You’ve FINALLY chosen the perfect paint colors and bought the paint for your room and you’re ready to paint.

Now what?

Here are 7 easy Steps to Prep.

1. Clear the room

Move out the furniture, accessories, and wall decor. Fully clear the room if possible. 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.

2. Remove the light and outlet covers

Put them in a container to keep everything together for easy replacement when you are done. Mask the plugs and switches with tape so you don’t have to be as precise or careful when rolling the walls.

3. Cover the floors

Use a large, leak-proof drop cloth to protect your flooring.

4. Clean the surfaces

The number one rule for painting is the surface needs to be clean and dry. 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 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.

6. Caulk gaps between the woodwork and walls

Filling those gaps and cracks makes a huge difference in the finished paint job, and gives a crisp look. 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.

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.

Need Advice?

Carnival Painting DFW can help!  We are DFW’s top-rated paint company and our professionals do this everyday.  Contact us today and one of our area managers will meet at your residence for a FREE estimate.