Let's face it, helpful little hands are fun when fixing snacks or cleaning, but not so much where (permanent) paint is concerned. Often, I find the only time to get projects done around the house is during nap (forget bedtime — by then I'm beat). So, I thought I'd break down a few favorite colorful home projects for parents who, like me, want to get their color on during nap time (whether that's a single-sleepcycle-snooze or a 3-hour-doozie).

Whatever length your child's nap, there's time to squeeze in some color. Here are some projects for adding color to your home that can be completed in that precious window:

My toddler's taking marathon 3-hour naps.

I have an hour and a half to get a project done.

Quick! Forty-five minutes 'til baby's awake!

As always, when painting, provide good ventilation and take the proper precautions against lead paint exposure. Happy crafting!

(Images: as linked above)