What many people fail to realise is that painting your home’s interior involves much more than the actual ‘paint job’ itself. Prior to commencing the painting process, preparing the interior of your home is extremely important as this can determine the overall quality and endurance of the final outcome.
Here we’ve provided some of the necessary steps you should ensure are carried out before you or a professional splashes your wall with paint!
Step 1: Get Rid of What You Can
Any paint job is expected to get a little messy, and trust me, you don’t want your precious family portrait or expensive leather lounge in the line of fire!. It is important that you remove all furniture and wall fixtures (mounting hooks, wall sockets, clocks etc.) from the room. This also ensures you aren’t playing pac-man as you squeeze between furniture trying to reach that spot, as this can be a safety hazard. If you can’t get furniture out of the room, or it is impractical to do so, placing the furniture in the middle of the room and covering it with clear plastic drop sheets eliminates the risk of getting paint splashes on it, and it ever coming in contact with wet painted walls.
Step 2: Protect that Floor
When painting your home’s interior, there’s no escaping the inevitable… you will be walking all over your floor. Without protecting your carpet, floorboard or tile floor, you risk creating a ‘not so beautiful’ abstract artwork right under your feet. I’ve listed a few types of floor coverings and why you may or may not want to use it. Plastic sheeting is quite cheap and thin, which means you risk holes and punctures while working. This could expose areas of the floor and in this case, the money you save isn’t worth the potential accident. I recommend using heavy duty canvas drop cloths or butyl-backed cloth, as this material is very durable, and in case of spills – doesn’t leak paint through to the floor.
Step 3: Clean your walls
Although you can’t see it, there are millions of dust particles all over your walls right now. Painting over them means that it will stick to the dust and not the wall itself. Cleaning and sanding your walls, will remove dirt, grime, dust and other contaminants, providing a suitable surface to which the new paint will stick strongly to. Also, painting over mould is never a good idea because in most cases… it will return. Instead, using a bleach solution, soak the walls for 30 minutes before scrubbing it off with a warm water solution. This will not only ensure the new paint will not be weakened by the mould, but that the chance of mould recurrence is minimised.
Step 4: Fix that Wall
If you have any old paint flaking or peeling, use a paint scraper to gently scrape off the paint. Then using some sandpaper, smooth out the wall. Having cracks, holes or chips in your wall is never an ideal surface to paint over, trust me! Instead, purchase a suitable filler to fill them. I recommend over-filling the hole, as that way you can always sand it down to match the wall.
Step 5: Masking and Taping
There are just some things you can’t physically move out of a room… like a window or window sills . You should never try to paint around these things, as most often you will get paint on it, and fixing that mistake is a whole new process that could have been avoided. Using some painters masking tape, tape up areas that cannot be removed to ensure that when the painting is done, your beautiful fittings will be perfectly preserved.
Your room is now ready for painting! I sincerely hope you found this helpful and I hope you enjoy your painting!