Apr 25

How To Happily Paint Your Room Part I – Prepping

How To Happily Paint Your Room Part I – Prepping

So its time to do a little work around the house. You might be one who rolls your eyes and finds this quite the chore. But if painting is on the task list, this can actually turn into a fun project!

Materials Needed

  • masking tape
  • screwdrivers, phillips and flat head
  • sandpaper 100 grit or higher
  • ziploc bags
  • toothpaste, join compound or wood filler
  • spatula or scraper for compound

Choose The Colors

First, you must decide what rooms you would like to paint. Then decide how many rooms you wish to do at once. And then of course, what color or colors. If the walls will be something other than white, chances are, you will still want a white ceiling. You may feel closed in, if the room is all one color.

Prepping Saves Time And Effort

Preparation really is the key here. You will be so much more comfortable if you remove everything from the room before you begin, even if it means putting some things on the porch, or making it difficult to move around other rooms. You should fully prep the walls and ceiling. It saves a lot of aggravation!

Once everything is out of the room put down a cloth on the floor. Some folks use the thin plastic floor covers, because they either come with a painting kit or because they are cheaper. But keep in mind they rip easily, get stuck to your shoes and easily pull away from the walls. This becomes really frustrating and the few dollars that you have saved are really not worth it. If you can, bite the bullet and get a tarp, or better yet, a painter’s cloth. Put this down before prepping the walls.


Take a look at the walls and ceiling. A good, close look. Is there any sanding that is required? If so, then do that first and have a vacuum handy. This will reduce dust from going all over the apartment or house. Are there any holes to be filled? Some people use toothpaste if the holes are small. But if they are a bit bigger, then the use of joint compound works for drywall and there is a wood filler available for wooden walls. Use the spatula or scraper to fill the hole but clean around the edges of it. Does the ceiling have the acoustic bumps to dampen sound from apartments above you or your second story? If so, you must use a bigger nap on the roller to accommodate the deeper space to cover.

Look at the outlets. Remove the covers and place each one in its own ziploc bag. This prevents losing pieces. Removing the covers allows an even spread of paint around the outlet and eliminates the chance to paint over it. Remove or lower any ceiling light fixture covers. If the light is to stay in place, cover it with a lightweight towel or plastic, to avoid paint drips on it. If there are any pieces of furniture that are too big to place in other rooms, cover that as well. Even though there is a good chance paint will not splatter when painting the walls, you can bet it will while painting the ceiling.

Take Your Time

Do not rush. Really, it makes all the difference if the preparation of the room is methodical. You are putting in a lot of effort, make the room an enjoyable living space afterward and tell your friends you did this!

Now, you wish to protect the door knobs and molding. Use masking tape, not duct tape. You want to avoid anything really sticky, so the tape will leave no remnants when pulling it off after painting. If you take your time with this, you can make for a nice, smooth, straight line. Use the tape all around the door knob, as well as on it. That way, when opening and closing the door during the process, paint from your hands will not smear all over it. When masking the molding, some folks like to pull a long piece of tape and line it up, and others prefer to have shorter pieces, so the tape does not get stuck to itself. If the latter technique is used, make sure to go in one direction, instead of working from both ends towards the middle. This way, one smooth motion can remove all the tape at once, when the painting is done.

Speaking of done, this concludes the prep work of painting your room!

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