Your colors have finally been picked, you bought one of those roller, brush, “all-you-need” packs, and you are in your ultra-comfy red sweatpants from college that your wife won’t let you wear out in public anymore: it’s go time. This room desperately needs a facelift, and it’s up to you and this can of “Practical Beige” on the floor next to you.
But as you bend down to open the paint with a butter knife because your “all-you-need” pack somehow did not think you would need a paint opener, you notice that patch of wall with the big dent in it from when you had to pivot the couch around this corner. Even “Practical Beige” cannot fix this dent here and those nail holes over there from when you attempted that gallery wall that one time. You take a step back and realize…maybe step 1 isn’t Apply Paint and Make Everything Instantly Beautiful. That is really step 5, and before you can get there you must complete the…
Four Steps to Prep your Room Before Painting
1) Clear the Floor
It can be easy to get excited for the dramatic change that comes with painting, but that doesn’t mean you want your couch to suddenly become one of the things to dramatically change. All smaller furniture should be removed from the room, and larger items such as couches or hutches pushed towards the center, to keep them safe and out of your way.
2) Inspect those Walls and Patch them Up
Nothing is worse than relaxing on the couch in your newly painted room after you’ve cleaned up and rinsed all your paintbrushes, and noticing a patch of wall right above the TV with a crack in it. Save yourself the frustration and regret, and take the time beforehand to assess the state of your walls. Scrape off and sand down any cracked or peeling paint you come across. Remove those popped out nail heads, and fill in those holes they have left behind. These are the little things, that seem little until you have that freshly painted room, and all you can notice is that spot right above the TV every time you sit down on the couch.
3) Give those Walls a Good Wipe Down
Even our vertical surfaces are not safe from picking up dust and dirt. So, after you have patched up those walls and they are now covered in dry spackle dust, they need a good wipe down. Take a damp sponge or cloth and remove any accumulation. Side-note: Fresh, clean walls will also help when it comes time to tape off those edges; even the best tape will not stick well to dirty walls.
4) Tape Off and Drop Cloth
You are nearly ready to paint! This last step is absolutely vital to the quality of your final outcome, so don’t skimp here! Remove any outlet/light switch covers and store them, together with their screws, in small plastic bags to avoid losing any parts. Then comes the taping: use small overlapping sections of tape to create a solid barrier between paint areas. Pro-tip: To seal the edges of the tape and prevent paint from bleeding, run the edge of a credit card or plastic putty knife (not metal) over the edge of the tape. Finally, place your drop cloths to protect those beautiful hardwood floors, and make sure they are secured so as not to move when you are and walking across them.
If you have completed these four steps, you are finally ready for step five: PAINT! Or if you have gotten this far and realized you are in over your head, we here at JDS would be happy to step in and pick up where you left off. Reach out and give us a call!