The transition from a crib and nursery to a bedroom with a "big boy" bed is one that is very exciting for both parents and children. Celebrate the fact that your child is growing up by decorating his bedroom in one of his favorite themes. If you have a young boy who is fascinated by cars, trucks and motorcycles, paint his room orange, white and black, the colors that represent Harley-Davidson.
Items you will need
- Drop cloths
- Putty knife
- Patching or joint compound
- Paint (black, orange, white)
- Spray paint (red, orange and yellow - optional)
- Paintbrushes and rollers
- Painter's tape
- Paint pans
Purchase painting supplies, such as drop cloths and paint pans, as well as interior paint in the colors associated with Harley-Davidson, which are orange, black and white.
Push the furniture into the center of the room and cover it with a drop cloth. Remove art, curtains and anything else hanging on the walls. Remove all light switch covers as well.
Lay drop cloths down to protect the floor.
Prepare the room for painting. Fill any small holes in the walls, such as from nails, with patching compound, if you have plaster walls, or joint compound, if your walls are drywall. Sand the primed spots and wipe the walls down with a damp sponge to remove dust and dirt.
Apply painter's tape to the baseboards of the room, around windows and doors, and where the wall meets the ceiling. If you are painting the room in a striped design, use painter's tape to designate the stripes on the walls.
Work with a single color at a time. Pour a small amount of orange paint into a paint pan and use a paintbrush to trim the edges of all of the areas you are painting orange, such as two walls, or a single stripe on each wall. Use a roller to fill the areas in with orange paint.
Add a second coat of paint, if necessary, when the first coat applied is dry to the touch.
Repeat Steps 6 and 7 using black and white paints to complete the Harley-Davidson theme.
Allow the Harley-Davidson paint theme to dry completely before slowly and carefully removing the painter's tape.
Tips & Warnings
- For a smooth, even coat of paint, This Old House suggests applying it with a paint roller using vertical, overlapping strokes.
- Keep rags on hand to clean up drips, spills and other messes.
- Always work in a well-ventilated area.