Prep A Room For Painting And The Rest Is Easy.
It’s been a while since the JTS and I had to prep a room for painting but we haven’t forgotten how. The prep work isn’t hard and it really takes no time at all. We had the bedroom ready to paint in less than 3 hours and those 3 hours included a trip to Home Depot and lunch.
We have several items on our home improvement wish list. Some of the projects we can do ourselves and some we can’t. It’s darn hard to find a contractor that isn’t swamped with work so some of the projects are temporarily on hold.
The JTS and I can paint, sooooo we decided to tackle painting the interior of the house ourselves. We can do that….. one room at a time……no rush, no hurry. The first room to be painted is the “blue bedroom”. Our son picked out the color for the bedroom and painted it himself when he was 16……and that was almost 20 years ago. Time for new paint and a new color.
Blue Bedroom Transformation Part I – Prep the room for painting
I told the JTS we were painting the ceiling, walls, and closet. He asked why we had to paint the closet. Well, because I don’t think the closet has been painted since the house was built in 1965. I know we haven’t painted it since we’ve owned the house (purchased in 1988). The walls of the closet are definitely dingy and stained up and they are getting paint.
I know you guys who visit here often will be shocked to learn we are painting the walls white. I’m ready to lighten things up and white is a blank canvas. I can always add colorful bedding and accessories. We will see how it goes.
We started our project about 10 o’clock in the morning. Nothing like getting an early start. I had no idea how long it would take to prep the room to paint and I was surprised how fast things went. First thing we did was empty the bedroom, completely.
Then we emptied out the closet. All of that stuff is not going back in there. This is a guest bedroom and I can find other places for the stuff (good junk).
How To Prep A Room For Painting
1. Remove everything from the room to be painted.
Remove every single item from the room especially if you are painting the ceiling. This prevents damage to the room contents and also accidents. You don’t want to be tripping and falling over stuff while trying to paint.
We have a 3 bedroom home and since it is just me and the JTS we have 2 extra bedrooms. For the most part we moved everything from the bedroom into the granddaughters bedroom.
The blue bedroom is the “boys room”or “the grandsons room”. The walls were covered with some of the hubby’s framed prints and awards from his time in the Army (26 years).
Stuff overflowed into the dining room and living room.
It didn’t take long to empty the room. You may remember I started editing unneeded furniture and décor from the house a few years ago. The only furnishings in the bedroom were the bed, a small wood trunk, and a small side table. Our house was built in 1965 and the rooms are small. They definitely look more open and a bit bigger without wall to wall furniture.
Got my handy dandy ladder out getting ready for the next step.
2. Remove nails and curtain hardware from the walls.
Grab a hammer and screwdriver and remove nails and curtain rod holders.
3. Remove switch and outlet plates.
Remove the light switch plate covers and outlet covers. Do not remove the outlets themselves. Put screws and plates in a plastic bag so you can find them when it’s time to put the room back together.
4. Remove obsolete thermostats, wall phone boxes, unneeded outlets, etc..
Remove anything installed on the walls, baseboards, etc. that you don’t need anymore.
We had a very old telephone line outlet on the baseboard and the JTS took it out.
We also had a thermostat on the wall for a heating system installed when the house was built. Anyone ever here of radiant heat from the ceiling? I would hate to see what those electric bills looked like. We never used the heat and it has been disconnected for a long time.
The JTS removed the thermostat.
And it left a great big hole in the wall. I’ll share how we covered the hole in a later post.
5. Patch holes in walls and ceiling.
Using a tube or tub of patch filler or putty fill the nail holes and screw holes with a putty knife or your finger. It’s easier to smooth filler with a putty knife.
There are all kinds of products you can use for this job.
We had an area on the ceiling where the sheetrock paper was torn. A bit of filler covered the area without a problem.
We also had a lot of wall dings and holes where I screwed a full length mirror to the wall.
Once the patched areas are dry sand them flush with the wall using an electric sander, sanding block, or a sheet of sandpaper.
Also sand any bumps or rough areas on the wall.
6. Remove ceiling light or glass cover.
Removing the light fixture makes it much easier to paint the ceiling plus you don’t have to worry about taping the fixture or getting paint on it.
We planned to install a ceiling fan and we removed the original light fixture. The fixture was a recessed box and as you can see it was very big.
We might have a problem installing that ceiling fan. More on that later.
7. Cover the floors from wall to wall.
Cover the floor with plastic sheeting or heavy drop cloths.
Lay the plastic out nice and flat with no lumps or bumps. You may need to readjust the plastic as you paint around the room.
8. Dust walls and ceiling.
Dust the ceiling and walls to remove particles from sanding.
9. Remove closet doors.
If you plan to paint the closet doors and main door with a paint sprayer take them out before the painting begins.
Just remove the pins from the door hinges and slide the door off the hinge.
10. Apply a stain blocker over water stains.
If you have water damage on the ceiling or walls, paint will not cover those areas. The discoloration from the water damage will bleed through. We found this out the hard way.
We had one area of old water damage in the closet and it bled through two coats of paint. Select a good stain blocker and give the stain a coat or two before painting.
10. Tape areas you don’t want to paint.
Last but not least it’s time to grab the painters tape and tape off anything you don’t want to paint. Areas could include door knobs, outlets, etc.
At some point in the paint process you will want to tape off the ceiling, or the wall, or the trim. or all of them!
Use Painters Tape To Prep Rooms For Painting
Your painting process and the paint colors will determine what and when to tape. You will know when you need to tape. Trust me.
How To Prep A Room For Painting
I will share all the details on painting the ceiling and walls, installing the ceiling fan, covering that big old thermostat hole, and more, in a post coming soon!
Who does your house painting, you or a hired professional? How long since the interior of your house has been painted? Don’t be afraid to do it yourself. As you can see the prep was not hard at all.
It helps not to be on a time schedule. The JTS and I decided before we even started the project to take our time and if we didn’t feel like working on the room one day or if we got a little stressed (fussy) we would call it a day. So far, so good.
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As always, thank you for being here and have a great day, Kathy