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Preparation for Interior Painting

Once you have reached the point where you believe you are prepared to paint it is time to prep your walls. By now you have the room color schemes that you want and you have chosen the complimentary color schemes that you want for all the other rooms.

It is a good idea to start with one room so as not to get overwhelmed by the aspect of painting an entire house. Once you have the room that you want to start with it is a good idea to gather your house painting supplies in one place. This is a great way to see what tools you have and what tools you may need to buy. This simple process will save you a lot of time and get things going quicker.

Now that you have the colors you must prepare the room to paint. Here are some room painting tips that will help get you started:

    Move everything either out of the room or put it all into the middle and cover it with plastic. This will help you keep track of things and not get paint on your furniture. If you have window treatments you should also have them cleaned and out of the room.

    If there are light fixtures in the room you will want to turn the power off before you remove them. You will want to do this with switch plates, towel rods, switches and so forth. If you have light fixtures that you can't take down you should cover these in plastic. Also, you should take down the ceiling fans too.

    Keep a trashcan in the room that has a plastic bag in it so that you have a place for trash as you start to paint. Take out any nails and or picture hooks and fill the holes with joint compound.

    Decide which parts of the wall you do not want painted and put painter's tape along it to cover it. If you have tape that is peeling it's a good idea to finish peeling it off and then use a knife to peel off any adhesive that still remains.

    If you have exposed joints cover them with mesh tape. If you have holes in the wall you will need to fill them with joint compound, sand them and then use a primer before painting them. Check information on how to fix specific holes.

    If you have drywall in the room you will have to prime it before you paint it. Plaster walls often have nail holes so you will want to fill the holes with surfacing compound before you paint.

Now that you have prepared the room and primed those areas that needed primed, you will now be able to use your interior color schemes that you picked out in the beginning.

Some people decide that they want to use a painting contractor instead of doing it themselves. Just make sure you choose a reputable company that takes pride in their work and uses quality products.

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