I've just completed two long standing DIY painting projects, one of which is this chest of drawers. It's not a very expensive piece of furniture, but it is versatile. Ever since my parents let me take it from my bedroom at their house, this little guy has followed me from one move to the next.
Along the way, it has gotten a little beaten up and was in need of a make-over. But how was I ever going to prep and paint with two little kids in the apartment? Without a yard, or a garage, there's a big risk of a big mess. I decided the only way to complete the projects would be to include them in the experience. Here's how I did it:
1. Use only No VOC paint to avoid the smell and the toxic impact. I always try to use eco-friendly paint, even though it is more expensive, it's totally worth it.
2. Set up a small corner to work in that's out of the way--you'll need to leave the project unfinished for drying time between coats.
3. Clear the deck of tempting items, like the paint covered lid.
4. Make a clear path to the bathroom so everyone can get clean before wandering around the house.
5. Wear socks--otherwise there will be paint on your rugs and floor. The socks come off whenever you need to go somewhere else in the house.
6. Put their paint in small container.
7. Give your child a small (really, really small) paintbrush to use.
8. Teach them how to remove excess paint from the brush.
9. Give them something else to paint--like a shoe box, or even one of their own toys. My daughter painted her Melissa and Doug Horse Barn.
10. Remember that relationships are built on moments like these. I'll never forget how my Dad would let me help him paint and fix things around the house. He taught me so much, and he definitely gave me the DIY bug. Happy Father's Day, Daddy.
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