It can be a lot of fun to prepare for a new interior paint project. You can spend time looking through paint color options and envisioning the transformation that your home will undergo. Choosing a color and planning for the transformation are important parts of the preparation process. As the time for the work approaches you will have a few other tasks to complete to make sure your home is ready for new paint. Three of the most important tasks to complete include clearing the space, cleaning the surfaces, and protecting your floors and furniture.
Clearing the space
The space on your walls and floor should be cleared before you start an interior paint project. You need to remove picture frames, floating shelves, and any other type of decoration that is hanging on your walls. If there are holes or other damage to your walls when you remove these items you will need to make repairs before you paint. It is also important to clear your floor from clutter and debris. Small items on the floor can create a dangerous situation as you go up and down a ladder. Once everything is off the walls and floor, you will have a blank canvas and safe place to paint.
Cleaning the surfaces
In order for paint to adhere correctly to your walls it is important that you start with a clean surface. Dirt and grime can build up on your walls over time. You may not be able to see the dirt and grime on your wall, but it is likely there. You can remove any type of buildup on your wall by wiping it down with a damp cloth. This is usually enough to create a clean surface on which to paint.
Protect your floors and furniture
Picking up the clutter from the floors in your home is an important part of being safe during your interior paint job. But you do not have to go to the trouble of removing all of your large furniture. You can paint safely around larger items if you are careful while you work. If you do not plan on moving your furniture out while you paint, you need to take steps to protect it. You can move your furniture to the middle of the room and cover everything with painter’s drop cloths. Your floor also needs to be protected from spills, splatter, and drips. You can find a variety of floor cover options at your local hardware store.
Preparing the interior of your home for paint is not a complicated task, but it is an important one. It simply takes time and proactive effort on your part. Once you carry out the steps outlined above you will be ready to get started on the process of painting.