10 Steps to Prep: How To Prepare a Room For Painting

Eddie Shekari
April 29, 2019

It can be underestimated the amount of care that goes into preparing for a paint job. Whether you are looking to paint a room or an entire house, the following pointers will ensure your bases are covered. If you have been wondering how to prepare your room for painting, look no further.

Prepare a Room For Painting


How To Prepare a Room For Painting


1. Remove all Valuables from the Room

The first step in preparing a room for painting is to ensure that nothing you don’t want paint on will be touched by paint. The key item to use to protect crown moulding, light switches, ceilings, and more, is painter’s tape. Simply use the edge of the tape to create a barrier between the wall and floor and any other part of the room that you need a clean edge to paint. You can also use painter’s tape to create stripes as well as other geometric designs, perfect for an accent wall or child’s room.

2. Cover the Floors

Next, you need to cover the floors. The most common way this is done is by recycling newspaper and using it to prevent paint from getting on the ground. You can also lay cardboard boxes flat on the ground as a cover, or use a tarp to cover large areas of your floor.

3. Don’t Track Paint to Other Rooms

Don’t forget that your shoes can easily track paint across the floor, so be extra careful when leaving a room you have just painted in.

4. Cover Your Furniture

You may also choose to cover your furniture if your furniture is not easily moved out of the room. A simple plastic covering should work for the purpose of protecting your furniture.

5. Dress Comfortably

You will want to dress in comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on. Try to stay away from loose clothing, as you may mess up the paint with your clothes as you move around. Old jeans and a simple t-shirt are a go-to for any painting project.

6. Be Mindful of the Shoes You Wear

You should also keep footwear in mind, and opt for close-toed shoes to avoid dropping paint directly on your skin. Additionally, flip flops or sandals may also cause you to trip, especially if you are on a ladder.

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How To Prepare a Room For Painting

7. Scan All Painting Surfaces

Before painting, you will want to ensure that your surface is smooth. Take a moment to scan all surfaces you will want to paint, marking the areas you want to smooth out with a pencil.

8. Fill in Surface Indentations

Then, with a putty knife and some caulk, you can fill in any holes or markings. Once imperfections have been filled out, you will need to smooth down your dried caulk with 220-grit sandpaper for a picture-perfect finish. When that is over, the color of the wall will look uneven, but that will soon change once you lay down a fresh batch of paint.

9. Alternate Between a Brush and Roller

Before painting, start with a clean brush. If your brush is not clean, soak it in warm water to dissolve remaining paint. When painting the wall, use a brush for corners and small spaces, and a roller for larger areas.

10. Paint Several Coats For an Even and Opaque Finish

Keep in mind that if you are painting over a dark color with a light color, it will probably take more time and many coats of paint. Even if you are painting a dark color over a lighter color, you will always need to do several coats of paint for an even, opaque finish. The results will be worth it.

How To Prepare a Room For Painting

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Now that you know how to prepare a room for painting, you know what to look for when you go to the professionals. Pro Painters will work with you to make sure all your preferences are met, and the work is completed in a timely fashion. There’s no need to stress about covering floors, furniture, and outlets. The pros already have the process down to a science. Claim your free estimate today and find the Pro Painters near you. We have painters in Sugar Land, Katy, Pearland and many other cities in the Houston area.

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Eddie Shekari

Eddie founded Pro Painters in 1995 to meet the growing need for high-quality residential and commercial painting needs in Houston. In nearly 20 years, Pro Painters has exponentially grown our client base, serving residents across the greater Houston area. Our core principles have helped us achieve the highest standard of workmanship and customer satisfaction. Our years of experience have allowed us to become an extension to our customers as the all-in-one solution for home makeovers.