7 Important Things to Do Before Painting a Room

Painting your room is one of the best ways to transform its appearance and make you fall in love with your home again. A beautiful coat of paint can minimize the imperfections and flaws of a room while highlighting its great qualities.

Important Things Before Painting

Handyman Connection of Tuscaloosa has several tips to help you prepare a room for painting.

  • Take Out Your Furniture – Taking out your furniture will make moving and painting the room easier and will protect them from splattered or spilled paint. To make sure that your furniture remains in good condition, consider renting a temporary storage unit for them. If there’s a piece of furniture that’s too large to fit your doorway, then put it in the center of the room and protect it with a plastic cover.
  • Use Drop Cloths to Protect the Floor – A heavy canvas drop cloth or professional-grade butyl-backed cloth is better than plastic sheeting. Drop cloths are not easily punctured and they will not move around while you work. In addition, a butyl-backed cloth will prevent spilled paint from soaking through to the flooring.
  • Remove Your Wall Hangings – It’s always better to take everything off the wall so you can paint the entire surface. Painting in around clocks and paintings will take more time and can damage your decor. You can protect your wall hangings by using bubble wrap and storage bins. If you want to reconfigure the pictures after you paint the wall, remove the nails and picture hangers.
  • Clean the Painting Surface – You can clean all the walls that you will paint with water and mild detergent. Thoroughly rinse the walls and let them dry out. A clean and uniform surface will lead to a smooth and professional result once you finish painting.
  • Remove Outlet Covers and Switch Plates – Shut down the room’s power and remove the switch plate and outlet covers if you want a smooth and even paint job. Daubing paint around tiny outlet covers will just lead to smudged paint and visible brush strokes. Replace the covers once the paint has dried.
  • Cover the Room’s Baseboards and Windowsills – Using professional painter’s tape and covering the moldings and trim will lead to a better result. However, you need to be careful of over-taping. Avoid covering areas of the wall that you need to paint.
  • Prepare a Staging Area – Finally, preparing a designated staging area will prevent accidents and spills. It also helps because you and your helpers will know where the painting supplies are at all times. You can use boards placed between two saw horses or a folding table with a drop cloth cover.

For a perfect and hassle-free painting job, however, you need to rely on the services of a professional. Handyman Connection of Tuscaloosa will be glad to work with you. Our many years of experience and we are passionate about taking your home improvement goals and making them a reality. Give us a call to learn more tips on painting your room. You can also ask for a free estimate.

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