The most common way to redecorate or modernize a room in your home is to paint a new color or coat of paint. You need to choose the perfect color of paint first and then you need to prepare a room for painting. You should not skip this step or you could damage other areas of the room in the process.
You will save yourself time and maybe even some money if you are patient and prepare your room first. Here is how to do it:
The first thing to do is to move or relocate the furniture in the room you are planning on painting. We recommend moving the furniture to an entirely different room in your home but if that is not possible you should move the furniture to the very middle of the room where it is as far away from the walls as possible.
If you are painting the ceiling, consider painting the middle of the ceiling first, letting it dry, and then moving the furniture to the middle of the room beneath the new, dry coat of paint.
You need to protect your floor too. We recommend placing a canvas cloth across as much of your hardwood floor or carpet as possible. We don’t recommend a plastic tarp or sheet because sometimes the plastic slips and that could lead to an accident or injury.
If you do spill paint on your carpet floor, you will end up needing to schedule carpet cleaning from a professional service like that offers specialty stain removal and is able to remove latex paint stains from carpet. Learn more at healthychoicechemdry.com.
For safety reasons, we recommend you shutoff the electricity in the room you are painting. This will allow you to safely remove the electrical outlet covers from the walls you will paint. After you remove the covers, place a piece of electrical tape over the outlets themselves.
If you are painting your ceiling and you have turned off the electricity, we recommend you remove the blades from your ceiling fan, unscrew the cylindrical base and place a plastic bag or covering over the fan itself.
You will need to remove wallpaper from the wall if there was wallpaper. You should also repair drywall dents and holes using spackle and sandpaper. Then you should dust and wipe down the wall so there is no dirt or uneven surfaces left before you start to paint the wall the new color. You can wash the walls with TSP for a more thorough clean.
You should prime if painting over drywall or if this will be a drastic color change. The good news is that several types of paint include the primer mixed into the paint. This helps save a step during painting although you will still likely need two or three coats for most rooms and especially if you are painting a lighter color over a darker color.
These simple steps might seem inconvenient at first but each one can save you time and money in the long run and should lead to a successful painting project in the end.Read More