Preparation is key to a successful paint job once you’ve decided between wall painting ideas. Before you begin painting your room, make sure your room’s interior surfaces are properly prepared.
- Remove draperies, pictures and switch and outlet cover plates.
- Arrange drop cloths to protect carpeting, furniture and any areas not to be painted.
- Fill holes, imperfections and cracks with caulk.
- Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust on walls and baseboards. For high use areas you may need to use a mild detergent to remove contaminants such as grease or problem stains.
- Tape off woodwork and other areas not to be painted at the time.
Be sure to prime any new or bare surfaces, and problem areas. If you simply paint over these areas, the paint will not be able to cover the imperfections properly, which will result in a less-than-satisfactory finished paint job.
Also, you may need to prime if you have chosen a new color that is substantially lighter than your old one. When choosing paint colors for living rooms, for example, make sure to go with a primer if you have dark walls and are switching to a much lighter color. Once the colors and primers have been selected, you’re finally ready for the paint!