Painting a room requires a lot more thought than just choosing a color and applying. Prepping walls will make sure that the job looks neat and is long-lasting, and most importantly, will not need to be redone.

It can be exciting to repaint a room because a fresh paint job can entirely change how space appears. Before you get too hasty in diving into your project, however, make sure you’re prepping walls properly. Without proper prepping, the finished paint job will appear unclean and unprofessional, and the paint will begin to chip at a much faster rate. Preparing your walls should not be too difficult, depending on the state of the room before the paint job, but it needs to be done right.

Repairing Damages

Though it may seem tempting to ignore flaws in the wall and cover them up with a coat of paint, this will not fix the problem. Painting over damages is hardly worth your effort because the end result will still look like a room that needs some fixing up. Make sure that if the room you are going to paint has any damages, they are first fixed to the point where the wall feels smooth when you run your hand over it. This can entail a variety of repair techniques, depending on what the issues are, but often this will involve at least some spackling and then sanding down of the affected area.


Before walls can be painted, they need to be well cleaned. Though they probably already appear to be relatively clean, small particles of dust build-up quickly and often are not noticeable to the naked eyes. Wipe down the walls thoroughly until they are as dust-free as you can get them. Then, do not begin painting until they are completely dry, or the paint will not adhere properly to the wall. Prepping walls can take some time, so some patience is required.

Protecting Trim

Another part of the prepping walls process to prepare for is the little details that will not be painted. All trim bordering the walls should be taped up using painter’s tape to avoid accidental splotches (which will almost certainly occur if they are not protected). This also goes for electrical sockets, light switches, shelving units, and anything else on the walls that you do not intend to paint.

Calling In Professionals

Painting is clearly a very big job that requires a lot more time and effort that you may be able to set aside for the task. Because there are so many possibilities to make mistakes, your best bet may be to hire a professional painter. They will handle the majority of the prep work for you, and a reputable company will be sure to do a job that is perfect, professional, and quick.