Prepping your room for a paint job can seem like quite the daunting task. If you aren’t prepared, then that may be the case. However, there are some key steps that will make the process easier. Remember, you want your paint job to be as stress-free as possible while saving time and money from hiring someone else to clear everything for you. Here are some steps to help you prepare your room for a paint job.
Remove Your Personal Items and Furniture
First and foremost, you want to remove these items so that you don’t damage them. What you can do is put the plastic on top of the items and furniture in the center of the room. Tape the plastic in place by using blue painters tape because this will not stick/damage your furniture. Once you’re done with this portion, you can move the furniture to a different room or another spot in your current place away from the wall you decide to paint.
Take Your Mirrors Off the Wall
If you have any mirrors or items on the wall, the best thing to do is to remove it. You can keep any nails on the wall just so you remember where you had your mirror or pictures. Of course, you can remove the nail or screw if you decide to place the wall items somewhere else. This is better to get out of the way so you won’t have trouble later worrying about your paint job.
Remove the Electrical Outlets and Any Vents from the Wall
This is absolutely crucial to do because of safety reasons. For one, you want to remove the vents so that paint does get into your air ducts, which could cause harmful fumes to go through the home. The outlets need to be removed so you don’t get paint in them. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws and nails and take the electrical cover off. Make sure you put the screws back in so that you don’t lose them. Take some blue painters tape and cover the electrical outlet and switches to prevent any damage. You never want to get paint splattered over this sensitive area because it’s prone to electrical damage.
Apply Blue Painters Tape to the Top of the Trim
Painting can be a messy job so it’s important to also cover the trim with tape. The best thing to do is use long runs of tape. This saves a lot of time because you won’t be pulling a foot only to go back and use more tape again. You should tape the floor right after this step If you have a hardwood floor, the best bet is to apply tape along where it meets the quarter round. On a carpet floor, you want to cover the trim and underneath to prevent new paint from splashing on your carpet. Since the carpet is fuzzy, it’s a lot harder to remove fresh paint. These steps will help you make things easier for preparing to paint your room.