Prep First, Paint Later
Set aside some time to prepare the room the evening before you plan on painting.
- Clear the room of furniture and décor.
- Sand and patch walls.
- Remove all switch plates and outlet covers, and place the screws and plates into separate plastic bags. Label the bags to remind you where they came from. I have lost plenty of those tiny screws, and this tip makes it easier and faster to remove and reinstall hardware.
- Cover the floors with old sheets or drop cloths.
- Most importantly, tape any areas that need to be carefully trimmed, like around windows, doors and moldings.