The Pre-painting Stage: Prepare by Clearing Up in 6 Easy Steps
Set aside a prep day. Let’s begin by stating the obvious – you cannot do everything all at once, so arm yourself with a bit of patience and devote an entire day or so to various painting preparation tasks before moving on to the project itself.
Free up some space. All those wall shelves, paintings, drawers, wardrobes, and lamps will only slow you down. If you cannot move everything into an adjacent room, then consider placing your furnishings in the middle of the room and hiding them under a generous amount of drop cloth. Don’t forget to also tape the cloth in place and add an extra cover on top to protect your belongings from splashes.
Remove all hardware. If you’ve never before painted around doorknobs or cabinet hinges in your life, there’s no reason to torture yourself now. To protect your furniture from accidental drips, get some zipper storage bags and place all cabinet and doorknobs, hinges, light switch plates and switches inside. To avoid confusion, make sure to label each individual bag so that you know where all bits and pieces should go (living room door, etc.) after you’re done repainting your walls.
Fix before you paint. If your wall surfaces have seen better days, make sure to patch them up before applying the first coat of paint. Spackle, for instance, is a great tool when it comes to fixing small holes and cracks. You can also use fibreglass to mask larger gaps, as well as various texturising products to perfectly match the appearance of your existing wall finish.
Dress the part. Unfortunately, wearing your finest business suit will not yield better performance. In fact, you’ll end up spending a fortune trying to remove the paint splatters at your nearest dry cleaner. To save yourself tons of hassle, we suggest taking off all your jewellery and dressing in old, but comfortably loose clothing. Such clothes include a pair of slip-on shoes and an old baseball hat (especially useful when painting ceilings). Don’t forget to wear some form of eye protection, too.
Assemble your workstation. An organised workspace can make wonders for your project. Ensure that everything is within a hand’s reach by establishing your workstation right in the middle of the area that you’re about to paint. So, grab your buckets of paint, brushes, rollers, hammers, screwdrivers, plastic bags, paint can openers, drop cloths and whatever else you need and gather them in a neat pile.