How to Prepare a Room for Painting
In theory, painting a room seem pretty simple. However, it consists of a lot more than just dipping a paint brush or paint roller into a colour and smearing it onto your walls. If you want to paint a room, but have no idea where to start, then you’re on the right blog! We’ve provided advice on how to prepare a room for a paint job.
1. Move the Furniture Away from the WallsMake the paint job easier by removing all the furniture out of the room. Removing these obstacles will:
a) Protect the furniture from paint spills and spatters
b) Provide more space and make the job a lot easier for the painter
Do not shove all your furniture into the hallway where it can get damaged; instead, if there’s a lot of furniture, consider renting a temporary storage container/ unit. Alternatively, move all the furniture in the room you want to paint to the middle of the room and cover it with plastic to protect it.
2. Cover the Floor with plastic sheetingMake sure you use proper protection on your flooring before you bring any paint into the room. You can cover the floor with plastic sheeting; however, it may get punctured and shift under your feet as you move over it, exposing some of the flooring to paint. Professional-style drop cloths over the entire floor are a safer option.
3. Clean the WallsClean, uniform surfaces assure a smoother, more professional looking paint application. Some substances, such as oil, change the consistency of the paint being applied and dark smudges can show through the paint.
4. Remove all wall plates and light switch coversTo prevent your wall plates and light switch from getting tainted by paint, you need to remove them from the room. To be save, switch off the electricity when removing the wall plates and light switch covers and while painting, avoid getting any paint onto the actual switches or sockets.
To avoid leaving paint marks on any moldings, trim outs or windowsills in the room, use professional painter’s tape (found in hardware stores) to tape off these areas.
Find a space in or just outside of the room designated for pouring paint, storing the open paint cans and cleaning your apparatus. This will prevent accidents and ensure all your paint and painting equipment is organised in one place.
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