I Only Decorate in Black or Very, Very Dark Grey.
The rest of this space was not much better. Lots of mismatched furniture, dings ALL over the wall, crayon marks, scuffs on everything -- you get the picture. Out went the old bedframe that was officially dead and everything else got a little bat tweaking. See the Loft Playzones RIGHT HERE and you notice that most of room is still available for play, but the cubbies and desk offer a very distinct private area.
Tips and Tricks for a Gotham City Skyline
- Start with the gray "shadows" and work in big, bold shapes. Variety is nice!
- Use a yardstick or painter's tape to get super straight lines.
- Pull the tape up BEFORE the paint is completely dry to avoid ripping.
- Once the shadows are dry, start taping off your black skyscapers.
- Angled buildings are unexpected and offer a bit of villiany to the skyscape.
- Use a paintbrush to do detail work along window sills, electrical outlets, etc. first.
- Then roll along the taped areas, just barely rolling onto the tape.
- Fill in the rest of the area with your roller, making sure to not push so hard that you get lines.
The Glidden paint and primer in one did a great job of covering, even with black, but you will still need 2 coats. The grey took only one coat on the wall and two coats on furniture. A nice change from 4 coats when trying to paint anything dark!
It is strange to have your oldest start to grow up. The boys have been in the same room for a long, long time now, not due to a lack of space, but because they want to be together. They still love being together and are already having "meetings" in the "batroom", but things have subtly shifted. He wanted more privacy, more space of his own, a place to be fiercely independent within the safe walls of this house. He has his space.
I often fight against his independence. I want him to listen, to obey. I want him to want to be home forever. I want him to want to be with his family more than his friends. I know this is a war I will never win. Batroom is the first step and we handled it with ease. I hope the next steps are just as seamless. I am not sure how much more independence I can take. I think he can handle a lot more than I.