Preparing Your Room for Painting

Painting can be a tedious process if the steps are not taken in order and with patience. To minimize mistakes and save time, follow these simple steps so you can successfully get ready to paint without interruptions.

First, you will need to remove all furniture and accessories from the room. This includes any blinds or curtains. If there is any furniture that you would prefer to leave in the room, simply push to the center and make sure to completely cover it with a tarp to prevent it from getting stained.

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

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

Fourth,check all walls for cracks, nail holes, or dents. Using spackling, cover each hole, dent or crack and allow to dry completely, following the manufacturer directions, before continuing to the next step.

Fifth, scrape off any loose chips of paint and lightly sand the walls. This will help paint absorption and remove any rough spots or hard edges. Using painter’s tape, tape around your ceiling or molding and baseboards. Also apply tape around windows and on any telephone outlets you were not able to remove.

Finally, using a roll of wood  paper, set up a pathway  around the baseboards that will  catch paint drips that could 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.