There’s nothing better than a fresh lick of paint to revitalise a room. A paint job is also one of the quickest ways to increase the value of your home. Before you get started though, make sure you’ve done the proper prep work. A vital step often missed before painting without any handyman help is adequate preparation.
If you don’t put in the necessary prep work, you could end up exerting more effort than required.
Check the weather forecast
Paint takes much longer to dry when there is humidity or moisture in the air. Avoid wet weather, and choose a dry and warm day to get your paintwork done.
Prepare a painting greenroom
Set up an area close to where you’re painting as a staging and prep station. Use this area to store your paints and tools, fill your painting trays and pots, and do all the necessary cleaning up.
Have your cleaning solutions, spare trays, buckets, water, and plenty of spare rags and drop sheets ready. A table and chairs will also be useful for prepping paint (and for a much needed break!).
Move your furniture away
Find a temporary storage area to relocate your furniture to while you paint. This will give you more space to paint with ease, and means less objects to potentially trip over. You’ll also save your furniture from any accidental splashes. Large furnishings that are harder to move can be covered with old sheets or plastic.
Check for existing flaws
Flaking or chipped paint needs to be scraped and sanded before applying a fresh coat. Investigate any cracks in your walls to ensure there is no water seepage problems before refining with a plaster and sanding process.
Prepare for the finer details
If you’re not savvy with cutting in, use masking tape as a protective barrier on cornices and skirting before you paint.
Protect the area
Avoid any paint spills or splashes by applying canvas drop sheets to the floor.
Try before you buy
Before you splash out on a huge tin of paint, buy a small pot to trial first. Paint generally looks different once applied, and you might find you want to change the colour up a little once you see it on the walls. Trialling on a small area gives you the chance to change your mind before any huge investments (and lots of wasted paint!).