How to Prep Your Room for Painting
- Putty Knives
- Sanding sponges
- 220-grit sandpaper
- Pole Sander
Before doing anything, clear away anything that get’s in the way of your painting
- Switch plate covers
- Window treatments
- Light fixtures
- Small electronics, plug-in appliances or easy-to-move furniture.
Step 1: CLEAN
- Clean the walls with a sponge and mild detergent from the bottom up.
- Rinse the sponge frequently as you clean.
- Make sure all walls and surfaces are completely dry before you paint.
Step 2: SMOOTH
- Lightly sand the walls
- Fill in any imperfection you can see from 5 feet away in normal lighting
- Sand all your repairs for a smooth finish.
- Finally, vacuum up any dust and debris.
Step 3: PROTECT
- Cover floors and any furniture in the room with drop cloths.
Don’t forget to use FrogTape® on any areas you don’t want to paint, like baseboards, trims, windows or doorframes. More tips before you start to paint? Add a coat of primer so your old paint doesn’t show through and makes it possible to finish the job in just one coat of paint.
The 10 Commandments of Home Décor Planning as Told by Taniya Nayak
Celebrity interior designer Taniya Nayak provides ten must-follow tips for conquering your next home décor project.
Upgrade Your Brick Fireplace with Whitewash
Looking for an instant change to your brick fireplace? Learn how to whitewash brick for a quick update.
Using Chalkboard Paint Around The House
Learn how to use chalkboard paint to create writeable surfaces on your walls, drawers and almost any surface.
Paint Trim for a Modern Update
Find out how to provide a modern update to any room by painting the trim.