How to Prepare Your High-Traffic Family Room for a New Paint Job

calander Sep 14 , 2021 user-iconAnderson Painting
Family painting a living room wall

Home painting isn’t always as simple as we might hope. Getting the painting process right can be challenging enough on its own -- try adding in elements like children, pets, and general high levels of activity. High-traffic spaces like living rooms present a double-edged sword when it comes to interior painting. One the one hand, all of that activity tends to make paint touch-ups necessary at a higher frequency than other areas of your home. On the other hand, getting the job done requires a temporary diminishment of activity. So, what are you supposed to do when the walls are begging for fresh coatings?

Here are some ways to prepare your high-traffic family room for a brand new paint job.

How to Prepare a Family Room for a Paint Job

Devise a Strategy

If you don’t want your project to descend into chaos, come up with a game plan well before you even start preparing the room. Your strategy should cover details both big and small, such as the precise type, color, and finish of the interior house paint you wish to use, the other materials and tools you’ll need, the company you’ll hire (if you’re not doing it yourself), the precise date and time the project will take place, and so on. You should also determine how you’ll deal with the fact that your family room will be out of commission for several hours, if not several days -- you and your family may need to use another room as a makeshift living space for the duration of the project. Also consider whether blocking off your main room will block access to other important areas and how to overcome this. The more prepared you are, the smoother everything will go once the project truly begins.

Clean and Clear the Area as Much as Possible

When it’s time to get started, you’ll need to empty your high-traffic family room to the best of your ability. Remove any furniture, decorations, and other items that can live somewhere else for the time being. After that, thoroughly clean every inch of your family room by vacuuming, dusting, mopping, scrubbing, etc. Because this space sees so much activity, there’s a good chance you’ll come across plenty of dirt, debris, and stains in various places. The cleaner you can get your family room at this point, the more successful your paint job will be.

Protect Your Fixed Surfaces from Impact, Spills, and Splatters

You won’t be able to move every feature from your family room, such as light fixtures, shelves, and so on. Likewise, any surfaces you don’t plan on painting (e.g., flooring, stairs, etc.) are at risk of splatters, spills, and impact during the painting process. Interior painting is inherently messy (even if you’re careful), and you don’t want to spend time cleaning up paint or making sudden repairs. As such, properly cover these fixed and vulnerable surfaces before moving onto the next stage using drop cloths, tarps, and secure plastic coverings.

Get Started on Surface Prep

You might be eager to get started on interior residential painting at this point, but first, it’s time to prepare your surfaces for fresh coatings. Cleaning was just the beginning -- you’ll also want to repair any dings, cracks, or holes in your drywall, sand the surfaces smooth, scrape away loose paint (if applicable), and prime your surfaces if the previous paint job has mostly started to fall apart. Taking the time to perform this surface prep will make for a more durable and even paint job.

Prioritize Durability

When the aforementioned steps have been followed properly, you or your painting contractors can start painting. If you want your high-traffic family room to withstand the surge of activity that’s bound to follow, the paint you choose and the number of coats should be tuned for maximum durability. In other words, don’t skimp on the quality of paint or quantity of coatings. The more durable your paint job is, the more protected your surfaces will be from scuffs, scratches, and other forms of damage. Ultimately, prioritizing this durability before and during your interior paint job will reduce the amount of maintenance you’ll need to perform down the road (e.g., trim repair, paint touch-ups, cleaning, etc.).

If longevity and performance are your goals, painting your high-traffic family room involves much more than merely slapping on some new coatings. At Anderson Painting, we know what goes into a successful and durable paint job in every situation. Let us help you provide your family room with a brighter, stronger future. To learn more about us and all we do, call today at 919-610-1855 or email us at info@andersonpaintingnc.com!