One of the simplest ways to freshen up a room is with a new coat of paint. Unlike painting your house’s exterior, which is a huge undertaking, painting a room is a great way to change the room’s appearance and is relatively pain-free — if you use the proper supplies and take the correct steps. Good preparation makes the job of redecorating a room easier.
Tools and Supplies
- Drop cloths (canvas and plastic)
- Plastic wrap and rubber bands
- Sponges and clean rags
- Dishwashing soap
- Dust mask
- Spackle or patching compound
- Putty knife or five-in-one tool
- Paintable caulk and caulking gun
- Painter’s tape
- Brushes (1½-inch to 3-inch angled and straight-edged)
- Paint roller, extension handle and tray
- Paint buckets and glass jars for cleanup
- Paint thinner or other solvents
Before you start to redecorate, remove furniture from the room or move it away from the walls. Remove artwork, mirrors, window treatments and electrical outlet switch plates. Cover the floor and any furnishings with drop cloths and tarps to protect them from drips. Cover chandeliers and pendant lights with paper and plastic drop cloths. Attach plastic bags around doorknobs using rubber bands.
Butyl-backed canvas drop cloths are ideal for floors because their rubberized coating prevents dripped paint from seeping through the cloth, says Jeff DuPont of Sound Painting Solutions in Seattle. They also prevent slips.
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