How to Properly Prepare Interior Walls Before Painting

If you are looking to dramatically change the look and feel of your home’s interior walls, painting is an excellent solution. The following guide will take you through the correct painting process from start to finish.

The first thing you need to do before moving furniture out of the way or prepping walls is to head to the hardware store for supplies. Hardware stores have all the paint and painting tools and supplies you’ll need to begin your project.

Tools You’ll Need From Hardware Stores

  • Wall spackling and a spatula
  • Sand paper
  • Floor duster or microfiber cloth
  • Towels, rags, or a sponge
  • Large bucket
  • Warm water and all-purpose soap
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint roller with extension poll
  • Paint tray
  • Respirator
  • Ladder
  • Blue painters tape
  • Drop cloth or an old bed sheet
  • Latex primer paint
  • Quality latex paint in your desired color

These items can be found at hardware stores.

Steps to Painting Interior Walls

  1. Start by preparing your walls by filling the holes. Use spackling and a spatula to completely fill all holes. Wait for the spackling to dry, and sand off the excess wall material and spackling. Sand all of your walls, in fact. You don’t want to shiny finish before you begin painting.
  2. Next, clean your walls. You’ll want to completely dust them off first with a floor duster or microfiber cloth. Next, wash your walls using a large bucket of warm water and a bit of all-purpose soap. Use the towels, rags, or a sponge to lightly clean all walls that will be painted. Wait for the walls to dry before moving on to the next step
  3. It’s now time to prepare your area for painting. Make sure you wear old clothes, and always lay down your drop cloth before beginning. You also want to apply painters tape to the ceiling, around baseboards, around windows and doorways, and anywhere else where you don’t want your paint color to get.
  4. Start by covering the entire walls with primer. Primer is generally only used if you’re going to go from an extremely dark color to an extremely light color. You’ll want to edge the walls with a paint brush and paint the interior with a roller. Wait for the primer to dry.
  5. It’s now time to begin painting with your selected paint color. You’ll usually need at least two coats, and always wait for each coat to dry in between.

Many people think that painting the interior walls of their home is a huge undertaking that will take weeks and be extremely difficult. While painting at home certainly takes a few days’ time, in-depth prep work, and some precision painting skills, it’s also a very doable project for anyone. Simply follow the steps listed above, and you’ll soon have a home interior that looks brand new!

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