How To Prepare a Room to be Painted

Applying a new coat of paint is the easiest and least expensive way to upgrade the look of any room. It can change the atmosphere in the room and can lend a fresh, inviting look. Unlike other DIY projects, painting is a pretty straightforward procedure. But before you paint, it is important that you first prep the room. Prep work ensures that the painting job will be completed fuss-free and on time. Here’s what you should do to prepare a room.

  • Move the furniture pieces out of the room. The room should be as bare as possible, so move everything out. But if removing all the furnishings is not possible, you can instead move them to the middle of the room and cover them with newspaper or plastic.     
  • Cover the windows and doors. This will protect the windows and doors from paint stains. Make sure to start with the frames, then move your way to the top to begin covering the entirety of the windows and doors.
  • Remove wall fixtures. All photo frames, paintings, and light fixtures should be dismounted. As you remove them, make sure to also pull out nails, thumbtacks, screws, and other similar items from the wall.
  • Remove the cover plates and vent covers. The cover plates of electrical switches and outlets should be screwed off to protect them from paint stains. Then cover the now exposed switches and outlets with a wide masking tape. The vent covers of heater and air conditioning units should also be removed. Make sure to turn the power off before removing the plates and covers.
  • Lay drop cloths on the floor. Your paint will surely drip. So as a protection, cover your entire floor with drop cloths. But if drop cloths are unavailable, you can use big, used cloths you won’t mind staining.
  • Prepare the walls. Do this by first filling the cracks and holes with spackle. Apply the spackle very thinly. Let it dry. Then remove the loose paint on the walls by either scraping or sanding. The walls should be as smooth as possible to ensure a good finish. Now, wash the walls to remove the buildup of grime and dust. Trisodium phosphate is the best cleaner to use. Apply it to one wall at a time, then begin to scrub the wall starting from the top.
  • Prime the walls. Priming is especially necessary if your walls have been painted with semi-gloss or gloss paint. Priming will give your paint more hold and allow it to stick to the walls. Make sure to dry the primer before painting your room.

Preparing the room for repainting can be a tedious job in itself. In fact, it requires a lot more work than the actual paint job. But it is a necessary first step. It’s better to move things out of the room than remove paint stains later. It is better to clean all the walls than to have an uneven finish. And it’s better to prime than to make an ugly paint job. So you see, the prep work is all about ensuring professional results.


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