Prep work can be one of the most tedious parts of your Do- it-Yourself painting projects. Bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms all present unique challenges, from furniture and fixtures to other quandaries, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great ways to keep your stuff paint-splatter free, and your new paint job looking fantastic.
Remove Your Outlet Covers
Taking off outlet covers will make it easy to get nice clean corners around your electrical outlet. We also recommend covering the electrical component with tape to keep them paint free.
Move Out as Much as You Can
Take out as much of the existing furniture, clothing, decorative items and anything else you can think of out of the room. If some of the stuff is too big and you have to put it in the middle of the room, make sure it’s covered with a drop cloth. While this may seem like a lot of work, it will keep your stuff from being covered with paint, and it will make your paint job significantly faster.
Invest in a Good Drop-Cloth
If you want to tackle that paint project like a pro, it is time to invest in a good drop cloth. Good canvas drop cloths with a lining on one side provide a no-slip grip to keep you safe on the work site. They are also super absorbent, so if you spill you’ll know your hardwood floor, tile, or carpet is safe.
You may wonder why you can’t use plastic or a tarp. These can work as well, but they are often slippery, and they aren’t absorbent. Newspapers, on the other hand, are absorbent but take twice as long to put down and require many layers for the same amount of protection as one good drop cloth. Not to mention both plastic tarps and newspaper are a pain to clean up, whereas a drop cloth just needs to be folded and put away.
Cover All Light Fixtures and Door Knobs
Sure, you can’t use plastic on the floor, but plastic bags over doorknobs, light fixtures and other wall attachments are a great way to keep your edges sharp, and your fixtures splatter-free.
Tape is Key
Of course, you know to tape down all of your edges and trimmings. But afterwards, take out a spackling knife or an old gift card and flatten out all of the wrinkles and air bubbles. This will guarantee your edges will be clear, straight and precise.
With these tips, you’re one step closer to a beautiful new paint-job. But if you’re looking to save yourself some hard work, call Colorado Paint Pros! We can come and do all of the prep, painting and clean up so you don’t have to.