All right, so you were about to start painting and then realized you have no idea what you’re doing. OK, I’m not giving you enough credit. You searched out help online because you just need some guidance, right? Well, either way, let’s both agree that you’re here because you need some help starting out. Painting is a lot of work, and it can sometimes be tough – you’re no Bob Ross! If you’re a beginner with the paintbrush, follow these simple steps to prepare that room for the masterpiece it’s supposed to look like.
1. Clean the walls
It’s important to start things off by cleaning the walls you’d like to paint. You should also fill any cracks or small holes with Spackle before painting. Cleaning the walls makes a world of difference and actually creates a smoother painting experience. But this does mean getting on your hands and knees at times, so do your best stretching!
2. Don’t electrocute yourself
Always remove your electrical cover plates on switches and outlets. Most outlet and switch covers can be removed with a flat head screwdriver. Just be careful not to stick your fingers in the crevices. But I’m not your Mom, so …
3. If you don’t want any splattered window accessories, like the locks and handles, remove them before painting.
4. Remove the doorknob and strike plate at the door latch. These are both devices that easily attract a dripping paintbrush.
5. Tape off the lock at the edge of the door.
6. Protect the Furniture
If you have furniture in the room, either remove it before painting or cover it with a drop cloth. A paint-spotted couch isn’t the most attractive hosting gear, and you’ll probably have to sleep on it once your partner sees what you’ve done.
Tape a cloth or plastic drop cloth to the edge boards along the edges of the floor. The best place to find something like this is at your local hardware or home improvement store – just be sure to get the correct floor measurement. A local interior painter may also have a floor cover ready for your project.
8. Prime Those Walls
Prime? What? Yes. You must know how to successfully use primer on your walls before actually painting them. If you’re dealing with wallpaper or heavily stained walls, primer will be your best friend. You must use the correct primer for different surfaces, though. Using the wrong kind can diminish the integrity of your walls. If you’re uncomfortable with the thought of priming (Totally normal!) you should contact a local interior painting expert who can help out.
After following these pre-painting steps, your room should be ready to take on any kind of paint you throw … I mean, splatter at it –even a bright, neon yellow! But if you don’t want to put up with the hassle at all, call an expert who does. Sometimes it’s just better to let the professionals do what they do best.
Have any quick pre-painting tips and tricks of your own? Share them in the comments below.
This is a suggested list of pre-painting tips that apply to most but not all circumstances. If you have any further, more specific questions, write to me in the comments section.