How to prep a room for painting: repair work
Now that you have your room fairly cleared of furniture and everything off the walls, now is the time for repair work. This doesn’t have to be a hard step either. All you need is some drywall spackle, a putty knife and good sandpaper.
If you find any small dings in the wall or holes from previous artwork or lighting scones, you’ll want to patch those up. The key with spackle is to not use too much! Also, if you have a bigger gap to fill, it’s best to use a primer first. That way your patchwork won’t show through the new paint.
After your spackle has been left to dry for a day, grab your sandpaper or sanding block along with a face mask. Rub the surface with the sand paper in order to smooth out any of that spackle. If you have plans to paint your trims and doors, you might as well do the sanding job for them as well.
Cleaning, Covering & Taping
Next comes everyone’s favourite step in the whole how to prep a room for painting process — cleaning and washing the walls. It’s important to try and get rid of any built up dirt and stains that rest on the walls prior to painting.
Any of the furniture that’s still left in the room that was too heavy to move, you want to be sure to cover it up. Also, it’s always smart to use drop cloths over top your floors as well. After all, painting can get a bit messy at times!
Lastly, don’t forget to make use of painter’s tape as well. You’re going to need it to tape around door frames, trims and windows. It can make those painting those corners go a lot smoother.