Dining Room Painting Preparation Tricks in St. Louis, MO
Your dining room is an important room in your home that, depending on how often you entertain (does anybody casually eat in their own dining room?) can be used quite often.
If you’re looking to make your dining room look better, painting is one thing you can do — when was the last time your walls were painted, and is the color choice still looking as good as it did when it was more recently painted?
Preparing for a painting project is one of the most important parts of the painting project, and if you have a few good tips on your side you can make it a really good one.
Let’s take a look at some important tricks for preparation before a dining room painting project.
1. Measure The Walls Being Painted
Most likely the first thing that you’re going to want to do when you’re looking to paint your dining room walls is to properly measure them – to get a sense of how many square feet are going to be painted.
By measuring the space being painted, you are accomplishing two important things — one being that you are going to be able to calculate with pretty close precision how much primer and paint need to be purchased for the painting project.
A second thing you will accomplish is that you will be able to figure out how long the project is going to take you based on how long it takes you to paint a square foot, and then multiply that by how many there are to be painted.
You also need to remember that time needs to be given for surfaces to dry after they are painted and even after the primer is applied.
2. Fix Damage To The Walls
Over time, your dining room walls will inevitably get some damage, whether it is intentional small damage (such as when you hang a framed image on the wall and make small holes) or unintentional larger damage (such as when a play goes wrong and you suddenly have a sizable hole in the wall!)
Whether the damage is minor or more major, you’re going to have to make the time to repair the damage before you start painting.
This is going to be necessary because if you even only have minor damage to the walls, it will not look good if you try to paint over it as paint alone is not going to repair holes in the wall or any other damage that may have been caused.
By repairing the damage, you will have a smoother surface upon which you can paint.
3. Sand And Clean
Speaking of a smooth surface, you can take one step further to have a good and smooth surface when you are preparing to paint and gently sand the surface that is to be painted.
The effect of sanding is that you are going to have a smoother surface, and this will help the primer and paint that you will later apply to the walls of the room.
It’s important to note that you are going to need to clean the sanding dust from the walls once you have finished sanding — sanding dust is a necessary byproduct of the sanding process, but its proper removal ensures that you aren’t going to see it in the paint looking rather unpleasant later on.
4. Lay Down Drop Cloths Or Tarps
Lastly, you should make sure that you have some good quality paint-resistant tarps or drop cloths down on the floor before you start to paint.
By putting down such protective material, you will help to make the cleanup process after you have finished painting a lot easier and you won’t really have to worry about painting on the floor as you would if you did not put down a tarp or drop cloth.
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