How to Prepare a Room for Painting

A room properly prepared and ready to paint. After years of having the same color scheme, a fresh coat of paint can be just the thing a room needs to liven it up. But before you break out the brush and start painting, the room getting the paint job needs to be properly prepared.

Clear Out Obstructions Before starting, clear out space as much as possible. This means removing all bulky objects that might get in the way, such as posters, or any expensive items. Main items you will want to make sure to remove include armoires, bed frames, tables, expensive technology, lamps, wall hangings, and drawers.

Protect Surfaces You Don’t Want Painted Firmly apply masking tape around the features of the room that you want protected from drips such as light switches or door knobs; it’s very important that the tape is as tightly sealed as possible for maximum safety from dribbles. To avoid ruining the quality of your paint, clean out dust particles on all surfaces with a broom, duster, or swiffer. Next, cover the floor with a protective tarp or layers of newspaper to defend against potential splashes of paint and spreading paint throughout your home. Lastly, be sure to watch out for your windows because it’s an arduous process to scrape dried paints from the panes without scratching them; if you have any questions regarding, contact Wallside for help.

Tidy up the Walls & Ceiling If your walls or ceiling have jagged surfaces, old chipped paint, or accumulations of dirt, the quality of your paint job will inevitably suffer. Take these precautionary steps to spiffy up the walls before embarking on your paint job:

  • Caulk open holes or apertures
  • Wash all splotches of grease and dirt. Arm yourself with a grease remover and cloth for the most efficient results.
  • Smooth out rough surfaces with either a sander or drywall sander pole

Now that your painting space is properly armored, you should be set to start painting. Good luck!