How to Prepare a Room For Painting

Interior painting is a great DIY project, but there are risks to going it alone. Painting a room without the proper training or knowledge may leave behind signs of paint spatter, mottled color or missed spots. Follow these steps to help you paint like a pro.

Remove Furniture

Professional painters don’t stumble over coffee tables or stretch to paint behind the sofa, and neither should you. Be sure to remove furniture from the room before you paint to give you an easier time. You will also avoid ruining wood and upholsteries with spilled or spattered paint. Ensure that your furnishings remain in good condition when you return them at the end of the project.

Protect Flooring

Protect your carpet and hardwood floor before you get to work. Placing a few sheets of newsprint under your roller tray is not enough. Use professional-style drop cloths to cover the entire floor. Plastic sheeting can shift under your feet while you work, exposing areas of flooring.

A canvas drop cloth or a professional grade butyl-backed cloth can protect against spills. This will avoid paint ending up on the soles of your shoes and spreading through the rest of your house. Such cloths also prevent spilled paint from soaking through to the flooring below.

Remove Wall Hangings

Don’t paint around artwork or hangings on the wall; if they shift one day in front of company, your cut corner will show. Cutting in around them is actually more time-consuming and it risks damaging your decor as well. Be sure to take everything off the wall and paint the entire surface. Use bubble wrap and storage bins to protect delicate pieces from breakage.

Remove nails and picture hangers and fill in the holes with spackle before you paint. Be sure to let the spackle dry before you cover it. This is in case you want to reconfigure your wall hangings later.

For interior or exterior painting, you can count on Handyman Connection® of Jeffersonville. We have the skills to get the job done right, from careful prep work through the final coat and clean up. Call us at (888) 766-3189 for a consultation.

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