5 Steps to Prep a Room for Paint

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Real Estate

You must complete several essential steps when preparing your room to be professionally painted. Preparation makes it easier for the painters to paint your room and prevents any extra hassle on your hand when they come. Keep reading to learn about the five steps to prep your room for paint. 

Step 1: Remove All Possible Furniture 

When preparing your room for painting, you first must remove every piece of furniture you possibly can. Whatever you can not remove from the space should be pushed into the room’s center, then cover it with clear plastic, a tarp, or anything else that can protect it from paint splatters. 

Step 2: Tape Around Unremovable Fixtures

After you have removed all the furniture you can from the room, the next step you need to do is take painting tape or masking tape and place it around every fixture in the room. It would help if you also did this around the window trim, door trim, and any other parts of the room you do not want to get paint splatters on. 

Step 3: Ensure the Walls Are Clean

Ensuring the walls themselves are smooth is often forgotten about when preparing a room to be painted. Whether this is old paint chips, cracks, nail holes, etc., you should take the time to smooth those areas with sandpaper. The paint will stick to the walls easier, and the time spent painting will be shortened. 

After you have removed the loose paint and filled in cracks, you will want to wash your walls. This helps ensure they are fully clean and ready to be painted. Clean walls are easier to paint as the paint sticks to them easier and does not require nearly as many coats. 

Step 4: Sweep the Floor, Walls, and Ceiling

After the room is mostly prepared by removing furniture and taping fixtures, you will want to take a broom and sweep the room. Start with the ceiling and wall cracks, as this will send everything down onto the ground. Once you have made sure there are no cobwebs, dust, or loose paint chips on the ceiling and walls, you can sweep out the room, leaving it clean and ready for painting. 

Step 5: Lay Down Drip Cloths

The final step to preparing a room to be painted is laying down cloths or clear plastic all over the floor of the room you are painting to keep paint drips from landing on the floor and messing it up. 

Now that you know how to prepare your room for painting, you are probably excited to paint your room. But why take the time to do all that hard work on your own? 

Whether you want the inside or outside of your home painted or your cabinets, check out Trico Painting for all your painting needs! 

Comments (2)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Melissa and thanks for your information to share with us here in the Rain.  Hope it is not cold in your area like New England area.


Feb 04, 2023 08:49 AM
Beth and Ryan Waller
Beth and Ryan Waller, Realtor - Guelph, ON
Beth and Ryan Waller are Guelph Realtors

One of the things I often forget about painting is that the prep- not the actual painting- is the most time consuming and important part. If you don't get this right, you mind as well not be painting at all! Great tips!

Feb 05, 2023 09:06 AM