If you are only painting part of the room, you’ll only need to clear or cover items in the danger zone. Paint drips downward, so anything underneath what you are painting needs to be moved or covered.
Paint can also splatter sideways as you swing your tools or if you paint too aggressively. Consider the danger zone to be at least 2 meters (6 feet) horizontally from any surfaces that will be painted.
Painting can be a great way to freshen up a room at a very low cost. However, it’s important to follow certain procedures. These steps will prevent a messy-looking room, or worse, flaking paint.
This how-to should be helpful whether you are just painting a ceiling, wall, or woodwork, or are doing a complete makeover. Get the tools and supplies. It’s not always easy to run out to the store in the middle of dealing with wet paint!
Take the opportunity to make your walls flat. Remove any unnecessary protrusions, like nails or old paint drips. Fill large holes with self-expanding sealing foam (e.g. Great Stuff). Fill small holes with Spackle, joint compound, or wood putty. Sand the wall flat and remove bumps and ridges.