Much of the information you get in relation to painting around a room advises you to shift all the furniture pieces to the middle of the room. Unfortunately, this is not really helpful. Let’s say your living room or bedroom needs to be painted. By moving all the pieces to the center of the room, you have just created a huge obstacle in the middle of your room, and that is quite difficult to work around, especially when painting the ceiling.

How do you go around this issue?

It is recommended that you have the furniture moved away from the walls and then arrange a number of them in different sections of your room. This way, you can effortlessly work around the pieces. Make certain to practice safe lifting when moving furniture. That way, you are able to avoid injuring your back. Consider a series of islands appropriately spread around your space instead of a huge continent in the middle. And while at it, make sure to leave sufficient room between walls and the islands so as to place a stepladder next to them.

Take care not to damage your furniture when moving it around the room. Lighter furniture pieces can easily be lifted and shifted. Heavier furniture pieces on the other hand maybe slide across the floor rather than trying to lift them up. But take care not to damage the floor when sliding furniture pieces across the room. Furthermore, look out not to cut or scratch your tile or wooden floor. Also, be careful not to damage your carpet. Sliding or pushing heavy objects across it can buckle it, creating lumps or “valleys and hills” on it.

Can cardboard help protect your floor?

Put several huge cardboard pieces under the furniture, and then slide the furniture across it to avoid damaging the floor. Stopover your local retail store and ask for a number of large cardboard boxes and then collapse them to form some nice cardboard sheets to glide the furnishings over. However, make certain the selected cardboards are thick enough. Remember also to remove staples on it. Doing this before commencing your painting project will prevent damages to your floorings.

Electrical outlets

Be extra careful with electrical switches or outlets in the room when painting walls or even ceilings in your home. All circuit breakers for the electric outlets in the rooms being worked on should be turned off to avoid shock. Remember, latex paint has lots of water, and as we all know, water is a good conductor of electricity. In most cases, more than one breaker needs to be turned off for any given room. The best way to determine if an electrical outlet is off is to utilize a circuit tester. Reasonably priced circuit testers might be acquired at any local hardware store.

Circuit testers have two bars or wires that are expertly attached to a sealed light. When plugged into an electrical outlet, it simply lights up. This is one of the simplest and recommended ways to find out whether or not you have successfully turned off all electric power in the room you want to be painted. After making sure that all of the electricity is turned off, it is safe to remove the outlet covers and switch plates to avoid getting any paint on them.

Covering the furniture

All furniture pieces in a room you want to be painted must be covered with plastic sheets or drop cloths. These can easily be bought at any hardware or paint store near you. Well, for insider tips, Green Interior Painting recommends using drop cloths that have plastic on one side and paper on the other.