An interior paint job can make a big difference in the way your house looks and feels. You can completely transform the vibe that your house puts off by switching up the paint color. It is fun to think about how your home will look once it has a fresh coat of paint. If you have already decided that you want to paint and have your color picked out, the next step is to prep your home for the interior paint job. Follow the steps outlined below to get your home ready to be painted.
Declutter the area
Start by decluttering the area where you are going to paint. Items on the floor and on shelves will get in the way when it is time to paint. The painting project will take longer if you are constantly having to work around items in the area. You do not want to be getting up and down from the ladder to rearrange clutter so you have room to move it to the next area. If you decided to hire a painting professional, you still need to deal with any clutter in the area. Move unnecessary items out of the area so the painters have the space to move around and complete the painting project.
Remove items from the wall
Take down any items from the wall that are not permanently affixed. This includes art, photos, floating shelves, etc. You may love the location of the art on your wall now but it is better to remove it and paint the entire wall than to paint around it. Leave your options open and have the entire area painted. Then, you can rearrange things in the future. If you hired painting help, it is a good idea to remove the items you can from the wall and store them safely until the job is complete and they can be returned to their places.
Wipe down your walls
Walls can get dirty just like any other surface in your home. Dirt, dust, and grime can build up on the walls over time. In order to prepare for an interior paint job, you need to wipe down your walls. In most areas of your house, going over the walls with a damp cloth will remove the dust buildup. If you are painting an area such as your kitchen, it may take a little more effort to get the walls clean because of their exposure to food particles and heavy traffic. Skipping this step can cause your finished product to look splotchy and impact how long it lasts. You do not want to paint on top of a layer of dirt and grime because it will make it difficult for the paint to adhere properly.
Cover your furniture and floors
It is also a good idea to protect the furniture and flooring in the area from spills and splatters. You can cover your furniture and flooring using drop cloths to ensure that nothing gets ruined by some spilled paint. You can find drop cloths made for this purpose at your local hardware store. If you hired a professional painting company, they will likely provide drop cloths for you.
The four steps outlined above will help you get your home ready for an interior paint job – whether you are doing it yourself or hiring help. If you are looking for help with your paint project, contact the pros at D&D Painting to get a quote.