Interior painting is a great do-it-yourself project that can freshen up a room in no time, but there are risks to painting it on your own. Amateur paint jobs can be easy to spot because unlike professional jobs, they leave significant signs of paint spatter, speckled color or missed spots behind. Before you decide to dip your roller, here are six steps you should follow to help you paint like a Pro Painter.
1. Remove Furniture
Removing furniture from the room before you paint will help make the painting project easier for you and will avoid ruining furniture with spilled or speckled paint. To ensure that your furniture remains in the same condition, refrain from moving everything into the hallway where it could be damaged or cause accidents. Renting a temporary storage container/unit would be ideal to ensure the furniture does not get damaged. If this is not an option for you (as it can add to your cost), or if there’s an item that just won’t fit through the doorway or is too heavy to move, pull the item to the center of the room, away from the walls to be painted, and cover it with plastic to protect it.
2. Protect Flooring
Protect your hardwood floor or carpet before beginning the painting project. Using newspaper is not the best option, as it can puncture/rip and can shift throughout the room, exposing areas of flooring. Professional painting drop sheets placed throughout the room is the preferred choice. However if you are on a tight budget, old bed sheets may do the trick just the same, although you must ensure it is a thick grade sheet as you don’t want any paint droppings to soak through to your floor.
3. Remove Wall Décor/Pictures
It’s always better to take everything off the wall and paint the entire surface, as you may want to change the layout of your wall paintings and decor. Once the wall painting/fixtures are removed, ensure to protect your things by bubble wrapping and storing them in a safe place such as bins. If you want to reconfigure your pictures and wall fixtures when you re-hang them, remove nails and picture hangers and fill in the holes with spackling paste before you paint. Be sure to let the spackle dry and sand down any left-over spackle before you cover it.
4. Clean the Walls to Be Painted
To ensure a professional painting result, it’s important to have a clean smooth surface prior to starting the paint job. Any dark marks can show through a coat of paint, and oil or other substances on the wall can change the consistency of the paint being applied. Clean all walls to be painted with a solution of water and mild cleanser. Be sure to rinse the walls thoroughly when you’re finished and leave them plenty of time to dry before you start to paint. Professional home painters typically use fans to speed the drying process.
5. Remove Outlet Covers and Switch Plates
Top professional painters don’t try to paint in around tiny little outlet covers, and neither should you. If you do not remove outlet covers, this will surely result in visible brush strokes around the outlet or even smudged paint on the outlet covers. Remove the outlet covers and switch plates in the room to be painted, and take care not to paint the actual sockets or switches themselves. If you’re painting the ceiling of the room, be sure to remove light fixtures and ceiling decor whenever possible. Turn off the electricity to the room from the circuit breaker prior to working on any electrical outlets or removing light fixtures.
6. Taping before Painting
To avoid mistake of smearing paint along your baseboards, windowsills, and other moldings, use professional painter tape to tape off these areas before you start. Investing in professional painter’s tape is well worth a few extra dollars, as household tape is unreliable. Taping is simple, but can take up a lot of time. Take your time. Doing it right will make for professional painting results. While not protecting trim is a big mistake, so is over-taping. Be sure that no tape is on the wall to be painted, or your old wall color will be evident around the perimeter of the room. Painter’s tape is also very useful to tape out patterns or color blocks on your wall. If you can brave it, tape out the complete design and make sure you’re happy with it before you start to paint.By taking the time to prep a room, you will be one-step closer to achieving professional painting results. Investing the time up-front for your painting preparations will help your painting project go smoothly and look beautiful.