In any given interior painting project, there is something to be said for the time and effort you put into preparing for that project — in a sense, the more you are prepared for it, the better the painting work ultimately will usually turn out to be.
This is the case even with the typical living room, which some find to be one of the more important rooms in the house — if you properly prepare for your living room painting project, you can cut down the time that it takes to do it and maybe even on the budget as well.
Let’s have a look at some living room painting prep tips that will help you have a better painted living room.
A good way to get yourself ready to paint your living room is to measure the surfaces that are going to be painted.
The purpose of doing this serves two goals — one is that you are going to be able to figure out how much paint and primer you are going to need, and the other is that you’ll be able to tell how long the whole project is going to take you.
By knowing how much paint and primer you will need, you won’t buy too much and end up with gallons of the stuff just sitting in a closet taking up space and having nothing to do.
Being able to tell how long the project will take you, however, is good because you will be able to make a plan for the whole project from start to finish and will waste less time.
Now that you have an idea of how long your painting project is going to take you, it’s a good idea to get the sort of protective materials you will need to ensure that paint doesn’t get on your floor.
Though it’s true you can be quite careful and try to avoid spills, they are almost inevitable and so it’s a lot better to have your floor covered than to try to clean up spills.
The best thing to do is to get a sort of a heavier drop cloth that won’t move and reveal the floor underneath while you walk that will be thick enough that paint won’t get through it.
It’s quite remarkable and yet too often the case that people will go into a painting project such as a living room painting project and will have no idea what color or colors they’re going to want to use on the walls.
Though of course all of this is going to be that much easier if you already have the colors in mind such as if you are just freshening up the look of the room and aren’t changing the colors, it gets a bit more tricky if part of the reason for the paintwork is to change the color.
The best thing to do is to have a good look around the room and to try to figure out what color or colors weigh prominently in the room design and based on that choose a color or colors that will complement or contrast well with those colors.
Lastly, remember that one important thing that you can do to help make your painting project go better is removing furniture from the room.
When you have things in the room, they not only tend to get in the way and act as an impediment, but they will cause the concern that any paint spillage that might happen could get onto the items in the room.
Removing furniture takes care of both of these issues, though if you aren’t able to for whatever reason you can try to get them away from the walls and then to cover them with a tarp or drop cloth.