Nothing will transform your space like a fresh coat of paint. It is one of the most inexpensive updates you can do that has the largest design impact. Before you get started though, you must do quite a bit of prepping to ensure the job is done right. Ciarlanti Painting is here to share some paint prep tips to help you get your room ready for the painting process.
Clean Out the Room Before Painting
If you can, remove everything from the room before painting. If you don’t remove everything, you run the risk of getting paint on surfaces that aren’t easily cleaned. You can always cover everything that you can’t remove so that it is safe and protected from paint drips. Without anything in the room, you also have the space you need for the paint and painting supplies that it takes to get this project done.
Before Painting Remove Light, Wall Socket & Outlet Covers
It may be tempting to try and paint around the lights and outlet covers. This is a bad idea and you will wish that you had just removed them. You won’t have to worry about being careful as you paint around them without the covers. This will actually save you time in the end.
Plastic & Drop Cloth Floor Protection for Painting
The only time you don’t have to cover the flooring of the room you are painting is when you are replacing the flooring once the painting is complete. Otherwise, you need to use a thick, leakproof covering to keep your flooring protected.
Clean & Wash Walls & Baseboards Before Applying Paint
You would be surprised as to how much dust and dirt is on the walls and baseboards of your home. Just a quick wipe down with a clean, white cloth and some warm water will be sufficient at getting this thin layer of dust off the walls and baseboards.
Fix Holes & Repair Damaged Drywall
There are likely several cracks, holes and other dings that need to be repaired before you start painting. If you aren’t planning on hanging any décor in the places that have holes, you should fill them in with painter’s putty so that your walls are crisp and clean when you get done painting. You may need to use some sandpaper to sand these spots down once they have had time to dry.
Caulk Gaps & Fill Cracks
Where your baseboards meet the walls, you may find that there are cracks if the home is older. This is a good time to fill those cracks in with some caulking so that you have crisp, clean lines around the bottom of the room.
Use Painters Tape
You will want to spend the time to tape off any areas that you don’t want to paint with your new color. Painter’s tape is the best option to get the job done. While this is tedious, it will be worth it.
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It takes a lot of prep work to get a room ready to paint. When you leave it up to the experts at Ciarlanti Painting, you know the job will be done right and your newly painted room will be flawless. Call us today!