When you paint your home, there is an ideal order to paint the rooms to minimize the interruptions to your daily life.
It’s easy to go through Pinterest and pick your favorite colors and styles you want to paint the interior of your home; the hard part is actually planning out the project around your life. Painting projects can be a huge undertaking in terms of time and manpower, and it can be tough to decide where you should start.
The last thing you want is to start painting your home and realize the area will be unusable for longer than you thought. With guests coming over, unplanned events, or even just enjoying your safe space- having your home torn apart for painting can become quite the hassle. We are here to give you some tips that professionals have been doing for years.
If you are thinking of painting your home, consider doing it in this order:
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms and one that NEEDS to be functional as soon as possible. Luckily, they are also smaller spaces so if you have 2-3 bathrooms it can be knocked out in one afternoon. The best is to start once everyone is ready for work and school, let the paint dry for the rest of the day and avoid showers or running water that leads to steam that evening, which could ruin the finish.
Bedrooms should be done at the same time or right after bathrooms. It is most comfortable to have them usable to escape the rest of the house during the painting process, as well as having a functional space to access all of your belongings and sleep. Start early in the day so it has time to air out and dry all day.
The kitchen is a vital space for living, and most prefer that they have some sort of access to food and cooking for as long as possible- so this should be the next in succession. Some tend to store living room furniture in the kitchen which is not advised since you will lose the space entirely. Most professional paint companies come with special tarps to hang on furniture, so it doesn’t have to be moved. If you are DIYing the project consider investing in drop tarps.
Living Room/Great room
Living rooms or other great rooms, like dining rooms, should be put off until after or during the kitchen painting. They are large and therefore usually one of the bigger undertakings. With these rooms done, you are nearly there! Just be sure to cover important large furniture and move wall decorations to a safe place – preferably a room that is already painted and dried.
Small rooms like the laundry room, closets, and wet rooms should be done last since they are less used and quicker to finish. With most of your house now at least mostly usable, be sure to follow a few tips while you finish:
- Don’t wash dishes, laundry, or use enough hot water that generates steam to fill the room until the paint is completely dry. This should only be a short time.
- Make sure all of the spaces you are painting are well lit. If you are painting in a dim room or you are painting into the night- be sure to bring large lights to illuminate the space. Dim light can result in patchy work.
- Take precaution! Avoid leaving paint cans uncovered for more than the time you are actively painting and make sure those lids are on elevated surfaces! It can also be helpful to put tarps on the floor if you know you are prone to spilling.
- Be careful on ladders! It seems like a no-brainer, but you wouldn’t believe how many people still fall off ladders during everyday projects.
If you are lacking the time, confidence, or even patience to paint your home in a certain order all by yourself, consider hiring a professional painting team. With expert advice, tools, and experience you can continue on with your normal life while they take care of it all for you. Contact The Painting Company to see what project they can help with.