How to Setup a Room for Painting

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mark Osbourne founder of Manor Works Painting discusses how to setup a room for painting.

    Mark Osborne

    Mark Osborne is the owner and original founder of Manor Works Painting. After working his way through college running the painting operations of student-based companies, Mark went on to get an MBA in Entrepreneurship. While in school, Mark saw an unmet need by many homeowners. No company was offering year-round painting services in a consistent and professional manner. The idea behind Manor Works was born. In 1998, Mark started Manor Works on the principle of providing homeowners with consistent levels of quality on a year round basis. Over the last 10 years Mark has worked to build Manor Works into a full-service painting company servicing metropolitan Washington D.C. Mark intends to grow the company geographically and recently began an expansion into the North Carolina market. Mark continues to be interested in concepts he studied in school and is exploring the possibility of franchising and licensing.

    Hi! I am Mark Osbourne. I am the Founder of Manor Works Painting. Today, we are going to finish talking about how to set up a room in the interior of the house for painting. The first step that we need to do is we need to remove personal artifacts and furniture. So, to do that, what we are going to do, is the move the personal the artifacts to the centre of the room and then we are going to go ahead and cover the furniture with plastic. The next thing we want to make sure that we do is to tape the plastic in place, using a blue painters tape, thats a low stick tape that wont stick to the furniture. Once the furniture is covered, we are going to lift it carefully and move it to centre of the room or into an adjacent room. The next thing that we need to do now, the furniture has all been removed, is to remove items that are hanging on the wall, in case a mirror. In this case, we are going to be putting the mirror back up in the exact same location, so I recommend leaving the nail or the screw directly in the wall. That way we will know where to place it when we are done. In the event you are not going to be putting up a picture in the same location. You can remove the nail, so that it can be properly filled during the preparation steps.

    Once that step is done, the next thing we want to do is, we want to remove any electrical outlets like we see here and here as well as any vents or other items that might be permanently attached to the wall. One great tip, when removing electrical outlets is to put the screws that hold them in place right back into the same screw holes that they came out off. That way they wont get lost when you put things back together. Now that the screws have been put back into the original holes, we want cover it, both the electrical outlet and the electrical switches with blue painters tape to prevent any paint spatter from getting on them in the painting process.

    The next step is to apply blue painters tape to the top of the trim. This will prevent any paint spatter from getting on the trim while we paint the walls. A very helpful tip at this point is to use long runs of tape. A lot of people like to pull a little one foot and two foot sections of tape. This will also make it easier to remove once the painting has been done. Once the tape has been applied to the trim, the next step is to tape off the floor. In this case, we are painting in room with hardwood floors. What we want to do is apply tape along where the hardwood floor meets the quarter round. Quarter round is the curve board that separates the hardwood floors from the baseboards. Sometimes quarter round is painted, sometimes its not. In this case it is painted, so we are applying the tape from the quarter round to the hardwood floor. In situations, where you are painting in a room with carpet, another great tip is to actually tape where the carpet meets the baseboards and then to tuck the tape underneath of the baseboards, this will help to prevent carpet fuzz from getting into fresh paint.

    The next thing that we are going to do is set up our drop cloth. The drop cloths are simply can these protective coverings that will help protect against any paint spatter that might occur. Now, the drop cloths have been set up, we are ready to move on to the next step in the process, which the surface preparation and the first step, which is filling.