How To Prepare A Room For Painting: A Step-by-step Guide


by Houston Texas Painters - May 7, 2021

How To Prepare A Room For Painting A Step-by-step Guide - Houston Texas Painters

Painting it’s one of the easier ways to refresh a room’s appearance. The best part is that adding a coat of paint is likely less expensive than other renovations. However, painting your room could be harder than it looks. This blog post tells you how to prepare a room before painting, considering everything from clearing out the wall to fixing small holes. Check out these tips and tricks to ensure the best results in your DIY painting project! 

1. Get every tool and materials you need


Painting a room can take several hours, and not having the required supplies can cause the task to be unnecessarily delayed. Before starting the project, buy and gather everything you need. For an interior paint job, you roughly need brushes, a paint roller, painter’s tape, sandpaper, drop cloths, and (of course) the paint. To mend the cracks and holes in the wall, you might need a putty knife and spackler. Also, don’t forget to use protective gear like goggles and a paint mask!

2. Clear the room


The first step when painting a room: remove the things you don’t want to paint by mistake. Take out light fixtures, photo frames, wall art, and other decorations. Also, your best option is to move your furniture. Otherwise, you’ll have to protect it from paint before starting the job.

3. Prepare the wall for painting

Clean the wall


Sometimes, dusting is enough. However, if you notice excessive dust or stains on the wall, you might need to wash it with soap and water. Make sure there aren’t cobwebs or mildew in the corners. If your wall has cracks or fissures, remove the debris or dust hidden inside to seal and repair the wall. 

Repair and fill surface flaws


Now that the wall is clear, you may notice tiny cracks, nail holes, and other flaws. Before starting, mend up the holes and cracks with
the right spackling product. You could use a caulk gun to seal joints too.

Sand the areas that need smoothing


Sanding the rough spots on your wall will ensure the paint goes on smoothly. Painting over peeling paint could be an issue too. If your wall has cracked, blistered, or chipping paint, remove the damaged sections with sandpaper or scrape it with a putty knife. Also, if the wall has gloss paint, you should sand it too. Use fine-grit sandpaper for water-based paint or medium-grit sandpaper for oil-based paint. Remove dust with a damp cloth once you finish sanding.

Note: Some older houses (likely built before 1978) may have lead-based paint, and remodeling may pose a health hazard. Make sure to follow the EPA guidelines if you suspect your home could have lead-based paint.

4. Tape and protect what you can’t remove


Before it’s time to paint, protect everything you can’t move from paint drops. Use drop cloths to cover the floor or carpets. Use painter’s tape to cover power outlets, switches, window frames, and baseboards.

5. Apply primer to the wall


Primer is essential for porous or glossy surfaces. Also, the primer disguises imperfections and creates a smooth surface where the paint goes uniformly and easier. Although priming your wall it’s not always necessary, it can help you get the most of your paint. 

From now on, the only thing left is the painting. Considering everything you need to do for a perfect paint job might seem overwhelming. The good news is that you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Houston Texas Painters is a prime Houston painting contractor, and we can help you with your renovation projects for sure. Get a free estimate online and forget about the hassle!