their help, especially if you’re painting their room.
Even though kids aren’t always ecstatic about the prospect of chores, they often love helping with “important” tasks. However, if handing your child a paintbrush still makes you nervous, don’t despair. Here’s how to get kids involved in painting their room.
Get Them Involved in Planning
Take your kids to the store or browse our online catalog and make a date of looking through all the nursery paint colors. If your kids are older, you can even bring out the color wheel and teach them about complementary colors. If you’re planning on doing a mural, let kids help you brainstorm ideas for it. Allowing kids to have some say in their own space is a great way to boost their confidence and give them a sense of ownership over their room.
Before you start the actual painting process, take a few minutes to set clear expectations for what the kids will be in charge of and what you will be in charge of. For instance, if you’re afraid of your child saturating their brush with paint, tell them that you will dip their brush for them, and they will paint with it. If you think they will have trouble not getting paint on the other walls, tell them that you will paint the outline of the wall, and they will fill it in. Feel free to delegate the tasks based on age.
Teach as You Go
No one is great at something the first time they do it, and no one can learn unless someone teaches them. Start by demonstrating how to perform a task, such as rolling paint across the wall. Practice doing it with your child, then watch as they try it themselves. Be patient. Taking time to teach kids as they go is a great way to bond and help your child build not only the practical skill of painting, but the life skills of patience, hard work, and persistence.
Ultimately, your kids will be the ones living in this room, and they are probably not as stressed about a perfect paint job as you are. Throw out your expectations of a Pinterest-perfect bedroom and focus on enjoying this opportunity to spend time with your kids. It can be a bit of a leap of faith to get your kids involved in painting their room, but in the end, the memories are well worth it. Shop our range of kid-friendly paints today!