How To Prep A Room Before You Decorate

When it comes to decorating a home when you're living it, it's safe to say that it can be a bit of a pain. I mean, you have to find space for all the items that are usually in the room, sort it around everyone in the home, and decorate in stages to fit around everyone's schedules. 

And whilst it's tempting to rush the task and simply paint over old wallpaper or start ripping up old floors, if you want a professional finish, you must include room prep, and this takes time, but gives the best results in the end, so is worth it.

Being married to a decorator, I've learnt some things over the years, and so I thought I'd show how we prepped T's bedroom, ready to be decorated.

Decide on the theme
If you're starting a decorating project, then the first thing to think about is the theme of the room you're doing. If you start before you've organised this, then you may find yourself stumped when it comes to the actual decorating. Start by getting some paint and wallpaper samples and working out which ones work best for the room you are doing. Lick home offer online paint and wallpaper and you can opt to receive samples so you can see exactly how they will look when done. Lick Home also offer a consultancy service if you're struggling to come up with a theme. Appointments are 30 minutes and include a video call then a bespoke mood board featuring the perfect palette for your space.

Clear the room
Decorating a room is so difficult when there's stuff in the way, so make sure you get everything out before you even think about decorating. This was easy for us as T was moving into this room from another and this room was always a storage, spare room with not much furniture in it. But, if you are currently using the room, then this is a good excuse to declutter as you pack, getting rid of anything that won't fit your new room or theme. 

Protect the floor
Protect your floors, furniture and favourite possessions from any spills, drips and dust as you don't want to be spending more money replacing things after decorating. The Lick Home decorators canvas drapes well, is washable, doesn't slip and is reusable. At 3.6m x 2.7m in size and with polythene protective backing, it's an ideal base to decorate from.


Prepare the walls
If your walls have wallpaper on them, you could paint over them for an easy finish, but you risk getting an uneven look with cracks, and it would just need sorting in the long run, so it's best to go back to the walls, and strip everything. Once you removed all the wallpaper, fill in any holes and cracks to achieve a smooth surface. Our home was previously owned by a family who seemed to bodge everything and so there was a lot of wall to sort once they were stripped. We used the Lick Home wall repair kit to fill holes, and gives a smooth finish. Then it's best to lightly sand the walls to get rid of any leftover paper or old paint and little snags. Give them a wipes down if you've been sanding, and then leave the walls to dry fully. 

Tape off the woodwork
If only you could take all the skirtings out of the room as well before you paint, it would make for such an easier room to decorate. Alas, this is not the case and so to avoid getting paint smears windowsills, tape off these areas before you start. It's best not to rely on household tape to get the job done, so to help, we have the Lick multi-room decorating kit which comes with edging tape, and everything else you might need to decorate your home, including 2 different sized rollers, 2 brushes, and a metal tray. Taping is simple, but can be time consuming to do it right, although it makes for more professional looking results.

Decorate in the right order
If you've ever tried to apply ceiling paint after painting the walls, you probably ran into some problems with paint splatter. It's always best to start your decorating project from the top and work your way down. This way, you’ll avoid those pesky drips landing onto freshly painted areas. Secondly, do the walls and lastly, you should finish by painting the windows edging, doors and skirting board.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous08:48

    Margaret Clarkson
    Good advice, thank you