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Should I Repaint My Home Before Or After Some Remodeling?

Posted on May 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

Should I Repaint My Home Before Or After Some Remodeling | D&D PaintingPlanning some home remodeling? Congratulations! Remodeling projects are among the most rewarding of efforts. There’s nothing like refreshing and revitalizing the look of your home, and making it even more functional and enjoyable than it was before. For many people, it even brings a fresh outlook on life. And it can be an exciting and fun adventure for you and your family!

An essential part of any remodeling project is a fresh paint job. It gives the room a new look and you can have lots of fun choosing the new color scheme. One question that often comes up is whether you should paint before or after doing the rest of the project.

Paint first?

Most people expect that it’s best to get the painting done first. But is that always the best strategy? It seems sensible to complete the painting before embarking on other work, and in many cases that’s true. For example, you wouldn’t want to lay down a brand new carpet, only to get it splattered on and stained when you paint the walls and ceiling, would you? However, there are some situations in which painting first is not necessarily the most prudent choice.

Flooring Projects

Refinishing a floor can be something of a messy proposition. There’s probably going to be some sanding involved, and that raises dust. If you’ve got a fresh coat of paint on your walls, you’re likely to see dust particles and small bits of debris adhering to the still-tacky paint. This could require another round of sanding and another coat of paint, all of which would have been unnecessary had you completed the flooring before painting. Also, depending upon the tools you use, and your skill and attention to detail, you might end up damaging the walls or baseboards during the refinishing process.

Bathroom and Kitchen Projects

Remodeling of your bathroom and kitchen may involve some significant structural changes. Among these are tearing out and replacing the old floor, rebuilding of cabinets, and moving out and replacing appliances and fixtures. Any of these jobs could easily result in damage to your walls In these cases, you’re best off doing the rest of the project first, and following up by repairing and damage you’ve done to the walls, before putting on the new coat of paint.


At first, it might seem that redecorating a room should be done as the final touch, like icing on the cake, and the first step should be painting, since it’s part of the “infrastructure” of the room. However, it can be a real drag to get the whole room painted, and then find out that what you’ve been planning doesn’t blend well with the paint color you use. For this type of project, why not make your plans for exactly how you want the room to look, and then identify the right shades of color to be sure it fits well?

If you’re in doubt, call in a professional painter. They’ll know how to get the job done right, the first time, as well as taking all the necessary precautions to make sure you get the finished product you’re looking for.

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