Painting Project Guidelines

Checklist for preparing room for Painting

1. Move all furniture to the center or out of the room.

2. Dust corners.

3. If necessary, removed drapes and paintings from wall. Move to another room.

4. Remove electrical plates, cold air returns, and cable plates. Place items in plastic bag.

5. Identify holes.

6. Patch holes.

7. Sand necessary areas.

8. Wipe down areas.

9. Tape to keep paint color within confined region.

10. Apply primer.

11. Evaluate patch work.

12. Repatch? Sand? Wipe down? (If applicable)

13. Paint (1st coat).

14. Paint (2nd coat).

15. Clean-up.

16. Move back all furniture to the room.

17. If applicable, rehang drapes and paintings in room.

18. Re-add electrical plates, cold air returns, and cable plates.

Painting image from Flickr

Material Checklist:
Paint Rollers
Paint Roller Tray
Paint Brushes (will you need different widths?)
A few small paint containers for trim work
Drop clothes (preferably light to move but still capture paint spills)
Small rags (for clean up)
Latter (if necessary)
Painter tape (for around the trim)
Fan (if necessary for fresh air circulation)
Screwdrivers, pliers and hammer (in case you need to remove electrical plates and other miscellaneous items).

Another checklist for preparing a room for Painting

  1. Determine the type of paint needed.
  2. Determine the color of paint needed.
  3. Determine if you will use primer.
  4. Determine how much paint is necessary for this project. Good paint normally covers up to 400 square feet although my experience suggests good paint will cover 250-300 square feet as I apply paint quite liberally.
  5. Purchase the paint and primer (if applicable). If you have extra, you could always roll on another coat if you know you’ll not need that paint for another project.
  6. Ideally, keep even a half pint around for any touch up work you may need to do.
  7. Move furniture (if necessary). If necessary, make room in another room if you must move furniture in room being painted.
  8. If applicable, removed drapes and paintings from wall. Move to another room.
  9. Remove electrical plates, cold air returns, and cable plates. Place items in plastic bag.
  10. Wipe down walls or ceiling with damp rag.
  11. Use painter tape to protect door frames, ceiling area, other wood trim.
  12. Bring all necessary paint supplies to room.
  13. Lay out drop cloth. Place paint rags around the room.
  14. Setup up music or talk radio for audio entertainment during the project.
  15. I recommend beginning with the trim work. You may be more patient and steady where that approach is more necessary during this step.
  16. Once done with trim work, you can roll the walls and or ceiling. This will be with primer or the finished paint.
  17. If necessary, give it another coat. I typically use at least two coast of finished paint and sometimes even prime it before the two coats.
  18. Add fan once done to circulate air in room.
  19. Once complete, clean up begins by putting away the paint.
  20. Once paint is put away, remove the drop cloth from the area. Moving miscellaneous items to the side.
  21. If you’re using expensive paint brushes, I’d recommend cleaning them thoroughly.
  22. Once dry, remove the blue painters tape.
  23. Once dry, add back electrical plates, cold air returns, and cable plates from plastic bag.
  24. If applicable, hang up the drapes and paintings.
  25. If necessary, move back the furniture.

IMPORTANT:
These instructions assume all necessary hole or nail pops have been done prior. If necessary, any patch work may take a day or so to do depending on the severity and number of holes needing repair.

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