5 Back-to-School Painting Projects That Refresh Your Home And Can Increase Its Value

Posted on September 21, 2018

One of the best tricks to refresh your home after your kids go back to school can increase its value at the same time. You can probably guess where we’re going with this already; time to add a fresh coat of paint to the walls!

You don’t need to paint the entire interior of your home to give it an impactful makeover. Instead, you can focus on specific rooms and spaces that will revitalize your home and boost your pride in ownership.

Let’s face it. Kids are messy. Marks on your walls and holes in the drywall are common after a long summer break. That’s why back-to-school time isn’t just about getting back to a daily routine. It’s a time to realize something new is coming. New challenges and opportunities for school-aged children allow them to grow in life and find new ways to express themselves. Changing the color of their bedroom walls is a natural extension of these life changes.

“Back-to-school season is always filled with something new—new classes, new friends, new clothes, and new schools. Why not add new color and new design into the mix to keep the excitement and enthusiasm high?” asks Paige Nejame, co-owner of CertaPro Painters® of the South Shore and Boston, Massachusetts.

Whether you’re an elementary school parent, a middle school parent, a high school parent, or a college parent, there is a fun back-to-school painting project that you can complete. “Different life stages are always a driver for change,” Paige says. “We see parents remodeling and repainting bedrooms when students move from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school or from high school to college. But painting projects don’t have to be limited to the bedroom. Depending on the life event, it might be time to remake the kids’ bathroom or even the living room.”

To help you get started, following are five back-to-school painting projects that can completely refresh your home and increase its value.

1. Kids’ Bedroom

Moving to a new grade or a new school can mark a significant change in your child’s life. With that in mind, many kids want to redecorate their bedrooms to outwardly reflect the new interests and friends that can come at back-to-school time.

For younger children, a fresh coat of paint in a bright color can create a fun environment for them to play in. For middle school students, changing the pastel pink or blue from their childhood bedroom walls to bolder colors is a common request. For high school and college students, the bedroom becomes a personal retreat where they can express themselves and feel more like adults.

2. Bathroom

When your kids go back to school, it’s the perfect time to refresh the bathroom. Why? Because it will be so empty for many hours during the day again! Bathrooms can be challenging to paint, so this is definitely a room where professional painting service is essential.

It’s also very important to choose the right type of paint to use in your bathroom because the room gets so much moisture. The paint used in a bathroom must be able to withstand temperature changes, humidity, and exposure to chemicals. In addition, your bathroom walls should have a moisture-resistant treatment. Therefore, you need to prioritize the type of paint you use as much as the colors you choose.

3. Living Room

Again, the living room can be cleaned and ready for interior painters to do their jobs efficiently when the kids go back to school. As the heart of your home, you need to feel relaxed and happy in your living room. That means you should choose a color that puts you at ease. However, there is more to choosing a color for your living room than personal preference.

The living room is often the hub of a family’s activities inside the home and becomes the center of traffic. It’s filled with furniture and decorations that are expensive to replace. The wall colors you choose need to create a consistent flow with the rest of your home and coordinate with the decorations and furniture that are already in the room. You definitely don’t want to have to buy a new couch because your new paint doesn’t match your current couch!

4. Kitchen

Like the bathroom, your kitchen needs special paint to withstand the demands (i.e., spills and splatters) of a busy family chef. There are so many different surfaces and areas that you can paint in a kitchen, including the walls, ceiling, floor, cabinets, glass fronts of cabinet doors, and more. You might even want to get creative and use chalkboard paint to create a specific place for family notes, shopping lists, and so on.

New paint can completely transform a kitchen. Just make sure you choose the right types of paints and colors that complement one another.

5. Decorative Elements

You can paint a lot more than the walls on the interior and exterior of your home to give it a back-to-school facelift. For example, consider replacing old wallpaper with paint or removing the popcorn ceiling in your home. Another great back-to-school painting project is to add crown molding to your living room, dining room, or bedroom and paint it a unique color rather than traditional white. A simple way to give your home a distinctive look is to use a faux finish technique on the walls.

Whatever creative techniques you decide to use to add decorative elements to your home’s painted surfaces, make sure you’re working with a professional house painter who can deliver quality work quickly and affordably. CertaPro Painters® has many ways for you to get the most out of your back-to-school painting projects.

You can start your back-to-school painting projects now with the help of the certified painters from CertaPro Painters®. Get a free estimate here.


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