Preparation is one of the many keys to getting a good result, and as it is with many aspects of life, it is also very important in painting. You can’t jump-start a painting process without getting the room ready for action, and should you begin to wonder how to prep a room for painting, I have just the right steps to follow to make your room all set for a brighter look.
Painting, as fun and creative as it may be, is also a messy project, and cleaning up after painting is a big task on its own. It is, however, much easier when there are little or no objects around the room that may likely get stained or damaged, which may require putting in extra work after the whole painting.
There are different things you need to know and do to get your room and the walls all set for painting without hassles, and I have made a few lists below.
Some of the materials and supplies
Some of the materials and supplies you will need to prep the room for painting include:
Masking tape: to tape off areas you can’t remove from the room (such as glass edges, cable spots you wouldn’t want the paint to touch. In short, the masking tape is just for you to mask off areas (like a boundary) you don’t want to paint.
Sandpaper: this will be needed to clean or scrape the room walls in preparation for painting. It also smooths out rough spots on the wall. You can also use a sanding block instead of sandpaper, depending on which is available.
Filler: remember I mentioned this when I talked about how to chalk paint. You will notice some cracks or holes in the wall, which could be from wall fixtures and the likes. Those cracks need to be filled up to be even with other parts of the wall, which is why you need filler and a putty knife to fill in the cracks and holes.
Caulks: Just like fillers, caulks are like seals used to fill up cracks, but specifically corner cracks and edgings. You won’t be able to use filler for this. Caulks are applied to these spots using a caulking gun.
Tarpaulin or plastic sheets: used to cover heavy furniture or objects you can’t move from the room. The tarpaulin or plastic sheet protects the items from dust, paint splash, or wax.
For cleaning and wiping surfaces, you may also need some old clothes or rags, which may also double serve for cleaning the room when you are done with the painting project.
Other tools you might need maybe a screwdriver, should you decide to unscrew some attachments from the wall (such as power outlets), a set of pliers to remove nails or screws that are difficult to remove with the bare hand, and a ladder to reach the top of the wall or ceiling.
How to prep a room for painting
Clearing outThe first step to take while preparing a room for painting is to clear out the room. While you may seem all excited to begin the painting task, it is important that you do not skip this process.
Things you can move from the room include detachable furniture and other movable objects to create space for you to reach the top and the base of the wall without hindrance.
Some objects can’t be moved from the room, especially permanent or heavy fixtures or fragile objects; this is where the plastic sheet or tarpaulin comes in handy.
You can simply spread the sheet over those fixtures as well as the room floor. To avoid slipping, it’s best to use a fabric or canvas drop cloth instead of a plastic sheet since you will have to move around more while working.
1. Prepare the walls
Once you are sure you’ve covered or moved stuff from the room, the next thing is to clear the wall of hangings or decors. This is when you get to remove the curtain posts, side hangars, frames, and every other thing attached to the wall.
It is also advisable to remove all power sockets on the wall (but you have to do this with care to avoid an electric shock); these are removed so that you can get a thorough painting without leaving any spot untouched while the electric cables are covered with masking tape.
I once made the mistake of leaving the electric sockets on the wall at my first trial; I ended up painting over the sockets, which actually looked out of place. I have to let you know, so you don’t make a similar mistake.
Once these have been removed, you are then ready to get the walls ready for painting. First, you sand the walls, especially the areas with spots, brush strokes, or lines from the previous painting. Then begin to fill up cracks or holes on the wall.
Don’t overlook this aspect because it will leave a dent in the final look. After filling, you sand again. Sanding is also important because it makes the paint adhere perfectly to the wall, which otherwise may cause the paint to peel off the wall after painting.
This step requires you to cover up the parts of the wall you don’t want to get the paint on. These parts may be doorposts, window edges, glass others. The masking tape seals off the area, so they don’t get spotted.
You can also choose to mask to create a dividing line if you plan to use different paint colors on the wall. Run the masking tape on a straight line through the point you want to divide, and ensure you press down tightly so that it is perfectly sealed.
If you are using chalk paint, this stage can be skipped unless you choose to, but for other paint types, priming is important. Once you get the priming done on the wall, you are all set for painting.
While this stage may look unnecessary, it is very important because there is no known paint that can cover up cracked or stained spots in a wall. In fact, painting highlights it the more, and you can easily tell that something is wrong with that spot after painting.
Now that you have done all the steps from one to four, you are sure to have a beautiful no-stress painting. All you have to do is to begin to paint that image you have in your head, or you saw in a magazine.
Painting, despite being fun, may end up being a herculean task if you don’t know how to prep a room for painting; which is why this article is for you to understand the preparations to make before embarking on that painting project, and you are certain to have fun with the painting after all these steps have been ensured.