There is little that can make a painting project easier than starting with everything you need. We have prepared a simple checklist to help you get started. You may need additional items, but hopefully this will give you a good start and a little motivation.
Checklist for Painting a Room:
- Paint (be sure you have enough to finish the job)
- Primer is the optional first coat (not optional if the walls are already painted a vibrant color that needs to be covered)
- Purdy paint brushes in a range of sizes. You need smaller angled brushes for edging and corners. A larger brush is helpful for touch ups.
- Paint rollers for the large areas.
- Paint roller extender if the ceilings are high.
- Paint trays.
- Several paint stirrers. Be sure to keep the paint well mixed. If you paint over a period of several days, take the paint back to the store to have it shaken again for a thorough mix.
- Edging tape to keep the ceiling, molding, window frames, and doors safe from paint leakage.
- Scissors or knife to cut tape
- Tarp to protect the floor or carpet from paint spills.
- A ladder or step stool for high hard to reach areas.
- Wipe up cloths.
- Pail for soaking paint brushes and rollers.
- Overalls or suitable clothes for painting.
If the walls need a little repair to fill in dents or dings you need:
- Putty knife (also called spackle knife)
- Fine grade sandpaper.
Before starting any paint job, no matter how small or how large, you need to have all your tools in place. That’s why we created a checklist for painting a room.
In addition to the items on the checklist, you need to have a cleared room, with no furniture or other items that can be tripped over or cause a fall when stepping down from the ladder.
I always suggest painting with another person. I know some of us will try to go it alone, but it is much easier when we have a helping hand taping the edges, handing paint up the ladder, etc. And, it is much safer to work with another person.
That said, it is also wise to have any young children safely out of the house. We know that young children will want to “help” or will have an event that takes you away from the task at hand. Once painting begins it needs to continue until it is done — at least, in one room. Maybe it could be a day to visit grandma.