Painting our Son’s Bedroom BLACK
One Room Challenge – Week 4
I’m SO excited to be part of the One Room Challenge again. A huge thanks to Linda of Calling It Home for organizing this bi-annual design challenge. The One Room Challenge is where design|bloggers around the world transform one space in their homes over 6 weeks.
This time around I decided to makeover my tween son’s bedroom because we moved into our house over a year ago and this is how his room looked as of a couple of weeks ago. I know – very embarrassing!!!
My son really REALLY wanted a black bedroom. I debated and agonized over this request for a couple of months. I’ve always liked black rooms. They look so cool. I really admired Genieve Godor, HGTV host when she painted her living room totally black.
At first I was shocked, but I really began to like it. Decorating a black room can be challenging to get the right mix of furniture & accessorizes to make it work. But of course, Genevieve totally rocked it!
However, I was very hesitant for painting our son’s bedroom black for two reasons. One, I thought he wouldn’t really like it and get tired of it in a couple of months. It’s very dark. Will he really like it once the novelty of a black room wears off?
Secondly, the stager side of me is screaming “NOOOOO – DON’T DO IT!!! What if you want to sell your home soon? You know you will have to repaint it! AND You know it will take you many coats of paint to recover it!!!”
But as you can see, the mom side won out and we are painting his room BLACK. It’s turning out better than I expected so that’s a huge sigh of relief. He saw the one wall of black paint and was super excited! Phew….
Using Black Paint
You would think using black paint is like any other paint right? Wrong? Black paint shows EVERY imperfection. You need to roll up and down consistently one line, and then move onto the next. You need to roll DOWN to finish the line and then roll DOWN to finish the next line and so on. Otherwise, if you don’t do this, the black will look like different shades of black even though you’re using the same paint.
AND obviously it takes a few more coats of paint than regular paint so just take your time. Flip over to week 6 the final reveal and you’ll see that it will be worth it!!!
My Inspiration Board:
My goal is for our son to have the coolest bedroom on the street so that the boys on the street will want to come and just hang in his room.
Please check back next week and see the progress to date!
This is my forth time taking on the challenge. The first time I redesigned our entryway. The second time was our master bedroom including adding on a master en-suite and the third time was our family room.
I’m Debi Collinson, a Designer. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my first home. The sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I never looked back. Since then, I have been helping clients make their homes look like they came out of a magazine. I have helped clients earn money for their home beyond their expectations.
Due to a growing need, I’m a Designer Helping Seniors with their Living Options. I’m an Aging-In-Place Specialist, Multigenerational Living Designer & I downsize seniors using my experience as a Certified Interior Decorator & Certified Home Stager.
I’m also a real estate investor. I buy “fixer uppers” and either flip them for a healthy profit, or turn them into profitable rental properties. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Come join me as I share my tips & secrets along the way.