• Storage; make sure you have a proper place for storing your furniture and household items. If you stay in Kansas, for example, there are a lot of storage units kansas city that you can use to keep all your stuff in a convenient and easy fashion. Storing your items rather than covering them up will save you on a lot of time as you won’t have to keep moving around the furniture in order to paint.
  • Clean; Make sure that you clean the entire room before you start, you can use a vacuum with an attached brush to clean the closet shelves, windows, and the baseboard. Before you begin cleaning, make sure that you lay out a drop cloth on the floor which will collect all the falling dust and excess paint that falls during painting.
  • Spackle; spackle any nail holes on the wall or the trim. If you remove a picture from a wall and would love to have it at the same position after the paint job, don’t remove the nail, just paint around it. Rather than scooping the spackle directly from the container, I would recommend you first put a big scoop of spackle in the middle of painters plastic and wrap it. This will converge the spackle in a sort of a spherical ball. Pierce the end of the plastic so that you will be able to dispense the spackle. Before this, make sure that you have surrounded the neck of the spherical ball with tape so that it does not fall off. For little nail holes, just put a little bit of the spackle onto your finger and rub it in. For a bigger hole, you can use a putty knife to spread the spackle on the hole. Do not spackle holes you may need in the future such as those for curtain holders. Spackle in any nail holes on your trim and wipe away any excess spackle so that you may make the process of sanding easier.
  • Sanding; do not sand or scrape any lead paint without the supervision of a professional. You can use sandpaper of 180 grit so as to get the maximum results. Sanding sponges are really nice as they are much easier to take grab off and thus enable you to do your work quickly and with convenience. Using sandpaper enables you to prepare a surface for a new coat of paint. Even If there are metal parts on your wall, for example, a fuse box that you may wish to paint, have a go with the sandpaper and then hit it with a coat of primer using an aerosol can. When conducting this process, make sure that you have a dust mask which prevents you from inhaling any dust particles that may be harmful to your health. After sanding, vacuum the trim with the vacuum so as to remove any particles that may have settled.
  • Caulking; I recommend using a dripless caulk gun for maximum efficiency. Also, have a bucket of water close by with a rag so that you can easily spread the caulk. You will need to caulk the edge of where the trim meets the wall. Also, check all the joints in the door and window casings. Rub the caulk on any hairline cracks that may be on the walls.
  • Make sure you also cover the windows, door handle, and any electrical outlets or switches to prevent splattering of paint onto their surfaces. The thermostat and the lighting should also be well covered. Good luck!