Preparation to Paint the Interior of Your Home
DIY interior painting is the most popular and easiest way to freshen up a home. It also raises property value and helps a house for sale move more quickly. But doing this project right requires serious preparation, or else, it can turn into a nightmare. In this page, we provide you with an easy to understand guide on how to prepare your home for interior painting. Read the full article before you can dip your roller into the paint.
Step-By-Step Guide on How to Prepare Your Home for Interior Painting;
Step 1: Cover or Remove Furniture
To avoid ruining your furniture with spilled or spattered paint, you can cover them with a plastic material. But do you really have to stumble over tables or stretch to paint behind sofas? Make your work easier by emptying the room. This helps ensure that your furnishings remain in good condition to be brought back into the newly painted room at the end of your project. Avoid shoving everything into the hallway where they may cause accidents or get damaged. If you live in a busy area, consider renting a temporary storage unit or a storage container.
Note: If some items can’t fit through the doorway, or if they’re too heavy to move, then you’ll have to pull them away from the walls to be painted and cover them with plastic materials to protect them.
Step 2: Remove Wall Hangings
Take everything off the wall to paint the entire surface with ease. Use storage bins and bubble wraps to make sure that delicate wall paintings, clocks and other pieces don’t break. If you would like to reconfigure your wall paintings, pictures, and clocks when you re-hang them, then you can remove picture hangers & nails, and fill the holes with spackles. Make sure that you let the spackle dry before you can start painting over them.
Step 3: Clean the Walls
Clean uniform surface assures you of smooth, professional like results. So you need to clean the walls, first using a vacuum cleaner and secondly with a towel and a solution of mild water & detergent. This helps remove dark smudges, oil and any other substances on the wall that might change the consistency of the paint when applied.
Use trisodium phosphate to remove tough smudges and stains, like soot stains or kitchen grease. For mildew and mildew stains, mix trisodium phosphate with a bleach to remove them. After cleaning, rinse the wall thoroughly and then give it time to dry before you can start working. You can also scrape cracked/ flake paints with a scraper or smooth away the imperfections on the wall, (such as plaster bumps) with sandpaper.
Note: Open windows for the walls to dry faster.
Step 4: Remove Outlet Covers & Switch Plates
You don’t have to try to cut in around tiny little outlet covers. This might result in smudged-paint on the outlet cover or visible brush strokes around the outlet. Just turn off the electricity to the room you want to paint at the circuit breaker, then remove the outlet covers & switch plates. If you would like to paint the ceiling, don’t forget to remove light fixtures as well as ceiling medallions whenever possible.
Note: When you’ll be focused on interior painters, make sure that you take care not to paint the actual sockets or switches themselves. You can use childproof plastic outlet covers to protect them from paint while you work.
Step 5: Protect Flooring with Drop Cloths
If you would like to keep your hardwood floor or carpet in place after you paint your room, then you’ll need to protect it before you can get to work. Cover the whole flooring using professional-style drop cloths, such as butyl-backed cloth or heavy canvas drop cloth. These drop cloths not only protects the floors against spills, but also help keep paint from being tracked through the rest of the house in case it accidentally gets on the soles of your shoes while working. Another benefit of using Butyl-backed cloths is that they keep spilled paint from soaking to the flooring below.
Step 6: Protect Wall Sconces & Trims with Tape
Avoid smearing paint along your baseboards & windowsills by taping them off. Invest in a professional painter’s tape, which can be found in most hardware stores & from paint suppliers. If you are good enough, you’re free to use the tape to tape out color blocks or patterns on your wall.
Step 7: Set Up a Staging Area
Staging area should be set at the center of the room or outside it to find a suitable place to pour paint, store open paint cans and clean brushes as well as rollers. This helps cut down or reduce spills & accidents. Also, you and your helper won’t waste time looking for misplaced roller trays or paint keys. You can place a board between two sawhorses and use it as a staging area. Alternatively, you can cover an old folding table with a drop cloth and use it.
If you can prepare your home for interior painting using the steps outlined above, you’ll work faster, neater and achieve excellent results. Your home will transform from “mundane” to “inspiring.” Now we hope that you can paint the interior of your home like a pro. Remember to put on safety goggles & older clothes if the paint you’re going to use splatters.
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