How to Properly Repaint a Damaged Dorm RoomBy Staff Reporter, UniversityHerald Reporter
College students usually stay in a shared dorm room. Through the years, its physical features start to become run down, especially the paint of the wall, ceiling, trim, and many more. A new paint, maybe a little retouch, will help you feel more refreshed and relaxed during your stay in a dormitory.
Nowadays, it's difficult to find peace of mind, especially in a messy dorm room. That is why putting an effort to overhaul your place is very important. Just don't forget to ask the permission of the landlady or landlord if you are allowed to do some room enhancement.
Here are some of the techniques that might actually help you if you are interested in giving your room a makeover:
1. The right tools make a huge difference
It doesn't have to be the most expensive and fanciest tool for a specific purpose that you can buy in the market. You can opt to get high-quality tools if you have an extra budget. But you can always choose the ordinary ones as long as it is useful for you. List down all items from drop cloths that will protect your furniture to rollers that will help you get even paint coverage.
Here are a few paint supplies that you basically need when it comes to painting:
- Scrapers or putty knife for prep work
- Spackling compound for filling holes
- Quality paint brushes most commonly flat and angled bristles
- Wooden paint stirring sticks (this is necessary as you need to mix up the paint when it settled to regain the perfect consistency)
- If you are going to use a roller instead of a brush, paint trays are essential
- Paint rollers (these are made for easier and faster application than brush painting). You should make sure that the cage and locking mechanism has even pressure and prevents the roller from slipping.
- Expandable roller pole for high walls and ceilings
- Cotton rags for better absorption of paint stains
- Drop cloths to cover furniture, appliances and other items
- Clothes that are fine to get stained
- Paint edging tools and ladder if needed
When you have the right supplies, you are one step ahead of the process.
2. Choose your color
The most amazing part about painting is looking through fan decks and paint chips. You can start by figuring out the general color characteristics? Do you want a cool, warm or milky shade? Probably stick with neutral or switch to saturated shade? If you have existing furniture, decorations, appliances and art pieces, you'll also need to consider how the shades of paint will compliment them. Because you are in college, white paint is the best option you can choose and then you can add some accent to the trims. Once you have created a picture in your mind, pick a few shades and get samples. Imagine the shades on how they look in the room at different times of the day.
3. Set an outline
After the perfect combination of colors has been chosen, the next thing you must do is to consider where to put some accent and highlighting moldings in a contrasting shade of finish. Remember that you are not limited to four walls in the same color. The ceiling is also an important part of the interior to take note together with the flooring.
5. Proper preparation for easier application
Actually, preparation is the most crucial part of the painting process. To avoid bumps and bubbles, the area should be completely clean and dust-free. You also need to cover furniture and appliances and apply primer if necessary.