If you are in the process of renovating your home, you are probably going to need to paint some walls. When it comes to painting, there is more to it than simply throwing paint on a wall. You need to make sure the room is ready so that you do not spill paint on anything important. Before you make a mess of your new renovations, follow these steps for preparing walls for painting.

Remove Everything From A Room

Start by removing everything that you can from the room that you want to paint. Obviously you will want to remove everything from the walls; though, you will also want to remove as much furniture as possible so that they are out of the way. Even if you carefully cover your furniture with a wrap, paint can still seem to find a way into it. Then remove outlet covers and light switch covers. Keep the screws with the covers so that you do not lose them.

Thoroughly Clean Walls and Ceiling

You need a clean surface before you start painting. Wash the walls with a mild detergent. If there are any markings on the wall from crayons or pens, scrape the previous paint from those areas if you are not able to scrub them off. Inspect the walls and other surfaces you are painting for cracks and peeling paint. Use a putty knife to scrape these areas and then sand them down so that they are even with the surface.

If there is wallpaper, make sure you thoroughly remove all of it. Afterwards, you will need to scrape off any residue and trace elements of the wallpaper. You may also need to sand the surface of the walls and then clean them with a mild detergent.

Clean the trim and window sills, employing the same rules as cleaning the walls. Then look for holes from nails. Fill the holes with putty or a filling compound. Once dry, sand the putty so that it is smooth with the wall or trim. No matter what steps you need to take to clean your walls, do not start painting until the walls are completely dry.

Protect the Floor

The final part of preparing a room for painting is protecting the floor. If you are planning on repainting the trim along the bottom of the walls, it may be easier to remove them and paint them separately. While they are off, spread a thick plastic sheet across the floor. Nail the plastic sheet to the corners of the room along the bare area where the trim had been. This will protect your flooring from any paint splatter.

Once everything is prepared, bring in your painting equipment and start painting. It is much easier to paint a room when you do not have to constantly worry about spilling or splattering paint onto furniture and other items. Remove everything from the room, clean the walls, and then protect the floor. Three simple steps to prepareĀ a room for painting.71eyzZzAEdS._AA1500_