Is it possible to create a neutral kids’ bedroom that both genders would love? We think so, and it’s so quick and easy when painting a feature wall. An accent wall can give you a kids’ room makeover in just a few hours.
We are all about keeping DIYs simple these days.
making us a family of eight, we knew we would have to do some room shuffling someday. Now that the twins are ready to be in their own space, it’s time to do that adjusting. Our two next youngest children, a boy and a girl, will be sharing a bedroom. We want this playroom conversion to be stylish, neutral, and able to grow with them.
And currently, we want our kid’s room decked out for Christmas. It’s all about decking ALL of the halls around here right now.
Find out how we used an easy feature wall to deliver the perfect neutral kids’ bedroom we were looking for. It turned out so cute!
What Inspired Our Easy Feature Wall Update
We knew we wanted to convert our playroom into a gender neutral kids room, so we were thrilled to team up with KILZ® Brand as part of their #accentwallchallenge. It’s just what we wanted to do—transform a whole room with just one wall and a few hours.
With the twins being so young, they take up a lot of our attention, and we simply don’t have the time for a big DIY right now. Painting one wall in a trendy way can freshen up any room in the home with minimal effort.
We did this DIY makeover using KILZ 2® All-Purpose Primer and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines® Paint. The KILZ 2 All-Purpose Primer is just what we needed to quickly cover-up the dirty handprints, ink, and marker on the playroom walls. This stuff is amazing.
We chose a color from the KILZ® Magnolia Home Paint “Market Collection.” This collection features 25 colors personally crafted by Joanna Gaines. I mean who doesn’t love Joanna Gaines’ style? The paint rolled on so smooth and creamy, such an incredible formula… on top of a great color.
We chose a dusty mint blue-green color called Emmie’s Room that gives a fresh neutral tone that will complement most home styles. It’s the perfect color for a neutral kids’ bedroom that either gender can enjoy.
How to Create a Neutral Kids’ Bedroom They’ll Love
We knew we wanted to create our feature wall opposite the doorway, so you saw it right away when entering the room. Having the bedroom feature wall there gives the biggest impact on our neutral kids’ bedroom makeover.
Use the following steps to create your own easy DIY feature wall:
- Clear the room or cover any furniture that cannot be moved. Cover the floor with protective plastic or drop cloths. A little prep work can prevent some heartache later.
- If you aren’t a skilled painter and don’t feel confident about cutting in with a paintbrush freehand, I recommend using painter’s tape to mask off the edges of your feature wall.
- Patch any holes, scratches, or other blemishes that won’t be cured by using the KILZ® Primer, and allow them to dry.
- Roll on the KILZ 2 All-Purpose Primer in a W pattern and then come back the opposite way to fill in the empty spaces. This technique helps evenly distribute the paint for a more uniform coverage.
- After the primer has dried completely, use a brush to cut in using the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint of your choice. You will likely need to do this twice for full opacity.
- Roll your Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint in a W pattern for a beautiful smooth coat.
Added Touches for a Perfect Kids’ Room Makeover
Lots of storage!
While we didn’t have time to do a ton of DIY work in the room, we did want to create some underbed storage to allow more space for the room, and so we raised the bunk beds by creating risers, and then built drawers for plenty of storage under the bed! Stay tuned for that DIY.
Plenty of art space!
With our DIY magnetic chalkboard that has been with us for years and moved from room to room, we had a great start for art space. I love giving my kids space and freedom to be creative and these little details are so helpful.
Right at the entrance of the room is a large chalk wall, plus the magnetic chalk board with a twine art display above it, as well as an art table – which get’s used daily. This is why it was imperative for us to have storage under the bed… I wanted enough floor space for this table in the room.
Bunk Bed lighting.
I KNEW that I wanted to add in a light for each bunk. It just seems to create a “personal space” for each bed. Since we have black iron brackets for the open shelving in the room, and added black iron pulls for the underbed storage drawers, I knew a black retractable lamp would be the perfect addition. Keeping in line with our quick makeover, we went with a set that could be wired or simply plugged in. We’ve got ours plugged into the outlet, though I did paint cord covers to match our newly painted feature wall.
I didn’t want to scrimp on holiday cheer in the kid’s room, so this feature wall update was the perfect time to introduce some Christmas decor into the room. A Christmas tree with the kid’s handmade ornaments, snowman sheets and pillows, a red knit blanket, holiday pom garland, and more was the perfect way to add a bit of Christmas whimsy into this shared space.
We Love Our DIY Feature Wall Update
The children were so thrilled with their neutral kids’ room makeover. And as a parent, I feel pretty good about it too.
I know it’s just a feature wall, but it is a statement. By choosing one color that can be pleasing to any gender, we create a neutral atmosphere where both of our children can thrive.
Using the KILZ® Primer and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines® Paint made it so easy to take our worse-for-wear playroom and transform it into the gender neutral kids room we desperately needed. Freshening up a room with a feature wall is the way to go for anyone that needs a home makeover but are tight on time or funds.
We would love to know if you think our neutral kids’ bedroom is a success and what Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint color you like best, so drop your thoughts in the comments below.