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Steps to Prep Interior Walls for Painting

With the weather in Bend, Oregon getting cooler it is time to move inside for interior projects. A great way to refresh an interior space is to apply a fresh coat of paint. However, before any paint can be applied, there are multiple steps to take in preparation.

Gather Your Supplies

Collect supplies needed for preparations and painting. For interior walls you will need painter’s tape, basic tools to remove outlet covers and hardware, brushes, rollers and roller covers, paint trays and drop cloths.

Empty the Room

Remove furniture and items from the room to protect them from paint. If you have items that you are unable to move, they can be covered with a drop cloth.

Clean Surfaces

Once you have cleared the space, clean the surfaces that you are going to paint along with surrounding surfaces, such as, baseboards and window sills. Vacuum, dust and wash the walls with a sponge and warm water. Cleaning these areas is an important step for keeping paint clean and adhering to the walls surface. Also, later we will be taping and you will want a clean surface for the painters tape to adhere properly.

Make Repairs

Repair small drywall holes, knicks and defects with putty and a spackling knife. You may need to sand some areas with a fine sandpaper to blend properly after spackling.


Taping off areas such as baseboards, windows and sills prevents paint from getting on them and resulting in a cleaner finish. As mentioned earlier, it is so important to make sure the surfaces that the tape will be applied to have been properly cleaned. Skipping the cleaning process will result in tape not sticking properly over dust and grime and allowing paint to seep under in areas. This will result in a messy finish. It is well worth the time investment to make sure you are applying the tape properly for the best outcome. To apply tape, start with 6” strips of tape and smooth them down along the trim. Take a flat putty knife and press along the painter’s tape to give it a tight seal.

Cover Flooring

Covering flooring properly is another important step in the preparations process you should not  overlook. Setting down sturdy drop cloths and securing them in place will protect the floors from any spillages or tracked paint that may happen unexpectedly. Securing or choosing a heavy weight drop cloth will ensure they stay in place while you work. You want to keep them from moving or becoming a tripping hazard in your work space.
When you have finished preparing the room going through the above steps you should be ready for painting. Putting in the work before painting will make the overall painting process go smoother, quicker and result in a nice finish. Though prepping can be a time consuming task, it is well worth it to ensure an easier time painting and well done job.

Greenwood Painting is Here to Help

At Greenwood Painting, prepping your rooms for interior paint is just part of the job.  We take our work seriously and we enjoy what we do.  We know you will too.  Call us today for a free estimate on your next interior painting project.

What Our Clients Are Saying...

"Greenwood just finished painting the outside of our house. We are so happy with their work! They were professional, meticulous and so detailed. The job was finished earlier than we expected and we couldn’t believe all the work that was put into our house. They went above and beyond to make sure it was painted perfectly and our house is now protected from the weather. We highly recommend them and will happily use them again! What a transformation! Thank you!"

- Janie Drake

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