How To Paint a Room, Interior Painting Preparation
Learn tips before you buy, how to prepare, getting the right tools and clean-up tricks. Explore tips, how to's and techniques on interior painting for your interior walls.
Preparing the room before beginning your project not only makes it easier for you to paint, it also protects your home from inadvertent splatters or spills. In addition to friendly expert advice, you can find drop cloths, masking tape, caulk and more at your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store.
Getting ready to paint:
- Remove draperies, pictures, mirrors, area rugs, hardware (if possible), and switch and receptacle cover plates.
- Move all furniture to the center of the room or the room, if possible. Cover all furniture with drop cloths.
- Tape off woodwork and tape down plastic drop cloths.
- Wrap plastic around light fixtures, and use masking tape to cover any hardware you can't remove.
- Open a window or door to ensure good ventilation.
- Clean the surface as needed.
- Gaps between walls, ceilings, crown moldings and other interior trim can be filled with the appropriate ProSelect® caulk after priming the surface.
Caution: When using oil-based coatings, keep paint away from heat, sparks and open flame. Do not smoke. Extinguish all flames, pilot lights, and heaters. Turn off stoves, electrical tools, appliances and any other sources of electrical ignition. While painting and until all vapors are gone, keep the area well-ventilated.