When decorating your childrenâ€™s bedroom it can often be easier to just do it all for them, after all if things go wrong when decorating thereâ€™s always the risk that it could cause a lot of damage.Â Â If youâ€™re daring though, getting your kids involved in redecorating is a great way to give them the feeling of ownership over their room, as well as giving it some individuality.Â One idea for a reasonably safe task that can have a big impact on your childâ€™s bedroom is letting them paint a window blind.
Window blinds are a really big canvas for kids to get creative with, but if it all goes wrong it only needs to be visible during the night.Â Whilst we probably donâ€™t recommend you try this if you have expensive custom fitted blinds, off the shelf blinds are reasonably inexpensive and shouldnâ€™t be too difficult to replace if need be.
Choosing your paint:
The paint you choose depends largely on what kind of material your blind is made from. Â A good all-purpose paint is stencil paint which has a thicker more elastic like consistency compared to most paints, which means it shouldnâ€™t crack when rolled.Â Stencil paint doesnâ€™t do very well in a washing machine though, so if you have fabric blinds that you intend to machine wash you might be better off choosing fabric paint.
As with any painting there are numerous ways you can approach it.Â Youâ€™ll need to detach the blind from your window and find a flat surface or clear piece of floor to lay it out on.Â If you can find a board big enough to clip it too youâ€™ll find it easier to paint on when itâ€™s well stretched out, and, as with any craft activity put down an old sheet or lots of newspaper to stop paint getting where it should not.
The actual painting can be done it lots of ways, if youâ€™re brave you could just give your children paints and brushes and let them have at it, but there are ways to give yourself a little more control that shouldnâ€™t take away from your childâ€™s independence.
If you were visualising a slightly more detailed blind another idea is to trace the outline onto it first.Â Have your child come up with a design on paper, or even find a picture in a magazine, transfer it into tracing paper then use carbon paper to put the outline onto your blind, after this itâ€™s just a case of your children painting within your outline.Â Once they are finished and the paint is dry you can neaten up their outlines by going around the edges with black paint.
Once the painting is finished and dried you can then hang the blinds in your childrenâ€™s window leaving them with a bedroom that they can be proud of.
This article was submitted on behalf of Interior Goods Direct by Ewan MacDougal. For more budget decorating ideas check out their website.
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