• How to Prepare Your Home for a Painting Project

    September 13, 2016 | Advice | Scott
  • If there’s one piece of advice from a painter that all home owners should cherish; it’s that a successful project needs to be prepared for. This is something worth considering, regardless of the size of the task. Even the smallest renovations should never be leapt in to. Now the last thing that any good painting and decorating company will expect is for a client to take care of the hard work, and that’s why we always offer to help with the preparation of a room and the clearance of a living space.

    If you’re keen to play a larger part in the project yourself, then there are a few things that you can do to help. They might seem simple at first glance, but they are all tasks that will need to be addressed at some point. The more attention that you pay to them before your project starts, the greater your results will be when it comes to completion!

    painting-preparationProtecting your furnishings the right way

    When getting a room ready for a professional paint job, there are two main options. The first (and more preferred) is to have each and every item of furniture removed and stored, somewhere safe and out of the way. We can safely say that we’re confident in our skills and will do our best to avoid paint drops, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

    The second method is to ensure that your furniture is properly covered and protected before a brush even comes close to them. Tarpaulin is a great option, but plastic bags and other waterproof resources can do just as good a job. If you have shelves within a room, then you could go to the effort of removing them, but in all honesty they are pretty easy to paint around and can be covered at the very least.

    Open a few windows

    Paint is an amazing material, but there’s no denying that the pigments can carry a pretty debilitating scent once they’re applied. To combat this, we recommend opening a few windows whenever possible – just to allow the aroma to ventilate properly. There’s no long term harm that can be caused by breathing in paint fumes, but there’s also no reason why you should have to breathe it in as the paint dries either.

    Baggy shoes are a must

    As strange as they might look, they can be pretty important when painting – especially if you’re planning on getting close. Not only can wearing plastic material over your feet protect your footwear; it also makes it easy to remove and replace the packaging; just in case you happen to step in any stray drops, or splashes.