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The Essential Interior Painting Checklist for Homeowners

Painting Checklist

Choosing the paint colors and finish for the interior of your home is a fun, if overwhelming, task! You want to select the right ones to complement your home and your personal style. Before you start painting, take a look at this interior painting checklist. It has everything you need to make your project a total success!

  1. Remove or Protect Furniture, Belongings, and Flooring

While you may choose to cover some items with tarps, it’ll be much easier on you in the long run if you remove the majority of the items from the room. You’ll not only prevent them from getting damaged, but you’ll also avoid tripping or stumbling over them. For items you can not move, push them to the center of the room and cover them securely. Use drop cloths to protect your flooring.

  1. Take Down Wall Hangings, Decorations, and Outlet Covers

Painting around these items is a big challenge and may take more time than simply removing them. Doing so will give you a clean surface to work with and prevent damages. You’ll also want to remove ceiling fans and shut off the electricity to the room just to be safe.

  1. Clean the Walls

Paint goes on much more smoothly and looks nicer on clean surfaces. Smudges, stains, and texture will show through the paint once it dries. Clear the surfaces with a mild solution of soap and water. Remove texture with fine grit sandpaper or consult with professional painters on how to prepare the surfaces.

Supply Checklist

  • Soap and water solution: for cleaning surfaces
  • Paint scraper: to remove paint prior to sanding
  • Sponge: to wash and wipe down surfaces before painting
  • Sandpaper: to remove uneven texture (preferably fine grit)
  • Tarps: to protect furniture and belongings from paint
  • Tape measurer: to measure your room
  • Painter’s tape: to protect areas from paint
  • Roller tray: to roll out the paint
  • Tray liner: for clean up
  • Roller cover: for a nicer finish
  • Angled brush: for painting trim
  • 3-inch flat brush: for painting borders
  • Hole filler: to fill in small holes quickly
  • Screwdriver: to remove any materials from the walls or ceilings
  • Bucket: to mix the paint
  • Pouring spout: for easy pouring of paint
  • Paint stirrer: to stir up paint before applying
  • Primer: to make applying paint easier and to prevent stains
  • Paint: of course!

Why not save yourself from the headache of a DIY project and reach out to Bay Country Painters? We’d love to discuss your vision with you and will work to make it a reality.