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Seven Steps To Prepare A Room For Painting House Painting Guide

Seven Steps To Prepare A Room For Painting House Painting Guide Seven Steps To Prepare A Room For Painting House Painting Guide

Our expert guide to the 7 steps needed to prepare your room for painting.

Priming is another important step in preparing walls for paint. If your walls are already covered in a low gloss, water-based paint, such as “builder’s white”, you can simply paint over the old paint. If you are painting over oil-based paint or a gloss or semi-gloss surface, you should prime.

Also, whether you choose to prime your entire walls or not, you should always spot prime any areas which you spackled, else they will show up as “shiny” areas in your finished paint job. There are also primer/paints that only require one coat and it does not need priming.

1. Clear the room. Move out the furniture, accessories, and wall art. The more you can move out, the easier it will be to work in the space. For items that can’t be removed, place them in the center of the room and cover with plastic to protect. Set up a staging area for your tools and paint away from the area to be painted, so it’s not in the way.

Español: preparar una habitación para pintarla, Português: Preparar um Cômodo para ser Pintado, Italiano: Preparare una Stanza da Tinteggiare, Русский: подготовить комнату для покраски, Deutsch: Einen Raum zum Streichen vorbereiten, Français: préparer une chambre pour la peinture

I’m a one coat paint snob. So I like good quality paint. Wasn’t sure at first if this was going to be it, since I was going with a lighter paint over a mid-blue color. But it dried beautifully and only had to do a few touch ups over some of the brush strokes. The quality is really outstanding. Will definitely be using again.

Move anything that can’t be removed to the center of the room and cover it in plastic to protect against splatters of paint. Make sure it is covered completely, because paint has a habit of getting into places you don’t expect it.

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Use plastic for covering remaining furnishings, not old sheets or fabric. Paint will seep through fabric. The clearer the room, the better. Using aluminum foil to wrap around objects like doorknobs, to protect them from paint, wherever tape won’t do the job.

Use only “Painter’s Tape” for taping off surfaces. This is blue and can be found at nearly any paint, home improvement, or hardware store. Unless you have knowledge with concrete and taping drywall, do not attempt to tackle major drywall repairs (anything other than minor holes, nicks, or cracks) yourself.

Seek a professional.

What’s not to like about Colorhouse Paints. They are eco friendly, come in an amazing array of colors for any palette.They are a dream to work with.Their customer service is top notch and are more than happy to help. I really can’t say enough good things about the product and the company. These are the best paints on the market and we are proud to use them on our products.

Posted On August 14th, 2015 | By Lynn Morgan | In DIY, Pro Tip

Finally, tape off all adjacent walls, woodwork, light switches, etc, with painter’s tape to protect adjacent surfaces. A good quality tape in important here. You will also need do burnish – lightly rub down the edge – the edge of the tape that will be painted.

Electrical plug covers and switches are easier to remove and put on afterwards. Door knobs also can be removed easily.

Put paper all around the edges of the room. A disposable roll of paper can be bought at Home Depot. You can also put some big pieces of plastic over big areas. You can get that at Walmart, if you cannot find it at the 99 cent store.

I have like a popcorn sort of thing on my walls. How do I remove that?

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By taking the time to prep a room, anyone can achieve professional-looking paint results. Invest the time up-front to get off to a great start, and your project will go smoothly and look beautiful. Once you’ve got the hang of interior painting, you can freshen any room at will and transform your home one space at a time.

4. Clean the surfaces. The number one rule for painting is the surface needs to be clean, dry and dull. Wipe the baseboards with a damp cloth and dust the cobwebs from the corners. Wash any dirt or grease with a mild detergent. Clean mildew with a solution of OxiClean or vinegar and warm water. Be sure to rinse with clean water to remove any residue, and allow to dry thoroughly.

5. Fill the nail holes, cracks, and imperfections. Use a lightweight spackle for nail holes and cracks. For deeper gouges and imperfections, use a sandable spackling paste. Allow to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Sand lightly to a smooth finish. Spot prime larger repairs.

2. Protect Flooring Assuming you want to keep your carpet or hardwood floor in place after you paint the room, protect it before you get to work. A few sheets of newsprint under your roller tray just aren’t sufficient. Use professional-style drop cloths throughout the room instead. Plastic sheeting is cheaper, but it’s easily punctured and can shift under your feet while you work, exposing areas of flooring. A heavy canvas drop cloth or a professional grade butyl-backed cloth protect against spills and also help keep paint from being tracked through the rest of your house if it accidentally gets on the soles of your shoes while you work. (Lots of do-it-yourselfers prefer to paint barefoot so they know when they step in paint.) Butyl-backed cloths have the added bonus of keeping spilled paint from soaking through to the flooring below.

4. Clean the Walls to Be Painted Learn more about cleaning before painting Why should you clean something you’re just going to paint anyway? Because clean, uniform surfaces will assure you of a smooth, professional-looking result. Dark smudges 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 detergent. For tough stains or smudges, like kitchen grease or soot stains, professionals rely on trisodium phosphate. Mixed with bleach, trisodium phosphate can also remove mildew and mildew stains before you paint. No matter what kind of cleaning solution you use, be sure to rinse the walls thoroughly when you’re finished and leave them plenty of time to dry before you get to work. House painting professionals might even use fans to speed the drying process.

The easiest way is to get it wet with sprayer, let it sit for a minute or two, then scrape it off with a razor scraper.

3. Cover the floors. Use a large, leak-proof drop cloth to protect your flooring.

Give the room a thorough cleaning. Vacuum or mop floors. Wipe down any woodwork with a damp cloth. Remove cobwebs and dust.

So you’ve FINALLY chosen the perfect Colorhouse hues for your room and you’re ready to paint! Now what??! Before you dip your brush in a pail of our premium paint, you’ll need to get your room ready. Proper surface preparation is the most important part of the project for a professional looking, long lasting finish. So grab your painting tools and let’s go!

By far the best paint I’ve purchased. I recently purchased Aspire .01 (a very light yellow) for a wall in our bedroom. The walls are a dark brown and I was concerned I needed primer as well before putting on the Colorhouse paint. After talking with their Color Help team, they said primer wouldn’t be necessary but I would need a couple coats. Skeptical but trusting, I painted the wall without primer. I was excited to see two coats covered the wall easily and covered the dark brown without issue. A bonus was that there was hardly any smell while painting, and when it dried you couldn’t tell the room had been painted at all! I’ve painted many rooms with other brands in the past and have always needed to air out the room for days to get the fumes out. Not with Colorhouse! I definitely recommend Colorhouse paint to anyone.

3. Remove Wall Hangings Maybe you think you’ll save time by leaving your paintings on the walls and simply painting around them. That’s great, unless a painting shifts a little bit one day in front of company, exposing your cut corner. Cutting in around paintings and clocks is actually more time consuming than removing them, and it risks damaging your décor as well. Plus, you might want to change your wall art before you paint the room again. So, it’s always better to take everything off the wall and paint the entire surface. Again, protect your things so you have something to bring back into your finished room. Use bubble wrap and storage bins to make sure delicate pieces don’t break, and be sure to store them well out of the way. If there is any chance that you might want to reconfigure your pictures and clocks when you re-hang them, remove nails and picture hangers and fill in the holes with spackle before you paint. Be sure to let the spackle dry before you cover it.

Interior painting is a great do-it-yourself project that can freshen up a room in no time, but there are risks to going it alone. Amateur paint jobs can be easy to spot because, unlike professional jobs, they leave tell-tale signs of paint spatter, mottled color or missed spots behind. Here are seven steps you should follow before you dip your roller to help you paint like a pro.

Cut in about an inch from the ceiling and baseboard with matching color (typically white). This keeps the old color from showing through if your tape line doesn’t exactly match the old line.

7. Set Up a Staging Area Think you’ll save time by just carrying a gallon of paint with you from wall to wall? Wrong. Whatever time you save in set-up will probably be doubled in clean-up. Set up a staging area in the center of the room or just outside it for pouring paint, storing open paint cans, and cleaning brushes and rollers. This will cut down on spills and accidents, or at least keep them contained to one designated area. Plus, you and any helpers you’ve enlisted will always know where the painting supplies are and won’t waste time looking for misplaced paint keys or roller trays. Boards placed between two saw horses make a great staging area. So does an old folding table covered with a drop cloth.

Clear the room of all furnishings, decorations, light and outlet covers. The more you can get out of the room, the easier you’ll be able to move around…and the less you’ll have to worry about ruining with paint.

I stumbled into Colorhouse because it was only a few blocks away from my condo. What I found inside was a passionate company that has created an amazingly environmentally friendly product. To top it all off they had one of the most customer friendly teams I’ve ever met. I am not an experienced painter nor was I attempting to do a very large project but the Colorhouse team was truly amazing in helping me through the process. Lynn Morgan in customer service was my panting angel and if she hadn’t guided me through the process my entire place would have looked like a kids nursery! I’m so please with how the project turned out and I couldn’t be more thankful for Lynn and the Colorhouse team! I definitely will pass you details to anyone in need of an amazing project and great customer service. Thanks again! Oliver

5. Remove Outlet Covers and Switch Plates The pros don’t try to cut in around tiny little outlet covers, and neither should you. This will inevitably result in visible brush strokes around the outlet or smudged paint on the outlet cover. 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. Again, that looks very unprofessional. Childproof plastic outlet covers can help protect wall sockets from paint while you work. Use caution in a home with young children after protective coverings have been removed, and be sure to replace them promptly as soon as the paint around them is dry. If you’re going to paint the ceiling of the room, don’t forget to remove light fixtures and ceiling medallions whenever possible. Turning off the electricity to the room at the circuit breaker first is always a good precaution to take.

2. Remove the light and outlet covers. Put them in a container to keep everything together for easy replacement when you are done. I like to mask the plugs and switches with tape so I don’t have to be so careful when rolling the walls.

Fill in any nail holes, small dents, hairline cracks, etc, with a lightweight spackle. Allow to dry per manufacturer’s instructions (usually 2-4 hours) then sand flush. Apply a second coat and sand if necessary.

6. Caulk gaps between the woodwork and walls. Probably the best thing I learned as a pro is that caulk is your friend! Filling those gaps and cracks makes a huge difference in the finished paint job, and gives a crisp look. I especially like to caulk between the wall and ceiling, to make painting a straight line so much easier! Use your finger to smooth out the bead of caulk. Have a damp rag on hand to wipe the excess. Be sure to use PAINTABLE caulk.

It usually takes two coats of paint. But, this will depend on the color that the surface was before, and the color you will be painting it now. It also depends on the quality of the paint. Some paints cover better than others.

So, the better your paint is, chances are it will cover better than a cheap one.

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Preparing a room for painting is the single most important step when painting a room. Incomplete or improper preparation is the only way to fail before you even start. Proper preparation will save your time, money, and sanity in the long run.

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It is better to paint the walls first before the woodwork, but it isn’t written in stone you must do it that way. Stick with what you think is best.

Clean the walls/surfaces to be painted. This is especially important in kitchens and bathrooms, where different residues are commonly built up on the walls. A simple solution of dish-soap and water works wonderfully.

I have found that a sponge headed mop is the easiest tool for scrubbing walls. Finish the walls with a quick rinse of plain water to remove any soap residue.

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6. Tape Learn More about Masking for painting If only you could take all the moldings and trim out of the room as well before you paint. Alas, this is not the case. To avoid the amateur mistake of smearing paint along your baseboards and windowsills, tape off these areas before you start. Don’t rely on household tape to get the job done; invest in professional painter’s tape, available at most hardware stores and paint suppliers. Taping is simple, but time consuming. Doing it right, though, makes for truly professional-looking results. While not protecting trim is a common mistake, so is over-taping. Be sure that none of your tape is on the wall to be painted, or your old wall color will be playing peek-a-boo around the perimeter of your room. You can also use painter’s tape to tape out patterns or color blocks on your wall. If you’re brave enough to try that, tape out the entire design and make sure it’s perfect before you even open a can of paint.

I’ve really enjoyed working with Colorhouse paints in my apartment. I also appreciate their “color nerds” steering me in the right direction!

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7. Mask surfaces to protect from paint. Use blue painter’s tape to mask baseboards, window and door casings, and light fixtures. The key to masking tape is don’t overload your paint brush and slop it on. Paint will leak through the tape if you do. Applying a thin coat just along the edge of the tape is a better method. Or use our Sealing the Edge technique for a perfectly crisp line.

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1. Remove Furniture Professionals don’t stumble over coffee tables and stretch to paint behind the sofa, and neither should you. Remove furniture from the room before you paint to make the job easier and avoid ruining wood and upholstery with spilled or spattered paint. To ensure that your furnishings remain in good enough condition to be brought back into your newly painted room at the end of the project, refrain from just shoving everything into the hallway where it could be damaged or cause accidents. Consider renting a temporary storage container or a storage unit while you work. If there’s an item that just won’t fit through the doorway or is too heavy to move, pull it to the center of the room, away from the walls to be painted, and cover it with plastic to protect it.

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