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Preparing a room for painting

Preparing a Room for Painting

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If you take the time to prepare a room for painting, your paint job will come out looking professional and clean-up will be a breeze.

When I painted my master bedroom, I decided to do a good job preparing the room for painting. I spent two hours hanging tarp, protecting casings and moldings and covering furniture. And I spent over $30 on materials.

But preparing the room for painting was worth it in the end. I painted the space in less than one hour. I cleaned up the mess in ten minutes. Now I know why professional painters take hours (sometimes days) preparing a room for painting before they start.
how to prepare a room for painting
Here are the painting tips you should follow to prepare your room.

What you'll need

You only need two things to prepare a room for painting: Painter's tape and tarp, both of which are found at home improvement or paint stores.

Instead of buying thick, strong tarp, which is sold individually, save money by buying a giant roll of thin tarp. Strong enough to protect your surfaces, the tarp will cost you a fraction of the individually packed ones.

Next, you'll need some painter's tape. I find that the cream colored tape works better than the blue one. Especially once you paint over the tape (since the blue one seems to stick to the wall).

Choosing the right tape is critical to preparing your room for painting, first because the tape must be strong enough to hold the tarp. Second because the tape needs to come off without harming the surface below.

Where to start

Start preparing your room for painting by hanging tarp over your windows, doors and closets. Use the painter's tape to secure the tarp over the trim.

Use scissors to cut the tarp down to size so you can secure it with painter's tape all around the window, door or closet frame.

Protect your floor molding

The base molding that runs along your floor needs to be protected as you prepare your room for painting.

Spread tarp on the floor, then use painter's tape to secure the tarp over the top of the molding. Do this all around the room, ignoring the bare space left in the middle of the floor for now.

(Keep reading on page 2, and see the finished room).
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