If you've moved into a new home, you may have noticed that the rooms need some work, especially if they haven't had a good paint job in a while. If your daughter is complaining because her bedroom in the new home has boring and lifeless wall colors that lack personality, there some budget-friendly ideas that you and your daughter can use to transform the room together. You won't need to hire a professional painter or interior design specialist to complete the transformation, which means you don't have to worry about spending more than you can on revamping.

Painting Dull Walls: Bright Colors, Stripes, and Stencils

Getting rid of the basic colors in the room is the first start. Once your daughter chooses the main color she wants for the room, you can buy premium quality primer to apply to the walls. The primer is necessary because it acts as a protective coating for the main paint color, allowing it to stick to walls smoothly without any of the old wall color seeping through. The painting supplies you should gather include:

  • Premium quality primer
  • 2 cans of any color paint (choose two different colors and a finish, such as matte or semi-gloss)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint roller and tray
  • Painters tape
  • Can of white Benjamin Moor paint
  • Large paper stencil
  • Clear tape
  • Ruler


  1. Pour primer into the tray. Grab your painters tape and apply it between the trim and the wall.
  2. Dip a paint roller into the primer and begin spreading the paint all around the walls. Use a paintbrush to apply the primer to corners and edges. Leave windows open and wait at least two hours for the primer to dry.
  3. Grab your painters tape and begin placing it vertically on the side walls of the bedroom. You'll want to apply each piece of tape 2 inches apart from one another. Use a ruler to make sure your measurements are correct.
  4. Pour the colored paint into a separate paint tray, dip your roller into it, and begin applying the color to all four walls. Follow the same pattern as you did with the primer. You can paint an extra coating if necessary. Give the paint a day to dry completely and then remove the tape from the side walls.
  5. Place the painters tape vertically on the walls again, this time applying it over the color you've already painted. By doing this, you'll be able to keep your lines straight and flawless without any splatter.
  6. Follow the same painting steps with the other paint color, but only apply the second paint color to the two side walls. Leave it to dry for at least two hours before pulling off the painters tape to reveal the colorful stripes.
  7. Tape a large paper stencil on the center wall that doesn't have stripes painted on it.
  8. Dip a thin paintbrush into the white paint and begin carefully painting inside of the stencil. Remove the paper stencil when you've finished painting and leave it to dry. You'll have a flawless design on the center wall, with stripes on the sides.

It may take a full 24 hours to complete the paint job with the stencil design and stripes, but the exact time will depend on the size of the room and how quickly the paint dries.

Cheap and Easy Bedroom Accent Ideas

After you've painted the walls with personality, you and your daughter can start working on the accents for the bedroom. Some easy ideas that won't break the bank include:

  • Outline the light switch with colorful or decorative duct tape. Duct tape is available in all kinds of colors and prints. Measure all four sides of the light switch with a ruler, jot down the measurements, and then cut your tape accordingly. Place the tape on the wall along each side of the light switch to make it stand out.
  • Hang a homemade jewelry holder on the wall. Buy a 11 x 17 inch cork board, fabric, and a hot glue gun. Cut a 12 x 18 piece of fabric, add hot glue to the back of it, and stick it gently on the cork board. Give the glue about five minutes to dry and then use a hammer to stick a few nails into the front of the board. Apply a small drop of hot glue to pearl beads and glue one bead on each nail head for decoration. Hang your bracelets, headbands, and other accessories right on the nails.

A bedroom transformation doesn't always mean spending hundreds of dollars. With quality primer, bright paint colors, and accent ideas, you can have your daughter's bedroom looking entirely different without needing help from a professional.