So, you want to transform your dull living room into the room of your dreams, but you don’t know where to start, right? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Tyntly is in business for people just like you, and everything we do is aimed at helping you create your dream room, as simply and easily as possible.
In this guide, we’re going to show you step by step how you can DIY transform a dull ordinary & plain white room into something you can be truly proud of with nothing more than a little house paint and a well chosen wall color is really all it takes to completely transform a room. Whether you aim for the boho style, a farmhouse rustic look, or even rocking a midcentury modern masterpiece, this guide will answer that burning question: or “How do I transform my room”
9” Roller Frame
9” Roller Cover 3/8” nap
Paint Tray Liner
Cloths for clean up
Paint Can Opener
Small Container for Cutting
Some paint supplies you might need:
Wall Patch Material
Paint scraper with metal brush
Step 1: What’s Your Color?
Let’s face it, choosing a paint can be really hard, especially if you go to a paint or DIY store. With thousands of colors, dozens of brands, an array of finishes and a confusing list of grades it’s understandable why so many people never go further than the paint aisle. Fortunately Tyntly makes selection easy, because we offer one paint in two finishes in the 30 hottest colors for accent walls. Picking your ideal color can be simple if you use our handy color choice guide.
Evaluate your paint chips or samples in different natural and artificial light throughout the day. Also look at your color samples against your furniture and accents so that you can get a sense for how it all fits together.
We always recommend paint+primer, and a low/no VOC paint. Choosing a paint+primer saves of time painting and cleanup, and creates less waste. If the wall you are painting is already painted in a similar or lighter tone, a couple coats of paint+primer should do. But, if your wall is bare drywall or you are covering a darker tone, a primer coat is a good idea. When picking your paint it’s important you consider the light your room gets, and the mood you want to set.
TIP: Interior designer and color expert, Melanie Gauthier suggests, “If you are looking at beiges or taupes you run the risk of ending up with a pink room. Take a look at all the shades on the swatch palette. If you see pink in any of them there is a pink based paint used and you will want to select another swatch.”
Step 2: Get it smooth and clean
If you want your dream room to truly look truly dreamy, start with smooth, flat walls. Your first order of business is to remove cover plates on light switches, power outlets and other outlets that are in the painting area. Next, remove any nails, screw or picture hangers on the wall. If you have any holes or cracks in the wall, fill those with caulk or wall repair. Sand and smooth down any rough spots. If you have any soiled spots from debris, oil, or stains, give them a gentle scrub with a damp rage or some mild detergent. Be sure to clean all surfaces like baseboards or moulding to ensure you have a good grippy surface for the taping step, up next.
“There are many instances that the wall condition is just not in our control and no matter how much prep work you do you can’t correct it. If this is the case go to a slightly shinier finish such as an eggshell or a satin. The light will reflect off the finish and avoid drawing your eyes to the blemishes in the wall,” says Melanie.
TIP: “I prefer painting the outlet and wall plate covers to camouflage into the wall unless you have selected a decorative plate.” “Simply sand lightly the plate and the outlet so it will except the paint and be careful around the outlet receptacle so paint doesn't fill in the holes. Two light coats do much better than one thick one.” -Melanie
Step 3: Tape it
Your goal here is to have an accent wall that stands out from your floor and other walls, so let’s try to keep that paint on just those areas you want to paint. That’s where painting tape comes in. There are a number of brands on the market all suitable for the job, but we like using blue tape because it provides the best visibility to edges and also removes easily without tearing up your painted area. Apply tape to any adjacent surface you don’t want painted like walls, trim and flooring. Apply the tape directly from the roll in 6” sections at a time, pressing the edge down with a putty knife to ensure a good seal. This is also the perfect time to cover your floor and precious goods with a drop cloth.
TIP: You will find most of your time is spent prepping your area. Take your time during this process once your done prepping, your on to the fun part!
Step 4: Give it the edge treatment
Now that your edges are taped and the drop cloth is down, use your 2” paint brush to paint a 2-4” perimeter around your painting area and any objects like windows, wall plates light fixtures. Feather out your strokes toward the middle to eliminate any obvious brush strokes. And make sure you load your brush with enough paint. If you do this correctly and get a nice thick edge you won’t have to go back over it with a second coat.
TIP: It's worth spending a few extra bucks on a nice brush. Nicer brushes create better edges and won’t let loose pesky bristles into your wet paint.
TIP: for the smoothest, track free wall, always keep a “wet edge” so that you are overlapping new paint onto sections that are still wet.
You’re almost there! Remember that tape you applied way back in step 3? Carefully remove it before the paint is fully dry, that way the paint stays on the wall instead of coming off in with the tape. Replace your outlet and wall plate covers.
Step 7: Enjoy
Congratulations, you did it! This is the best part: simply enjoy! Invite some friends over. Put out some snacks, let them bring the drinks. Put on your favorite playlist, and then gloat a little while your peeps shower you with praises about smart and talented you are.
Melanie Gauthier is an interior designer who splits her time between Los Angeles and Florida. She was raised in the design industry and has designed many coastal living spaces from Costa Rica to Los Angeles. She is a color specialist and finds the most fun she has on her projects is working with her clients and color. Developing their perfect color palette so their home becomes a haven for the way they live and represents who they are as people.