Tips for Preparing a Room for Painting


There are many ways to spruce up a tired room, but few are as low cost and high impact as a fresh coat of paint. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to any room, and adding a new splash of color can transform the entire look and feel of the room. In order to properly paint a room, however, it is important to prepare well ahead of time, and to gather the materials and supplies that will be needed before getting started.

The steps involved in preparing a room for painting include the following:

  1. Remove as much furniture from the room as possible, and move the remaining furniture to the center of the room. Cover the remaining furniture with a drop cloth, and use removable masking tape around any moldings, doors and windows. Use drop cloths to protect the floors.

  2. Cover the smoke detector with a plastic bag, and turn off any heating or air conditioning to prepare for the sanding and painting.

  3. Scrape or sand any loose or flaking paint using sandpaper or a paint scraper. Scrape down to the bare surface if needed.

  4. Use a putty knife to fill any nail or screw holes with a good quality spackling compound. Fill any cracks with caulking.

  5. If the woodwork is seriously damaged it may be necessary to apply epoxy filler, like the filler used on car bodies.

  6. Wash all surfaces thoroughly to remove any remaining dirt or grease.

  7. Rinse all surfaces thoroughly with water and allow them to dry before proceeding.

  8. Turn off power to the room to be painted, and remove cover plates from all the electrical fixtures, outlets and switches in the room. Put a small piece of masking tape over the outlets and switch handles to keep paint from sticking to them.

  9. Loosen and remove the cover plates from any light fixtures, and cover any fixtures that cannot be removed with a plastic bag.

  10. Remove any heating and air conditioning vent covers, and you're ready to paint.