Preparing Your Room for Painting

Painting can take a long time if the steps in the process are not taken with order and patience. To minimize mistakes and save time (and your home), follow these simple tips so that you can successfully get ready to paint without intermissions.

First, you must remove all furniture and accessories from the room. This includes any blinds, curtains, or sources of light. If there is an oversized couch that you prefer to simply push to the center, make sure to cover it thoroughly with a tarp to prevent it from getting stained.

Second, use plastic bags and painter’s tape in order to conceal all light fixtures and avoid getting paint on them.

Third, using a screwdriver remove all outlet covers and set aside with their respective screws so as not to lose them.

Check your walls for cracks, nail holes, or dents. Mark each spot with a small reference (pushpins, a black dot, or post-it flags work well). Using some spackling cover each hole, dent, and crack and allow to dry well before you begin the next step.

Now you must scrape off any loose chips of paint and lightly sand the walls to help paint absorb and remove any hard edges. Using painter’s tape, tape around your ceiling or molding and baseboards. Apply tape around windows and on any telephone outlets you might have not been able to remove.

Using a roll of wood paper, set up a pathway that covers baseboards and catches paint drips thatcould occur during painting. Make sure to use tape to secure it to the floor and baseboards to prevent it from moving. You can also use a painter’s sheet to cover floorboards and/or carpets, but it’s definitely an expenditure that you can avoid.