7 Tips for Prepping Interior Painting Projects

If you’re about to repaint interior walls at your house, you’ll want to do extensive interior painting projects. While the task itself is not very physically difficult, it’s often associated with a lot of time and effort just because interior paint jobs require so much running around in pre-paint preparation.

You should prepare well in advance before starting interior painting projects, but even if you start early, there are still things to do when preparing for interior house painting. Completing these steps will save you their effort later on. You need to be sure that all cabinet hardware is removed – including drawer pulls, hinges, and locks; everything needs to be out of the way prior to interior house painting. Work around one room at a time; this means you should start interior painting projects from the furthest walls first. When you’ve completed a room, move to another room and continue interior house painting.

If your interior paint is peeling or chipping, it should be scraped off before beginning interior house painting. If your interior paint job is in good shape, simply clean the walls with a deglosser prior to interior house painting to remove any existing paint finish and prep the surface for an even coat of new interior paint. Finally, invest in a color wheel so you can choose wall colors that work well together. This tool will save you considerable time and effort which would otherwise be spent trying out different color variations until you find what works best.

Below are some tips for your house paint project.

  1. REMOVE INTERIOR CABINET HARDWARE a day or two before interior house painting projects. This will save you time later on, so do it as soon as you have decided on interior paint colors and can reference them easily. It is also possible to remove hardware during interior house painting projects, but sometimes screws get lost, so be careful if you choose this option.
  1. CLEAN INTERIOR SURFACES with a deglosser the day before interior house painting. An oil-based deglosser works best – just follow directions carefully and test an inconspicuous area prior to using it on a large surface area of your home interior walls. Allow the surface to dry completely prior to the next step in interior house painting. Use interior house paint that is more durable and washable than exterior interior paint.
  1. REMOVE INTERIOR HOUSE PAINT the night before interior house painting projects. Start interior house painting with a room furthest away from where you’ll be doing interior house painting, so you can work around one wall at a time as interior house painting progresses. Avoid using interior paint sprayers, as they do not give as smooth of a finish as rollers and brushes, especially if your interior walls are textured.
  1. HAVE NEW INTERIOR PAINT READY the day before interior house painting, or immediately after completing an interior house painting project. You don’t want to leave this step for the last minute; it’s something that should already be done and waiting for your next step in interior house painting.
  1. PURCHASE INTERIOR PAINT COLOR WHEELS before interior house painting begins, as this will save you considerable time and effort. Many interior house painters like to experiment with different colors until they find the best one; if you use an interior paint color wheel you can simply reference it for a quick fix rather than spending precious time experimenting on your home interior walls.
  1. REPETITION is key during interior house painting projects, so make sure that all of your interior house paint cans are ready before starting interior house painting. You don’t want to have to stop mid-job just because you’re out of interior paint. 
  1. INVEST IN FURNITURE COVERS prior to starting interior painting projects; this will save you time and money for large pieces. 

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