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Decorative Spatter Painting for Kids' Rooms

If you want to have some fun while painting, then get the kids in on the act and try out this decorative spatter painting technique in their rooms

Painting a kid's room can be a lot of fun, especially if you want to create a whimsical look. Getting children involved may include a little more mess, but they'll enjoy the results even more if it becomes "their" masterpiece.

Some decorative and faux painting techniques are easier to accomplish than others. The simplest -- spatter painting -- won't be a challenge, but will still have great visual appeal.

Remember, when painting to provide plenty of ventilation. Open windows or set up a fan in the doorway. Avoid a direct breeze, which will cause the paint to dry too quickly and may cause a skin to form in paint cans and trays.

Decorative spatter painting requires a solid base coat. Follow basic preparation techniques for basecoat painting: tape off baseboards, doorframes and ceiling edges; remove switch and outlet plates (shut off the circuit to the room if you do this and then cover and tape over with bits of newspaper).

If possible, remove all furniture and cover floors. At the very least, move furniture to the center of the room and protect with plastic.

For existing walls that are in good shape, just make sure they're clean and dry.

Spatter Painting
This is the easiest and most free-form of all the decorative and faux painting techniques. It can also be the most fun for kids. It's as simple as using a brush to flick specks of paint onto walls. This is a messy project, but when done, the walls will look like they've been covered in cake sprinkles.

You can choose any number of colorful latex paints. Water down the paint a little and it will be easier to spatter.

Everyone should wear latex gloves, old clothes, and caps to cover hair. Dip the brush in the paint and quickly "flick" the index and middle fingers across the top of the brush and away from the body toward the wall. Novices can practice on a spare piece of cardboard first.

Don't load the brush with too much paint or you will end of up with large blobs instead of tiny specks. If possible, apply one color around the room and wait an hour for it to dry. If you have more than one helper, assign a wall and one color to each child. By the time one wall is completed, it should be ready for the next color. Of course, adults will have to assist with the higher areas.

You might want to paint the switch plates in solid colors that match the spatters. These are easy enough to replace when it's time to make a change. Spatter-painted walls will also be easy to repaint. (Note: this process is also called "splatter" painting.)

This is great weekend project that the entire family can assist with, so the extra effort is worth the fun you'll have together.



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