It might seem inconvenient, and you might just be excited to slap on a new, fresh coat of paint but it is important to prepare your room for painting for a few reasons. The steps we provided to prepare your room will help protect furniture and floors and should lead to a more successful project in the end.
5 Steps to Prepare Your Room for Painting:
#1: Your Furniture
Furniture is not cheap and paint stains can be permanent. This is especially true for upholstered furniture like your couch or recliner. You can wipe off a paint spill from wood furniture if you notice it but that will slow down the painting process. The better idea is to move the furniture to a different room before you start to paint.
If you can’t do that then you should move the furniture to the very middle of the room or the farthest spot from the walls. If the project includes painting the ceiling, we recommend first painting the very middle of the ceiling then after that dries, placing the furniture under that spot.
#2. Your Floor
You don’t want a permanent paint stain on your refinished hardwood floor or your beautiful carpet. New hardwood and new carpet are both extremely expensive. Best case, if a paint stain sets on your carpet, you can hire a carpet cleaning service to remove it. But that isn’t cheap either.
To protect your floor, place a canvas or heavy cloth sheet over as much of the floor as possible. Move the sheet around as need be during the project. Avoid plastic sheets or tarps because oftentimes the plastic slips and shifts and there is a chance that will lead to an injury or a spill.
#3. Electrical Outlets
You will want to remove the electrical outlets from the walls before you start to paint. To do this, you first need to turn off the electricity in the room you are painting. Find your home’s circuit breaker box for this. Then unscrew all of the outlet covers or plates from the wall and place electrical tape over the outlets themselves to avoid paint splatter on them.
This is also a good time to remove the blades from your ceiling fan if you are painting your ceiling and removing the electrical base of the fan from the ceiling. You should cover the ceiling fan in plastic too to avoid paint splashing and drying on it.
#4. Your Trim
You should remove the trim around the base of the walls or place painters tape around the top and the bottom of the walls. Sometimes the paint on the trim cannot be washed easily so it is best to avoid paint spilling on it. You should do the same for window trim and remove any curtains and shades too.
#5. Cleanup & Repairs
Don’t paint a dirty wall. You should dust the wall and wipe it down with soap and water or TPS before you paint. You should also repair damage to drywall using spackle or a patch kit from the hardware store. Be sure to sand down any bumps in the wall to. You want a smooth, clean surface to paint on.
Follow each of these 5 steps in order to ensure your furniture and floor are protected and the entire room is ready for painting.