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Whether you’re designing a nursery or just simply bored of staring at your bedroom wall, this is the perfect time to get crafty and completely reimagine your room. If you don’t have the budget necessary to totally overhaul your furniture and accessories, repainting your walls is a budget-friendly way to brighten up a space in no time. So put on a playlist of your favorite songs, enlist a couple of friends (if safe to do so), and use this list of tried-and-true items to give your room a much-needed facelift.


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Get this drop cloth on Amazon for around $23

First things first: You’ll need to pick out the perfect paint color. You don’t have to stick to the same shade for all four walls; you might want to consider an accent wall or contrasting colors for the moldings and finishes. Start by thinking through the general color palette you have in mind. Do you prefer something that’s warm or cool? Neutral or more bold? Do you have furniture and artwork that still needs to match the new look? Once you have a rough idea of your preferred color in mind, pick a few paint chips and color samples. Hold them to your wall at various points throughout the day to see how the sunlight impacts the shade, and consider painting a swatch of various colors on a wall to get a real-life comparison. Once you’ve decided on your favorite color(s), let the fun begin!

Sandpaper and Painter’s Tape

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Get this painter’s tape on Amazon for around $9

If possible, remove all the furniture and art from the room to avoid getting any paint on it. If you don’t have enough space, put the furniture in the middle of the room and cover it with plastic sheets or a drop cloth. Apply painter’s tape to the room’s corners, base, moldings, and windows to protect those areas from paint splatters. Next, use sandpaper to remove dust, dirt, and unwanted particles from walls before you add a fresh coat of paint.

Paint Brushes, Paint Rollers, and a Paint Tray

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With your perfect color now in hand, it’s time to pick out the tools that will help you finish the job. Start by purchasing a paint roller, a paint roller extension, and paintbrushes. If you’re using a water-based paint, you should choose a brush with synthetic bristles to guarantee a smooth finish. If you’re using oil-based paint, you’ll likely want to go with a natural bristle made from animal hair for a gentler look. It’s also important to pick the right size of paintbrush: A smaller one (from 1 to 1.5 inches) is a great choice for windows and other trim. But if you’re painting a wall, bigger is better; some experts recommend using 3-inch paintbrushes for doors and cabinets and 4-inch paintbrushes for walls. And don’t forget to purchase a paint tray that you can pour paint into as needed.

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Get these paintbrushes on Amazon for around $6

By following these simple steps, you can give your room a fresh lease on life—without having to do an entire makeover. 

Shop the gifts:

  1. Drop Cloth
  2. Art
  3. Sandpaper
  4. Painter’s Tape
  5. Paintbrushes
  6. Paint Roller
  7. Paint Tray

Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.

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