Are you ready to paint your house? When it comes to interior paint, learn the necessary actions. When finished, it’s all about interior painting preparation so that you can have the most excellent interior paint task.
Interior Painting Preparation
When it comes to getting a room ready for interior painting, it involves a lot more than just laying down a drop cloth. And while we automatically know the most important things. Like getting a good quality paint, picking out the right colors, and getting plenty of hands to help you! There are a lot of steps that you should consider to make sure the job goes smoothly. And nothing valuable is either damaged or in the way of letting you complete your project.
You must make all of the preparations before you start painting. Because if you don’t do them, then it might mean that you will be having to start all over. Or spending a lot more time fixing mistakes that could have been avoidable if you had been better prepared. Since it doesn’t require a lot to make, together, we can look over what needs to be done to complete a successful painting project.
As you get started on either painting now or in the future, there are some steps that you should keep in mind when doing interior painting preparation.
- Blinds & Window Treatments
How to Prepare a Room
When you go to start preparing a room for painting, it is best to start with removing the blinds and window treatments. It is effortless to take them down and set them aside so that they don’t get in the way of painting any window trim. And since you don’t want to splash or drip paint on them accidentally. Since they are being taken down. This is the perfect opportunity to have them cleaned if they need it. This also goes for area rugs, as well. That way, when you are finished painting the entire room will have a clean slate.
After removing the blinds and window treatments, you must make sure to unplug all electronics. And we want to clear out electronics for two reasons. One: the electronics can be super sensitive, and the paint can ruin them. Two: when the wires get tangled together, it can be a real hazard while you are painting. So remember to unplug all your electronics. And move them to places that won’t get in the way while you move around in the room. When you enter a room to start prepping it for painting, computers, printers, televisions, and entertainment systems should be the first things on your mind to remove.
If you’re leaving them there, then you’ll need to pull the plugs out of the outlets. Otherwise when you pull the furniture away from the walls to get access for painting. All of the cords will be a tripping hazard. Also, make sure that remove any big-screen TVs from their stands, whether on a wall or top of a table and put them somewhere safe. Like an office or spare bedroom. Because it is way too easy to knock over narrow flat screens. And that’s not a lesson you or anyone else wants to learn.
When it comes to things like vases, lamps, picture frames, artwork, and valuables like family heirlooms or antiques. Then it is best if you carefully pack them up in boxes and store them someplace safe. Especially if you don’t want them laying around in the area where you will be working in for someone to knock over. Because if you imagine getting the smallest speck of paint on them and the time it will take to get it off, then it’s better to be safe and store those away.
Prepare a Room to Paint
Have you ever seen funny videos or sketches where someone paints around a picture frame? And then the person takes it off the wall; the original paint stands out like a sore thumb. Everyone knows that removing frames is one of the first things we do with interior painting preparation. One small tip that helps is what do we do with the hook. The first option is if you want to keep the hook, leave it on the wall. But if you don’t plan on hanging that particular frame back up. Then remove the hook so you can fill in the holes with a quick-drying, non-shrinking spackle and then paint over the hole later on.
When it comes to antiques or heirlooms, you want to be very careful. And, like with the blinds, they don’t get anything on them. Be extra cautious and find the right spot, like a dining room table or in boxes, to store them while you work. When it comes to beautiful China, try to find a safe place for them. Make sure that you do your research for things that can easily be damaged while moving. It’s better to have these items entirely out of harm’s way than to cover them up with a drop cloth and hope for the best.
For the same reason, it’s smart to pull fine china out of your dining room hutch. Because the last thing that you would want to happen is for something to shift as you pull the buffet away from the wall and have the china break inside as you move it.
Lastly, you want to think of your pets. This is because pets can be fresh paint’s worst enemy, and their fur could get stuck on the walls as they walk past the new paint. To avoid this happening, it’s smart to have them somewhere else. Whether it is having them confined in another room or somewhere else, like the groomers. That way, they can’t rub up against any freshly painted surfaces, step in paint trays, or knock over any open paint cans.
Lotz of Logic
While this all may seem like overkill, these are some essential steps to consider when it comes to preparing for interior paint preparation. Especially since development is vital when it comes to doing any quality paint job. Because it can only take one false move either with a ladder, or the handle of an extended roller to knock into something precious and break ii. We hope you enjoy these tips and the joys of a beautifully painted home! And make sure that you have selected the right paint roller and handle for the job.
Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on interior painting preparation, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, River West, Near West Side, Printers Row, Dearborn Park, Gold Coast, Lake Shore East, New East Side, Streeterville, Near North, Loop, Old Town, River North, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.