You’re ready to paint, but are your walls ready? Any holes and cracks in your walls should be patched and sanded smooth by now and any loose paint removed. For more on that, be sure to watch our video on wall repairs. Otherwise, we’re moving on to the final preparations. Washing your walls and trim is a good idea to remove any grime, cobwebs, dust or stains that may prevent your paint from adhering. Just use a mixture of lukewarm water and mild soap to wash your walls, gently rubbing in a circular motion. And be sure to rinse using a slightly damp cellulose sponge.

Check that your walls and trim are thoroughly dry before the next step, which is one you’ve been waiting for, applying painters tape to your trim. Use longer pieces of tape instead of many little pieces. That way the paint won’t sneak through. Start in a corner, pressing to the trim in small sections as you go. Make sure your tape sticks firmly to your trim by pressing the tape’s edges like this, using a clean putty knife.

This will help ensure you get a nice, even paint line. Next, lay out a drop cloth to protect your flooring and furniture. Old bed sheets are not always a good choice because paint can seep right through the fabric. Canvas drop cloths are the most durable. They can be reused over and over and they can absorb more paint drips and spills. Plastic and paper drop cloths cost less, but they tend to slide when you walk in them, so, use painters tape to secure the edges to the floor. Now we’re ready for prime time. Primer isn’t just to cover up old paint and imperfections. Starting off with the primer base helps you get the true color and sheen you’re looking for from your paint. Plus it provides a layer specially formulated to protect your top coat. Using a brush, paint a narrow strip all along your trim and inside corners. Then, fill in the rest of your walls with the roller. And by the way, if you’re going to be painting your room in a darker color, it’s best to use a tinted primer, rather than white.

Now, if you’re a nitpicker like me, and are bothered by small gaps between your molding in your wall, you can fill those with an acrylic caulk after priming the walls and trim surface. Some caulks are paintable, but others are not. So make sure you buy the right kind you need. Just read the label. Instructions are your friend. Use the little hole in your caulk gun handle to cut the tip of the tube. Then carefully pierce the inner seal, using the seal puncture tool found the most caulk guns.

Load the tube into your caulk gun and squeeze out just a little bit to start the flow. Have a damp cotton rag handy to clean up excess. Start in a corner, point the tip into the crack and gently squeeze an even flow of caulk along the crack. Wet your finger and use it to smooth out and remove excess caulk. Have a damp cloth handy to wipe your finger clean. Check out the caulk label for dry time so you know how long to wait before you can paint.

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