Have you been wanting to repaint a room in your home, but feel as though it might be a bit too daunting? Well it doesn’t have to be; with the right preparation you can get all your painting done in one weekend or even one day. Start these steps the week before your big painting day and your project will be done before you know it!
Start Cleaning Up: Planning to move most of your furniture while painting? Then make sure to get all knick-knacks, decorations, and clutter picked up beforehand. This can be done a few pieces at a time, so that overall it doesn’t feel like a large task!
Prep the Walls: On the day you’ve decided to get the painting done, you’ll be more likely to start without checking the walls. Because of this, you should clean and check the walls beforehand. Take a damp rag to get rid of any dust, and wash any greasy spots with soap. If your walls have a high gloss paint, then it’s important to do some light sanding for the new paint to adhere properly.
Remove Outlet and Light Switch Covers: This is a step many avoid, but for a paint job to look more professional it is an important step. Do this a couple days before painting so it’s one less thing to do the day of.
Buy a Self-Priming Paint: If you want to skip painting several layers (which adds dry time) then consider buying a paint with a primer included. This could save you 1-2 layers of paint, saving you money and time.
Test Your Paint Choice: The day before painting, it can be a good idea to test the paint you have chosen. Colors look different in different lighting, so once you have it in the room it could look quite different than what you had pictured. If you test it before painting day then it saves you from having to make another trip to the hardware store, which could end up costing you hours.
Apply Painter’s Tape: If you’re really feeling ambitious, you can start applying painter’s tape to baseboards and any trim that needs protection. This task can potentially be a bit time consuming, but really that can be all the more reason to do it the day before painting, as you won’t be rushed and will do a more thorough job.