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How to Prepare Your Bedroom for Painting

Posted by CCE Bloggers on 9/13/2017 to General Office Decor
How to Prepare Your Bedroom for Painting

Are you looking to paint your master bedroom? It's no secret that adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls will greatly enhance the decor. For the cost of just a few gallons of paint, you can revitalize your bedroom decor by introducing new color and style. But if you're planning to paint your bedroom walls, you'll need to prepare the space beforehand. Follow the steps listed below to prepare your bedroom for painting.

Clean It

The first step in preparing your bedroom for painting is to clean it. I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it's still worth mentioning that you need to clean your bedroom before you can paint it. Some people simply try to "paint around" their furnishings, only to discover later that paint has dripped onto their belongings. Don't make this mistake; go ahead and remove all furniture, furnishings and decorative accessories from your bedroom. It needs to be completely empty before picking up the paintbrush and making the strokes.

Electrical Outlet Covers

Next, remove all electrical outlet covers and light switch covers from the wall. Again, some people simply paint around these covers. Regardless of how steady your hand is, though, you'll probably get paint on these covers, which is why it's a good idea to remove them. Using a Philips head screwdriver, you should be able to remove the electrical outlet covers and light switch covers from your bedroom walls.

Prep the Walls

You aren't out of the woods just yet. There are still a few more things you need to do before painting your bedroom, one of which is to prepare the walls. This means going over the walls with a damp washcloth to remove any dust, dirt and debris. Even if your bedroom walls look clean, they are probably holding dust at the very least. And attempting to paint over this dust will result in a messy finished appearance. You don't have to use any special cleaning products; simply wipe the walls down using a damp washcloth to remove any dust or material.

Cover the Floor

Finally, cover your bedroom floor with a large painter's tarp to protect it from spilled paint. Whether your bedroom has carpet, laminate, hardwood or other flooring, you need to protect it from paint. In the event that you accidentally spill paint on your bedroom floor, it could cause hundreds of dollars in damage. This problem is easily prevented, however, by covering your floor with a painter's tarp beforehand, which you can purchase from most home improvement stores.

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