Preparation is key to transforming your house into a home.
Whether you’re hiring us or doing it yourself, proper interior painting usually involves more than moving the couch, dropping some plastic and slinging paint. Our scope can always be adjusted to meet your particular needs, but here’s a list of what we do inside that is both comprehensive and a dull read.
Protect entry area
No matter what door we’re using, we’re coming in somewhere. Our first step is taken with our shoes off or covered with those little protective ‘booties’, and any entry flooring is covered with either protective paper or dropcloths.
Protect work paths
We might be painting just a few bedrooms upstairs, but the stairs and hallways we walk through to get there need to be protected. Now, we don’t tend to slosh paint when carrying buckets in or out, but if I like, sneezed or had a heart attack, causing the spillage of a couple drops, you’ll have the peace of mind that there’s no clean up for you later.
Protect contents and structure of work areas
Hey, this is just painting, right? Move the stuff and start painting! Well, that’s not how it goes and with a small investment in time you can ensure that nothing gets broken and nothing gets painted that isn’t supposed to be. While any tasks you’re willing to perform prior to our arrival will reduce the total costs, we’re ready and able to do it all for you:
Move all furniture to center of rooms, remove some from work areas as necessary
Remove window treatments, blinds (we’re not going to take your silk drapes and stuff them under a bed). Many window treatments can be awkward to remove, replace, or handle. We’ve done them all and you won’t hear, ‘oh, that was broken when I took it down’ and other ulcer inducing phrases at the end of the day.
Remove switch plates, door and window hardware, air vents. Electrical cover plates can be painted or not; but never painted onto the walls…Same goes for air vents
Remove light fixtures, mirrors, towel bars, medicine chests
Remove any miscellaneous hardware
Gather these items with the furniture and cover it all with plastic sheeting
Plaster and drywall repairs: patching holes, cracks, and nail pops in ceilings and walls
Sanding: Every time one paints, there are little ‘crumbs and boogers’ that get left behind on the surface. These could be anything, but are often specks of dirt, dust, or dried paint. Though you can’t make drywall ‘glass’, You can sand what you paint and minimize the visual impact or totally remove these imperfections. Some folks just don’t care, but more often than not there is some annoying little spot that jumps out at you some place or another that you’d prefer to see gone.
Caulking: any joint where a piece of wood meets another should be caulked.
Joints where walls meet walls or walls meet ceilings or wood meets either (there are tons of these in your house, and since I like a seamless look, we caulk Everything!)
Putty: This is just caulking’s cousin, and is used to fill nail head holes and small gouges in woodwork.
Priming: Inside a house, primer really isn’t needed much. We use oil base primers to seal water and soot stains, as well as over hairspray residue, wallpaper glue, Cooking backsplash areas, and all manner of things that little kids like to apply to the walls of their homes. Also over previously unpainted surfaces. That’s about it. Previously painted substrates simply don’t normally need primer unless there’s something we need to cover up that will bleed through or make the paint curdle. (yes, curdle especially hairspray and wallpaper glue)
Cleaning: You mean clean up after it’s done? No I mean clean the things that are to be Painted. Pull out your bed/couch/washer/dryer/refrigerator/etc and unless You’re a super house cleaner, there is likely to be some dust, dirt, lint, or other Detritus that you SHOULD NEVER PAINT OVER TOP OF. Glad I got that Out of my system. Even if you’re not there to see us do it, rest assured that we’ll have performed more than a perfunctory cleaning in these spots, and on top of all that, WE. DO. WINDOWS. We’ll scrape the old paint from the glass and wash them top to bottom.
Actual painting: This is the easy part. Changing colors significantly? Apply two coats. Keeping color about the same? Apply one coat. You can hire us to just do ceilings, walls, or woodwork, or all of it at the same time.