I have partnered with Sherwin Williams to colour our space beautiful and make it ours. We have been here 1 1/2 years in our new house and we love it. We redid two closets and completely outfitted my home office. But now it’s time to make our house a home. We are tackling cosmetic home renovations here at my house. This week while the kids are at camp we are going to start painting a room. First up is my daughter Payton’s room.
Painting a room is one of the easiest ways to completely change the feel of the space. And while it’s the cheapest and easiest, it requires a little prep to make it happen. I’ve laid out 5 tips on preparing to paint a room that can make the process easier and much more effective.
5 Steps to Painting a Room Like a Boss
The Drop Cloth
Fist things, first. Unless you have no desire to keep any of your furniture or your flooring, you need a drop cloth. I know it seems like this shouldn’t be included, but I’ve seen several people paint without one, thinking that all they had to do was be careful. This is a bad idea for a couple of reasons. First, you can never be careful enough. Secondly, the amount of time you waste trying to be careful is absolutely insane.
This is another one that seems like a no-brainer. Again, I’ve seen lots of people get down to painting a room with little holes all over the place. The most common thing I’ve heard is, “that paint will just fill it in.” That never works. You’ll have little holes again in no time, so spackle up those little holes and sand them smooth. Truthfully this is my favourite part. Tedious, sure? But I like doing this. It’s my thing.
Wash the Walls
You’re about to spend some time painting a room, so you’ll want to begin with the best canvas possible. Washing the walls is so important. Take a damp cloth, and starting from the top down, wash the walls. This gets off any dust, fibers, or hairs that will gum up your paint down the line. If you skip this step, you’re going to end up with fuzzies, and other undesirable junk stuck to your walls.
Painter’s tape is your best friend. Whether you’re painting stripes, color blocking, or just doing trip, you need to use painter’s tape. Painter’s tape is designed to form a barrier between one paint and another to give you crisp lines or to protect your walls when you’re panting trim. Just remember that although painter’s tape is designed to pull away from paint easily, you want your base paint to be totally dry to avoid any paint pulling up with the tape.
This is one of the most important preparation tips for painting a room. You need proper ventilation. Even if you use water-based paint, it sill has an odor, so always ventilate well. Crack your windows for air flow. Even on a hot day, you need some form of ventilation. For water based paint, a box fan in a window might cut it, but for things like enamel, you’ve got to have those windows open.
Painting a Room – Prep is Key
If you approach painting a room with the proper prep, you’ll have no problem making walls you can be proud of. Just remember to prep your surfaces, protect your surfaces, and tape your surfaces, and you’ll be painting a room like a boss in no time.
Want to see how it turned out?
Here are the before and after photos of the teenage girl’s room makeover.
Thanks to Sherwin Williams for supplying all of our paint for this project. Sherwin Williams newest fun colours are available at Lowes in Canada. My opinion is all my own and it is also truthful.