Clear The Room, It’s Time To Paint!
Many people think that to prepare a room for painting they need to have a full-on Breaking Bad set up. This means covering everything with tape and plastic, then wait for the bald guy with a goatee to show up.
The reality of the situation is, it’s not as big of a deal as you may think.
Since painting can be a pretty permanent project, take a look around the room and determine what you DEFINITELY don’t want to get paint on. Ask yourself one important question:
Is it too heavy to move?
The Actual Work Involved In Preparing The Room
Enough of the small talk, here are some of the items you want to protect and how:
– You Don’t Need To Move Out Large Items
Some items are going to be way too bulky or heavy to move. You can move these larger items, such as beds and dressers, to the center of the room.
*Tip: If you’re painting the ceiling, keep in mind that just moving furniture to the center of the room doesn’t make them invincible*
– Small Items Should Be Removed
Remove decorative items and lamps from the room. Getting colored paint out of a white lamp shade is as easy as getting the hair out of your hair. The general rule of thumb is if you can pick it up by yourself, take it out.
– Don’t Forget About Picture Hangers
Before beginning, most clients have in mind if they want to swap out photos or graphics that hang on the wall. This step helps when it comes back to having to hang them back up!
– Window Treatments Should Be Removed From Their Rods
Consider removing any curtains, blinds, or anything similar from the window. They have a tendency to get wrinkled or damaged during the process, so better safe than sorry. Removing the rod will help save time on brushwork and get you back in the room faster.
– Remove All Outlet And Switch Plate Covers
It may seem tedious, but go around the room and remove the outlet and light switch covers. How many times have you walked into a building that had just been painted and you notice the light switch has paint on it? That’s from the contractor cutting corners even though they say they’re “doing their best”.
You don’t want to cut corners when painting your home. Any mistakes will be visible for a long time unless you repaint, again, or go through another tedious project to fix it.
*Tip: Put all your parts into a ziplock bag as you’re unscrewing them. You’ll thank yourself later*
– Protect Everything In The Room With Plastic Or Cloth
This is where your Breaking Bad scenario can play out a bit. Draping cloth or plastic over everything in the room will be your best line of defense. It’s pretty inexpensive and can save you a lot of headache at the end.
The Aftermath Of Painting A Room
When it comes time to paint a room, your goal isn’t to feel evicted from the room for a month. So when you walk into a new, beautifully painted room after a few days, you’ll be glad you went with a professional service. No paint chips on the floor, no streaks or odd shapes in the paint, and everything is just how you wanted it.
If you decided to DIY, once the paint dries, carefully remove the plastic or cloth and use caution when screwing the covers back on the electrical socket. We’re here to help you prep your room for painting, not treat electrical injuries.
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