Preparation is key for any home improvement job. Setting up to paint often takes longer than the actual act. There are a number of ways to prep a room before cracking open the paint can.
The obvious thing to do is remove all of your furniture and decor from the room so it doesn’t get hit by paint splatter. If something is too big or bulky to remove, cover it with a drop cloth and move it to the center of the room.
Don’t try to paint around anything.
Remove pictures, light fixtures, ceiling blades, switch plates, outlet covers, window treatments, and area rugs. You can take pictures of the room with your phone to remember where everything goes afterward.
Next, patch any holes on the wall with a spackling compound and scrape off peeling paint. Sand uneven surfaces with a 220-grit sandpaper to ensure surfaces are smooth before painting.
Spend a few minutes wiping down everything. The last thing you want in your fresh paint is dust or cobwebs. If you’re painting in the kitchen, scrub the walls to get rid of any grease or oil residue.
Painter’s tape can help you cover certain edges, outlets, or fixtures.
Where you place the tape all depends on what you’re painting exactly, but you can use it to mask window trims, baseboards, mantels, or bookcases.
Invest a few extra dollars on premium painters tape, brands like FrogTape, 3M Scotch, Painters Mate, or Duck Clean Release.
Cheap tape will come off while you’re painting and could get stuck when you try to pull it off. This will ruin your new paint job.