getting a room ready to paint

You’ve chosen the perfect paint color*. That means the hard part is over. Now it is time to paint the room. But, before you do, you will want to prepare the room for painting. Proper preparation will protect the floor and furniture and ready the wall and ceiling for fresh paint to ensure a long-lasting finish when the project is complete.

*Still struggling to find the right paint color for a room? Sherwin Williams offers some tips here.

Below is a list of 7 recommended steps to prepare a room for painting and success!

7 STEPS TO PREPARE A ROOM FOR PAINTING

1. RELOCATE FURNITURE & DÉCOR

The first thing to do before it is time to paint a room is to clear out the furniture inside of the room. If an item is too large or heavy to move from the room entirely, try to move that item into the center of the room away from the walls and cover it with a canvas, cloth or plastic sheet. Remove all artwork, clocks and décor from the walls as well.

2. REMOVE OUTLET COVERS

Unscrew the electrical outlet covers on the wall and throughout the room before painting. Place all of the screws and covers together to ensure nothing is lost when it comes time to reattach them to the wall. You should the cover the outlets themselves with painters tap or duct tape to ensure no paint gets on them.

3. PROTECT FLOORING

One of the most important steps in preparing a room for painting is protecting the floor in the room. This is true for hardwood and especially for carpet. Place a large drop cloth across as much of the floor as possible. If the cloth can not extend the entire room, continue moving it to an area closest to where you are painting.

4. CLEAN SURFACES TO BE PAINTED

You must wipe down the walls and the ceiling that will be painted. This is very important to ensure the paint adheres in a smooth, flat pattern across the wall and ceiling. You can do this with a damp cloth. Wipe off dirt, grease, dust, cobwebs and any other debris. For mildew, use a professional cleaning product to ensure it is 100% gone from the wall.

5. FILL HOLES & CRACKS

A lived-in room will have a dent, crack or even a hole or two in the wall. Use spackle and fill nail holes and cracks with it. You will need a paste for larger imperfections and gouges in the wall. Let the spackle dry before beginning to paint. Time varies based on manufacturer guidelines. Then sand the spackle for a smooth finish on the wall.

6. CAULK GAPS IN THE WALL

You should caulk in the area between the ceiling and the wall. This is helpful to paint a straight line along the ceiling later. Just be sure the caulk is paintable. The label should indicate this. You can spread the caulk along the gap line with a finger. Then use a damp cloth to wipe away and excess.

7. PAINTER’S TAPE

Use blue or green painter’s tape on the edges of the baseboards, door frames and window frames and lighting fixtures in the room. The tape will help protect the woodwork but be careful not spread the paint too thick in these areas as it could seep through the tape still.

That’s it. Now it is time to paint. Come by www.davidbarrio.com another time to read my tutorial on the proper techniques for painting a room. Thank you for reading!