Do you have an area that is looking outdated in your home? Maybe you just want to freshen things up a bit. No matter why you're considering painting the interior of your home, preparing for the project before it begins will help to protect your home from any negative effects of the work getting done.
Cover the Flooring
Your flooring will be the most likely area to get some sort of paint on it if you don't protect it well. The best way to protect the flooring is to put down a plastic coating that will not shift and move as you walk over it. The product to do this is the plastic cling flooring covering – you know, the stuff that they put down in open houses when they are on the market. This stuff will stick to your carpeting, hardwoods or tile for the duration of the painting project.
Tip: It's still wise to cover the plastic with drop cloths for an extra layer of protection.
Clearing the room entirely will be a lot of work, but it is the only sure-fire way to be sure that nothing is damage while the paint is being applied. This means that you should remove all light fixtures, furnishings, wall-hangings, outlet covers, window treatment supports – everything and anything that can be removed, should be removed.
Tip: If you have large pieces of furniture that aren't easy to move, try to get it to the center of the room and cover it with a drop cloth – use some duct tape to secure the cloth so it doesn't get shifted as the work is being done.
Ventilate the Space
Ventilation is imperative if you'd like to prevent the smell of paint from sticking around your house for weeks after the project is complete. Open a few windows around the room and put a fan in at least one of them to pull the paint-scented air out of the house.
Not only will this help to reduce the smell, but it will also help to expedite the drying process and decrease the chances of someone brushing up against the wet paint.
Talk with a local painter to learn more about preparing for a paint job. He or she will provide you with all of the information that you'll need to ensure that your project is completed in a way that makes you happy and makes your home look great.