In just over a month we’ll be packing up the (rapidly growing) wee ones and sending them back to school – just a little bit taller and hopefully with a few new friends. As summer comes to a close however, there’s always a mixture of sadness and what could only be described as overjoyed relief at having some personal time to add back into our schedule.
You’ve got a month left however and the real question is, how to keep the kids entertained until the big day. To that end, we’re thinking fun, creative, and colorful DIY projects that help them get excited for a new start. And what better way to let them express their personal style with an end-of-summer bedroom makeover.
What a Kid Wants
For children of all ages, claiming their space tends to be about bright color combinations and patterns that reflect the things they love. There are a lot of great products out there to help your kids do this – from fun new décor to bedding to furniture. If you’re looking for some ideas , check out our Pinterest board “DIY for Kids” for some great one.
Nothing says “it’s mine” quite like a fresh coat of paint though. So, aside from handing the kids a Home Depot gift card and letting them go to town, what’s the best way to get started? Encouraging your kid’s personal style doesn’t always mesh with the adultiness that accompanies maintaining your home’s value. Self-expression and creativity are a great thing, until it takes two coats of primer to cover up.
Peel and stick paint may be a great middle of the road solution for your family. Easy to apply and with none of the accompanying mess, many times these products offer a cheaper easy-to-install alternative to traditional paint. They’re much easier to maintain in a setting where disaster is only a spilled glass of grape juice away. And when the particular shade of pint that they’re in love with this year goes out of style? Just peel off and apply a new “coat”. No muss. No fuss.
Don’t stop there though. Get creative. Got a kid that loves professional sports or is involved with their school’s sports or music program? As they’re headed back to start a new year, try picking out colors that match their team’s color palate. Later this year TemPAINT will be introducing a professional sports line. In the meantime, try utilizing room’s primary color as a base and adding peel and stick paint to achieve this effect with broad stripes or a border of the complimentary color.
Kids love characters. Add to your look with Disney, NFL or even some “Pokemon’ Go” decals. They’ll peel right off and are a pretty affordable source of creativity , as far as decoration goes. Allowing kids to make their own decals is incredibly fun as well. One of our TemPAINT customers outlined each of their family members on a roll of TemPAINT, just like hand turkeys. Together they cut out all five silhouettes and applied to their kid’s bedroom wall.
If tackling walls seems like a big commitment for a first time project, we understand. Adding pops of color by turning your kid’s furniture into their next creative masterpiece can work wonders. Peel and stick paint can be used to make over old tables, chairs, and even beds into colorful works of art. Vinyl paint sticks well to almost all smooth surfaces and is easy to remove.
If you have very young children chances are, they get into everything. One of the upsides to using a removable or peel and stick wall covering is that if they do find their way into a Crayon, marker box, or even finger paint, there’s no permanent damage. TemPAINT is inexpensive and easy to clean, so you won’t be in for a big bill. If your kids love drawing, why not encourage their creative streak by trying our peel and stick white board solution. Just hand over the dry erase markers and let them go to town.
If you’re looking to do some color makeovers outside the kid’s room, it’s still easy to get the little ones involved. Work with them on helping to pick out colors, measure, and apply your product. It will make them feel involved and invested in making your home beautiful.
Kids grow up fast and we, as parents, spend so much time chasing them from one activity to the next with cries of “do this!” or “don’t do that!”. As they head back to school this year, utilizing a temporary wall covering can be a great solution for helping them express and own their creative side while ensuring that your house or apartment takes no permanent damage.