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Makeover a Kid's Bedroom With Paint

Makeover a Kid's Bedroom With Paint

This kid's bedroom makeover was managed in a weekend and is something all DIY painters could tackle themselves. Watch us add some colour to these walls and breathe new life into this coastal girl's bedroom.

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This bedroom was carpeted so we choose a plastic drop sheet to go over the carpet, followed by a canvas drop sheet for double the protection.

These walls had seen better days and needed a fair bit of prep before painting could begin. Even though this room had been painted five years prior, there had been changes to the layout and wall hangings that meant there were plenty of holes to fill.

The first thing to do was to fill the holes using Selleys Spakfilla Rapid and allowing to dry per the manufacturer recommendation on the packaging. Once dry, it was sanded with a 120 grit sandpaper so it was smooth to touch. This was followed by a dust of the surface to remove loose particles.


This room was primed and painted five years prior so we only primed the patches to ensure the filler didn’t shine through. If you don’t recall when your room was last painted, always go in with a primer before you begin.



We started with the ceiling by cutting in using an Oval Cutter and rolling in a single direction across the whole ceiling. Once dry, we followed with the same process but rolling in the opposite direction to ensure we captured all the areas of the ceiling.


When the ceiling was finished, we moved onto the walls. There was both VJ panels and standard walls to paint, which both follow a similar process.

For the VJ panel wall, we worked in 1 metre wide sections from top to bottom. We started by cutting in the top and the side, but also each individual groove on the VJ panels. Don’t skip this step as the paint roller doesn’t always penetrate into each groove. Follow with a roller over all the sections you’ve cut-in to smooth out the paint. This ensures a smooth finish and avoids paint drying on each cut-in section which would add more texture to the walls.

For the standard wall, cut-in the sides, top, and bottom, one wall at a time. Follow with a roller in a 1m by 1m section, rolling over the cut-in section to smooth the edge and avoid picture framing the walls.

Allow to dry and repeat until you’ve achieved two topcoats of colour.


Use an oval cutter brush and slowly cut in the top of the skirting boards with your gloss paint. If you’re not confident cutting-in, we recommend taping the walls before you start. Make sure the walls are fully dry (wait 24 hours to be safe) before applying painter's tape. Apply two coats of gloss paint, allowing to dry between coats.


Have a packet of baby wipes or Selleys Sugar Soap wipes on hand ready to wipe paint drips off surfaces or yourself!